Wednesday, January 18, 2012
I know my kids are very much like other kids. They are simply exercising a little independence. And I'm all for independence but I'm mostly for it when it's a) other kids or b) aimed at other people. Luckily I've made some strides with Emerson who saw a friend eating Chicken Caeser Salad and a new idea was born. The best part? It came from him so he actually likes it. The only trick came when I realized he wanted me to buy pre-made salads and I was not going to do that. So I started making him these salads myself. And he liked them. He asked for them a couple of times a week. But eventually he saw that his was missing croutons. If he just had croutons.....Okay. I can buy croutons. But the croutons had CHEESE. He loved them but deep down he knew he would not be able to hold his No Cheese Line if he was now consuming both pizza (the only cheese he would admit to liking) AND croutons. I gave him an out. One night we had a big salad for dinner and I made croutons with the little bit of bread I had left. He very wisely labeled them the Best Croutons Ever and begged me to make them for his school lunch. I'm a sucker. I did it. And I continue to make them. It's easy and it makes him happy. Win. Win. I get the seeded millet bread from Trader Joe's. I cube about half the loaf. I coat in just a bit of oil. I bake them at 250 until they're all toasty and dry. Voila. Instant little bites of toasty love.
Now I'm wondering when to explain what Romano Caeser Dressing is.....