WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Many parents of athletes start cooking for the team when they realize that eating fast food doesn't help their young athletes perform well. But that, too, can have its problems. One Wellesley coach tells the story of a dinner hosted by a couple who were health nuts and CrossFit enthusi- asts, who served a buffet of macrobiotic food. The football team was not amused. "They didn't know what to make of it, and they definitely didn't dig in," he recalls, chuckling. "A good pasta Bolognese would have been a much better bet." That said, serving new and unexpected dishes can be a pleasant sur- prise for kids. And it can solve the problem of allergies, as well. Chatelier, who was born in India, decided to offer foods from her homeland that she knew would go over well with almost any palate. "I hate it when a kid has to bring their own food," she says. "So, I cut up a lot of fruit, and made Indian rice, two or three lentil dishes, and lots of dips. I made gal- lons and gallons of one dip they loved, which is similar to hummus." And just in case, she compromised by ordering up some pizza, too. "The girls loved eating something different from what they usually do, and they tried everything." Part of the trick, parents agree, is listening to and understanding what your own kid(s) want, while also modifying their requests to keep them realistic. "My son had a very specific idea of what he wanted: s'mores," says Musikavanhu. "But when I thought about 10-year-olds having s'mores around a fire in the back of my house on the patio? That's just dangerous." Her compromise and solution was to purchase a chocolate fountain, along with a slew of strawberries, marshmallows, pineapple, and graham crackers that they could dip into the fountain. "It was a huge hit," she recalls. "The kids had a blast." And in case that sounds elaborate in either price or preparation, she bought it for $39 at Walmart, and she insists it couldn't be easier to set up. "You can buy a chocolate kit where you melt the chocolate in the microwave, pour 186 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 7 food & wine "new and unexpected dishes can be a pleasant surprise"

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