I’m really tired of cooking the same old thing. Can I get an “amen”?
Being a pleaser, I often find myself only cooking what I am sure everyone will like. Unfortunately, this leads to a cycle of boring and repetitive menu planning. In the past few years I’ve come to hate cooking. The time and effort just aren’t equal to the result. Often times the meals I put the most heart into, are the ones that seem to lead to the biggest struggles at the table. We have a rule…”no complaining about the meals.” But even when this rule is followed, I know. I’m no dummy. So I’ve just begun to hate cooking. I’d really prefer to serve chicken nuggets and mac n cheese every night so that I can be cheered and placed on a throne and hugged and kissed when dinner hits the table. 🙂 But I know, although this would be heavenly, it wouldn’t be the healthy option for my family. So I trudge on, cooking the same healthy meals over and over and over again, because I know they’ll be eaten with the least amount of trouble. But I’m seriously tired of that. So, last night I tried something new.
Sorry about the poor quality of the picture (I took it with my phone). This is a pretty basic chicken stir fry. I’m so grateful that Stan has become a less picky eater in the last few years. When we met 12 years ago (wow, has it been that long?) he was one of the pickiest eaters I have ever met. Now, he’ll try almost anything and likes a much wider variety of foods. He loved the stir fry last night and even took the leftovers for lunch today. The kids ate the chicken and the rice, but resisted the veggies and pineapple. We still put them on their plates because I think being exposed to different foods is good for kids. Ashton gave us the best, most creative response, pointing at the peppers (which probably looked like slimy multi-colored worms to him) and stating, “none of that is going in here” (pointing to his mouth). Maybe we should have sent him to time out for that, but it was just too funny. And he didn’t say another negative word. Overall, I was encouraged with the response and decided I’ve got to start making some different things, for my sake and for the sake of my family. Here is what I’m going to do…
1) About a year ago, a friend bought me the “Deceptively Delicious” cookbook. I started out gung-ho and then kind of fell off the wagon. Gotta get that back out. If you’ve never heard of it, check it out here. It’s a great way to get your kids to eat veggies, without them even knowing it. I will still serve them veggies, because I think they need to get used to them, but I can slip new and different veggies into these recipes.
2) I will try one new recipe with each meal plan. I do my meal plans twice a month, so this will give the fam an opportunity to try 2 new things every month. This will also break up the monotony and maybe I’ll begin to enjoy cooking more. (Keeping my fingers crossed!)
3) I’m going to start watching cooking shows. I think it might increase my excitement and also give me some good tips and meal ideas.
So, I need your help. What other suggestions can you give me for picky eaters? I don’t think my kids are the pickiest by any stretch, but they’re not big on any veggies outside of green beans, carrots and corn. They don’t like things that are “mixed” like casseroles or stir frys (most of the time). I want them to become more sophisticated eaters. Any suggestions? I would love recipe ideas, websites that have been helpful to you, suggestions for cooking shows to watch, etc… Looking forward to hearing from you!