I wasn't keen on doing meatballs. E has tried them before but was not all that interested. Until our last visit to my parents' in May. I did turkey meatballs and she ate them and asked for seconds. The very next day on Dr Oz (I swear I was watching only because my mom does and the gigantic TV is hard to avoid if you're hanging out in the living room) was a recipe for turkey meatballs that had carrots, celery, pine nuts and raisins mixed in. If I could get the kids to accept them, I could delight my own palate with a more sophisticated version and they would get some extra veggies in them without a struggle. Did they eat it? Nope, but they will both eat the plain and simple kind. The recipe is below the rest of the post for anyone who has a slightly more adventurous eater.
The second M food we tried was minestrone, or as we are calling it "Minnie"-strone. Minnie as in Minnie Mouse. We watched an episode of the animated Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Minnie made 'minnie'strone. E asked if we could make it, so she helped me. Hubby teased me relentlessly about "you're making a recipe from a cartoon??" Yes, yes I am if it means she'll try it and perhaps even eat a whole bowl.
E tells me, "Minnie said we had to put 2 onions, 6 medium potatoes, and 8 tomatoes in the blender and puree. Then add it to the 15-second fast cooker, and it'll be ready!"
Since I knew it would take a little more than 15 seconds, I peeled and steamed the potatoes beforehand, and chopped the onions coarsely. Then we added them all to the food processor, and pureed it. We heated it in a saucepan for about 15 minutes. E then said, "It needs spices!", so we added 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. The general verdict was not good. The onion flavor overpowered everything else. E tried 2 bites and declared that maybe Minnie Mouse was not ready to be a chef. The best part of the minnie-strone for me was that E helped me buy the ingredients and 'supervised' the cooking when she normally has zero interest.
|I now have about 8 cups of this stuff in my freezer. I think I can finagle it into some kind of pasta sauce, but definitely on the list of fails.|