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Food Rules for the Family

  1. Be open to trying something new.
  2. Appreciate the food on your table. 
  3. Even if you don’t like a food, don’t project that onto your child’s taste buds
  4. Remember the ‘Monkey See, Monkey Do’ effect. Kids are always watching. 
  5. Have fun around food.  Try a theme night at least once a week.
  6. Let your children participate in cooking, even if they do it wrong. 
  7. Focus on each other. Ask questions about how your family members spent their day
  8. Try, try again. You can train your palate to appreciate any flavour if you persevere. 
  9. Don’t get into the habit of forcing anyone to finish his or her plate.
  10. Be willing to let go of some comfort food for health in the long-term.
 
International Flavours & Simple Seasoning
 
Italian: oregano, basil, marjoram, thyme, garlic & olive oil
 
Chinese: ginger, soy sauce, cayenne or chile oil & toasted sesame seed oil.
 
Mexican: cilantro, cumin, cayenne, garlic or chile pepper & salsa
 
Indian: curry, coriander, cumin, saffron, cardamom, turmeric, & ghee (clarified butter)
 
French: dill, thyme, mustard, butter tarragon, walnut oil & wine
 
East European: paprika, poppy seed, onion, caraway, dill & sour cream
 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011