A decision about food

August 7, 2012

Last night, I was working really late. . . I don’t think I got home til about 7:30pm. So cooking dinner was kind of out of the question, especially if you have a toddler that’s a turns into Ms Hyde when she’s hungry.

So I went to McD’s . . the golden arches. . .mickey-d’s. . . macca’s. . mackey-d’s. . .


Isn’t it a wonderful healthy choice for my family??

Well, I don’t know if you were like me when I was a kid – but we rarely ate out! Like it was a treat when we could get fast food when I was a kid.

So I got my lil’ toddler a chicken nugget happy meal last night. She ate all her fries and then didn’t eat any of her nuggets. So I’m sitting there getting more and more frustrated. You can’t just eat fries for dinner (sure that’s a great meal if you’re a teenager/young adult but you need some kind of nutrition even if it’s in the form of a deep fried nugget).

Like the one thing that sends me over the edge fast is picky kids + eating. With our older one, I just took it off the table. You know. . . “well if you don’t eat it I can get you this instead. . . “ I hate giving kids options because that means more work for me. I could of cooked a gourmet meal and they’ll not appreciate it at all. argh.  (don’t get me started on that either)

So there I am sitting there. . issuing threats at my toddler to eat this nugget and I thought, “What the fuck! If she doesn’t appreciate this meal that I bought for her. . . .THEN NO MORE MICKEY’S Ds!!!”

Hating McDonalds

Don’t worry, my next threat was that very same sentence minus the WTF.

So my decision on food was no more McDonalds (well. . . maybe to couple times a year). I think if we eliminate most of the fast food out of our lives then when we do have it, it will be awesome like a treat.  I think it’s just hard when we’re full time workers.  We work hard all day and the last thing I want to do when I get home is cook.  But if it means that my toddler will eat better then it’s kind of worth it right?  Plus it saves me from being the biggest bitch at the dinner table.

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  • Reply Sarah August 7, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Way to go putting your foot down. I don’t know how I would negate to do it all if I worked!

  • Reply Doreen August 7, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Totally know exactly where you’re coming from. One thing that saved me when the kids were still at home was “Once a month cooking.” I had a couple of books, but now there are several websites dedicated to it. This has opportunities to get the whole family involved, and who doesn’t eat what they prepare? Everyone eats better, no matter what the schedule for the day, and the kids learn dinner doesn’t just “appear on the table.” Not an easy task to raise a family these days. Know you are admired and supported by a lot of women who have gone before you.

  • Reply diane stanley August 7, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I know it takes away from sewing tie, but when I was working, I had a friend who cooked all day on Sunday for the whole week. I never did it, but it’s a thought. Or when you do cook, make a double or triple recipe and freeze it That’s what I do with things like spaghetti sauce and meatloaf and things that freeze well. Remind me to tell you my WTF story when my boys were teenagers! I wrecked the car over being so mad at them for not eating what I made for dinner!

  • Reply Katie B August 7, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I can totally relate. Luke is the pickiest eater on the planet. My husband and I are trying to eat healthier, so we’ve cut out fast food for the most part, but I’m not going to waste my time cooking something he won’t eat. Most nights it’s something like sandwiches, quesadillas, eggs, even cereal. I figure as long as he doesn’t starve I’m doing my job. Someone should put that on a flippin mother’s day card.

  • Reply Flying Blind August 7, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Oh I hear you – we are the pasta-bake family – fussy kids and no time/energy, it’s the easiest option to keep my sanity!

  • Reply K August 7, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Thank you for making me laugh so hard! Iced coffee out the nose! Sorry about your frustrations; my parents always took the hard line too and I ended up getting less picky. Good luck!

  • Reply Jason August 8, 2012 at 2:18 am

    Might find it even less appealing if you eat it less often.

  • Reply PennyDog August 8, 2012 at 5:36 am

    hear hear!

    My friend’s six year old not only will not go to sleep in her own bed (only on the living room sofa) or without the TV on, but most annoyingly will not eat anything other than chicken nuggets. My opinion is if they don’t eat it, they’re not hungry and they’ll learn quickly that they won’t get anything else. Maybe that’s why I’m not a parent, I would be really mean!

  • Reply Amanda August 10, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    We do the very very same thing at our house, but I actually cook and my little girl won’t eat it! I can make pancakes and beg and plead and Abby screams and throws them on the floor. If we go to McD’s, she eats 2 FULL ORDERS. I get really mad. She does the same thing about Sonic grilled cheese sandwiches. Tonight she ate plain noodles because I couldn’t get her to eat the pulled pork sandwiches I made. Just typing about it makes me SO frustrated. Hopefully your little one will eat what you cook. Mine apparently thinks I am the worst cook ever…

    I’m starting to think I’m going to do what my mother in law did. If they don’t eat it for dinner, they get it for breakfast/lunch etc until they finally do eat it!

  • Reply Melissa August 13, 2012 at 2:44 am

    I work all week and hate cooking when I get home.
    I usually cook on the weekends for the week. It doesn’t take long.
    A big pot of soup goes a long way and when the kids were little I just blended it smoothly so they couldn’t complain about not liking particular vegies. If they still dont like it throw in some croutons.
    It’s winter here so I make a large casserole and that also lasts a few nights.
    Then all I have to do when I get home is steam some vegies or rice and healthy dinner is served.
    Luckily all my boys had excellent appetites for anything and everything but happily they have grown out of most junk foods.

  • Reply Mary August 29, 2012 at 12:32 am

    You can get the happy meal without the fries. They have the apple slices option. There is also Chic-fil-a . I personally like their choices better. Not saying cooking at home isn’t better…it definitely is! But if your ever stuck in the fast food rut again, you can have a bit more control.

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