Well Fed, Flat Broke: Sausage And Peppers
This week, Toddler has taken us by surprise. He has tried new tastes, and as a result, liked new things. He has requested that dinner items be packed up for his daycare lunches. He has asked for seconds.
As always, this has little to do with us and everything to do with some outside factor we could not have anticipated. Once you accept that their issues with food are, more often than not, issues over which they want to have some control, the pressureâ€™s off you. Itâ€™s up to you to keep putting the food in front of them, and itâ€™s up to them what they do with it. Our rule is that you have to at least try it, but after that, whatever.
The issue of â€œtryingâ€ has been contentious, and Toddler has not enjoyed this requirement. He has been vocal in his opposition (arenâ€™t they always?). But last week he asked to have Green Eggs & Ham read to him at bedtime, and weâ€™ve read it every night since, and just like that â€œIf you will let me be, I will try them. You will see.â€
â€œHe tried it and he liked it?â€ he asked, as if confirming something unthinkable. â€œIsnâ€™t it silly to say you donâ€™t like something when you donâ€™t even know how it tastes?â€ I remarked.
And that is how, to everyoneâ€™s amazement, sausage and peppers became Toddlerâ€™s favourite dinner.
This oneâ€™s an easy one-pot dish if you serve it up as sandwiches â€“ get some soft Portuguese rolls and you can take this dinner to go. Itâ€™s also great tossed with pasta, or spooned over soft polenta.