Tomato and Potato Soup with Fried Tofu and Shiitake Mushrooms, Fava Beans, Ciabatta, Bistro Salad, Braised Leeks
Tomato and Potato Soup
lots of "small pieces, loosely joined" in a quasi-bistro meal.
We've hit upon the best way to clean/prep the fava beans: make it a race between the children to see who can get the most beans. It not only speeds up the prep time but also give them the connection between the raw and finished product.
And perhaps it's just anecdotal evidence on our part, but the kids seem to give unfamiliar foods a slightly better chance of being eaten if they get to touch and help with the prep. It's not just something green that shows up on the plate without any reference or connection. It beats the ol' "eat this, because it's good for you" schtick. Raise your hand if that was ever successful when you were growing up... ;)