Another reader question! I love these.
Do you intend to make your children eat everything on their plates?
No. My philosophy is if you eat food you don't want and your body doesn't need, that counts as wasting it. Also, it's more important for children to learn how to listen to their body's hunger cues so they can become responsible eaters.
And really, if I’m the one dishing up the food, making them eat all of it isn’t fair.
"My husband won’t eat food that’s over a day old. He’ll eat the leftovers the day after I make something, but not later than that. What should I do?"
Goodness, if I knew how to change men’s minds I’d have a very different blog and I’d be making a lot more money.
"What do I do with the food my baby doesn’t eat? I don’t want to put the jar back in the fridge after her spoon has been in it."
Kids are the ultimate food wasters.
Right now both you and the baby are figuring out what your child likes and doesn’t like, and there will be a lot of trial and error. She’s building a new relationship with food, and hopefully it’s a healthy one, so I don’t recommend forcing her to finish the jar if she doesn’t want it.
In my house, we rarely have snacks. I do this so my children will be nice and hungry by the time they sit down and therefore less likely to play with their food.
Like I mentioned in the last post, my husband decided to make white cupcakes the same day I announced to him that I was never going to waste food ever again. As he mixed the batter, I asked him to add some almond extract.
Almond is an underappreciated flavor, which is a shame, because I love it in baked goods.
I went into the bedroom to fold laundry as he finished the cupcakes, and when I came out, he was sitting on the couch with a sheepish grin on his face. “Um,” he said.
My quest to end food waste began with a Facebook photo.
Shortly after Thanksgiving, a friend of mine posted that she was making Turkey Carcass Soup. The name sounds overly morbid to me – I dislike the idea of eating “carcass”, even though I do it every day – but I loved the concept of using something I was going to throw away. That’s almost like free food.
After she and her family picked off and ate as much turkey meat as they could, she put all the bones in a pot of water and boiled it until all the meat fell off (about four hours). Then she added vegetables and a carbohydrate, and voila!