Monday, February 20, 2012

When MJ Doesn't Like What I Cooked...

I knew it was a risk attempting Brussels Sprouts again, but I had to do it. They looked so good and fresh! AND I'm determined to get MJ to like them again. Initially around Thanksgiving when we were visiting relatives I introduced them and he liked them, but when we came home and I let him have them again he REFUSED. Some time has passed so I thought maybe he'd like them again....wrong.

Sitting down for dinner with a bowl of zucchini, Brussels Sprouts and quinoa and MJ immediately spits it out into his hand and flings it on the carpet. One more bite perhaps?? Same result. I have learned from past failures not to try and force it. If he doesn't like it he doesn't like it period.

So what to do? I hate wasting food and I hate wasting money so throwing out the prepared Brussels Sprouts is the last possible option. Usually when MJ doesn't like a food or is ambivalent about it I mix it with something else. I mixed the Brussels Sprouts with zucchini, but zucchini doesn't have a strong enough taste to mask the Brussels Sprouts. BUT for the sake of not wasting I can add other ingredients and see what works.

What can I do to salvage the Brussels Sprouts?

Another vegetable? I could add some collards which he likes and have a pretty strong taste. 

A protein? I have salvaged meals before by adding some spiced beans and I do have some leftover curried chickpeas from last week.

Did it work?

When I mixed the Brussels Sprouts with cooked collard greens he still wasn't a fan (womp, womp). But when I added the curried chickpeas (after sticking them in the food processor for a few seconds) this week's dinner was saved and I tricked MJ into eating Brussels sprouts!

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