Non Absentee Dad

Playing with Food

In Uncategorized on March 5, 2010 at 12:19 am

salad with avocado and grapefruitMy preschooler son is really beginning to enter a motor skills mastery stage.  He wants to perform tasks he finds challenging and do so without my help. He wants to put on his pants, lotion his arm, peel his egg and all without my intervention thank you. In my saner moments I make every attempt to nurture this. A great way I have found to encourage him is through cooking—yes I let my preschooler cook. He loves cooking and as a bonus his involvement in the preparation encourages him to eat. Below is a lunch we work on. It consists of a ‘cado(avocado as pronounced by my son) salad and a Kabob sandwich. (We got the original recipes from a Whole Foods booklet originally).

‘cado salad

Tips: Use both pink and yellow grapefruit for great results. Also this can get very juicy so work over a bowl or sink. After you have peeled and pitted the avocado allow your kid to cut it to the appropriate size
2 grapefruits
2 avocados, peeled, pitted and chopped
1 head lettuce
Carefully peel grapefruit, making sure to remove all of the white pith. Cut along the side of each membrane to release the segments  and let your kid tear them the rest of the way through. Place in bowl. Add avocados  and toss well. Arrange lettuce leaves on a platter, spoon salad over the top and serve.
Serves 4

Kabob Salad

Tips: Your kid(s) can roll the meat and cut with a knife. Switch the cheese for apple like I did because of my kid’s dairy allergy. Grapes can be substituted for the tomatoes. Break off the sharp end of the skewer to make eating safer. Serve with mustard or your favorite condiment.
4 thick slices whole grain bread, toasted and cut into (1-inch) cubes
4 slices deli ham
4 slices deli turkey
16 cherry tomatoes (or grapes)
4 leaves lettuce
1/4 pound cheddar or provolone, cut into cubes (3 apples cut into cubes as well)
2 kosher dill or sweet pickles, thickly sliced
Alternating ingredients, thread bread, ham, turkey, tomatoes (grapes), lettuce, cheese (apples) and pickles onto skewers and serve.
Serves 4

  1. I remember that age when they want to do everything – So great that you have the patience to let him.

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