Feeding a family is a huge task. Planning meals, shopping, and organizing everyone's schedules, not to mention the actual cooking—can be truly overwhelming both for experienced and novice cooks. So it isn't surprising that we tend to prepare the same tried and trusted meals, with little room for adventurous ingredients or recipes.
But, research shows that the more variety children are exposed to from early on the better they eat as they grow. The good news is that you don't need to throw out your old recipe binder and crowd your shelves with dozens of exotic cookbooks to achieve a varied diet for your family.
Instead, aim to introduce one new food per week (or per month) as a side dish with minimal or no cooking or as an additional ingredient to familiar dishes. Here are some great candidates:
Happy New Year! What new foods will you incorporate in your family's meals in 2016?
Natalia Stasenko MS, RD, CDN is a pediatric dietitian based in London and New York. She offers an online, one-on-one support program for parents of picky eaters called Feeding Bytes, and is the mother of three. Natalia is the cowriter of the cookbook Real Baby Food, and when not writing, teaching or consulting, she is in the kitchen cooking and eating with her family. Follow Natalia on Twitter, read more of her stories on feedingbytes.com.