It hurts my heart a wee bit to admit this but, ” I am the mother of a VERY picky eater.” Wow, that is hard to say. I was the mom who pureed all sorts of organic vegetables when my children were wee tots. I mean, I'm the mom who LOVES to cook and try all sorts of new foods and whose list of foods she doesn't like ends at #3. In fact, other than lamb, I'm hard pressed to name a food I really don't like! O.K….I'm really not fond of game meat…and I could easily do without salami. There are my 3 foods that I don't like.
But my buddy Rob…not sure his list could be quantified, it is so long. In general, all vegetables are on his ‘won't eat' list, in addition to sauces of any kind and eggs. If there is a whiff of ‘healthy' it's a non-starter. My boy regularly sits at dinner without eating a bite of the food set before him. Forever, I've refused to cook a separate meal, so it's very common for him to not eat dinner. Lest you think that I need to be reported to Child Protective Services, I will let you know that Rob is a 6 foot tall, 180 pound young man who hasn't had so much as a cold in years! So the moral of this story is that the human body is a remarkably resilient machine and for all you moms of young children who are picky eaters, I say this, don't stress about it.
All that being said, I do endeavor to get healthy food into the boy. We all know that ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day', so that's the meal I really focus on. But once again, he won't eat eggs or oatmeal. He'll eat bagels and cream cheese until the cows come home, but I hate sending him to school with just empty carbs in his belly. Oh, and he won't eat the lunch served in the school cafeteria, and oh yeah, sandwiches are on his ‘don't like ‘ list. So…breakfast is a REALLY important meal.
Enter Whole Wheat Sausage, Cheese and Potato Waffles! My young man devours these hearty waffles, which truly makes my heart sing! ?❤? And these aren't your light and airy Belgian waffle. These are hearty waffles meant to deliver a good dose of rib-sticking protein to get you through the better part of your day. These waffles for breakfast, accompanied with a big bowl of fruit (yes…he really does like fruit…need to be thankful for that!), make me feel like I've done my mom job in making sure he's prepared for a day of learning.
And, as if it can't get any better, you can easily make a bunch of these waffles in advance! I freeze them, thaw them in the morning and then pop them in the toaster to warm and crisp them up! Done and Done!
Can be made ahead and frozen. Thaw and toast to crisp and warm.
And it's a good thing that Rob doesn't read my blog, because if he knew that there was whole wheat flour in the waffles, he'd swear them off in a New York second…even though hes' been eating them oblivious to the whole wheat. Oh, a bit of full disclosure; because Rob has nose for healthy foods that would make a bloodhound jealous, I use half white and half whole wheat. I'm afraid that his healthy alarm would go off if I used all whole wheat flour.
One last parting anecdote about Rob and his disdain for healthy. You know from my past posts that I'm all about foods that are as close to the earth, and as far from a lab, as possible. As such, shelling out the extra money for Grade A, Pure Maple Syrup was a no brainer. Well, Rob spent the night at a friend's home several years ago and came home swooning over their syrup, which was called ‘Aunt Jemima', whose first two ingredients are high fructose corn syrup and corn syrup. To this day, many years later, he won't consume the real maple syrup I have, opting instead for the fake, which I have capitulated and purchased. Oh well…he's been consuming it for years and has continued to thrive and grow and hasn't sprouted a third eye yet, so I guess all my neuroses were for naught. Live and Learn…and laugh.
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