The boys were quite excited when I told them of their new role as official food critics. I let them know that one day a week they can tell me exactly what they think about my cooking (but they still have to eat their dinner before any dessert!)
Sweet & Sour Baked Chicken with Brown Rice. (recipe adapted from Better Baby Food by Daina Kalinins and Joanne Saab)
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup tomato sauce
3 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp cider vinegar
1/2 cup crushed pineapple with juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1. Place chicken breasts in prepared casserole.
2. In small bowl, combine tomato sauce, sugar, vinegar, pineapple (with juice) and garlic; spoon over chicken. Bake in a preheated oven for 45 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.
3. Serve chicken and rice over cooked rice.
Super, super easy, literally about five minutes of work. I actually liked the taste, it is a bit sweet, but it reminded me of the sweet and sour stuffed peppers my mom made for me as a kid. I would eat it again.
But now..... THE JUDGES.
Zachary gave the recipe FIVE STARS! He almost cleaned his plate.
Zack's comments: "I liked the chicken because of the sweet pinnapple." The heavens sing.
Evan was not so enthusiastic. He gave the dish two stars. I asked him what he liked about the dinner and he said the rice. I asked him what he didn't like about the dinner and he said the chicken, which was obvious since he ate only about two bites of it.
Evan's comments: "I didn't like the chicken. It wasn't good."
Success? Only if I am trying to feed just one child...