Our eating restrictions, which are a little challenging: K refuses to eat most sauces, cooked vegetables, melted cheese, and generally anything with a remotely creamy, mushy, or slimy texture. (He's getting a lot better, though.) X is allergic to nuts and eggs, although he can tolerate small quantities of eggs in baked goods and pasta. No quiches, casseroles, or enchiladas for us.
Our current eating obsessions: Freshly grated Parmesan, chicken noodle soup (K); french fries (X).
Here's what we've been eating:
- Traditional chicken noodle soup with egg noodles
- Asian-inspired chicken noodle soup with soba noodles and bok choy
- Wheel pasta (rotelle) with grated Parmesan, often paired with broccoli because I can throw it in with the pasta for the last minute of cooking + Great Northern or navy beans
- Ziti with chicken and broccoli
- Chicken tenders, soaked in buttermilk, dredged in panko, and baked (I think finishing them on the stove would be best -- we heat up leftovers this way)
- Trader Joe's Harvest Grain Blend (includes Israeli couscous, orzo, chickpeas, and quinoa) with sausage and roasted cauliflower
- Bacon + rice + salad. This was a very popular meal.
- Chicken nuggets + fries + salad. No cooking.
- Fake bibimbap: rice, beef, spinach, zucchini, carrot, and scallions. This was really good and could be easily customized for the tastes of kids and grownups.
- Rice and beans - K wants plain rice and plain black beans on the side. Can be mixed together with added veggies for everyone else.
- Quesadillas - for K, just a plain tortilla with grated cheese sprinkled on top (not melted) and salsa and beans.
- Chili and pasta e fagioli soup - the grownups liked these, the kids did not.
- Acceptable vegetables: cooked broccoli or cauliflower; roasted or sauteed asparagus; raw bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers.
- Acceptable proteins: sausage as long as it's not spicy; chicken in any form; steak in small pieces; shrimp or scallops; fishsticks or chicken nuggets; fish for X only; beans for K only