Monday, July 16, 2012

Meal-Time Activities: Adventurous Eaters Dinner

By Tiffany Rudd

Do you have picky eaters at your house? Have a hard time getting you kids to try new foods? If so, this "Adventurous Eaters Dinner" may be able to help.
Last Saturday I mentioned a few times throughout the day how excited I was for our special dinner. "Special plates, special foods, and awesome adventurous appetites!" When dinner time came I asked the kids to help me look through the fridge and pantry for foods we'd like to try. Some of the foods we chose were favorites like chips, carrots and sugar snap peas. We also found some less common foods like raw mushrooms, green and red bell peppers and polish sausage. I made a quick cheese sauce (See recipe below), got out our funky appetizer plates, and set the table for our special dinner.
The first thing we did was discuss the rule for the evening. The one and only adventurous eaters rule was that everyone must TRY one of everything. Being an adventurous eater isn't about loving everything you try, and it definitely isn't about eating everything on your plate, it is just about being willing to try!
I chose fondue for our first adventurous eaters dinner because anything is easier to try covered in cheese. :) It was definitely a success. Both Cameron and Brooklyn gave everything a try and Cameron even tried his least favorite food twice, "Just to make sure he still didn't like it." Next time I think I'll try an assortment of dipping sauces and get even more adventurous in our food selection. I'll let you know how if goes.

Basic Cheese Sauce
1. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a medium saucepan. Add 1/4 cup flour and stir until well blended. Let bubble for just a few minutes.
2. Gradually add 2 cups milk and stir constantly until thickened. 
3. Stir in 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese and heat until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth.

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