You know what’s really empowering, Foodies?
Making something the way you like it, just because that’s how you like it. Not the way the kids like it or your spouse likes it, but just the way you want it.
I had an epiphany recently. I’ve spent a lot of my post-op career catering to everyone’s preferences in my crusade to get my kids and family to eat healthier. In the process I did several things:
- I stopped even thinking about what I like the best and why.
- I put my children under the delusion that they live in a 24-hour diner, complete with a short-order cook.
- I got a case of “food burn-out.”
What’s food burn-out? You all have experienced it, I’m sure. It’s when you just get tired of thinking about, prepping, and cooking food. So you don’t. Instead you eat things that are convenient (and sometimes not healthy). Or worse, you fall back on take-out a lot.
As for me, I fell back on my default foods (stuff I could eat anytime like cottage cheese and Greek yogurt) and let the kids go crazy with take-out. Bad mom!
What I’ve learned from this is that even when it comes to cooking my needs are important too. So I vow to make more meals the way I like them!
Which is what brings us to this pizza casserole. There are several reasons why my daughters probably won’t touch it. For Diva, the Elder, it contains three vegetables that are on her “no fly” list (I’ve tried to get her to embrace more veggies…she’s 16 so at this point trickery doesn’t work anymore!). For Diva, the Younger, (13) she now eats a pescetarian diet and so the ground meat is no-go. But me? I love it! So here goes.