We are ever so slowly switching over to cauliflower rice. I was not a big fan of it all at first but it’s growing on me. And I don’t think we will make the full switch. Right now, we are using either or with cauliflower and jasmine or basmati rice.
The biggest focus in our house lately has been trying to feed two pre-teens. They have been more and more active but seemingly less hungry. It has had the nutritionist in the making in me freaking out! I know that they don’t need the same amount of calories that I do and we keep nutrient-rich snacks in the house, but seeing the picking off the plate at dinner sends me into a panic.
We are trying so hard to stick to our two-bite rule and then having them pick through to eat what they do like off of the plate. We do not offer a plan b meal because I simply don’t believe in it. I think if a kid is hungry, truly hungry…they’ll eat. Granted I do not have feeding issues with the kids like some of my friends do, so seriously no judgment here! Just my personal preference after having grown up in a clear your plate house with my mom having to cater to two picky eaters. I saw how much she tried to please everyone and in the end no one was happy anyway. So our focus here is parent modeling, balance, variety and moderation.
We have to eat the way that we are asking them to eat. We have to focus on the good stuff. We all try new things to find stuff that we never would have realized we liked. We all eat from smaller plates to help with moderation, but grab seconds if we are still genuinely hungry. We try to not use “skinny” or “fat” in this house and focus on “healthy”, “happy”, and “strong”. Honestly, we might be screwing them up completely…but who knows?!
Maybe just maybe them trying these new things will foster a desire for exploration.
Maybe just maybe knowing moderation may inspire them to be humble and giving if they have means beyond means.
Maybe just maybe in the spirit of balance and variety they may be more accepting of people’s difference and stand up for what they believe to be right.
It may only be food that we are encouraging, but if there’s one thing I have learned so far with parenting, every single thing you do and say is a teaching moment whether you like it or not.
One-Pan Taco Cauliflower Rice
- 2 lb grass-fed ground beef
- 1 cup cut green beans
- 1 cup sweet snacking peppers, chopped Could use stoplight bell peppers
- 4 cups cauliflower, riced
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup taco seasoning
- 1 cup mexican shredded cheese
- 3 stalks green onion for topping
- In a large pan, cook the ground beef until done.
- Add in the riced cauliflower and EVOO; cook for 4-5 minutes
- Add in taco seasoning, peppers, and green beans; cook for 3-4 minutes
- Top with cheese and green onions
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