- Start about three and a half months before you plan on getting him to eat it by having him help plant the seeds for the basil and parsley that will be used in the pesto.
- Have him water the seedlings and check on them every day.
- Let the boy help shovel loads of compost into trash cans from the local department of public works to bring home to dump in your garden.
- Have him help transplant the basil and parsley into the garden.
- Check on the plants and water them with him every day.
- Three and a half months later, let him rip basil and parsley right off the plants.
- Let him cut up his knuckles while grating the parmesan cheese to go in the pesto.
- Have him smell each ingredient before it goes in the food processor.
- Let him turn the food processor on and off many times.
- Cook his favorite pasta.
- Put pesto on his favorite pasta.
- Watch him eat without hesitation "his" pesto.
- Smile when he's surprised he likes it.
Monday, July 21, 2008
To a six-year-old boy, pesto looks like something someone threw up. It's bright green with darker specks. So how do you get a six-year-old to eat it? Here are the steps you need to take.