My family is such a foodie family. I'm not talking about extended family, either - even though they are, too. I mean my own household.
Last Saturday, our small group from church came over. We always eat together and like to try to plan different things. This time we all brought a different salad. We ended up with an Italian pasta salad; a spinach salad with chicken, oranges, and slivered almonds; a fruit salad with strawberries, bananas, peaches, and pears; and Billy's BBQ Ranch chicken salad - and some garlic bread. Everything was delicious!
Caleb finally decided he'd try the chicken salad. He loved it! We had quite a bit left over, so he had a chicken salad sandwich for lunch Sunday. After Billy and I ate our fill of chicken salad sandwiches, there was still some left over. When I was seeing what the boys wanted to eat for supper last night (corn dogs, hot dogs, or sandwiches), Caleb quickly claimed the leftover chicken salad. Darn! There was too much for one sandwich, but not enough for two. He got the sandwich and I ate the last few bites. Halfway through his supper, he said, "We need to get Dad to make this more often!"
What other 8-year-old kid would rather have a chicken salad sandwich than the standard PB&J?!?
I'm so glad (and fortunate!) that the boys like to eat a wide variety of food. So many kids I know won't eat more than about 2 or 3 different things. Caleb and Jacob love standards like chicken strips or nuggets, pizza, spaghetti, and mac & cheese, but they also like salads, soups (even the broth kind we had at a Japanese restaurant), and a whole range of other foods. They love Mandarin chicken over either fried rice or lo mein. They love to go to Genghis Grill and choose their meats, veggies, and sauces to be cooked together and put over fried rice. They like to get soup to go with their sandwiches from Jason's Deli or Panera Bread. Jacob likes to get refried beans to go with his cheeseburger and fries at Posado's. And he eats them! They like both soft tacos and crunchy. And so on...
You gotta love it!