Disclaimer: For dinner last night, I roasted some split breasts of chicken, and served them with fresh tomatoes, white rice and cut green beans.
Tonight, however, is a different story. It’s a typical Wednesday when the kids are pulled in a bunch of directions, and everyone’s scrambling to get homework done before taking off again to church for Royal Rangers/MPact Ministries. Dinners on Wednesdays are usually quick and easy. Gabe even requested, and I consented, to eat in front of the TV in the living room. Don’t judge.
We have pretty bland tastes in the Whitehouse family. By we, I of course mean all of us besides me, and sometimes Liv. Jake only eats a few things, and Gabe even fewer. Plain, store-brand Hamburger Helper is a surefire winner. Last month, I brought home a Bacon Cheeseburger version. I made a pan for Liv and I, and a second pan of “the usual.” Liv tried it (she’s my brave soul), and liked it. Today I branched out and brought home Bacon Cheeseburger AND Crunchy Taco – to give Liv some choice.
Surprisingly, she chose Crunchy Taco. It smelled so good, even Beth asked for a sample before I put the cheese topping on. It is made with rice and not noodles, which is different, but was well-liked. Liv and I had big bowls with cheesy topping, and Beth had a side serving, because her allotted slop was coming from the “plain” pan.
I served it in bowls with tortilla chips. The $2 kind, because that’s the kind of cash I roll in. As Beth ooh-ed and aah-ed over her second side serving (we spoil her), Liv raved that this may have just dethroned her favorite food of all time – breakfast sausage. Between mouthfuls, Beth muttered that this stuff was worthy of a blog post. So, here I sit.
Did anyone learn the lesson that sometimes trying new things is rewarding? I doubt it. Did we re-define how we’re going to hold future taco nights? You bet.