Luckily for us, Orion is by no means a picky eater. He’s actually pretty adventurous, and if we take him out to a restaurant, he’ll eat anything we’re eating. He didn’t even bat an eye at the soup dumplings we shoved in his mouth at Mission Chinese Food on a recent trip to New York City. So far he’s eaten pickled salmon, smoked yogurt with pickled beets, fresh ramen, grilled Dungeness crab, brisket tacos, fried pork skins, biscuits and gravy. The list goes on.
While Orion will eat pretty much everything you point his way in a restaurant, it’s a different story when we get home. The thing we’ve really struggled to get Orion to eat is meat. As soon as we put it in his mouth, it comes right back out in no uncertain way. So we’ve had to find sneakier ways of getting him to ingest protein. Besides hiding it in a grilled cheese sandwich or quesadilla, we’ve found other means of getting protein into his diet. We’re pretty much stuck with eggs, nuts, soy, and beans. The good news is that Orion loves eggs, beans, and any nut butter you can find. I thought for our first kids’ meal recipe I’d share a super simple quinoa bowl that I’ve been turning to more and more. It’s a good protein-rich base that’s easily adaptable based on whatever vegetables I happen to have on hand. Plus it incorporates Orion’s favorite food of all – BA! (banana).