At dinner on Monday night, they both cleaned their plates - I made a simple chicken and asparagus stir-fry and served it over brown rice. Each green piece disappeared and asparagus-filled bellies were excused from the table.
My belief: "picky eaters" are not born; they are created. Children have taste preferences and favorite foods. But is a child's refusal to eat certain foods a true expression of dislike? Or is it a powerful tool allows them, at their next meal, to avoid encountering that dreaded asparagus again?
Chicken and Asparagus with Brown Rice
- Local, free range chicken breasts
- Organic asparagus
- Organic garlic
- Organic short-grain brown rice
- Balsamic vinegar
- Salt and pepper
- Cook brown rice: 1 C. uncooked rice, 2 C water, 1 T organic unsalted butter; boil water/butter; add rice; simmer until done (approx. 30 minutes)
- Slice chicken into 1-2 inch pieces; cook over medium heat until almost done
- Salt and pepper the chicken
- Add asparagus, chopped into 1-inch pieces, and drizzle with olive oil
- Saute for a few minutes; add 2-3 pressed garlic cloves
- Drizzle with balsamic vinegar
- Serve over brown rice