I hate it! Wait. No! I love it!

The Case of the Clashing Taste Buds

My kids are quite vocal.  If they like or dislike something, they’ll let you know it.  Loudly.

Luckily, they’re all pretty good eaters. And like most kids, if they don’t like something, they REALLY don’t like it.  So mealtime can get pretty rowdy.

The big problem I face is when the likes-and-dislikes of one of my children clashes with the likes-and-dislikes of another. Take tonight’s meal, for example.

Grilled Salmon, Orzo with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Steamed Green Beans

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There was a point in time when all three of my kids loved salmon.  I swear!  To this day, the favored breakfast in our house is bagels and lox.  But at some point, two of the kids have had a change of heart and refuse to eat salmon for dinner.

I’ve always prepared it the same way — brushed with a little olive oil and sprinkled with Italian seasoning then baked or grilled.

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My 7yo still loves it.  But my two little ones are adamantly anti-grilled salmon. That hasn’t stopped me from making it.  The Hubs and I love it, and so does our oldest.  I feel like the others will get back to their senses — eventually.  They will.  Right???  (tonight, promises of dessert coerced the 5yo to finish his meal… but the 3yo was unwavering in her refusal.)

I also retested some old waters with tonight’s side dish — the orzo.  Most nights, my 5yo is my most adventurous eater.  But when it comes to orzo he “HATES, HATES, HATES, HATES IT!” (his words, not mine – even though ‘hate’ is officially a bad word around here.)

So tonight, I told him that I know he doesn’t like orzo but that I prepared it a little differently than in the past and asked him to try it.  Spoiler Alert:  He LOVED IT!

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Orzo With Sun Dried Tomatoes (Serves 4)

  • Box of Orzo
  • 3 Tbsp Sun Dried Tomato Bruschetta (store-bought packed in olive oil)
  • Chopped green onions (to taste)
  • handful of shredded parmesan cheese (I used low-fat)
  • salt and pepper

Boil orzo until it’s al dente.  Drain and rise with cold water until it’s cool to the touch.  Toss with the tomatoes, onions, cheese, salt and pepper.  Serve.

The Results:  Everyone liked this dish. Everyone, that is, *except* my 7yo who usually LOVES orzo and has asked me to put orzo salads into his lunch box!!  He didn’t like the sun dried tomatoes!  ARRRGGGGHHHH!!!  How frustrating!  I was so close!  So! Close!

But, for me, the lesson here is to never stop trying to get the kids to try a new dish. Even if they don’t like a specific ingredient, they may like it if it’s prepared differently.  Maybe I’ll do that with the salmon next time.

Until then… happy eatings!

Sharon

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