Fun with Food

No Thank You Bites

Spring Crudites with Arugula Pesto

As moms of teenage boys, it’s a constant battle to make sure they eat their daily dose of fruits and vegetables so we’re adding “no thank you bites” and “try it Tuesdays” to the menu.  Granted, these strategies are usually used on picky toddlers but the again…

Quinoa Harvest Salad

With spring just around the corner and the local farmer’s market about to open, what better time to sneak some healthy kale or brussel sprouts into the boys’ diets.  There are so many online sources for recipes that inspiration is just a click away and one of our favorites is Camille Styles.

Summer Succotash

Her Tuesday Tastings and In Season posts are the best and a number of her meals have been boy tested and approved (although one of them quipped this weekend that wholegrain flatbread pizza is NOT a substitute for the real thing!)

Quinoa-Berry Breakfast Bowl

This weekend, we’ll be trying the Quinoa Harvest Salad and hope to hear “may I have some more, please.”  So, what’s cooking in your neck of the woods today?

Butternut Squash Strozzapreti

P.S.  In case you’ve never used the above mentioned picky eater strategies, “no thank you bites” gives your child the right to say no thanks after they’ve tried a bite of something new and “try it Tuesdays” allows you to test a new recipe on the family (and get their feedback – positive or negative!)  If you want any of the recipes pictured in this post, just click the image.

Thai Steak + Noodles

Photos and recipes via Camille Styles

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  • Reply stitchfork March 8, 2013 at 10:06 am

    As a mom of three guys – can relate! Although I have to agree with your guys on the whole grain pita pizza, and oh yeah – brussel sprouts!

  • Reply quintessence March 8, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Great strategies for healthy eating but I have to say, it’s the girls in my house who are the pickier eaters – my boys will eat anything and brussel sprouts are actually a house favorite as is spinach!!

  • Reply Meghan @ Wishful Thinking March 8, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Ah ladies, this was torture! I am drooling all over my keyboard! I have always been a fan on veg (even as a child) so I can never understand what the fuss is about. My sister was the total opposite, still to this day, she refuses to eat fruit and will only eat the odd piece of tomato (if it’s on a burger)!

  • Reply The Enchanted Home March 8, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Well please do let us know if this works! I have one very healthy eater but my other two would be happy to make pizza and steak part of every meal. ( it could be worse, non of them eat fast food, ever). Hope you have a great weekend and stay warm!

  • Reply Leslie March 8, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Great idea!! thank you bites:) I used to tell my kids the same thing:) Just take one bite! Most people don’t realize that we can re-program ourselves to like something by adding little bits to the menu at a time. These food choices look wonderful!


  • Reply pretty pink tulips March 8, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Any trick to get some vitamins in my boys! I have tried to sneak spinach into a chocolate smoothie. They were on to me…”Mom, this looks green”. Oh well….I keep trying and these look like some great things to add in.

    Happy Weekend to you both!
    xoxo Elizabeth

  • Reply claudia lane March 10, 2013 at 1:43 am

    These look so delicious, what a wonderful and colourful way to add some goodness to your day! Thanks for the inspiration. Cx

  • Reply pve March 11, 2013 at 8:33 am

    salads, soups, stews, veggie tofu lasagna, veggie omelettes, and one book you might want to invest in, is “feeding boys and men” – love the crudite in glass vessels….like bouquets of flowers!:)

  • Reply Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita March 11, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Except for one with an aversion to seafood, mine aren’t that picky, thankfully! But I love some of these recipe ideas.

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