Food is an interesting topic in our house. You see, mealtimes are important to all of us, but all three of us eat quite differently. It’s quite a challenge to bring all of the pieces together sometimes, but the more time goes on, the more it just…works.
I’m vegan, and have been since long before I met The New Daddy who happens to be a Texas boy, and until recently did not feel that a meal was complete if it didn’t include meat of some kind. When we were dating, he used to humor me by accompanying me to my favorite vegetarian restaurant, eating, and then asking to stop someplace afterward so he could get some meat! He’s actually fine eating largely vegetarian now, but does still enjoy both meat and dairy in moderation. The babe, of course, is slowly expanding her repertoire of solid foods, but at this point is 98% breastfed with solid food still filling a sensory role more than anything.
Fortunately, the daddy and I both like to eat healthy and since our goals for food and our family are essentially the same, it’s not impossible to prepare meals that will please everyone. I’ll either prepare a vegan meal, with a bit of meat on the side that the daddy can mix in when it’s time to put food to plate, or prepare two nearly identical meals side-by-side. I’ll make a vegan stir fry, for example, with rice and plenty of veggies, plus strips of chicken with the same sauce, in a separate pan. When it’s time to eat, we both serve up some stir fry, but he tosses a bit of chicken in with his. The babe gets a selection of veggies in her bowl, and we’re all happy. Or, I may prepare two types of enchiladas, one with chicken and cheese, and one with black beans and cashew “cheese.” Since I make it all at the same time, it’s really only a bit of extra effort.
When it comes to the type of food we buy, we’re relatively like-minded. We avoid over-processed foods and things like high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors. We buy organic where it’s available. Sadly, it’s quite limited on Guam and there is virtually no fresh, organic produce at all. I buy the few things we do get organic (celery, baby carrots, salad greens, and recently apples) on a consistent basis and try to use exclusively the “clean 15
” for the rest of our cooking and snacks. The more research comes out on the dangers of pesticides
, the stronger I feel on this one. We also avoid canned foods, not just because of concerns over BPA exposure
, but also because we prefer to cook primarily from whole foods, for our health and for our wallet.
For Annabelle, we simply want to provide healthy food from the start. What and how she chooses to eat as time goes on will largely be up to her, but we are making every effort to model healthy eating habits.
Does everyone in your household enjoy similar foods? How do you reconcile your differences and share meals together?