As in life things can sometimes most wonderfully work out simpler than at first hoped ..the other night I made a nice and mild coconut green curry with pork and green beans served with rice for our sons babysitter and our little guy to enjoy for dinner. As I explained the meal to be served I also asked the dear babysitter to please encourage our son to try some of the green beans -peer pressure at its best!- since my little boy LOVES his babysitter.
When we returned home we received the news that in fact our little guy had taken a taste of a green bean .. apparently he didn't seem to enjoy the taste .. but he did take one none the less. So .. later that week I noticed a little container of leftovers in the fridge from the curry meal and decided it would be nice to have it for our lunch. I reheated the green bean pork curry and rice and plated everything up, I caught myself taking the green beans out of the curry of my boys bowl and reminded myself to never presume what he will or will not eat!
I cut up the beans into smaller chunks and kind of tucked them a bit under the rice and pork knowing that as he started eating he would fully see them but just hoping he would take that initial bite and see that they weren't an enemy that needed to be tossed overboard! I also put everything in his green frog bowl to offset the green of the green beans .. and as I have done many times in the past I offered only a soup spoon so that bigger all inclusive bites would be taken.
Well well well much to my surprise my hungry little boy inhaled his rice and green curry with pork and green bean bits .. so much so that I actually [when he wasn't looking] threw in some even bigger chunks of the green beans, just to see what he would do .. ummm well he totally ate them .. yes he did leave behind some bites BUT he *did not* pick anything out which he is a super pro at doing normally.
1. usually I cook my green beans pretty el dente .. maybe almost raw sometimes .. which I love, but I realized that by having reheated the curry the green beans were softer and I think just kinda chewed up softly and nicely with the pork chunks for my boy .. so texture for that one was a winner for him
2. having someone else encourage him to taste the green beans .. the babysitter
3. since he has slowly learned to like the taste of a mild curry using the green colour of a green curry and a green frog bowl to present those green beans with .. colour sight association all positive
4. and at the end of it all just to further the cause I placed a plate of green beans raw on the counter and just left them there .. sure enough he eventually got curious and wanted to grab one for a look .. we talked a bit about it and I casually munched one while we were talking and then used my dinosaur like to CRUNCH game with it .. sure enough he took a tiny little crunch .. not even a bite but just a little toothy indent .. enough to just get that extra little taste. Ahhh my sweet boy!