You fogot something: Plant a vegetable garden with your kids. My son planted spinach seeds 5 years ago and still insists on eating a huge bowl of raw spinach most days with dinner. It's about ownership!
March 18, 2009, 3:14 pm
Hi Cynthia, I was the one who left the comment on the blog asking your advice on this topic. Thanks so much for making this video! The tips you gave are excellent and I can't wait to try them out. It was especially reassuring to hear that I don't have to be a short order cook. That is exactly what I have been, feeling like if I didn't then my son wouldn't eat anything. But your other tips (for example limiting snacking and juice drinking) will set the stage for his eating better at mealtimes. We got into some bad habits, thanks for pointing us in the direction of some good ones! As always, love your videos. Thank you so much for sharing them!
March 22, 2009, 1:55 pm
Hi Cynthia. Thanks for your wonderful videos. Here's a different take on picky eaters. If your child consistently turns down a specific food, it's worth considering the slim possibility that they may have a sensitivity to that food. I always hated milk as a child and recently came to find out I'm lactose intolerant. It all makes sense now. Cheers!
May 8, 2009, 2:54 pm
Right Cheryl, Same for me. I don't have a lactose intolerance but find straight milk pretty indigestible and didn't like it as a child. I prefer the fermented dairy products - live cultures help the belly!
May 8, 2009, 9:09 pm
OK, so I think we have broken all the picky eater rules. We have a 12-year-old who is the pickiest eater I have ever known - he eats NO fruits or vegetables (salsa being the one exception) and he refuses to try fruits or vegetables. He gags if we make him (I know, we probably shouldn't make him). Is it too late to institute your rules? And what do we do on the nights when we, the parents, are having something 'fancy' that we know they won't eat but we want it?
July 2, 2009, 10:59 am
Hi Cynthia, I'd start by making sure that every meal (fancy or not) has something included that you know your child will like. Even if it is simply bread and butter. You are right, do not make him eat food. Your next step is to relax and ignore the fact that he doesn't eat fruits or vegetables and enjoy them yourselves. No bribes, no lies. Enjoy is the key word.
July 2, 2009, 1:00 pm
Hi Cynthia, I'm looking through the lunch box section again (please may I never have to make another ham sandwich!) and I'm wondering about the thermos. Do you warm up the soup in the morning and send him to school with it? What kind of thermos do you have? I know there are many that are stainless steel in the inside, and I'll just assume you're not using one that's all plastic, but really, what are the options? And please continue with the wonderful lunch ideas!
September 22, 2009, 7:15 am
Hi Sarah, I have always used a small stainless steel thermos such as the link below shows. Laptop lunches sells some “lunch jars” for packing hot items that are stainless steel. http://www.amazon.com/Thermos-Nissan-16-Ounce-Stainless-Steel-Insulated/dp/B00009V4FI/ref=pd_sim_k_1 http://secure.laptoplunches.com/AMAZING/items.asp?Cc=LUNCHJARS&Bc=
September 22, 2009, 11:34 am
Hi Cynthia, My wife wanted tomato soup soup this week, but I don't have a good recipe for it. I came to your website and found this recipe. It is super good. Thanks for sharing it. I also made some applesauce--we made some in Whole Foods Production--so that I could add something to our lunches!
January 28, 2010, 2:09 pm
Wow, my kids loved this soup and we didn't have any leftovers : ) I used 1 1/2 tsp dried basil and nonfat greek yogurt instead of sour cream as substitutes. Delish
March 13, 2010, 7:39 pm
I have to disagree a bit w/ not talking to your kids about different nutrients. My oldest is a carbavore and he's been much sicker this year than his younger brother and been eating less and less veggies. Yesterday due to parties he had fast food pizza and sweets for lunch and dinner. Last night he was miserable w/ gas and couldn't sleep from the pain. We talked about what he ate during the day. This am he was begging for your massaged kale salad with all his meals. Went to sleep with no gas/pain even though he had plenty of sweets (3 parties today - tis the season.)
June 5, 2010, 6:39 pm
I've made this soup a couple of times in the fast weeks, and the first time, there was just not enough! We use the Muir Glen tomatoes, and it makes the soup spicy! I made the soup a couple of days ago and doubled the recipe (family of 5, you see), sent the kids thermoses for lunch, with quesadillas made with beautiful pastured milk cheddar and those sprouted grain tortillas, which the kids like even when they're cold. Then, today, I simmered the almost 2 cups of leftover soup (for an hour) with some cumin, paprika, tabasco, thyme, and a touch of white wine, for a great Patatas Bravas sauce to put over rosemary roasted potatoes! We have a local producer of organic sausages and stuff, so I made a hash of chorizo, carrots, onions, and zucchini to go with. Another great success, even with the kids.
September 16, 2010, 5:05 pm
I really want to find a fresh tomatoe soup with no dairy. Please help. And I prefer it with garlic and basil
November 2, 2010, 9:53 am
Hi Ivette, Try making this soup with coconut milk instead of sour cream.
November 2, 2010, 2:18 pm
After reading Feeding the Whole Family it occurred to me that my 3 year old just didn't like cooked veggies. She loves raw veggies like cucumbers, carrots, red peppers, even raw green beans. What kid doesn't like crunchy and sweet? So I started including a fresh veggie plate, with dressing (Annie's goddess) in the middle to dip, for the family to share every dinner. Now everyone eats more veggies, and all the little one is required to do is try the main dish (often just one bite), and mommy is happy.
January 3, 2012, 10:35 pm
Hi Cynthia - I have an overabundance of fresh tomatoes from my garden, can I use those instead of the canned? Would I need to cook this longer? Thank you!
September 20, 2015, 6:39 pm
Absolutely Pattie. You may want to blanch them and slip the skins off first. The cooking time will take longer. Wait for the tomatoes to start falling apart.
September 21, 2015, 7:41 am