PLEASE! PLEASE eat your chicken nuggets!

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Sounds like something a Mom should NEVER have to say (errrr beg) of their toddlers!  Am I right?

When we first landed stateside it was interim living small apartment life for us.  None of my kitchen items and a non-stocked pantry! In other words, cooking was a real pain in the you know what!  But you know what, that was okay.  We were back in America!   Hello land of food I can identify!!!!!  So with an empty pantry and limited cooking tools going out seemed like the best bet....  enter Chick-fil-A!

But you see my toddlers had never eaten Chick-Fil-A, the only fried chicken they had ever had was homemade by yours truly or Japanese style fried chicken from the grocery store in China topped with, of course, Kewpie mayonnaise. 

During their first Chick-Fil-A outing I had to bribe them to eat just one nugget, just one bite of one nugget.  (And don't even get me started on those odd shaped fries! Lost cause!)    Not all the honey mustard sauce (aka sugary greatness!) in the world was an appropriate Kewpie substitute.   Needless to say it was a fail... the first, second, third etc.. times.  What can I say, their mommy loves some Chick-Fil-A and I really needed my dynamic duo to get on the chicken train with me!

Eventually I just had to accept the facts.  My children would eat the spicy side of Chinese Hot Pot and Dan Dan noodles studded with Sichuan peppercorns, but would not touch American kid food.  The first few months of being back were a constant experiment for my (usually we will eat anything and everything) kids to find out what American foods they would eat without a fight!

Thank the Lord for fried rice.  That with a side of broccoli was our fall back meal during the taste bud acclimation period!!!  Lots and lots of fried rice. No joke. I knew our addiction to fried rice had gone to the dark side when my son could place his own order at the local Thai restaurant....  'fried rice and shrimp, no onion sticks'

The good news is eventually I weaned them off of fried rice.  And I'm happy to report that over a year later we only eat fried rice once a month and my kids now enjoy Chick-Fil-A nuggets with honey mustard sauce, and even enjoy a few waffle fries.
Operation Americanize Taste-buds...  Complete!

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