My goofy trick to get kids to eat!

May 27, 2009 at 11:15 am 12 comments

There is not pitter patter in this house it’s more like “Boom, Crash, Slam!” 

Then the next thing I know it’s, “Do-do-do-doo-do-d-d-d-dooo,” the talented Thing 2 playing the kazoo version of “March of the Empire”!

I love it though, the kids are so creative!

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Last night’s dinner was a hit and not because of my extreme talent.  Thing 1 polished off his stir-fry saying “I loved it, I loved it ALL!” 

Would you believe me if I told you the stir-fry contained mushrooms, green peppers and bean sprouts?  Here is my secret. 

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Thing 1 sliced mushrooms using this wire egg slicer, Thing 2 stirred and The Bubba  who never needs coaxing when it comes to eating especially if his brothers are there, supervised!

It was a hit mostly because I let the Thinglets help and they couldn’t resist trying what they had “made”!

Stir-Fry Kid Style Un-Recipe: GF

What you’ll need- meat, cooked rice, various veggies, liquid and seasoning (We used olive oil, Tamari Wheat Free Soy Sauce, garlic and sugar water).  We in this case means my hubby, as I was the slice and dice supervisor!

  • partially thaw frozen chicken (we were in a hurry) and slice into thin strips while heating an electric skillet (or frying pan) with a little olive oil
  • cook chicken in olive oil over med heat until no longer frozen then add garlic and a little more oil and increase heat to 400 degreesIMG_3420
  • add vegetables that need extra time like bell pepper and onion (if you must-ha ha)
  • continue to fry and stir so nothing burns
  • add Tamari soy sauce, sugar water (and no, I’m not a Bug)
  • add the remaining veggies and cooked rice (yesterday’s left overs).  For a little zip add a small amount of crushed red pepper or red pepper oil after you dish some for the kids :)
  • Stir fry until heated through and the vegetables are cooked how you like them.  I like mine pretty limp, Not recommended at culinary schools across the nation, if it were I’d probably be on TV and not writing a blog about how to cook Goof style!

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  • 1. Linda  |  May 27, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Getting the kids involved is a great idea. I don’t have an egg slicer, but I know I would use one. I always forget when I’m at the store.

    I should make a big batch of rice to use for your stir fry and Cinde’s fried rice.

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  • 2. Heather  |  May 27, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Sounds great. I need to get my kids in the kitchen more often! We always seem to be in such a hurry to get it done. I think I’m going to have to put stir fry on the menu next week. Thanks.

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  • 3. WendyGK  |  May 27, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    They ate their vegetables and no disasters to report. A very good day.

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  • 4. Gina  |  May 27, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Soon the children will be making dinner for you while you bask in a lounge chair in the sun, reading a novel. This sounds great and very straight-forward to make. So many vegetables! I love stir-fry, but hardly ever do it with rice. I think I’ve skipped the “add liquid” step in the past and everything came out too crunchy. Now I know!

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  • 5. Jennifer  |  May 27, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    That sounds great. I think your household must be loads of fun! :) My daughter has loved stir-fry since she was old enough to eat it. Thanks for the recipe.

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  • 6. glutenfree4goofs  |  May 27, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Linda-When he was younger 2 sliced whole raw eggs for me on the living room rug! I like the slicer for eggs, mushrooms, strawberries etc.
    Heather-I’m always hurrying so I usually put them to work while i prep something else then if I’m waiting on them I take over so we can get finished up!
    Wendy- no disasters this time!
    Gina- Novel? What’s that!? I have been sneaking in a few kid books lately. I really miss Mongolian BBQ! I remember the man who used to serve me (in my wheat days) didn’t speak English but he would keep saying “more sauce, lots more sauce”
    Jennifer- The kids are loads of fun I’m just along for the ride!

    Thanks again everyone-TTFN

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  • 7. purplemoose  |  May 27, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    Hubby walked in to that song at our wedding. :) I’ve also broken my FAMOUS EXPENSIVE NAME BRAND egg slicer trying to slice something (black olives, maybe? i forget), so I got a cheap one now and it works better. Ah well, that’s life, huh? But the kids get a kick out of using it, so that’s helpful for me!

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  • 8. Stacey  |  May 28, 2009 at 11:09 am

    We make stir fry a lot but it usually ends up being the same. Thanks for giving me another variation to try.

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  • 9. Cinde  |  May 29, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Great blog Jessie! I ‘m a new contributor to What’s For Dinner ? Wednesday .

    I would love to exchange blog links with you. My blog is “Gluten Free Taste of Home” at: http://www.glutenfreetasteofhome.blogspot.com/

    Please e-mail me if you are interested at: createwithme@clearwire.net

    Cheers!
    Cinde ;-)

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  • 10. Diane-thewholegang  |  June 5, 2009 at 6:18 am

    I love how you get your kids to eat and they actually eat it. I have one of each but they both love to work in the kitchen. Keep up the great job. Don’t know how you do everything with 4. I don’t think I could even talk and walk at the same time.

    Thank you for sharing this on Friday Foodie Fix!

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  • 11. gfe-gluten free easily  |  June 7, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Kids always eat so much better when they take part in the preparation (and cool idea using the slicer). It keeps them focused! What a great success, Jessie! BTW, I thorougly enjoyed Thing 1′s comment!

    Shirley

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