The weather is turning and we are experiencing fall like temperatures here in the southern hemisphere. With the colder evenings, soup has been my food mood.
Realizing it has been years since I made black bean soup that was my culinary choice. You can’t find canned black beans here so I purchased the dried ones, soaked them for 2 days, added all the ingredients and let is simmer for a good four hours. Ready for a tasty treat I scooped up the bowls when it hit me. My kids have not had black bean soup since America, over 3 years ago. Their taste buds are not used to this healthy meal not to mention it was BLACK!
Blake thought it was pretty cool eating black food….he imagined it was like something Darth Vader would eat. Skyler ate most of it but her facial expressions communicated her distaste. Tori ended up with a cute little black mustache and later a not so cute diaper.
The next night I thought it clever of me (since I had TONS of soup left over) to puree some of the beans, stick them in a tortilla, add cheese and walla- black bean burritos. Sounded yummy to me and with some brown rice and sautéed vegetables I suspected my children's lips would be filled with praise for this wondrous meal.
Their lips were full of something but it wasn't praise. In fact I soon found out last night’s compliance was tonight’s defiance. So I resorted to the time tested, more than one child, proven parenting technique- Bribery!
“If you eat half your burrito you can have a piece of chocolate for dessert.”
I know what you are thinking—“big deal”. Admittedly my starved children not only end up with black beans for dinner I also deprive them of chocolate. I am not a very nice mom am I? (Don’t answer that!)
Skyler driven by her sweet tooth inherited from her dear old mum choked down half the burrito in record time, stopping to gag only once. Blake attempted the trick of mashing up the burrito and spreading it to the perimeters of his plate so it looked half eaten. We really need to show him the spit it in your napkin and ask to go to the bathroom one. Tori just batted her big blue eyes and was awarded chocolate without devouring one bite. My only defense is that she is the third child and really cute.
Unfortunately the only thing my attempt at a "healthy dinner" left me with was hyper children and oodles of uneaten soup.
What was your recent dinner flop? And please don’t tell me you don’t have one because you like Karen create not only yummy gourmet dinners for your family but crème brulee cheesecake to boot!