Monday, March 23, 2009

Creative license over your food

As the one-year mark approaches since my Haitian Sensations joined our family, there has been some marked progress in certain areas. One biggie: food.

I have been serving cafeteria style for almost 11 months. There are a gazillion reasons, but the two most significant are 1) it reminds my children I am in control of their well-being and can be trusted, and 2) it keeps them from making themselves sick via overeating (a common behavior when you have lived in poverty).

Over the last 2-3 months, my two newest children have allowed themselves to self regulate their eating, and they are trusting me more and more with their nutrition. We can actually do buffets now WITHOUT spending the first five minutes reminding everyone about portion control and leaving food for the other patrons in the restaurant, etc. This means I can also do this at home, too. FUN!

That leads me to lunch. We just had the most delicious spread. It was so simple and SO healthy. Everyone got to build their own lettuce wrap. On my table was:

Romaine lettuce leaves
Tuna (mixed with some mushed up tofu, salt and pepper - so my egg-challenged child could eat some!)
Deli meat
Corn (drained and heated)
Shredded carrot
Spinach leaves
White Rice Vinegar
Soy Sauce
Peanut Sauce

I'm a huge fan of lettuce wraps in restaurants. I can't remember where I found the Peanut Sauce recipe, but it's SO simple, and SO yum.

Peanut Sauce

2 TB peanut butter
2 TB soy sauce
2 cloves minced garlic (which means I put in FOUR!)
1/4 c water
splash of lemon or lime juice

Put it all in a saucepan and heat/stir til smooth.

The combinations and concoctions they produced were ... well, some of them were terribly disturbing. Yet, my only rule was "eat what you take." And they did.

I have never tried lettuce wraps before, because my kids flip-flop on salad all the time. Yet, my child who never, ever touches salad just whoofed down a giant Romaine lettuce leaf, filled with who-the-heck-knows-what. Every single one of them were raving about this "cool" lunch.

Go figure.


Hannah_Rae said...

My sister used to come up with the strangest sandwich combinations...bologna, peanut butter, and mustard? Really?

Lorraine said...

I find my kids love "make it yourself meals" A favorite around here is taco salad in the summer. Other times we do a Taco/burrito bar. I put out taco shells, tortillas, refried beans, hamburger (some spiced and some not) sour cream, cheese, tomatos lettuce, olives, peppers, salsa and anything else that looks like it might be good. They love making thier own creations. I will have to try the wraps!

Dinah said...

Cool idea! Especially in a couple months when we will have lettuce leaves in the garden!

Food is a huge issue here too. So common with RADs. We have cupboards/pantries/2 fridges/2 freezers FULL of food and my RAD still thinks each meal is his only meal.ever.

Linda B. said...

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Stephanie @ Faithful Follower Of Christ said...

Wow, I am impressed! Good job getting them to eat healthy (and enjoy it)!

Amy said...

Okay, I already loved you but now you give me a peanut sauce recipe and I am your #1 fan! Hello. I live for lettuce wraps! :0) Thanks for sharing. Can you guess what I am making for lunch tomorrow?? Amy

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Sara said...

Nice! Did I send you my peanut sauce recipe yet? It's amazing:

Also, if they liked those lettuce wraps, you might try romaine tacos: (I put all those components into a wrap...but the salad is featured).