Saturday, March 8, 2008
Day 21: A Beefcake in the Kitchen
We're shaking things up a bit. To keep the diversity and a vested, collective interest in dinner time, everyone in the family is now responsible for devising and making a meal once a week. In the kids' case, we'll help them prep and cook. This takes some of the pressure off me, too.
Dirk, who is now billing himself as the resident Fresh Mouth beefcake, cooked tonight. He donned a tie and an apron and lit candles. The kids loved the touch. We had grilled chicken marinated in rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, honey and sesame oil with jasmine rice, sauteed peppers and onions, and green beans with lemon, and strawberries in balsamic vinegar. Dirk and I shared some great beer - Bell's Two-Hearted Ale.
Making dinner an occasion heightened the fun of a weekend meal together - takes the hum drum out of things. We're at the three-week mark, and we all feel good. But there are still yens and cries for all things ersatz, mostly fast food fare like chicken nuggets and fries.
I did our weekly grocery shop this week with Aidan, and he said, "I miss food."
"What food do you miss?" I asked.
"I dunno. Like chicken nugs and fries," he said. "Can't we have them as a special treat?"
"No, Aidan," I said. "They're really bad for you. And do you realize that since we've been doing Fresh Mouth, no one's been sick?"
"Yeah. That's good," he said pretty resigned.
"How about I make oven-fried chicken this week?"
"OK," he agreed.
If it takes three weeks to break a habit, we may be a tad bit behind the curve here. Progress takes time, right? In terms of cost, we're at a three-week total of $1,087.44, and I'm gunning to get us through this week with as few extra store trips as possible. That equates to about $60 a person a week. How does this compare to you? Check the latest poll and weigh in.
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with onion, sourdough toast, apples, grapes, OJ with fish oil and coffee.
Lunch: Tuna fish sandwiches with mustard, vinegar, oil, onion and celery on pita bread. A mix of raisins, toasted almonds, pecans and walnuts, and leftover "Gaga Brownies" and apples.
Dinner: Grilled chicken marinated in rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, honey and sesame oil with jasmine rice, sauteed peppers and onions, and green beans with lemon, and strawberries in balsamic vinegar for us and plain ones for the kids.
Nugget o' the Day: "But nuggets are so tasty, salty and delicious." - Aidan trying to convince me to cave on the fast-food chicken.