Our family has its fair share of food aversions and quirks.
My son hates tomatoes. He'll eat salsa, ketchup, a little spaghetti sauce, but no tomatoes that resemble their fresher selves. Since the rest of our family loves tomatoes (and I have eight healthy tomato plants in my garden) his life can be quite miserable.
Pants hates onions. This one was difficult for the chef in me to take. I remember a time when each and every meal started with "Chop up an onion..." The rest of our family agrees with Pants. Even I cringe a little when fresh onions are added to certain food items--- it's probably a hold over from when I hated onions while growing up. Now, however, I love, love, love roasted onions. Every so often, I roast a bunch of sweet onions and keep a secret stash in the refrigerator to add to my own meals (a roasted yam + caramelized onions + goat cheese= YUM for lunch).
My daughter--- well she doesn't like mushrooms but she just removes them without much fanfare. However, for what she doesn't complain about she makes up for in her constant food requests: "When are you going to make aebleskivers again? Can we make Brownies?... You haven't made Cupcakes lately... We should make homemade Ice Cream..." For the observant readers out there, you might notice a theme!? :-)
I'm the one always trying to pass off the healthy stuff on my family. I make treats every now and then, but for the most part, I try to healthy-them-up a bit. We've had success here and there. I persuaded my daughter to eat oatmeal soaked overnight with chia seeds ("what are those weird little black things in there?' Upon tasting it: "Hmmm, they don't taste like anything..."). Our standard cupcake recipe is a vegan one, and my kids call nutritional yeast on their popcorn, 'caramel.'
But there are my failures... Thankfully, my family makes the best of them.
These were yesterday's fallen cupcakes (because I was doing too many things at one time and didn't check to see if they were baked through--- ugh). They turned into convenient little chocolate cups to hold fresh whipped cream.
My attempt at making a pumpkin pie pudding in the Vita-Mix was a failure and will soon become a savory Curried Pumpkin Soup. (I will perfect that parfait, though--- the spices were off a bit).
I guess my theme is to stay flexible when it comes to feeding my family. I try not to take complaints personally. I respect others tastes and opinions but I also try to "stretch" them a bit in hopes they'll find a form of their food aversion that they do like...