I am excited to roll out my first ever Food Friday.
Cooking is something I've always enjoyed, but it's even more fulfilling with such a big brood to satisfy. I thought it would be fun to spend Fridays, sharing our kitchen with you.
One of my greatest mentors passed away, last year. She improved my life in a hundred different ways, but the single most important thing she ever taught me was over my first meatloaf lesson (which is amazing, by the way). She told me this - Do you want to know the secret to satisfying your husband? What keeps your kids home during adolescence?
Serve the best food.
I've never forgotten her advice and it has helped me shape my own philosophy on dinner:
- There has to be variety
- It has to taste good
- It can't take more than an hour
Here are some rules that have helped us:
- Each kiddo has to try every dish - every time, but they can choose not to finish their plate.
- No one can request more of anything without finishing their other items first.
- Those that finish their plate get to pick a "treat" at the end of dinner. Not only does this help us eat down the candy bowl that tends to stale over the year, but it's also a pretty perfect solution to get the kids to power through their veggies.
Now for the food!
Cheesy Ranch Chicken
I found this Table for Seven recipe here.
I paired it with pan-fried asparagus, homemade applesauce (peel and place large chunks of apples in the crockpot with a little bit of cinnamon), and boxed mac 'n cheese (yeah, we do that).
So, YUM, and 4-5 stars from all the boys (a big feat!)