Pears with Green Beans, Orange and Gorgonzola

You may be thinking – my child will never eat gorgonzola cheese. And you may be right. But there is a slight chance that your child could surprise you.

Magnus loves pasta with gorgonzola cream, so I wanted to see if he would like straight gorgonzola.

Gorgonzola is a strong cheese, but it is milder than the french blue cheese Roquefort. In pastas or in sauces for meat, it gives depth without the sharpness.

If he did not like it, I figured, I knew he would still eat the green beans, pear and orange. It was worth a try.

I think it is important to try to offer foods that your children may not necessarily like. If you assume the worst, your child will never have the opportunity to try for themselves. A dear friend of mine was shocked when her 3 year old daughter ate sea urchins the other day at a sushi restaurant, especially since she cannot stand sea urchins. You never know. And the more diversity in your child’s diet, the wider the horizon for your child’s experiences, stimulation and nutritional intake from a variety of foods. So try it. Worst case scenario is that you get to enjoy the left-overs.

Which we did.

Magnus did not have much love for the raw gorgonzola, but maybe next time he will.

Pear with Green Beans, Orange and Gorgonzola

Serves 2

Ingredients:

1 crisp pear

1 cup fresh green beans, trimmed

4 tablspoons gorgonzola cheese

half of an Orange, peeled and broken up in pieces

1 teaspoon chia seeds

1 teaspoon olive oil

1.Bring to boil a pot of salted water.

2. Add the green beans and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain and set aside.

3. Wash and slice the pear and spread them unto a serving dish.

4. Add the cheese, crumbling it (as much as you can – it is a very moist cheese so you will have to break it up with a spoon) unto the pears.

5. Add the green beans, orange, chia seeds and olive oil. Serve immediately.

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