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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Dinner Tonight?

I have a kid who won't eat meats, or vegetables, or anything green. No potatoes in anything other than fry form. Definately no eggs. He would like pasta and cheese all the time.

I have a husband who would like nothing more than meat and potatoes, who is suspicious of all sauces and vegetables, refuses condiments, cultured dairy products, and vinegars. He is tired of pasta and cheese meals.

And I am TIRED of cooking for those two people.

Things on which they agree: soups are weird, vegetables should be eaten in minimal portions or not at all, sandwiches are acceptable for every meal for weeks on end.

Restaurants and take-out are not an option ($.)

Adventurous is not an option (new is fearsome.)

Would it kill those two people to eat a vegetable? Apparently the answer is yes.

I have half a mind to bring home a box of cold cereal for dinner.

What would you do?

30 comments:

~j. said...

Get a whole mind to bring home that cereal. We do that all the time.

This is me said...

I would bring home a box of cold cereal for dinner.

Nuff said.

fijiangirl said...

How about letting husband figure out what to fix for dinner for the boy? Then you can go and be adventurous.

Kiki said...

POUTINE! Fries with cheese for the boy, and fries with cheese and gravy and... gravy's a sauce, isn't it. I thought this was an ingenious plan.

metamorphose said...

Tricky, tricky. I like the cold cereal idea, and what fijiangirl said. But I fear the latter may just result in cold cereal anyway, so yeah. Cold cereal it is. Boo-meh.

b. said...

tater tot casserole.....and sneak a veggie in it.

Azúcar said...

B, now you're just rubbing it in...
Meat, a cream (sauce) of mushroom (veggie) soup (sketchy) with a cooked/sneaked veggie (no, especially since it's been cooked), even if there isn't sour cream (cultured dairy=marriage over,) contains tater tots (mushy potato,) covered with crisp tator tots (good) that now have the tainted sauce on them (bad.)

Le sigh.

Fiji- it seems as if you are saying that he, having been a cook in his past, would be adept in the kitchen, but instead, he has contracted kitchen amnesia.

We had Raisin Nut Bran with bananas (Guille passed on the milk.)

Jennifer B. said...

Found your blog through cjane. You have it tough. I say serve whatever you want and just make sure you have rolls and fruit at each meal. If they don't like the main dish, at least they won't starve.

However, I see now that you made the best choice and went for the Raisin Nut Bran. Good for you.

compulsive writer said...

Arrrrgh! It only gets more interesting the more picky mouths you add to the fray. My mom used to do something she called "silly super" and we had breakfast for dinner. Omelets, waffles or french toast. You know, in case you get tired of the cold cereal.

By the way, LOVE your curry recipe. Here's how it went at my house: Couldn't get my husband to admit he liked it. But he ate two bowls. My 15-year-old and his friend said it was OK. His friend added, "But you wouldn't want to eat it every night." Daughter wouldn't even try it. Youngest made some unintelligible sound I won't repeat. It's impossible! But, I did make a double batch and I took the rest to work. Because I work with people who have standards and good taste, there it got rave reviews. Of course. And my friends reassured me that even though I never had curry till I was a grown woman I turned out OK, so there is hope for my kids, too. Thanks for the recipe.

Azúcar said...

If it makes you feel better, J wouldn't even TRY it for the first three years we were married. He would make his "this is the worst smell on earth" face and try to leave the house.

sue-donym said...

I feel you my friend. To the point where I have trouble even finding humor in the situation. I have yet to get the princess (age 11) to even try a vegetable. or fruit. or food that has touched another food. or... well, I could go on. As for the hubby, I'm with fijiangirl, have him do the cooking for awhile. (I know that would be very hard for you, being the amazing cook you are).

How about every dinner, your 2 come to my house and they can all eat meat and mac and cheese, and I will come to your house where I can eat all of your lovely recipes?
deal?

Tori :) said...

I'm with ~j. and fijiangirl. Say "It's cereal or figure out your own dinner."
Sounds suspiciously like my home...

fijiangirl said...

After reading all the comments I feel like I am a very mean wife/mom. I am not a fraid to physically force feed my 4 and 2 1/2 year olds to at least try the food. Then I say look at your face it is smiling you must like it and now you need to eat at least 2 more bits and they usually do. My husband I just lay the worst guilt trip and tell him how poor we are and that he has to eat what I cook because we can't afford to make everyone's favorite all the time.

La Yen said...

Have Papi come over and make Pan-cak-kays. That is what we eat when there is no pleasing anyone. (And by anyone, I mean me. Because W will eat anything and Jooj will just eat ketchup. And I am too tired to not have maple syrup. Which isn't a sauce, it is a food group.)

b. said...

I never thought of it le dissected like that....hhhmmm.
What shall be done with all the casseroles that will surely be coming your way very soon? Or are your compassionate service people the same as ~j.'s and will be sending circus food?

word Verification-I kid you not...xlapuk

April said...

Maybe try eating your food before them, and they'll be jealous of how much you're enjoying your dinner. Or tell Guille that he can't have any of your veggies because they're too good for him. That whole reverse psychology thing.

