Gianna is a finicky eater. It isn't that she won't eat typically child-despised fare like fish or spicy foods - I can understand that. No, this four-and-a half year old only recently started liking pizza and.....hamburgers. Last month she enjoyed raspberries for the very first time. She loves plain whole wheat bread for snacks. Pasta with a hint of butter but not a sprinkle of Parmesan. Most kids love dipping foods - fries in ketchup, celery in ranch dressing, chicken nuggets in honey-mustard sauce. Not Gianna. No dips, no sauces, no flavor.
Madeliene eats everything. All the regular kid-friendly fare for sure. But she prefers food with a little more flair - shrimp scampi, sauteed mushrooms with garlic, all kinds of seafood, beef, lamb and chicken. And asparagus. (What two year old likes asparagus?) Recently we ate grilled chicken with a very tangy and garlicky lemon-pepper sauce. She was relentless - "Mo sauce, mo sauce!" Madeleine has a unique taste for raw onions, radishes, fresh parsley, and more raw onions. She's been known to throw a clove of garlic in her applesauce.
Mealtime is always interesting in this household. I go with the flow. I figure they'll grow out of it at some point, so for now I'll pick bigger battles.
Like.....Madeleine drinking my entire cup of coffee this morning while I was busy hanging a picture on the wall. (Insert image of normally calm mother chasing highly caffeinated toddler all afternoon.) Now that's a battle worth picking!