Meal time staples

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Meal time staples
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Sat, 07-31-2010 - 9:01pm

I'm getting tired of the picky eater discussion, lol.


What are the *regular* foods that you set at the table at meal time?


When I was a kid, my dad didn't consider the table set unless there was bread and butter out...and milk.


When my kids were younger, we always set bread and pb on the table, as an option.

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Sat, 07-31-2010 - 10:53pm

Suppers vary (that is the biggest meal of the day for our family):


It may be: baked bbq chicken, mashed potatoes (homemade), macaroni & cheese (homemade), salad, carrot sticks, fresh fruit


or it may be: spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, cheese sticks


or pizza (homemade) with chips


carrot sticks, fresh fruit (pineapple, bananas, apples, grapes, bing cherries, strawberries, peaches, apricots you name it.......)


Always sweet tea....sodas....milk or juice


Always bread....rolls w/things like steaks, baked potatoes, green beans, salad; garlic bread (toast or sticks) w/pasta dishes


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Sat, 07-31-2010 - 11:23pm

Our dinners consist of one main entree (either a meat dish or a vegetarian dish), one grain/starch dish (potatoes, rice, corn, bread, pasta/noodles), and one or more green vegetable (broccoli and a salad for example). If we are have a casserole or a mixed dish (stew or stir fry for example), then we might have just salad on the side (stew) or egg drop soup and rice (in the case of the sir fry). For a roast in which the potatoes and vegetables (carrots and onions usually) are cooked with the meat, we'll have salad on the side. One of the criteria in choosing what to prepare is if the meal is colorful. I don't serve dishes that are all the same color. So no cauliflower with chicken for example. I also don't serve more than one starch/grain dish; so corn is never served with potatoes (unless it's grilled corn on the cob and potato salad) and potatoes with gravy and bread are never served together. As exceptions, garlic bread is always served with a pasta dish and hamburgers with grilled corn or french fries. I have no idea why the exceptions other than they taste good together. Besides, I've never claimed to be consistent.

Chris

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Sat, 07-31-2010 - 11:31pm

"Is there anything that you ALWAYS set, regardless of what's being served?"

Only water which I forgot to mention in my previous post. Occasionally wine or beer for dh and I. But the default drink for lunch and dinner is water; milk for breakfast.

Chris

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Sat, 07-31-2010 - 11:33pm

That's funny, I am the same

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Sat, 07-31-2010 - 11:37pm

I learned that from my mom who probably learned from her mom. Although I have since learned that is a very healthy way to eat. I have argued with WIC (back when I was pregnant with Dylan and later when he was an infant) over whether or not potatoes and corn were considered vegetables or grain.

Chris

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Sun, 08-01-2010 - 12:05am

There isn't anything we "always" have on the table, except water to drink.

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Sun, 08-01-2010 - 4:16am

We used to have bread on the table for every meal, but the last few years, it depends what we are eating.

Usually we eat fish once a week, sometimes twice. Typically that will be squid, salmon or fresh cod, but it depends what is available in the fish market. For sides usually some kind of whole grain, brown rice, quinoa or bulgur and a vegetable.

Once or twice a week we eat beans, usually chick peas, since we all like them. That we will eat with some bread and feta cheese on the side.

Then we might have eggs or meat one day, a vegetable dish one day, pasta or risotto one day and some kind of roast on the weekend.

Those meals are served at lunch time. In the evening we eat things like avocados and other veggies, left-overs or a salad with some nuts and cheese. We also keep canned sardines and some kind of cheese on hand for light meals. We all like sardines and they are cheap, healthy and easy to store.

Since we are all lactose intolerant, we drink water with our meals (and sometimes beer/wine in the evening). We rarely have dessert other than fruit and snacks consist of yogurt with nuts and honey or fruit or raw veggies.
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Edited 8/1/2010 5:48 am ET by rollmops2009
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Sun, 08-01-2010 - 4:21am
We always have salt, pepper mill and water on the table. The rest depends on what is being served.

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Sun, 08-01-2010 - 5:42am
What is the deal with serving chips with pizza, or mashed potatoes and mac/cheese in the same meal?

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Sun, 08-01-2010 - 5:45am
Yes, red peppers are a regular thing here too. Sometimes if I am in a hurry, the veggie/salad for a meal is simply raw red peppers sliced and a few other raw sliced veggies.

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