I thought I was being all cool when I decided no more boxed meals for this family, we are going to start eating more home cooked type of meals. I used to cook but that was before I had one child, then I cooked your basic pasta dishes and now I have three children so I just felt boxed meals of some sort were way faster than trying to cut up a bunch of veggies, meat and actually have to pay attention to what’s cooking along with three munchkins.
This past week I went grocery shopping but before I did I wanted to make sure I made a grocery listed based on actual cooking recipes. Since my daughter has a full schedule on Mondays, it means my sons and I do as well. Literally running from school, home for homework then to soccer and then to girl scouts til past dinner time. I decided Monday nights will be my crock pot night for sure along with Wednesdays too when we have a pretty busy evening with soccer.
This week I made a Brandy Beef Stew. I didn’t want to go with the regular beef stew recipe because I am not a big fan of beef stew, at all! I purchased beef stew meat, onions, and potatoes. I diced up onions and potatoes placed them in the bottom of my crock pot, then browned the cut up beef stew meat in vegetable oil and from there added it all together in the crock pot with garlic powder & onion powder. Smelled so yummy! At that point I had to determine what I was going to use for the broth or liquid. I had some steakhouse marinade so I placed that into the crock pot and mixed it up with the onions, potatoes, beef pieces and herbs from there I added some more water to just cover the ingredients in the crock pot.
I let this cook for between 7 and 8 hours in the crock pot. It was really yummy smelling but when I actually served the kids this with breadsticks and broccoli all they did was complain and say icky. This made me feel bad, like I shouldn’t even take the time to cook home cooked, healthier than our normal meals, but I did what any parent would do, I politely responded “you need to at least try it and if you do not eat this then you are going to end up going to bed hungry because this is what is for dinner”. My kids had never heard me say that to them and so what did they do? My children reluctantly finished most of their plates and went to bed full.
How do your kids respond to meals you cook that they are not used to eating?