Sunday, July 22, 2012

to each his own

When it comes to my family at dinner there is good news and bad news. Good news - I live with good eaters. Everyone likes food, and lots of it. Bad news - not everyone likes the same thing. Sigh. I am sure you can relate. In my family of four it quite a mystery who is gonna eat what on any given night. Of course, having a vegetarian and a bonafide carnivore in the house creates some chaos, but when you throw in a baby who insists on eating "big people" food and a toddler with an ever changing mood, I just put it out there and hope for the best some nights.

My CSA thankfully is always providing me with fresh food and inspiration. Take this side dish for example. When I received lovely deep green kale leaves, round red potatoes, and a small yellow onion, I decided to cook them together in a simple saute. I started by cleaning the kale and tearing it into bite sized bits. I then scrubbed the taters and poked them with a fork a few times. I cooked them in the microwave for about four minutes. I then chopped them into small chunks (good sized for my little lady to pick up). I also diced half the onion. Then I poured enough olive oil in a large skillet to coat it well. I cooked the onions until fragrant. Then I threw in the potatoes and tossed them in the oil until they began to get a bit crispy (about eight minutes). Finally, I added in the kale and wilted it, seasoning only with some kosher salt.

I placed a pile of kale and taters on everyone's plates and watched. The carnivore, of course, avoided all things green, but wolfed down the potatoes. My little man did just the opposite gobbling up the kale and leaving the potatoes on his plate. And the baby did her best to mush everything she could get her little fingers on, but I am not sure how much ended up in her mouth and how much ended up in her highchair. Oh well, at least I liked all of it and I only had one pan to clean when supper was over. To each his own, right?

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