Being a chef is tough enough because I have so many palates to make sure understand my vision of my menu. When you add kids into the mix I an not going to lie its a big challenge. People often think that my kids will eat anything and everything. Sorry to crush your dreams, but they don’t. They are or were picky eaters. For a long time they would only eat Easy Mac….. So embarrassing to admit to but yup, that was my life being a chef and making Easy Mac. It wasn’t until I actually started NALA’s Kitchen that they were starting to smell the different sauces, vegetables, meats…. I wouldn’t offer them food. I would eat in front of them and soon I would have buddies right next to me or on my lap taking over my plate. I wasn’t pushy I let them go to the food. I would tell them you liked it awesome, don’t ask whats it in just enjoy it.
A couple months ago one of my daughters helped me at a town celebration. I served three different entrees. All of them I did not think my daughter would like, but every time I would serve the food there she was saying “mmmmm that looks yummy.” Sure enough there she was eating a vegetarian bowl, green chicken chili (which now needs to made at home once a month), asian lettuce wraps.
One of my clients suggested to make a kids menu because the parents love the menu but the kids won’t eat the same food. Who do I turn to but my two daughters to help me think of foods that kids would eat. My oldest says “I don’t know make that thing that you make that I like…..” not much help, must be the pre-teen years. My youngest says “make a Caesar salad, a steak salad, chicken salad…” I hold up my hand and say “I don’t know too many kids that like salad you are like a old soul”. After all the debate about salad and finding that thing that I make that my daughter likes, my girls came up with this Kid Approved Menu. They love being part of the business and enjoy making menus along side with me and plan to make changes as they say one day will be my boss.
Being a parent is tough, so cut the parents a little slack if you feel the eye rolls when they are feeding them Easy Mac. We all need a break and I’m sure everyone is doing there best for there child.
Check out our Kids Menu created by Nina and Nola.