Monday, March 29, 2010

Sometimes I Wonder Why I Bother

We rarely eat out. Most evenings we make a home-cooked meal and I try to make them mostly nutritious. I probably fail more than I succeed I suppose, given that two-thirds of my children often refuse to eat whatever vegetable I prepare (assuming I prepare one...my bad). I can coax the children to accept frozen peas as a snack fairly often. (Yes, they must be straight from the freezer. Cook them and they will turn their noses up at them.)

Some nights I grind up cauliflower or broccoli and sneak it into the food.

About three times a year I break down and prepare Hamburger Helper for supper. I tell Craig we're having a "gourmet meal" and he knows that it is HH. I know that it is not at all healthy and for some just a step above eating pet food. Here's the truth. I have made my own homemade versions of HH at home and they have been fairly tasty. The homemade versions are, granted, less sodium-filled, but probably not any healthier.

Anywho. Last week was one of those three times a year that I pulled out the HH. I add more macaroni to it in hopes that one box will feed the 5 of us. (Yes, I know it says the box is five servings. Those servings are too small for all of us apparently.)

I don't know if my kids were extra hungry because we went on a long hike that afternoon or what but K Man, who generally eats 2 bites of supper ate 2 (small, kid-sized) bowls. M ate 3 bowls (which isn't all that unusual for her to want to eat a lot). And little Ms. D, who weighs 24 lbs soaking wet ate 3 1/2 bowls.

So. Moral of the story apparently is that if I make little effort to prepare a tasty meal my children will turn into gluttons. I'm not sure what that says about my culinary skills, but I'm pretty sure it's not flattering.

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Awesome Mom said...

That is why I cook for me for the most part, that way I don't take their refusal to eat as personally.

for a different kind of girl said...

Ha! I have a Hamburger Helper story to share on my blog after making it for dinner here last week!

Dinner...sigh...dinner is a volleyball match of "Eat, please," vs. "How many bites?" and it's so exhausting!

Beck said...

My kids will eat Hamburger Helper like they've been starved for a year, so you are NOT alone.

Madeline said...

I think it's a kid thing. Levi's like this. My mom said we were like this. I just fix what I like, and if Levi wants some then great. If not he can eat oatmeal or fruit which is all he ever really wants anyway.

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

Heh! There must be some inverse law of preparing meals for children. Honestly. I can relate.

louann said...

My eldest eats pretty much anything. Lucky me. But the second one is the hard one to feed. He eats to live while the eldest lives to eat. Arghh.

louann said...

My eldest eats pretty much anything. Lucky me. But the second one is the hard one to feed. He eats to live while the eldest lives to eat. Arghh.

 
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