At Pumpkin's suggestion, I tried making meatball sandwiches for dinner yesterday. First came finding frozen meatballs without turkey or cheese (found pork sausage ones). Microwaved 'em, let them sit in some plain spag sauce for less than 10 min, slopped them onto hamburger buns and melted Lactaid cheese for Pumpkin and some colby-jack cheese for the big people on top. We loved them, Pumpkin was upset that everything started spilling out and he couldn't keep his together (partially a result of a slightly smaller bun and 5 meatballs, partially due to his smaller hands). He ended up eating the meatballs out with a fork, then eating the saucy/cheesy bun. He asked me to "NEVER make this again!!" Think I'll wait a month or so and try again with bigger buns and a little less 'extra' sauce on his. Bella will pretty much only eat chicken (preferrably in nugget form) and fish sticks for meat - so she just got some bun, a slice of cheese and vegetables. Now that her 2-year molars are in and she more consistently remembers to chew thouroughly, I'll be offering more kinds of meat to her (and they always put a little of everything on their plates at daycare, so she'll have more opportunities there). I've learned its often better to make sure kids eat SOMETHING, and that they are somehow hitting all the food groups, rather than make sure they eat everything you eat. I won't be a short order cook, but I will make alternatives available. quick eg - Pumpkin doesn't like vegetables with any sauce on them, so I'll offer frozen peppers instead (he got into eating them that way when HIS 2-year molars were coming in).
"Up plus down equals flat" Pumpkin, 3 yrs, 10 mo, July '07