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Re pickled foods and fruit: One of the things that I love/hate is coming home from the farmers' market to find an entire container of expensive pickles eaten. Or an entire pint of berries, eaten, or a corn, messily shucked and eaten (in the house, uncooked).

Regularly, my kids will eat an entire jar of pickled food between the two of them, in one sitting. 

FYI: Pork was a hit. Marinated in a simple soy, sugar, garlic concoction. 

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Maple Leaf Farm Roast Half Duck with Orange Sauce - purchased frozen from Balducci's.  It's the best frozen entree evah - because my kids love it.  It tastes great even without the sauce.  Just defrost and reheat in oven for 15-20 minutes. 

That was for dinner last night.

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Sat down to MY dinner last night (after the kids ate cold plate) to nice soft ramen noodles, quick shrimp saute, and a kale salad with ginger dressing. I had to fight my 5 year old for the food! I think she's growing or school is making her brain grow so she needs more calories to run it. 

She at half of my shrimp, kept grabbing my noodles and slurping them up (until dad shared his and BTW that's funny as hell) and picked what she wanted out of the kale salad (kale yes, baboo shoots yes, pickled onions yes, no to old-school radishes).

I even tried to give her ice cream so I could eat my dinner. Nope. She prefers savory. 

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My husband is out of town and made a big dish of cheese, black bean, and veggie crumble enchiladas before he left. I got 4-year-old to eat those a couple of nights, but last night all she wanted was applesauce. I was afraid she'd be hungry in the middle of the night, so I also tried to round out her dinner with ice cream (sherbet), which she ate. :-)

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14 hours ago, dracisk said:

My husband is out of town and made a big dish of cheese, black bean, and veggie crumble enchiladas before he left. I got 4-year-old to eat those a couple of nights, but last night all she wanted was applesauce. I was afraid she'd be hungry in the middle of the night, so I also tried to round out her dinner with ice cream (sherbet), which she ate. 🙂

All I kept thinking while reading these three sentences was, 'perfect parent.'

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5 hours ago, DonRocks said:

All I kept thinking while reading these three sentences was, 'perfect parent.'

Wow! Not sure if you're referring to my husband or me, but I'll let my husband know. 😉

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Veggie lentil soup* (well, the older one. The younger one is pretending to eat it while she primarily consumes goldfish crackers). Speaking of lentils, if anyone has a really good spinach dal recipe that doesn't involve me soaking lentils forever and hunting down obscure spices (read: I live in Central PA), I need it. My older one loves it, but we used to get it from a restaurant and I'd rather be able to make a big batch at home. 

*Before anyone comments on how healthfully my kids eat, I'd like to point out that I promised them Happy Meals tomorrow. 

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On 9/10/2018 at 3:11 PM, leleboo said:

*Before anyone comments on how healthfully my kids eat, I'd like to point out that I promised them Happy Meals tomorrow. 

Thanks for this, leleboo. It's heartening as both of my kids are going through picky phases (I hope they are phases! Especially as they are for completely different foods!! *tears at already-mom--thinned hair*) at the moment. They still eat my potstickers (taken directly from my mom's playbook and stuffed with ground turkey, egg, and spinach), thank goodness (had them last night, again), but having those every day is...impractical. One eats Cheerios and the other consents to eat wheat toast daily but otherwise, the struggle is real :( And, unfortunately, shrugging off obstinately fasting kids isn't an option as they are both off-the scale tiny. With our elder son, there was a period where he would only eat Chinese restaurant food. Our takeout place loooooooooves us and actually calls back to check if our order changes from the usual to make sure it wasn't in error.

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On 9/12/2018 at 1:22 PM, Sundae in the Park said:

One eats Cheerios and the other consents to eat wheat toast daily but otherwise, the struggle is real :( And, unfortunately, shrugging off obstinately fasting kids isn't an option as they are both off-the scale tiny. With our elder son, there was a period where he would only eat Chinese restaurant food. Our takeout place loooooooooves us and actually calls back to check if our order changes from the usual to make sure it wasn't in error.

Currently, my son's snack food are cheerios, too. My wife read the recent reports on Roundup being found in cheerios, so started getting organic brands at Mom's.

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My 4-year-old had "beans and cheese" tonight -- canned black beans (well rinsed) with shredded cheddar on top. Cold. A bit odd, but she likes it and I figure it's protein and calcium.

