I’ve been seeing an ad on Facebook for a meal delivery service called "'LittleSpoons." Meals for babies, toddlers and children delivered to your door. No cooking. Take that onerous job called mealtime "off your plate," Mom (and Dad.) I get the stress of today's world and needing to make life a bit easier. I understand ordering take out or prepared meals. I'm not poking fun Lil Spoons (much.) I just thought the ad approach, "take mealtime off your plate" missed the mark - the benefit to the food should be for the babies and children, not to tell Mom she doesn't have to feed her kids. I'm Italian-American, food is a big deal. The Little Spoons menu looks pretty darn good.
In the autism community, food has presented huge challenges to parents. And we often used specialized diets that required not just cooking from scratch, but sometimes being chemists! Who remembers making the GF flour mixes? I threw away more gummy baked goods than I can count. We had cookbooks, and Yahoo groups to help us learn how to cook for our children. In my family, that was 25 years ago.
Back when I was a kid, double 25 years ago, we called "Little Spoons" Swanson's TV dinners. They were a rare meal and we considered them a big treat. Who remembers the brownie dessert? Or scraping the last bits of mashed potatoes and gravy from the corners of the aluminum foil tray? Aluminum foil! Before we injected kids with aluminum.
Many Moms cooked dinner every night. (Many still do.) It wasn't always gourmet food either. It wasn't curated. It wasn't organic. It wasn't GFCFSFABCDEF free. And plant based meant vegetables, not Frankenmeats. But we had a balanced meal on the table, often with two choices: Eat it or go hungry.
Today's young Moms face stress and anxiety levels unique to their cohort. I was surrounded by Moms whose kids had autism. Sometimes you need an "easy button" and Little Spoons might be it. Gluten free gnocchi delivered? Sounds good. I wonder if they offer Salisbury steak? And can I fold the foil lid into a new hat?