I learned several things about my family’s eating habits this week:
- We all hate tortellini.
- The Toddler is not a fan of ANYTHING contained within ANY red-hued sauce.
- Big Daddy will not eat soup unless it is presented to him and he has no other choice. But he still considers ‘soup-eating’ a form of torture.
- Just because The Toddler enthusiastically devours a food right now, that doesn’t mean she’ll want to eat it again. Ever.
That said, last week‘s Tortellini Spinach Bake went to waste (refer to items 1 & 2 above), and I ate a lot of Creamed Chicken & Corn Soup (refer to #3). I didn’t really mind that part though, because it was delicious. And in reference to note #4, the Skillet Enchilada Pasta that I made a few weeks ago and pulled out of the freezer for The Toddler’s lunch wasn’t such a hit the second time around. She basically wouldn’t touch it with TWO ten foot poles. This was so strange, considering the fact that she consumed roughly 14 servings at one sitting the first time she was presented with the same skillet enchilada pasta.
Fickle little beasts, aren’t they?
In conclusion, I’m going to attempt to cook some food that my family will actually eat this week (you’re welcome, family). As much as Big Daddy focuses most of his food-related attention toward healthy basic foods (read: boring), the things that never go to waste in our house are inevitably those of a ‘comfort food’ variety.
For instance, this Tater Tot Casserole barely saw the light of day before it was devoured. And now that I’m eyeballing it again, it’s sorta making me drool. Oh, sorry…was that TMI? But seriously, it’s really good. Once, I ate this casserole for breakfast, lunch AND dinner. It was a well-balanced day, obviously.
If we were identifying my Perfect Food Day, it would probably look like this:
I dream of this beautiful combination of homemade scones, jam, and clotted cream on a regular (almost daily) basis. I had this for the first time when I was in Scotland (The Motherland…) during a trip to the UK with my family in 2011. I was pregnant with The Toddler, and I ate this combination for breakfast (in both Scotland and Ireland) no less than 8 times during our 9 day stay. And now, I live daily with the reality that there is no such thing as a good scone in Maryland. So I try to make them myself…and they don’t even come close. Then I cry and eat a pancake instead.
I’ve been in love with various iterations of Asian soup for the last 3 years. The most common recipes you’ll see me searching and printing are for Asian-themed soups. I can’t get enough, and I love the (usual) simplicity of throwing them together. As long as you have a few staple ingredients, you can put a great, satisfying soup together in just a few minutes. The exception to this is when I embark on my monthly journey of making Pho broth. That’s definitely an all-day affair, and requires a trip to the Asian market (one of my favorite places in the whole universe), but it’s totally worth it in the end. It took me FOREVER to find a reliable recipe, but this one works really well for me (just in case you’re in the market for some Pho broth).
For me, this is the ultimate comfort food combination. Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, steamed or veggies…perfection.
So there is really no actual problem with this “Perfect Food Day”. Unless you consider the fact that 2 out of 3 members of the Smithstrong household wouldn’t touch 2 out of 3 of these meals. Sometimes it’s a challenge to please everyone, and I only have to worry about a family of 3 right now. I have no idea how larger families can manage everyone’s food preferences while still making sure everyone is eating what they need.
This week, I’ve attempted to pull together recipes that will please everyone in my family, and I’m not going to over-cook. I seem to be making TOO MUCH food, and I don’t want to do that. I’ll reduce a recipe by 1/2 if it seems like it’s too much. I really don’t want to waste anything this week. I hate throwing away food. In my brain, the trash can yells, “CHA CHING! CHA CHING! CHA CHING!” as the food goes in. It’s tragic.
- Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
- Crockpot Balsamic Beef Recipe
- Cinnamon Oat Baked Apples
- Cheeseburger Quesadilla (these aren’t technically a “new” recipe, but I have none in the freezer, and they were a big hit last time I made them)
- Sausage and Rice Stuffed Peppers
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
- apple cider pancakes with caramel apple syrup
With any luck, the new recipes will be keepers, and I can reduce wasted food this week!
I’m not going to bore you with the details, but the baby countdown is now approaching 10 days. Yikes! This is really happening, folks!