Friday, December 07, 2007

She doesn't like this, either.

Dinner did not go well for our Peanut yesterday. This morning I was trying to figure out what else to make her -- give her some choices, let her be part of the decision, all that empowering stuff. If she's part of the process, she'll more happily partake of the results, goes the parenting logic.

Me: Peanut, what other dinner foods do you like, besides pasta and pizza?

Silence. She's thinking. Eventually:

Peanut: I like sauce, and cheese.


So much for parenting logic.

Here's what she rejected last night, though everyone else looooved it:

Shrimp Lo Mein

1/4 c low sodium soy sauce
1 lb. large shrimp, peeled, cut in half
8 oz. lo mein noodles
2 T peanut oil
1 large onion, thinly vertically sliced
4 c. broccoli florets
2 c. bell pepper strips -- whatever color you want; I use up what's in the crisper
1 T minced garlic
1 T minced ginger
1/3 cup unsalted cashew pieces

Combine shrimp and soy sauce, put in fridge.

Cook the noodles. While the water heats,
Cut/prepare all the stir fry ingredients.

Drain the noodles and toss them with 1 T peanut oil so they don't stick together in one depressing clump. Set aside.

Heat 1 T peanut oil in a wok (large skillet would do).
Stir fry onion 4 min., add broccoli and peppers for another 3 min., add garlic, ginger and shrimp/soy sauce mixture, stir fry until shrimp pieces are done (about a minute).

Add noodles and nuts, combine well.

Voila. It's really, really good, unless you only like pasta and pizza (or turkey burgers or hot dogs).


  1. Forget the empowerment crap - it just empowers them to scream and whine at the dinner table.

  2. Yeah. We're total hardasses about screaming and whining at the dinner table. Not negotiable.

  3. Sounds delicious. Can you come over here and make it? I mean, if Peanut isn't having any...

  4. I feel for ya...but while I'm feeling all sympathetic, could you pass me the leftovers?