Make banana bread. I stumbled upon this recipe the other day, and a neighbor gave me her ripe bananas yesterday, so it seemed like the right thing to do. As I was measuring 1.5 cups of whole wheat flour, my neighbor called to find out what she could feed my kids for lunch. Apparently, they told her they weren't allowed to have grilled cheese sandwiches. WHAT?
Was it OK if they had chicken patties and soybeans? How about tofu corn dogs?
"They can have whatever you are willing to feed them", I replied.
Little pitchers have big ears, and apparently big mouths. I know our shift to a simpler, greener diet has not been lost on our kids. It's not lost on me that I have become one of those parents whose kids I felt sorry for when I was young. Those poor kids I used to play with whose mother made cookies with whole wheat flour and carob chips, carrot sticks for afternoon snack, brown rice pie crust. If I had known then what I know now, I would have asked those parents for recipes.
So it's time for a little sit down with our kids to discuss the changes in our eating habits and the importance of being gracious guests. I've communicated to family and friends that although we are meatless and less cheesy at home, we enjoy eating just about anything socially. I have savored several bites of tri-tip and had more than my share of horseradish havarti at family dinners. You would think my kids would leap at the opportunity to eat meat or cheese when at a friend's house, but their actions confirm that they, too, must be enjoying our new (and improved) diet. From the looks on the faces below, the neighbor kids enjoy our food too! Mmm, homemade chocolate pudding pops.