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New Family with Kids - Help Me Devise Menus

CarrieWas218 | Mar 2, 2012 03:24 PM

Here's the skinny... I am a woman in my late 40s who never had children. I went to cooking school and am very adept in the kitchen, but have only cooked fairly adventurously for me and my relationships for the past 25 years. Never cooked for kids.

I've started dating a man with three children and the relationship is getting serious, but I know nothing about what kids like. For example, I will make myself Moroccan preserved lemon with chicken or a lamb tagine, Thai green curry, or Provencal fish en papillote. These have gone over well with my men as well.

The kids are 10, 13, and 14 and they have a nanny who cooks them frozen fish sticks, basic spaghetti from a jar, hot dogs, boxed macaroni and cheese, and frozen pizza. They won't eat chicken because they raise them. The extent of the vegetables they will eat includes frozen corn and frozen peas. Serving frozen vegetables just seems alien to me...

So far, I have made them REAL spaghetti and meatballs as well as teriyaki chicken (which I learned they wouldn't eat), and Swedish meatballs - all from scratch. Except for the chicken, they loved what I made but I need to start coming up with some new ideas.

I was a kid who would eat anything but these kids are a bit more sheltered so it may take a while before I can be really daring with them, but would love ideas from other families...

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