The thing I have been noticing recently is that while all good eating children are about the same, fussy eaters are all fussy in their own special way. I have been reading a book by a nutritionist who is absolutely convinced that kids are only interested in raw vegies and so all the recipes are based around meat and salad. I've got the totally opposite experience where everything needs to be cooked (and preferably hidden). Similarly, a lady at work was telling me how much all kids love carrots -mine doesn't!
To add to the degree of difficulty, Leo's list of things he will eat seems to change weekly at the moment so I never know what is on and off the menu. So I was thinking that the best kinds of sharing recipes are the ones that can have things added and taken away depending on what your own special fussy kids are into.
Here is a basic fried rice that was successful tonight for us but can easily be adapted if your little one is feeling more or less adventurous!
Eleanor's Basic Fried Rice
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
4 cups cold cooked rice
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon ginger crushed
4 slices ham, chopped
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
4 spring onions chopped
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
Soy sauce and sweet chilli sauce to serve
Heat a wok over high heat and add half the oil. Briefly cook eggs until they form an omelette.
Remove from pan and chop egg into small chunks.
Add the rest of the oil to the wok and fry the garlic and ginger for 30 seconds.
Add the rice, ham, peas, egg and spring onions and cook for about 5 mins until all heated through.
Serve with sesame seeds, soy sauce and sweet chilli sauce to taste.
* If your little one will eat onion, carrots, zucchini or corn - these are all excellent additions. Add any additional vegies to the wok with garlic and ginger and cook until softened.