Thursday, January 11, 2007

How to traumatize your child with food in 3 easy steps

Sooo.... menu planning! I have never done this before but finally am going to give it a try. I was flipping through an old issue of Woman's Day magazine and they always give you a menu plan for the whole month. So I started getting some ideas from that, and the internet and we'll see how it goes. I figure this will help me to stay on track with one of my resolutions for 2007, which is to start cooking from recipes on a regular basis. I'm not a bad cook I guess, I just am boring, really - making the same stuff all the time.

I made myself a blank calendar and printed it out and am now writing in some different meals. It's silly, but I have had a box of lasagna noodles in my pantry forever. I have never made lasagna in my life so I don't know what I was thinking when I bought the box. And I'm lactose intolerant, so I can't make it with all the cheese. I looked today though and found a recipe that uses tofu instead of ricotta. I've never cooked with tofu either, but hey, it's a new year and I've gotta start sometime!

The Man made something of a pinched face when I said the word 'tofu', so maybe it would've been smarter to not tell him of this ahead of time. I'm definitely not telling the kids. The Boy is still suffering with his green bean allergy. I have never seen a child work harder to convince me that a quarter inch piece of bean would literally choke him to death - the gagging, the eye-watering, the tears... it's quite a performance, you should come over for the 5pm showing on Tuesday. It's second only to the show that the Princess put on when I informed her that the punishment for fighting with me this morning was to clean both toilets in our house. I'm pretty sure she'll need therapy to recover from that trauma.