Skimming through my Facebook this morning, one of my friends had replaced her default picture with one of Joan Crawford’s crazy moments from “Mommy Dearest!” I love that movie! And not because my mom was totally her! But because it makes me feel like I am not THAT crazy of a parent! “NO WIRE HANGERS!!!”
Being that this IS a food blog, is safe to say that I must bring up the scene when the daughter is forced to stay at the table to finish her food. I was raised in a “Clean Plate Club” home! Meaning, you did NOT get up from the table until you ate everything on your plate. And it was very unfair considering my father was the one to dish me up most of time. The portions were big for an adult man and I don’t know how I managed to do it. Well, yes I do! There were many nights that the dog was fed my vegetables!
Now, we know that it is unhealthy to expect a child to finish everything on their plate. It promotes unhealthy eating habits and obesity. But we also need to get our kids to eat healthy foods rather anything with crap listed as the first ingredient. I am lucky that my kids will eat 80% of the vegetables I serve. I am even luckier that if I buy fruit, it will be eaten before it spoils. Now, that is not to say that if you put a bag of chips on the counter that the kids wont demolish them like they have never been fed! But they do choose healthy foods when I provide them in the house.
I asked my kids why they eat vegetables for me! It’s a reasonable question in a time when parents are begging kids to eat them. My son said that I put “stuff in em!” Ok, fair enough! I do dress them up…
Sautéed Green Beans
1 bag prepared green beans (saves you the time)
2 pieces of bacon
Salt and pepper
¼ cup Sunflower kernels
Cut uncooked bacon into bite size pieces and sauté to a golden brown. Do not remove from pan. Do not drain drippings. (Hey, it’s why the kids eat them!)
Add green beans to the bacon and add salt and pepper. Sauté until green beans are fork tender.
Add Sunflower kernels and serve!
So...were you a part of the "Clean Plate Club?"