This is probably the most popular and most annoying question asked at our house! I enjoy cooking and try my very best to be creative. But it takes a nice chunk of my time to plan a menu that everyone likes and to create a grocery list that reflects the season and temperature. I live in a house full of picky eaters, myself included. Here is ONLY a small sampling of the things each of do not like:
My husband is allergic to shellfish which cuts out seafood recipes. He does not like peas, lima beans, jambalya, basil, cilantro, lamb, or tomatoes. Nicholas does not like cheese, mushrooms, milk, cabbage, onions, peas, brussell sprouts, olives, or fish. Ethan does not like cheese, sour cream, asparagus, cucumbers, mushrooms, onions, or olives. Evan has the most neutral palate of us all. He pretty much eats everything I make with relish. However, due to his acid reflux, he can’t eat things that have a high acid content. Even little Jazmine has her preferences. She does not like bread, bacon, pizza, or lettuce. And me, I don’t like cumin, cinnamon, smoked sausage, sweet potatoes, very spicy food, honey, mustard, raisins, beans, feta, rosemary, or ketchup. I am not short-order cook so I refuse to make multiple dishes.
A little frustrated with this I joked to my husband that I was going to designate a night of the week to each family member for cooking. I proposed the following schedule:
Monday: Mommy’s Magic
Tuesday: Daddy’s Delight
Wednesday: Kids Can Cook
Thursday: Toddler’s Table (yep, Jazmine has to carry her weight, too!)
Friday: Forage the Fridge
He found this hilarious, but I was only half kidding. However, I put my culinary fantasy on hold and instead looked online in search of recipes and was delighted to find that the New York Times had written an article about this very subject. I found several quick recipes to try this week. Happy Dining!