One of the marvels of modern society has been the ability of the packaged food industry to get our children to eat what are, essentially, leftovers.

Campbell’s soup in a can, for example. It’s already cooked. We just heat it up. How is that different from leftovers?

Swanson’s TV dinners: cooked, frozen, just thaw and eat. Leftovers.

Breaded and fried chicken cut into dinosaur shapes? Leftovers.

Chef Boyardee? Delicious! Last night’s pasta? Gross!

It’s a wonder of perception.