Since Sai started eating table food, it never occurred to me that my baby would be a vegetarian. Not that I have a problem with it, I've been trying to convert for years now. I called myself trying to grow dreads while I was in college but after my grandfather passed my grandma wasn't having that shit. She shortened my journey to becoming a Rasta real quick by forcing me to perm my hair.
But, here I am making dinner for my son who is a friend to all legumes and loves rice & beans. He gives me his bowl back(a playful green adorned with black and white squares around the rim) back to me and says "Mommy I don't want it". I have heard variety is the spice of life but not so frequently with this kid. He doesn't like surprises. Pancakes or oatmeal/cream of wheat in the morning. Cheerios, tangerines, bananas or apples for snacks. Pasta or rice and beans for dinner with some sort of vegetable. He's not interested in trying new things. Not even if I try it in front of him.
So, was I surprised when I made him sausages for dinner and he ate it? ABSOLUTELY. Was I shocked when he ate pieces of the rib I had drowned in Sofrito and slow cooked for 5 hours? Utterly surprised. So what do you do with an indecisive one year old? Let them be. Honestly this is the beginning of continuing indecisiveness for him. Just make sure your wallet and/or refrigerator can keep up with the changes.
Here are some food suggestions so your LO doesn't get bored.
Lots of healthy finger foods - string cheese, fruits, deviled eggs
As a kid, I hated the taste of milk. I still do. My grandma used to give me the sweet ass strawberry syrup but now as a parent, older and wiser(allegedly) that kind of defeats the purpose no? For Sai, I like to put a little ground cinnamon in his milk just to take away from that gross taste I despised as a kid. Yogurt is also good for the milk benefits but they make a mess. In all honesty, he finishes his lemon water faster than the milk without the cinnamon. At least I know he's my child.
Having sausage links or making chicken nuggets from fresh chicken breasts if your kid likes to dabble with eating meat but you are reserved in giving them stuff loaded with preservatives and sodium. (Hypertension runs in my family so I'm wary about using salt in my food)
Make breakfast foods like pancakes and sausage links by the boatload and keep them in a container in a fridge. Okay, maybe not by the boatload but 2-3 of each It's good to have a back up just in case your LO decides to have a tantrum because he's bored with plan ol' dinner.
Do you have a little one that's just now forming food habit? How did you adjust to all the changes? Comment below!