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Leftover farfalle with shredded lemon-garlic chicken, walnut parsley pesto, breadcrumbs, and Parmesan (so...much...cheese). Weirdly, my older one refused to eat the chicken, but the little one thought it was all awesome. They also both ate bites of a “supreme” pizza (pepperoni, sausage, peppers, onions, olives)...usually only the big one will eat pepperoni pizza and the little only eats cheese, despite the other things being foods they otherwise like, but tonight they wanted our food, so hey, why not.

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On 9/15/2018 at 6:42 PM, leleboo said:

Leftover farfalle with shredded lemon-garlic chicken, walnut parsley pesto, breadcrumbs, and Parmesan (so...much...cheese). Weirdly, my older one refused to eat the chicken, but the little one thought it was all awesome. 

They had the redux of this in their lunch boxes today, and true to form, the little ate zilch while the older scarfed it all down. 🤦‍♀️But the little one inhaled her pre-tap-class snack of carrots and hummus and a cheese stick -- unsurprising, since she basically didn't eat lunch.

Dinner was hot dogs and peas, because my brain gave up.

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Ayrshire farm chicken breast with spice rub cut into small pieces with Annie's organic honey mustard as a dipping sauce. Grape-seed oil sautéed spinach with sea salt. And Enlightened birthday cake bar for dessert. An overabundance of the honey mustard so that he could use his fork with the chicken pieces. 

Of course this was our dinner, too! 

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Last night kids chowed down on my grandmother's beef barley soup recipe (which is conveniently located on the back of the Quaker barley box).

What made this pot outstanding was that i used home-made broth. That home-made broth was from all the various meat things in the freezer that were just taking up space and were never going to be otherwise used...the broth itself was amazing. At the end, 8 yr old said to me "that was really good mom". He's not the eater so it meant a lot to me.

Then he asked for a cooked potato for dessert, which I gave to him (why not?). 

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We all had burritos filled with a mix of beef, whole pinto beans, and zucchini. Azami and I had ours with green chile sauce from our favorite restaurant in my hometown; Goat has a rather limited stomach for super-spicy foods, so he skipped the chile. Goat is a much bigger fan of veggies than meat, so he primarily ate the zucchini, beans, tortillas, and cheese.

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Pan seared salmon on orzo. After the orzo cooked, I drained it, returned it to the pot, added olive oil, salt, pepper, a bunch of arugula, a chopped artichoke heart, some left-over bruschetta topping and parm. Squeezed lots of lemon on the salmon. A good way to use up bits of things from the frig. 

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On 9/26/2018 at 11:13 AM, NolaCaine said:

Then he asked for a cooked potato for dessert, which I gave to him (why not?). 

Mine often eat something random for dessert...usually a bite of what we are eating. Hubby gets home late so we rarely can have dinner en famille right now, although we anticipate that changing as the kids get older. So right now, they eat first — often our leftovers — and then ask for some of ours as “dessert.” I can live with that!

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My wife made some pesto pasta for our son's dinner tonight, while I finished the leftover curry chicken and rice. Oh, she also made a grape tomato balsamic vinaigrette side dish. Trying to decide if I should go the ice cream route for dessert or just finish the last Petit Pot Riz Au Lait? 

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Chili for the kids tonight. Bigger kid had dance, so littler one got to come home with daddy. She ate two bowls of chili, which she rarely does for me. Bigger had three bowls once she got home! 

 

(Chili: beef, beans, diced bell peppers, diced onions, diced canned roasted chiles, diced tomatoes with green chiles, cumin, garlic, chili powder.)

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We had totally inauthentic "tacos" last night (flour tortillas, ground turkey, taco seasoning, shredded cheddar, lettuce, tomato, sour cream). My 4-year-old has never deigned to eat these, so I heated up leftover hot dogs for her (always a winner). And she tried a taco! It was a mess as she couldn't hold the tortilla without a whole bunch of filling escaping, but I was glad she tried one. Oh, and she insisted on putting some hot dog in the tortilla with her ground turkey and cheese. But what are you going to do? She also ate an apple.

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We had another Skinnytaste recipe tonight: Ground Turkey with Potatoes and Peas. We had it one other time and found it a bit bland, so we added a bunch of curry powder this time, which improved it. We ate it with brown rice. This afternoon my husband and I discussed strategy to get my daughter to eat it and decided we'd just put out a bowl for her and not say anything, but we were ready for a fight (I don't want this! I only want a cheese sandwich!!). Miraculously she ate it without resistance!

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