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Lynda Loveland: Whose food is better?

Posted June 9, 2010

Lynda Loveland

I make it a point to make dinner every night. It may be leftovers, but I rarely do the fast food or frozen thing. I play that card when we're in a hurry or we've got stuff to do.

I like to fix different things to introduce my kids to new food. My chicken piccata failed the other night, although my husband and I dug it. How could you not like something with a stick of butter, lemon and garlic?

So, I made spaghetti last night. A safe and basic dish that kids love, right? I decided to kick mine up a notch though. I sautéed onions and garlic, added the sauce, fresh herbs from my garden and some homemade pesto. I let it simmer for about 20 minutes. It smelled delicious! I also made some blue cheese bread. Yes, the kids love blue cheese. I was very proud of my spaghetti. I'm thinking, I could have just warmed up a jar of sauce and be done with it, but no, I took the time and made it better.

A minute or so into dinner I noticed the kids were just picking at their food. I was not. I was barely coming up for air. I asked Campbell, "What's wrong honey, you like spaghetti?" And do you know what she said, maybe you've heard something similar. She said, "Well mom, I don't like this psghetti. I like Kid Cuisine psghetti."

I thought the top was going to blow off my head! Are you kidding me? She prefers some 6-month-old, frozen, preservative laden, no flavor spaghetti!!!! How could that be? I should have remembered something I was taught in my journalism class in college. It's called the KISS method. Keep It Super Simple.

I will still try out different meals on them. But most of the time, I'm going to remember to KISS!

Lynda is the mom of three and co-host of Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM's Bill & Lynda in the Morning. Find her here on Thursdays.


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  • badams Jun 12, 2010

    Sauteed onions and garlic? For a child? Yep, I'm sure that their displeasure with their meal was far more traumatic to you than being called "stinkpot" by their classmates was traumatic to them!

  • mkcollins Jun 11, 2010

    I know exactly what you mean, Lynda. When my daughter was young I made spaghetti from an old family recipe. Onions and peppers sauteed in olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, the whole nine yards - cooked it ALL Day!! My little bundle of joy turns up her nose and asked for ragu! UUUGGHH

  • Willie_11 Jun 11, 2010

    Tell 'em this is no restaurant and you eat what we fix or you don't eat at all. If they are hungry enough, they will eat. This is what we were used to growing up, why has that mentality changed over the years? The kids seem to be running the crazy house, nowadays.

  • ilina Jun 10, 2010

    I hear this all the time from friends but I can't relate at all. My kids are amazing eaters, yet I can't say we take any credit for it. We've just always eaten home made food (with the occasional frozen food quick meal or fast food jaunt), and the boys have never eaten something different for dinner. Since your kids like blue cheese you're at least on the right track a long term appreciation of food!

  • Brick CIty Girl Jun 10, 2010

    The now grown up daughter of a friend of mine announced when she was very young that the only meat she liked was chicken. So from about age 3 until 7 or 8, every meat her mom cooked was "chicken" Hamburger was "brown chicken" bacon was "Skinny chicken" pork was "pink chicken" etc. Most kids outgrow the pickiness, fear of new things, and the love of chemical and sugar laden packaged food. As my brilliant mother says, "pick your battles"

  • kellypratz Jun 10, 2010

    that's too funny. I made spagettii and meatballs last night and my 8 year old daughter said can I have Chef Boyardee Ravoli's instead. I can relate to everyone out there.

  • elliesmom Jun 10, 2010

    Oh, my gosh, we have so been there. We made homemade pizza--the whole works--and made it a game of kneading the dough, decorating the pizzas and watching them bake. I have to say, they were pretty awesome. We were sooooo proud of ourselves. When it came time to eat, my daughter took one bite and asked if we could order Papa Johns. Say whaaaaat? Now she's 10 and loves to cook (and eat) her own homemade creations, so keep trying!!

  • kknight Jun 10, 2010

    My kids have done the same thing, I have learned a new trick and after 17 years with the world's craziest eater, it works. When they say they like the "boxed or frozen" version, I just tell them ahead of time that's what it is and they seem to buy it. They still think the cereal in the box is the name brand, however it is the Walmart brand, I just re-use the box. :) Oh the tricks we mom's use!

  • LMRA Jun 10, 2010

    My nephew once said to my Mom "Grandma your macaroni and cheese is ok but I like the orange kind that comes from the box." She was crushed! She makes a homemade mac and cheese to DIE for and this little kid tells her he likes the 'orange' kind better!

  • amanda7 Jun 10, 2010

    This is great... my husband is an executive chef and made homemade fried chicken for dinner. Can't go wrong, right? Oh no, his 8 year old daughter made the proclamation two bites in that she liked Kid's Cuisine better. You should have seen the look on his face!