The Menu Negotiation

Menus | September 1, 2012 | By

This afternoon the weeone and I spent some time deciding what we wanted to eat this week. It’s not always an easy discussion. I like to try new recipes. She likes to eat things that are her favorites. I can’t blame her. I mean, how many families have Taco Tuesday and Meatloaf Monday and the like? Kids like dependability.

Building our weekly menu then becomes a bit of a negotiation. It’s the only time I negotiate, ever, with my child. The idea is that I cave on a few menu items that she loves so that she’ll agree to try things that she would not try on her own necessarily. It works. It’s expanding her horizons and keeping my taste buds happy.

I’ve promised her food, shelter, education, clothes, and all the baseball knowledge in my head…I can’t promise pizza every Thursday. It will kill my soul. Thankfully, my kid knows me well and gets it.

In this house, the only sure thing is that it’s something new most days.

This week we’ve got the whole “Labor Day” concept and my parents are going to join us. So the planning included what would make good “grill food.” Nana’s bring a something along, but that day will likely be the Flat Iron Steaks.

In no particular order here’s what I’ll be cooking this week:

  • Crab Wonton Cups (possible Labor Day appetizer)
  • Grilled Flat Iron Steaks with smashed sweet potatoes or Garlicky Green Beans
  • Pork Chops with Caribbean Rub & Mango Salsa
  • Seared Scallops with Farmer’s Market Salad
  • Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese (Fancy Nancy Grilled Cheese)
  • Tequila Lime Chicken with Refried Black Beans
  • Pan Fried Shrimp with Cucumber, Tomato & Fennel Salad
  • Raspberry Frozen Yogurt
  • Blackberry Margaritas
  • …and there might be a Carmelized Overnight French Toast experiment happening.

Any questions? Requests?

By the way, I ate these fish tacos today at our favorite Mexican dive restaurant, Don Jose’s. Be jealous.

  1. Laura T (@TheSpicedLife)
    September 5, 2012

    Can I just say pictures of fish tacos are cruel and unusual for those of us living in small towns in the north? And my eldest gripes all the time about how looooooong it has been since I’ve made her favorite dish. 🙂

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