One of our household staples has become mac n cheese which we pretend is a healthy enough dinner choice by adding mixed frozen vegetables. Not the classiest dinner, but sometimes dinner in five minutes is what you need!
Last night, after the mac and cheese was ready, Mom informed me that she did not need any dinner. She often believes this up until the moment that she realizes that she sure could do with an entire pint of ice cream. I told her I understood and then served her a plate five minutes later, taking happy advantage of the short term memory loss.
Then, I watched Mom sit with her mac and cheese, carefully sorting it on her plate. The green beans had to go, obviously! They were immediately moved to the side of the plate. Several — though not all — of the carrots quickly followed. Mom’s list of acceptable and unacceptable vegetables is a serious list. Green beans seem to have recently moved from acceptable to unacceptable– though broccoli and brussel sprouts are still solid choices.
I watched Mom pick through her food and decided that she was providing me with solid practice for raising a child one day. I wonder if they will pick the peas and corn out of their mac and cheese as well.