White Bean Hummus with Fresh Basil and Thyme
One of the questions I am asked often from readers is about feeding picky toddlers and children. I thought it would be useful to do a series of picky eater posts, featuring a food group in each.
So, today, I am going to focus on legumes (or beans), and some practical ways for you to cook and prepare meals for your children (as well as yourself) using different types of beans.
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Beans are a daily staple in our diet. It’s not a chore for us to eat them, either – we all love them. Our girls have been eating them since babes, and so they willingly (and often enthusiastically) eat all sorts of beans prepared in different ways.
Unfortunately, I think many children are first introduced to beans in foods that are just unappealing to them – such as in a spicy chili, or a casserole or stew with a lot of onions or peppers. As a result, they associate beans with unappealing tastes and simply say they “don’t like them”. Beans in and of themselves are kid-friendly – no strong flavors and squishy soft textures! There are so many varieties of beans and so many ways to prepare them, that we owe it to our kids (and the lowly bean) to get them in our diet. They are extremely nutritious, inexpensive, and yes, can be very delicious!
Here are just a few ideas to get started…