This is all four of my kids devouring (and I mean they ate that WHOLE tray) a spicy Senegalese dish called tiebou dieune (our friend from Senegal who makes this pronounces it simply "cheb"). And yes, they are eating it with their hands. They don't generally eat with their hands, but it's customary with this dish.
Yep, that is Zion's third birthday dinner of sushi. She begged for it and gorged herself on it (as she usually does - she can eat more than I can)
This is my husband's specialty! It's mahi mahi with Gorgonzola white wine cream sauce (so delicious and so the reason I can't fit into my wedding dress anymore). The salad is the kids favorite (mixed greens, sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, almonds, feta and balsamic vinaigrette). I did splurge and let them have blood orange Italian soda with dinner, because it so delicious.
This is what they cook when they cook for themselves - whole wheat penne with fresh spinach and broccoli. Jena is pouring everyone tea.
And finally Jena making a leek and onion tart. There was nothing but crumbs left of this tart.
So, I'm not saying all of this to brag or to be showy, I just want to say that kids menus are NOT doing anything good for kids. They are small people and can eat food just like big people. And yes, there are going to be foods that don't go over well. There are foods that my kids just will not eat. Three out of the four will not eat raw celery. Zion does not like tomatoes or chocolate (No, my three year old will NOT eat chocolate. Actually she will cry if you give her chocolate - big devastated tears). I make them retry foods periodically, but to no avail with these three foods. But seriously folks, feed kids real food from the very beginning and they will grow up to eat real food. Kids in France are not the only kids who can eat everything!