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January 5th, 2018 at 12:12 pm

I was thinking of keeping it easy. I want to make 1 new recipe a month. I'm not the best cook and I make a lot of the same meals. My family eats very boring food.

Plus I'm trying to lose weight so I'm trying to eat more veggies. The kids eat a lot of the same veggies and aren't super adventerous with vegetables. I've felt like it's a losing battle because at least they eat broccoli, carrots, celery, cauliflower, chinese broccoli/bok choy, bell peppers, edamame. But they aren't interested in asparagus, artichoke, snap peas, kale, spinach, etc. They also eat very boring apples/berries/watermelon, etc fruits. Sometimes they will eat a banana or pear but they aren't super into new foods.

I know it's more diverse than most of our friends but I feel like we eat a lot of the same meals. So I am going to stretch the kids and my cooking skills this year and make 1 new dish a year.

This week I am making ham bone soup. I have chicken noodle soup on for tonight after rotisserie chicken these past two nights. Tomorrow the plan is short ribs and then ham bone soup and then ham/broccoli quiche. Also clam chowder is on the agenda for dinner next week.

My other plan is to make beef broccoli at home in a slow cooker (new recipe) and twice cook pork. I've made them but I want to make something less labor intensive and I want to try slow cooking it or something. I also want to try a beef taco bake because we eat tacos about 1x every 2-3 weeks. Or switch it to fajitas?

Is there any easy meals you make that is ethnic? I do a slow cooker curry but my kids eat the same 3 curries I can make Japanese, Chicken tikka Masala, and panang. I would like to expand my repertoire.

I might make also for the first time sloppy joes something I loved growing up.

4 Responses to “new recipe goal”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    How about taco salad instead of tacos? Heavier on the veggies.

    We do a yakisoba that's pretty easy. Cabbage, carrots and green onions sauteed and tossed with noodles and a sauce. We use ramen noodles instead of soba noodles.

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    A book you might be interested in is Slow Cooker Winners by Donna-Marie Pye. It's got some great ethnic dishes in it as well as typical American fare. See if your library carries it.

    You should also check out the Whip it Up Wednesday playlist on youtube. It's all crockpot meals and there is a decent variety: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEHHxNZcjnIQkvPpW1trJBcvFBennxwuJ

    It's pretty common for kids not to like greens until they are older. Mine wouldn't touch them until they were in their late teens. Asparagus is a love/hate veggie. One way to get kids to try more veggies is to grow a garden, even just a small one. They may not be keen on spinach you get from the store, but willing to try spinach they grew themselves. Some kids hate regular kale but will eat baby kale, or kale finely chopped and added to soup in the last few minutes of cooking. I only like kale that way as well.

    We had a rule that if a new food was presented you had to try one bite. You could spit it out in a napkin if you didn't like it, but you had to try it. And if anyone said, "Ewwwww," or the like and discouraged a sibling from trying it, they had to eat the sibling's portion and not spit it out. It worked pretty well and my daughter only ever had to eat the food she ewwwwed twice. My son never did. They eat a large variety of foods now, though they were much more particular when they were younger.

  3. snafu Says:

    I recall interviews with Jessica Seinfeld pepper sticks and cantaloupe were favourites. Any 'slushes' that had strawberries with banana or yogurt + ice thickener, were accepted. If it tipped to green it failed!

    Do you have a Spiralizer device? I've been using it for zucchini, carrots, squash as replacement for pasta. With cold weather soup and stew CP type meals hide vegetable and uses up small bits of leftovers insufficient for a full serving.

  4. snafu Says:

    appologies my *&^%$# computer is awful, dropping sentences and driving me up the wall

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