A Meal with a Plan
Story Erin Wyble Newcomb
Illustrated by Annie Dwyer-Internicola
My elder daughter is an adventurous eater who is willing to try just about anything; my younger daughter is more cautious, preferring her favorite standbys to culinary experiments. The challenge for my husband and me is to respect their personalities while still planning and preparing healthy, delicious and affordable meals for our whole family. I’d like to share some of the strategies that work for us, at least most of the time!
Emphasize where food comes from. We love to pick up produce and specialty items at local farms and farmers’ markets, because of course adults are not the only ones who love samples. There’s also something inherently satisfying about snacking on the fruits and vegetables we’ve picked ourselves after a lovely morning at the farm. While we don’t have a lot of space for a garden, the same magic seems to apply to our small plot. Somehow, those cherry tomatoes never make it into the house because the girls eat them in the yard. Knowing where food comes from and the nurturance it requires are key values for my family, so we prioritize spending our time and money on quality ingredients—not to mention the quality experiences we get to share!