Today is a behind the scenes look at what daily lunch is like in the Catudal home. I get asked a lot how it is my girls readily eat anything I’ll put in front of them, from spinach to bell peppers, from spicy salsa to salmon. It all comes down to the main rule: “You have to at least TRY everything I put on your plate.” Then I’ll repeatedly put the same thing on their plates, over and over that week, and by the end of the week they like the new food… even if it starts with just one bite.
Besides the main rule, there are things I’ll do to help the girls enjoy the meals as they get used to a diverse world of flavors. This go-to panini is my favorite quick, easy, and nutritious packed thing to give my girls these days. At first I was just making the sandwiches as I would for myself, but I found that it was difficult for my girls to get a good bite of the sandwich without large pieces of meat falling out, tomatoes slipping off, and avocados gooping out the back. The solution was simple and it’s become my life-saver. At the end of lunch there isn’t a scrap of sandwich or vegetable left on their plates. No more wasted food (my pet-peeve)!
The trick is this: treat the cheese as the glue to hold everything together intermixed in all the layers, and dice all the ingredients small enough for little mouths to take in one bite. It’s not a monumental ground-breaking discovery, but it’s one small trick that allows me to put anything between two slices of bread and the girls will eat it!
The avocados should be paper thin so they don’t bulk up all the space and slip out, everything else including the spinach or lettuce should be diced small.
A little bit of cheese goes between each layer, so it’s throughout the entire sandwich acting as the glue.
With everything so small and melted together, the flavors really mix and even if there’s a new ingredient in there the kids will enjoy the entire sandwich.
The little tot still gets them in smaller slices so she can hold it in one hand. Thank you for reading along and trying a new idea on how to feed the little ones….. but I want to keep this conversation alive! I’m looking for help from you too. Most of us I believe are either feeding kids now or will be someday, and they’re the toughest critics to please, so I’d LOVE to hear what you do to get them to enjoy the healthy meals you prepare for them. I’m still filling my trick-bag until it’s full to the top. Share away….