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Friday, 15 July 2016

So she made sushi: Getting healthy food inside your toddler with Yutaka

So she made sushi: Getting healthy food inside your toddler with Yutaka

Warning: May contain bad puns


My daughter was such a good eater as a baby; she never refused a thing and would eat vegetables with glee. She actually did most things with glee; it's how we were tricked into having another one.

Then, suddenly and without fair warning, the inevitable fussy toddler stage hit. Getting healthy food into her now seems to require a level of commitment that I just can't pull off every day of the week; Daddy has got all the patience in the world for pretending to eat her food and letting her steal it from him at the last minute. Up until now this has worked a treat, but lately her enthusiasm for the game has started to wane and now our arsenal of tricks is limited to the old classic of hiding veg in sauce.

Home grown pea pod
But last week, a bizarre thing happened.

My daughter picked some pea pods straight from the plant, and ate them. No fuss, no blending them into a sauce. Just pea pods, raw and fresh.

Obviously it was bad news for the stir fry I had planned for tea which was mange tout-less, and worse news for my reputation with the neighbours as she keeps shouting 'I need a pea!' really loudly.
Toddler eating peas from the pod
Sadly though, my brief fantasy of a Good Life style household cannot be; I am not green fingered enough (nor do I have the time) to grow all the vegetables we need all year round; peas and the odd tomato, maybe a courgette... that's about my limit. I am no Felicity Kendal.

But it did give me an idea...

Maybe, just maybe, she would eat healthy food more willingly if she could make it herself? She's not the most patient of children (she's two, go figure) so waiting for food to cook is a tough business. What we need is something fun, quick and healthy.

You may recall that my o-fish-al sponsor for Britmums Live this year was the UK based Japanese food company Yutaka. They have recently created a 'Sushi Starter Kit' which contains everything you need to make 12 nori rolls - you just add your filling and roll it up.

I love sushi, but I have never thought about making it at home, and even less so with the toddlers present. But the pack insists that it's Japan-easy, and so I thought we would give it a bash. It sounded too good to ig-Nori. (Yes, that's a really bad one. Soy sorry).

So I boiled up the rice, steamed some salmon, and chopped an avocado on the sly so she wouldn't stand there and shout 'Don't cook it mummy!' at me (I don't know, my guess is as good as yours).

Then we made sushi! And it was easy.
Toddler making sushi
Then you get the sheet of nori, place the rice and filling on it
(She "helped")...
Hand made Yutaka sushi rolls
Use the bamboo mat to roll it up...
Hand rolled sushi with Yutaka sushi kit
Et voila! In retrospect a sharp knife would have been handy
Hand made salmon sushi with Yutaka sushi kit
But it didn't look too bad, heavily filtered.
Well, that's just how we roll.

So, did my theory work? Did she eat every mouthful?

Well actually, no. She picked it apart and ate the insides. For goodness saké.
Big toddler eating sushiBaby eating sushi
The small one on the other hand made light work of it. It's a strong taste for a youngun but he obviously has his mother's tastebuds. He heartily approved, and obviously thought it was jolly good as he tried to cram it in his mouth all at once.

It made miso happy to see that he enjoyed it. The big one did say, despite the fact she didn't actually eat much of it, that she had fun. I couldn't nigri more...

The sushi starter kit costs £3.99 from most supermarkets and you can also buy it from Amazon. One kit plus the filling fed the three of us. I was given a kit free for the purposes of this post, but already have already bought another because I love sushi and I can't help myself.
Baby with sushi everywhere
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41 comments:

  1. Haha very brave of you. Good work!

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  2. Distinct lack of soy sauce, but I'll let you off as it was for t'kids primarily. Wassssup,B? #tribe

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    1. I'll have you know mine was swimming in the stuff. Love me a bit of soy sauce.

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  3. im going to try this with my two!

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  4. What a great idea - I'll definitely be trying this with my 2 boys (2 and 8) over the summer hols. Thanks for the post - very pleased to have found your blog :)

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    1. Thanks Colette :)
      Well worth a try. I will definitely be having another bash soon!

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  5. I love your puns! Had me in stitches!

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  6. I actually might try this! Anything to get us all eating together....

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  7. Haha I love your puns. Never thought to actually make sushi so may give it a go. Especially as the kit is a reasonable price x

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    1. Thanks Emily. I thought I was the only one who loved a good pun. I am unashamed ;)

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  8. Ah, those puns are fabulous. The sushi looks good too! #TribalLove

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    1. Why thankyou *tips hat*. I made them myself...

