Funny toddler foods

If you know me and Hubby, you probably know that we are notoriously bad about “forgetting” to go grocery shopping, so we eat out a lot. And by a lot, I mean about 4 times a week. Two dinners we mooch from family, and maybe I cook once each week.

Anyway, that means that Lulu tends to try lots of different foods. For example, we went out to eat at Red Lobster with my parents a few weeks ago. We ordered simple mac and cheese for L, which she ate. But what else did she want to eat that day? Chunks of lemon.

She literally pulled the lemon off of my water glass and stuck it in her mouth. She made the most adorable pucker face and then went back for more! Now we offer her the lemon from my water pretty much every time we go out. She loves it.

Later we went to Big Bowl for dinner. We ordered chicken skewers for Lulu, but she wasn’t interested at all. Instead we discovered a slightly less weird, but still pretty unusual food that she likes: calamari. Sure, it was breaded and deep-fried, but we still didn’t expect baby girl to like it.

The last place we’ve found unusual toddler foods is a little pizzeria near our house. We’ve walked down to the restaurant twice, and both times L surprised us by her food “choices.”

During the first visit, she was enamored with the pesto sauce from our appetizer. Sure the mozzarella cheese and tomato chunks were okay, but the pesto was what she really wanted. She literally licked it off our fingers until the pizzas came.

The other night, we went back to the same pizzeria. We ordered a salad with raw red onions and decided to let Lulu try them. We
were amazed to find that she wanted more! She must have eaten six or seven pieces of the stuff.

During the same trip, she decided she really wanted the bottle of balsamic vinegar. In my attempt to dissuade her away from it, I
let her try some. We poured a small amount on the table and dipped my finger in the puddle. Then L licked it off. Of course, she made the adorable pucker face, but then she signed that she wanted more. Throughout the meal, we dipped little pieces of pizza crust in the balsamic so that she could have more of it.

For those of you with toddlers, have you had any experience letting them try any of these food?

  • Lemon
  • Calamari
  • Pesto
  • Red onions
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Smoked salmon
  • Hummus (yep, she likes that too)

Next time you start thinking about how something won’t make good toddler food, let your little one try it. He or she might surprise you. Or maybe not. Either way, it’ll make for a fun experience.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Dodging Acorns
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 21:02:31

    pickles – the more sour the better. Ben loves limes. Anything in soy sauce. pesto and vinegar are big hits here too.


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