"Really?" he asked.
Then I thought about it and realized that if a) we have 4 kids, and b) they're each expected to cook one night a week eventually, I may end up only cooking once or twice a week. We'll be sure to have at least one night of leftovers or eating out and I can certainly expect Jason to cook one night a week.
I swore I would frequently cook adventurous meals for my children, that they would be the children who ate everything because they had been exposed to it all when they were little. And I was great about it with Patrick. I wasn't even too bad about it with Melkamu, since Patrick can be adventurous sometimes. But the whining! Oh, the incessant whining of "Do I have to try any?" "I don't like it." "Do we have to have that for dinner?"
As a side note: I love my supper club because then once a month, I have the chance to cook something new. Something adventurous. I get to try a bunch of new foods. And no one whines about it.
Whining wears on me. And I find myself cooking far less adventurous meals that I know they like, solely to avoid the whining. I even (gasp, choke) found myself making a dinner of macaroni & cheese and fishsticks recently. I have no problem with either macaroni & cheese or fishsticks by themselves--in fact, I like each one a lot--but the combination had almost no redeeming nutritional value. Mind you, both kids scarfed it down and were thrilled. Naturally. I still cook the occasional new recipe but knowing that it's probably going to be met with whines and groans makes the idea of it much less appealing.
So tell me, as comments have been few and far between this week, how do you get your kids to eat well? I am open for all tricks and have no qualms about lying to my children about what's in their food if it means they will eat a vegetable at some point.