Sunday, October 30, 2011

Dinner Dilemmas

Remember those commercials for Life Cereal in the 80's? "Mikey likes it!" the kids cheered as the picky eater gobbled up his breakfast, apparently this was a miracle.

I feel like that with my own kids, particularly around dinner time. With the exception of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and occasionally chicken nuggets they seem to turn up their noses at everything I serve them.

Exasperated, I sent out and SOS on Facebook asking for meal ideas. I received a few good ones and eagerly tried them out. I stuffed crescent rolls with ham and cheese. "Disgusting" was all my boys said. I served up tacos in giant shell pasta and topped them with grated cheese and tortilla chips. Totally disgusting, they said. A pound of hamburger meat wasted. Since then I have been on a mission to make a meal that my kids will eat. It isn't even about getting them to consume their veggies anymore, it's about me....winning. I had one small victory the other day when I made tuna patties. I didn't think there was a chance in hell they would like tuna patties of all things, particularly when they had called pigs in a blanket disgusting, yet they gobbled them up. Cleaned their plates. "Mikey likes it!" I thought to myself.

So I am continuing my quest to cook up meals my kid's will call delicious. I am committing to preparing one new recipe per week and chronicling it on this blog. I will post the recipe, pictures and my kid's review of the dinner. I will happily take suggestions from my lovely readers. I am looking for meals that take under 20 minutes to prepare (not including baking time),and call for ingredients that can be purchased at the local Safeway. PLEASE email me your ideas.

Up this week-sweet and sour baked chicken with crushed pineapple.....


  1. I loved that commercial- My kids have always like shepherds pie- just meat and potatoes but I usually add corn or carrots.

  2. Oh man, I'm totally going to stalk your blog because I need new ideas, too!

  3. Shockingly, my kids love rice and beans! I swear it - I sautee rice in a bit of olive oil, then cook it as normal, adding a dash of chicken soup boullion. I open a can of beans, dump it on top of the rice, and they EAT it! My jaw dropped to the floor the first time this happened.

  4. my 2 yr old is ridiculously picky too. she will eat fish sticks and fries, pasta (spaghetti and meatballs or lasagna), scrambled eggs and toast or hashbrowns, breakfast for dinner is always a hit: pancakes or waffles and sausage... will let you know if i think of anything else!

  5. The new Rachael Ray of mommy hood. twenty Minute Meals. There's a tv show in here somewhere!!!

  6. P.S. here's a recipe you and Erica liked. Fromage burgers. Hamburgers with mozarella cheese inside and topped with spaghetti sauce. Call them pizza burgers or make them into meatballs!!! You have the Chianti!