Hello, readers. I am having a wonderful day. I went running. It’s day three of kindergarten. I’m planning to serve hot baked potatos and cheesy vegetables tonight. I am optimistic this meal will be eaten by two active boys.
But just in case it is not, could someone please send me a 30-day dinner plan?
Please keep in my mind that one child is a vegetarian who loves hot dogs. The other eats steak, sausage, and chicken.
One child enjoys spicy food. He will eat a spoonful of salsa with gusto.
The other child cringes at a speck of pepper. The blander, the better.
Note that grown-ups weary of pasta with butter, pasta with cheese, and pasta with sauce of all types, but both boys agree to this favoritest cuisine (especially Nana’s spaghetti).
Cereal and frozen waffles are welcome on the 30-day plan, but please limit to once per week.
Also please note that one child loves cream cheese and the other thinks it’s disgusting.
Often they like peanut butter but sometimes the five year old tells me that his “taste buds transform”. So good luck with that.
Cucumbers sliced thin from the garden dressed lightly with balsamic vinegar are an absolute win with the eldest child. The other cries “Max no like that!” but he will take two teensy bites if he knows he can then have yogurt.
One child ate an entire pint of cherry tomatoes for dinner not too long ago. Then I planted a million cherries in the garden and halfway through the season he decided that he ate too many (true) and needs to take a break.
Both children enjoy skim milk, “bubble agua”, and apple juice in varying quantities.
The youngest does not like “breakfast”, “lunch” or “dinner”. He just likes “snackies”.
The oldest is really happy about taking his own lunch to school in a red lunchbox every day. Yesterday he came home and said excitedly, “Mom, you know WHAT? If kids don’t bring their LUNCHBOX, they can buy the SCHOOL LUNCH!” This was a revelation. He told me he prefers his lunch box, though, and then proceeded to tell me all about his classmates’ lunchboxes… Spiderman lunchbox, Superman lunchbox, Ironman lunchbox, the Incredibles lunchbox, planetarium lunchbox, dinosaur lunchbox, stars lunchbox. Poor kid, I made him get a plain red lunch box, but the novelty of taking his own lunch to school is so fantastic that he hasn’t made a complaint.
Please include only meals that are nutritious, delicious, organic and balanced. They should be based on locally sourced food grown by farmers who are treated humanely and paid a living wage (I’m serious here).
Meals should be simple and fast to prepare with ingredients commonly found around the house. So fast, in fact, that one could whirl around a la Wonder Woman and voila! An amazing and healthy meal would present itself on the table. A fresh and colorful display would lure my children from their Legos and baseballs and old school Scooby Doo videos and they would be speechless with delight.
Perhaps you could pick up a wand at Ollivander’s. It should cast spells for making kid-friendly meals in a flash.
Make sure the plan makes good use of the jalapenos growing like mad in my garden that neither child can tolerate. I would appreciate a smattering of sea salt on mostly everything. Oh, and I forgot to mention: one child loves eggs. The other thinks eggs are gross.
And one kid actually eats sushi (which is a bummer for us because we really like sushi, and it’s expensive, so I do not think my kids need to eat sushi. Right?).
Final thoughts: do not supersize meals. Do make them creative, healthy and delicious. Did I already mention that?
Back to the meal plan. Add wine. No, not for the kids, silly.
I look forward to receiving the plan forthwith.