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  9. What a clever mommy! I might just need a Pea too ;) #KCACOLS

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  10. Couldn't nigri more - funny girl! Such a good idea to get children to help make dinner - I used to do the with mine but they soon cottoned on to the fact that I was basically getting them to help with yet another chore so decided that eating the food was preferable to having to make it! Hopefully you'll get to that stage too! Funny, entertaining post though - great food taste too! x

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  11. I LOVE sushi! Might have to try the kids with it x #KCACOLS

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  12. Oh any post that has such quality puns is a win! No need to say soy here. On a serious note that sushi kit looks amazing. I love sushi but had assumed that it would be too tricky to do with children. However, your review makes it look so easy! WIN! I am going to have to give this a try #KCACOLS

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  13. I have never had sushi and possibly never will. It definitely looks like something my daughter would love to make and then not eat as is her way and she is 10! #kcacols

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  14. haha brilliant! I've never had sushi! I just find the concept yucky haha and I hate fish :/ your kids sounds like they enjoyed it though, even if your daughter did pick it to bits! my boy def would have done the same haha. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday :)

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  15. I've never had sushi but it actually looks really nice. I'm the fussy one in our house and even I think this looks good. Def going to have to give this a try, especially as the kids can help! #KCACOLS

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  16. What a good idea! I would have been really impressed if the she ate the entire thing, but I too have a picky eater so not shocking. He picks everything apart before eating! #KCACOLS

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  17. The 'miso' pun was my favourite! I've never had sushi but I don't like fish so not sure it would be a hit in this house! #KCACOLS

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  18. Wow though the fact that you got her eating sushi at all is amazing! 😂 #chucklemums

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  19. I love sushi, but the young'uns won't go near it. Maybe if we made it together.... Worth a crack. #chucklemums

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  20. My god! This looks so yummy! I am loving all the puns too. I pretty much have to pretend to eat all of Charles's food, it's so boring and still isn't that effective! #chucklemums

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  21. OH Fran, your puns are amazing! I can't remember why but at one point at uni we kept using the word 'Hong' - thanks for coming over, don't leave it too hong until we see you again - this just reminded me of that. ANYWAY these look great and I may have to get one, I hate cooking but I reckon I could handle this so I can treat my long suffering husband to a day off from cooking. #chucklemums

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  22. A great idea. You think of baking cakes and biscuits with toddlers (rashly), but not necessarily of making sushi. My teens are into making fajitas at the mo - perhaps we just get too hung up with the whole meat and 2 veg thing in this country...Alison x #Chucklemums

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  23. This looks a brilliant kit and really reasonable too. However much I enjoyed the sounds of the sushi it was nothing compared to my enjoyment of your puns!! #chucklemums Lucy at occupation: (m)other

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  24. Looks really good pun. :) I love sushi and this makes me think I might avo(ca)do myself ... #chucklemums

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  25. Ooh, I used to live in Japan and LOVE Japanese food. I didn't realise your BML sponsor was a Japanese food company. I have tried giving Piglet sushi, but not recently. To be honest, he's always been extremely fussy though so getting him to eat anything at al can be a challenge! #chucklemums

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  26. Oh I'm not the biggest Sushi lover but have always fancied making it for some reason, for that price I'm gonna buy one to make with my little one...he'll hate it but I know he'll have fun with the making at least!
    LOVING the puns! x

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  27. Being a lover of both sushi and puns that was soy up my street! You've made it look easy and profesh which is encouraging! I have sushi as a treat now and then so I'm concerned I'd balls it up and be 'disappointed of Devon' but maybe I'll have a look out for the starter kit next time i'm at the supermarche! #chucklemums

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  28. I'm showing this to my 5 year old tomorrow, this sort of stuff really seems to work for him at the moment and after coming out of a hellishly fussy stage, I am keen to broaden his horizons as much as possible. Especially good for me as you promise that it is Japan-easy #chucklemums

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  29. Yayy rice in your shorts..Love these pictures, miso happy almost made me wee myself giggling at my desk..my 5 year old is the devil for fussy eating, like your little one he was fine as a baby then he hit 3 and EVERYTHING had to be beige..think we might try some sushi..looks like a lot of fun!x #KCACOLS

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  30. This is so lovely, we adore sushi so I want to make my own! Little R frustrates me though because she doesn't do everything perfect - silly baby haha! #chucklemums

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  31. I guess this makes you an eda-mummy? Like edamame? The beans? I'll try harder next time #KCACOLS

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  32. I love all the fish puns - no need to apologise for ig-nori!! This is a great idea as my little one has reached a sudden fussy phase too...looks great and a nice thing to do together too. Thanks for hosting #chucklemums

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  33. It made miso happy to read this! I was really thinking you were going to say she ate it. Never mind, the raw peas are a milestone! But at least the little one got stuck in. I know exactly the feeling when they eat everything wonderful and then suddenly stop. We've tried all the stunts and tricks and now I figure that if she's still eating basics when she goes on her first date, it might be a bit embarrassing for her. Great post #KCACOLS

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  34. Terrible puns, but the worst ones are always the best, aren't they?! I think my two-year-old is at the same stage of fussy eating as yours, I can just see her happily helping to make sushi, then when the time comes to eat it, unrolling it again, pulling it apart and trying to put it back together again while eating no more than two mouthfuls of the insides. I did actually toy with the idea of buying her some sushi the other day, but didn't. It's too hit and miss. She usually loves avocado though, so you never know! #KCACOLS

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  35. My two adore sushi and their favourite treat is a 'panda' meal in Itsu - not cheap though!! #KCACOLS

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