Comments on: Plated http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/plated/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:29:44 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: domonique | a bowl full of simple http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/plated/comment-page-1/#comment-837699 domonique | a bowl full of simple Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:25:21 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30055#comment-837699 It doesn’t always go well in our house, but I decided long ago that I wasn’t going to make separate meals. Only requirement is to try a bite of everything on your plate. I plate most of the meals, some are make-your-own style like tostadas or baked potatoes. Keep it fresh for the kids and simple for mom is my motto.

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By: Cheri http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/plated/comment-page-1/#comment-434615 Cheri Thu, 31 Jan 2013 02:22:15 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30055#comment-434615 Around our house, we just eat up. Plating is something I find rather obnoxious – I don’t even like it at the restaurants. My way of thinking is that it doesn’t have to be fancy, just taste good. Some of my favorite meals look terrible when served up and there is no way to “plate” them so they will look more appealing – yet they’re the best tasting meals.

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By: Mexican Dinner | cozy http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/plated/comment-page-1/#comment-434392 Mexican Dinner | cozy Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:14:56 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30055#comment-434392 [...] week Design Mom featured a photograph of this delicious looking Mexican inspired dinner. At first glance I thought, [...]

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By: Weekend Pretties | All Sorts of Pretty http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/plated/comment-page-1/#comment-434135 Weekend Pretties | All Sorts of Pretty Sun, 27 Jan 2013 13:18:07 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30055#comment-434135 [...] How do you plate your food? [...]

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/plated/comment-page-1/#comment-432788 Raleigh-Elizabeth Thu, 24 Jan 2013 19:16:44 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30055#comment-432788 Becky – all totally brilliant! I love how you course the meal. It reminds me so much of how my stepmom (French – I feel like I should be adding an “of course” here) paced our meals growing up. What a lucky child she is to have you there caring so much not just for her health and happiness, but for her healthy and happy relationship with food! A lifelong foodie in the works : )

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By: Becky http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/plated/comment-page-1/#comment-432776 Becky Thu, 24 Jan 2013 19:10:53 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30055#comment-432776 I’m her nanny, since she was little, I’ve made it my personal mission to help this kid have a happy, healthy, loving relationship with her food. It’s one of my greatest pleasures in life, and I wanted to share that with her. Now she’s a toddler and when it’s just the two of us for dinner I offer the meal in courses. First: veggie in the form of a pretty soup or salad. I put the soup in a small white bowl. Salad is the greens laid out on the plate, topped with fruit or nuts and perhaps a light dressing. I don’t know if she’s liking veggies more, or soup, or maybe it’s just because she’s hungry at the start of a meal- we get in lots of veggies this way! And then the protein and grain – small servings on one small white plate. Sometimes piled, sometimes totally separate. I like to “present” it to her, naming what’s there. We talk about it as she takes bites, her word for “spicy” is hilarious! Depending on what she likes, she’ll often request more of something before moving on. Sometimes we have more in a serving bowl, sometimes I’ve only made a small amount, in which case I make a mental note that she really enjoyed it – success! And then after the meal – a treat awaits. It’s a big deal to her because it’s her favorite food groups: fruit and dairy. I’ll cut fruit in an unconventional way, top it with yogurt. Maybe whole berries surrounded by cheese cubes. I like it to feel like something you’d gaze at through a glass window. Perhaps I’ve been inspired by the truffle displays I drooled over as a kid. It’s simple to make good, fresh food look appetizing. Having a special meal together is one of the highlights of the day!
I was inspired greatly by the book “French Kids Eat Everything” if you’d like a good reference on creating a happy food culture at home – the French certainly have it down!

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/plated/comment-page-1/#comment-432604 Raleigh-Elizabeth Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:22:11 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30055#comment-432604 Hahaha Heidi, what a fantastic truth.

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/plated/comment-page-1/#comment-432603 Raleigh-Elizabeth Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:21:18 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30055#comment-432603 Brandy, this is so wonderful. I love how you’re getting them so excited about food – straight from the seed!

