I have tried to get Audrey to enjoy a variety of vegetables for years now. Occasionally she will try something but rarely does she finish a serving and even less often will she eat it again. Sure, we have vegetables with almost every meal and I have tried varying the preparation methods. Nothing has worked well. Until now.
This week we got a bag of shelling peas from our CSA, Mellowfield Farms. For Father's Day I decided to have the girls shell them as peas are daddy's favorite. Little did I know that the girls would find shelling peas so much fun! Audrey kept talking about I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato where Lola eats peas because Charlie tells her they are 'green drops from greenland.'
So what do you think happened when I served dinner? Audrey ate all of her peas. Then she asked for more and ate those. I think she might have asked for another helping if we had more. She also asked if we could grow peas in our garden next year. She knows that all of the food from our CSA comes from a garden because we visited one of their sites recently.
The moral of the story is: Don't give up. I know half of the battle was won because the peas were so darn good. But the other half came from years of reading, cooking, gardening, and talking. She is 3 1/2 years old and will probably not remember that she used to not eat peas after 6 months. Or less.
|She was putting them in her eye|
|Mo was serious about shelling|