I have a major hassle in my house and I need some help!
As many of you know, I started a food blog last year to help me with planning meals for the family. The research for recipes has also allowed me not to get into the rut of making the same things over and over. The problem, though, is that my kids do not like hardly any of the things that I make. Yes, there are a few kid-approved recipes, but for the most part, they start with the "I don't like this's" before they have even taken a bite. It drives me crazy and makes me wonder why I go through the effort?
With my new-found, and hopefully permanent, attitude I really don't want to stress about something small but I guess, in my mind, this isn't a small thing. I know they are just kids and have no idea the amount of time, effort and money that goes into making dinners but it really gets to me when I take the time to make a home-cooked meal and they automatically either don't like it or within an hour they are asking for a peanut butter sandwich, apples, bananas, candy, etc. In my mind, if they are hungry an hour later then they didn't eat enough at dinner.
Scott and I were talking this morning and I don't remember ever leaving the table hungry. I can understand this if I have made something that might be too spicy or too sour but not when it is something as simple as noodles and sauce. Some of the time it is just the matter that they want to be playing with our neighbor or watching TV but at other times they just simply do not eat.
In the fast-food world that we live in today, I admit that I have fallen into that trap of chicken nuggets, pizza and hotdogs. While I do give in at times on those types of things, I try to buy all-natural, organic, low-fat items for our home-cooked meals. I have also tried to mix in very little to no candy, no sodas, no Kool-aid, very few desserts; thus, earning me the name of Food Nazi from Scott.
So, is this a big deal? When I make a home-cooked meal that I feel the kids should eat and have no problems with should I make them eat it or just give in and make them the peanut butter sandwich they want and be ensured that they actually ate.