Rachel said...

Wow, you are nice! My mom used to cook what she wanted and if you didn't eat it then you got to starve. I still remember sitting at the table pushing Spanish rice around my plate trying to muster up the courage to eat the five mandatory bites. The irony? Now I love Spanish rice.

Tusk said...

pasta bolognese. the solution to all of man's food related problems.

Sarah said...

My baby likes goldfish and chicken nuggets, my husband likes "dinner like mom makes it" which would require hours of cooking every day and I'm partial to just wolfing down a Powerbar and calling it a day. We almost NEVER sit down and eat all together. Yesterday we were actually all at the table eating and my two year old looked at me excitedly and said "is this a party, mom?"

I guess it was. Thanks, Pizza Hut!

Bek said...

You do have a dillema. I have the opposite, Jacob will ONLY eat veggies (cheese is insulting to him and potatoes? no way....). He also only wants to eat them off MY fork and from MY plate. The only catch is that he is TINY and he has bone issues and NEEDS protien...

I say cereal, quiche (bacon and cheese...) or "fix it your d%*& self". :-) (which is just another word for cereal). The good news is that kids usually grow out of food issues...

The sad part is that it is hard to cook for yourself and you are the one that misses out. I say give this baby curry from day one and you will have a food friend....

Bek said...

oops, you said NO eggs... sorry..

in that case...smoothies? Stick some kale or spinach in with the blueberries and he will NEVER know. I promise (also add wheat germ and fiber powder or soy...and voila). Put whipped cream on top for Guille and he will be sold....right?

Tiffany said...

I've got a little guy who changes his palette every day. One day he eats a whole banana and the next he doesn't eat it at all.

Me and picky people don't get along. I get annoyed when people made rude comments about food that someone else has prepared or make some distasteful gesture or face. OR - they sit there and pick pick pick at their food and not eat it. OR pick through something like a casserole for just the little bits of ham in it or something.

My little Max being picky lately bothers me. I talked to my doctor about it at his 18 month check up and he said that pickiness is only a problem of societies of affluence. Makes sense to me.

He proposed that if a foreign family could only afford rice and beans and a child in that family decided they didn't like rice and beans how long would it take that child to like rice and beans?

Maybe a day.

So.... I still don't quite know how to reason with an 18 month old but what I have done recently is offer something healthy and if he doesn't eat it, I put him down from the table, later when he comes to the kitchen again hungry, I sit him in front of the same foods and he eats them.

Except for meat - he HATES meat like Guille. Spits it right out. No matter how I disguise it. So does his cousin. My doctor said it's fine, a third of the world is vegetarian.

He gets protein from milk, cheese and beans and if I blend up really fine in a soup or something. It's a texture thing.

Long post, sorry.

PS - nothing wrong with a cold cereal dinner now and again. I've had my share, that's for sure.

Tiffany said...

That was supposed to say if I blend up meat really fine in a soup.

I need to proofread before I post. I hate seeing errors... and I spot a few. blah

Haley said...

Cereal for breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack.. my family LOVES cereal. easy. done.

Lyle said...

Send the two picky eaters to Brazil for two years where they will have to survive on beans and rice.

By the time they come back, they won't be nearly as picky.

Azúcar said...

MMmmmmmm feijoada. I could live on the stuff.

b, as for the casseroles, I didn't really think of it. Last time we didn't get traditional casseroles (it was probably because the only dietary restriction I tell people about is no sour cream, which tends to cut out most casseroles.)
Mostly, though, I figure the food is for ME and everyone else can fend for themselves if they don't appreciate the generosity of others.

Beks, this baby had curry from day one :) I hear though that most little ones go through a picky stage that they outgrow. There's actually some evolutionary benefits to being picky (it's thought that picky toddlerhood coincided with roaming kids, i.e. for the first time they can wander away from their mother's side and could have been exposed to dangerous plants or foods that they would otherwise sample.)

Emily said...

This post makes me laugh. In my house, these fellows would be on their own at mealtime.

julie said...

I can't truly understand what you're going through - I'm single and am the only one eating what I cook. However, my coworker tells me how hard it is for her to try to feed her four children (ages 14-21) - none of them like the same things and share many dislikes. I don't know how you moms do it. Kudos!

Lucky Red Hen said...

I agree with fijiangirl. J cooks for those 2 and you have something adventurous.

Julie said...

Ug. Picky kids are not fun. But older brothers who pick on the picky younger brothers for not trying anything are way worse. A-- will rag on S-- constantly at the dinner table about trying "new" foods. Drives me NUTS!!! If he'd just leave S-- alone, it would all work out eventually. Rrrrrgh!

So what I'm saying is, at least for Guille, keep offering different things. Eventually, he'll outgrow the picky age. It worked for my oldest, and I used to totally stress out about what he was or was not eating. Kids will eat exactly what their bodies need. You just have to listen to what they tell you their bodies need. (At least that's what my pediatrician told me...)

(sigh) I love cereal....