Grace is picky. I don’t actually call her picky (in my head or out loud). I would like to believe this is just a phase, and she’s going to grow out of it soon. At least, that’s what I tell myself. We aren’t desperate, but we do play tricks to coax her out of this picky eating business. One such trick is to allow her to plan our meals. Skeptical? It works. We don’t do it every day (not even every week), but when I let Grace choose what we’ll have for dinner, she picks healthy foods and eats them. Last Friday, I asked Grace what we should have for supper, fully expecting her to pick pizza or McDonald’s or some such meal. She didn’t. Soup, she said, with bread. She really would have liked Joe’s awesome crock pot potato chowder, but it was already after lunch when I asked. There wasn’t enough time for that to cook. I happened to be paging through the new Everyday Food magazine, and I passed a recipe for cauliflower cheddar soup. I suggested it. Sounds good, she said. After I picked myself up off the floor, I called Joe and asked him to pick up the ingredients. I have not seen Grace eat cauliflower – cooked or raw – for at least a year. Maybe 2 years. But she agreed to have cauliflower soup for dinner. And she ate it. She told me about halfway through her bowl of soup that she didn’t like it. She ate half of a bowl of soup that she didn’t like. No kidding. I did like it, and this soup is definitely going in to our meal rotation. If my calculations were right, it has only 156 calories per cup, so it’s incredibly healthy in addition to delicious.
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