We’ve gotten far, far off track in our effort to eat healthier foods. I won’t tell Rockford’s tale, but I can tell you that I’ve gained 10 pounds since Pete was born. So this isn’t baby weight we’re dealing with here. It’s cookie weight. And pie weight. And other-delicious-foods weight. On the way home from our vacation, which involved quite a bit of time in bathing suits, we decided we’d better get back on track.
Monday: Honey Pecan Chicken. This doesn’t meet the “better for us” requirements, but I had one last package of it in the freezer.
Tuesday: Dinner with the in-laws
Wednesday: Sesame Orange Chicken. This is a new-to-us dish from Cooking Light.
Thursday: Sweet and Sour Tofu.
Friday: Three-Pepper Beef. This is another new one from Cooking Light.
You know those parents who make their kids their own, separate meals for dinner? That was one of the many, many things Rockford and I swore we’d never do once we had kids.
(You know what’s coming, right?)
We’ve developed the habit of making Poppy a peanut butter sandwich or pancake or something else we know she’ll eat for dinner. It makes things easier in that moment, but I know we aren’t doing her any favors by catering to her like that.
So this week I’m trying to make things that I think she’ll enjoy if she’ll try them. And if she won’t eat what’s on her plate? She won’t have dinner. Wish me luck. I have a feeling it’s going to be a long week.
Monday: Samosas and rice. I haven’t tried samosas before. This recipe uses mashed potatoes, which Poppy loves. It also includes green peas, though. We shall see. If nothing else, I know Pi will eat rice.
Tuesday: Ricotta gnocchi. This is also a new recipe for us, but it’s mostly cheese. And cheese is always popular around here. I think we ought to be OK on this one.
Wednesday: Sweet and sour chicken and rice. Again, rice is on Poppy’s will-eat list. So she won’t be going entirely hungry if she doesn’t try the chicken.
Thursday: Bean quesadillas. Poppy loves cheese quesadillas. I’m going to puree the beans and put a very thin layer in her dinner.
Friday: Spaghetti. This is a “usually” dish. She hasn’t had it with sauce before, though.