Ease of Preparation: 4 stars
Cost: 4 stars
I am so very behind. It has been a busy week. This was Tuesday and the first meal that I allowed my oldest to have input on what I cooked. He confidently said macaroni and cheese. I searched through dozens of versions and chose the one that had the fewest
ingredients and American cheese (his favorite).
I carefully put all the ingredients together with a tiny man in the background cheering me on. He was so excited. It had been two weeks since he had actually liked anything we had for dinner. I added a ham steak and fried cabbage on the side, but I wanted
the mac and cheese to really shine.
We sat down for dinner and expectations were high as he took the first bite. His mouth instantly made a disgusted half-moon shape with a tongue hanging out. The guttural eww noises filled the room. My disappointment was palpable while my husband simply
He declared “I don’t know what I don’t like. I think it’s the cheese.” The pasta was soft just like it was supposed to be. It wasn’t dry or clumpy. It simply didn’t come from a box. I spent a moment utterly disappointed, but them remembered that it was
me that made him box after box of mac and cheese.
I was the one that filled our plates with take out and boxed dinners for so long. I was being selfish to think that this change would affect me the most simply because I’m choosing and making the meals. I then remembered that for weeks now, I have stripped
away all of my son’s favorite things to eat and replaced them with homemade versions.
While my husband and I have enjoyed the change, we expected Seth to enjoy the change too. I cannot hold it against the tiny man for revolting the only way he knows how. It will take time and patience. I will also be allowing him to choose at least one
meal a week.
I’m hoping that over time, his palate will change and accept what is being given to him. We shall see.