Daniel is becoming very interested in what we do in the kitchen. He is afraid of the oven (yay?), but he likes to imitate cooking with his pots and pans and play food. We made fajitas tonight and for the first time allowed him to watch the prepping and cooking. I admit to having ulterior motives because I’m hoping the more he plays with and sees us working with and eating foods he usually won’t touch, the more he’ll be inclined to give them a try. That’s the theory anyway.
Meal Prep: Veggie Chopping
Here he is watching J, the official sous chef, chopping peppers.
Daniel eventually ate that piece of pepper about 15 minutes later.
As with everything culinary, presentation is key, so we spent a lot of time creating an intricate plate for a wee palate.
Time to Eat!
Finally the fajitas were ready and assembled. J helped Daniel eat his since the fajita was a tad over-filled and would burst open, something Daniel’s two-year-old hands weren’t used to handling.
The good news is that Daniel ate a few pieces of pepper and had several bites of a fajita as well as rice. The bad news was that he declared “No more” after only a few minutes. Oh well. Though he didn’t eat as much as we would have liked, at least he tried it, and I have to credit including him in the prep and cooking process for those small victories.
How do you incorporate your child into cooking family meals?