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New Step-Mom & picky eaters: What's for dinner?

larkspurKC | Apr 25, 200702:03 PM

I'm recently wed to a wonderful man and his two sons. I can't say that the boys are the picky eaters when my dear husband is loathe to eat a vegetable. (So much for the "eat your veggies or no dessert" routine.) Years of bachelor foraging have taken their toll on this lot. I'm committed to cooking two healthy and complete meals per week for the four of us. What would you recommend for the menu?

My successes have included:
Pasta with basic marinara and meatballs (with optional cheese sauce for one)
Grilled steak, hamburger and hot dogs
Build your own soft taco night
Fruit salad -- my go to "they like it and it's good for 'em" option
Garlic toast
Sour cream ranch dip -- consumed like candy, but it's a dairy, right? I fool them with low-fat sour cream
Potato chips (haning head in shame)
Corn bread

Things that have been too weird for at least one out of three men at my dining room table:
Chicken: roasted, fried, baked, grilled, souped, BBQ'd, etc. (This makes me very sad.)
Celery and carrot sticks with aforementioned ranch dip
Baked pasta/sauce/cheese combo
Roast beef
Soup in most forms
Green beans, carrots, broccoli, potatoes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, etc.

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