Trying not to pass my food dislikes to my children 7

MadDad’s mum doesn’t like mushrooms and tomatoes, neither does MadDad.  When you ask him he puts it down to the fact that he had never tried them until he was older and he doesnt like the texture, he never learned to like them.  In fact between me and MadDad we have quite a few food aversions, but we have always ensured that we try not to pass these on to our boys.

Growing up I didn’t like turnip, but was made to have a tea spoon each Sunday on my dinner and told to mix it with my carrot or potato and I was expected to eat it.  Guess what I actually like turnip now.  With regards to veg, both the boys will happily eat their way though the garden, to which I am so thankful and I put down to the fact that we grow a selection in the garden.

One of our aims for our children was to try and eat our meals together and to not pass on our food aversions to the boys.  I thought we were doing pretty well with this, until I was sent some Salmon as part of my relationship with Fish is the dish.  I then realised that the boys had never ever had salmon.

Before Christmas we were sent a fantastic selection of Youngs Seafood products including some of the Jamie Oliver range, which included salmon and polock fishcakes.  I have to say that I am really am a big fan of frozen fish products and tend to use them instead of fast food.  I often will grab fish fingers or fishcakes and cook them for the boys and serve with garden peas and a jacket potato or oven chips, when I am short of time or inspiration and the boys think it is a real treat.  Both Mini and Maxi loved these fishcakes and asked me to buy more and it really got me thinking that I need to try and ensure that I do not influence the boys food dislikes.

OK, so I am not going to be cooking them salmon fillets on a regular basis, but this doesn’t mean that they will not be eating salmon every now and then.

I would love your hints and tips on how to stop this happening again and how you make sure that you do not pass on your food dislikes to your children.