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Do you cook FOR your kids or do you feed them what you eat?

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It’s a topic that’s been on my mind a lot recently, with the new cookbooks out that advise you to disguise vegetables and the like into kid friendly food ( and you cook what you know your kids will eat, or do you cook what you want, and expect them to try new things?

I tend to cook what I want, and expect the kids to try new things. I have been cooking a variety of ethnic dishes since the day they started eating solid foods and I have never had a problem with them eating what ever we ate and they are alway willing to try new things. For example, my 7 year old, given the choice would rather eat Miso soup and Sushi over a hot dog and Mac and cheese anyday.

That being said this recipe was a major hit this weekend:

Thai Style Coconut Chicken Soup

Diced tomatoes and shredded chicken in a creamy coconut soup

1 can (14.5 oz each) Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes, undrained
1 can (13.5 oz each) coconut milk
1 cup shredded cooked chicken (1 cup = 4 oz)
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
6 thin slices peeled fresh ginger
Thinly sliced green onions, optional

  1. Combine all ingredients in medium saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat 10 minutes, or until hot and flavors have blended, stirring occasionally.
  2. Divide soup between 4 bowls. Garnish with sliced green onions, if desired.

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