I received an email from one of my readers this week and it asked me “How do you get your family to try new things. I have a really hard time getting my kids to try new food, especially veggies.”
I really thought about this. I will tell you, my first three kids are really good eaters. Honestly, they will try almost any fish, veggies, hummus and fruit is probably their favorite snack. Of course, I thought that this was because I was such a good Mom!
I introduced my kids to different foods when they were young and I thought that’s all you have to do to raise a good eater. Wellllll….. Not so much. My fourth child came along and just like all the others I introduced him to the same foods we ate at the dinner table at a very young age. I have always believed that you can grind up almost anything that you are serving your family and give it to babies.
And I am going to tell you, he is a picky eater and it drives me crazy! I never ever thought that I would raise a picky eater, but I have! He is getting better as he gets older. So there is hope.
You’ve heard me talk about our “No Thank You Bite Rule” we have implemented Around the Family Table. Everyone must take a bite of everything being offered. If you don’t like it, all you have to do is say “No Thank You” and you do not have to eat any more. We all laugh because many times things that Riley is adamant that he does not like… he winds up loving!
Shopping at our local Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning’s is such a treat. It is so much fun to see what is in season and many times they have samples to try. My kids get really excited about trying new things if they are part of the experience.
This week we came home with a basket full of Pineapples, Oranges, Tomatoes that were red and green, Peppers of all colors, green beans and so much more.
When Reis first saw a green tomato he held it up and said “I have never seen a green tomato. Will it eventually turn red.” I knew those green tomatoes were calling our name and had just made their way to our Sunday Supper menu!
These Green tomatoes were beautiful. When we came home and cut into them with their pink interior… Oh Yum!
We made Fried Green Tomatoes with Garlic Lime Feta as an appetizer and as sandwiches. Guess what? My kids loved them. And honestly, they are not fried at all. We made them with a light breading and sauteed them in Olive Oil. They were fabulous and even Picky Riley liked them!
Fried Green Tomatoes with Garlic Lime Feta Sauce
- 2 Large Green Tomatoes or 3 Small Green Tomatoes
- 1/2 cup Seasoned Bread Crumbs
- 2 Eggs
- 1/2 cup Flour
- Olive oil to line the bottom of your pan
- Salt and Pepper to Taste
- Slice the Tomatoes in 1/4 inch slices
- Combine the Bread Crumbs and Flour and add Salt and Pepper
- Beat the Eggs
- Heat Olive Oil
- Dip the Tomatoes in the Eggs and then in the Flour mixture and add to frying pan
- Brown on Both Sides. The trick is to brown enough that the coating is brown but not to the point of burning. A nice crispy crust is perfect.
- Place on plate with paper towels to absorb any excess oil
- Do not dispose of the crunchy goodness at the bottom of the pan. We will use this for our sauce.
- 2 tablespoons of Butter
- 1/2 teaspoon minced Garlic
- 1/2 cup White Wine ( I used Vinho Verde wish is a refreshing Portuguese Wine)
- 1/2 cup crumbled Feta
- All the yummy goodness left at the bottom of the pan
- optional~sliced green onions
- Reheat all the yummy goodness at the bottom of the pan
- Squeeze the lime juice and add to the crunch goodness
- Add the Butter and garlic and cook until the garlic is lightly brown
- Add the wine and simmer
- Add the crumbled Feta and warm for 2 minutes until soft but not melted into the sauce
- Sprinkle the sauce over the Fried Green Tomatoes
- If desired sprinkle green onion on top for garnish