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/plated/comment-page-1/#comment-432602 Raleigh-Elizabeth Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:20:47 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30055#comment-432602 Martha – how smart! Plus we all have been schooled by Top Chef (and our mothers) that food is never supposed to be on the rim – small portions are always ALWAYS the better option. (Unless it’s ice cream or cake, in which I’d opt for the whole plate full anyway! Probably not healthy…)

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/plated/comment-page-1/#comment-432601 Raleigh-Elizabeth Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:19:34 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30055#comment-432601 Susan, that sounds so tricky, but it seems like you’ve got it down to a fine art.

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/plated/comment-page-1/#comment-432600 Raleigh-Elizabeth Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:17:48 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30055#comment-432600 Andrea, this gives me so much hope – we’re planning on doing the same dinner plan with our little one when he hits solid food. And I’m so glad the dinner table conversation isn’t dead – it was easily my favorite thing about dinner growing up. They’re surely going to remember it all so fondly.

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/plated/comment-page-1/#comment-432599 Raleigh-Elizabeth Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:16:35 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30055#comment-432599 Summer, that’s so smart. I love how you’re involving them in the process. They must get so much out of it!

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/plated/comment-page-1/#comment-432597 Raleigh-Elizabeth Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:15:54 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30055#comment-432597 Katie, this made me laugh!

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/plated/comment-page-1/#comment-432596 Raleigh-Elizabeth Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:15:02 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30055#comment-432596 Oh, Alexis! How fun! I love that you’ve been photographing them – your kids are bound to love those later. My mom and I were just reminiscing about the star-shaped sandwiches she used to make me (on occasion). They were always the best way to get lunch – no matter what.

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/plated/comment-page-1/#comment-432595 Raleigh-Elizabeth Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:13:45 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30055#comment-432595 I love beef stroganoff! Let us know how you find a way to serve it so they realize how delicious it is!

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/plated/comment-page-1/#comment-432594 Raleigh-Elizabeth Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:12:49 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30055#comment-432594 That’s so smart, Grace! Thanks for sharing!

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By: Susan http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/plated/comment-page-1/#comment-432593 Susan Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:06:43 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30055#comment-432593 Great article. I plate right from the stove. With 2 kids with Celiac disease plus one withdiabetes. First I serve/measure food for diabetic/celiac guy then serve extra skinny guy/celiac extra food and then plate food for my daughter, husband and myself with foods that contain wheat. It is a little tricky making sure I don’t use utensils on gluten free food that I have served food that contains wheat. Last night we had the dressing for all those who could eat it and I had to remember to keep that spoon out of everything else. Sounds simple but when you are serving 6 different things it’s not:)

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By: Martha http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/plated/comment-page-1/#comment-432574 Martha Thu, 24 Jan 2013 08:22:21 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30055#comment-432574 Love this post, I think about this all the time…and not just because I’m a rabid Top Chef fan! I find less is more, too much food on a plate overwhelms my kids. Then I serve more as they chow down.

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By: Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/plated/comment-page-1/#comment-432564 Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker Thu, 24 Jan 2013 05:23:25 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30055#comment-432564 We have 7 children ages 11 and under, and we plate every meal (including lunch, since I homeschool my children). We started it in the beginning because it was just easier to cut up everyone’s food at once, rather than trying to cut up all of the food at the table and make them wait, but I really like it.

We don’t go out to eat, but plating out food makes it feel like you’re at a restaurant. I grow plenty of fresh herbs, which are really nice on top of a meal.

As soon as my lettuce grows in (it just sprouted in the garden today! The children were all so happy about it today. I heard lots of “Yeah! I love salad!” from them when I told them the lettuce would be ready in a few weeks.) I will be doing two plates for each child, with salad as the first course. We also are waiting for a sale on some small glass bowls to go with out plates; we are flying through the bowls here, with soup at lunch and oatmeal or yogurt at several (though not all) breakfasts. We run the dishwasher after every two meals, because it is full (18 plates and 18 bowls plus silverware and mixing cups/cooking utensils).

I am also planting more flowers in the garden so that we can have flowers on the table all the time.

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By: Heidi http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/plated/comment-page-1/#comment-432558 Heidi Thu, 24 Jan 2013 03:48:21 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30055#comment-432558 I try to make dinner look appetizing, but let’s be honest…kids are a lot more likely to eat their vegetables at dinner if they know that they get the leftovers for breakfast!

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