Dinner Experiments.. #1 (Picky Kids)

My goal is to feed the kids a healthy dinner, and to minimize my own time in the kitchen, because I have other stuff too do and I’m not in a domestic skills kind of mood.

Problem: I was completely in hyperfocus mode learning about options to update one of my main sites that has been in desperate need of an update for too long to mention…I did NOT feel like asking my sweet little picky kids what they wanted for dinner, because surely they would want what I didn’t have!

Technique: I went to the kitchen, took a quick inventory and quickly decided what I would make…and when the kids asked, I did NOT answer, I told them they’d see when it was done. I used three pans, faux pas but still, I think it’s good.

Pan 1:
Quinoa and Rice, this is a premade mix of the two grains that we get from Costco, the kids love it. My first step was taking one packet of this, and putting it in the first pan with a few tablespoons of water. This is the “base” of what I was making…

Pan 2:
Broccoli, I started a pot of a few cups of water to get it boiling, broccoli is the one vegetable that they will eat almost always. I figured that if this was a part of it, along with the rice, it would be good.

Pan 3:
Mushroom soup, this is the yummy/new/special part that I’m gambling on…I’ve heard of all sorts of recipes that have some kind of soup. Stuff like casseroles that are “so” easy to make. I figured that this means kids generally like it…so my plan is to use it as a secret sauce on top of EVERYTHING!

Alright, this is how it all came together. I got three plates, and first put the rice mix and broccoli on it. I tried to put the broccoli kind of leaning on the rice to make it all fit nicely. Then I took the Mushroom soup and drizzled it all over everything…then I found some spooks and forks (very random ones that were the last ones to remain clean in the silverware drawer, but hey they matched!) and put them on the kids table. I saw there was maybe more soup than they wanted and so then I grabbed a few slices of bread to leave in the sauce to give them another option to fill up on. I also put the rest of the rice mix and soup into two cute little containers to give them to opportunity to serve themselves more (if they liked it) and of course hoping this would encourage them to eat what they had…so they could get more.

I then got them each a glass of water.

Then I walked up towards my office, called out something like, “Your food might get cold if you don’t eat it fast!” and disappeared in my office…

…and so far so good…I started typing this immediately upon getting to my computer and I have heard no loud protesting voices and only ONE kid come into my office. The one kid came in, and he gave me a hug (score!). I asked him if he was done ready to brush teeth, and he said he didn’t eat his dinner, so I explained that meant that he had to leave. I declared he is only allowed in my office after he brushes his teeth, and he can’t do that until he eats his dinner. It’s about 12 after 8pm now..I’ll add updates as they come! We will see if this works…

8:14pm: Husband came upstairs and reported that they are eating..pretty sure they all are but they also started a movie. I’m still taking it as a win if they are eating!

8:44pm: It looks like it partially worked…son refused it and found a marshmallow, so he is going crazy. Only good in that is his sisters are working together to stop his destruction (aka throwing their toys away). Entertaining, but I wish that he ate!

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