It’s human nature to go overboard. Well, it might not be human nature, but it’s my nature. Knowing that I have this tendency to enjoy too much of a good thing, I have to keep my real food adventure in check.
Here’s the Story:
My daughter told me late at night that she had invited a few friends over after school. They find that studying together helps when it comes to the difficult math problems.
Usually, I’d prepare something quick just so the kids won’t have to study hungry. Because of their discriminating taste buds, the after-school snacks involved grabbing the bag of French fries and chicken nuggets from the freezer and nuking them. The side dish would be either fresh apples, canned pineapples or mandarin oranges.
Seeing the Light
Now that I’m on a real food quest, the thought of serving the girls French fries from a bag and store-bought chicken nuggets made my stomach knot up. Ugh! How can I serve that knowing what I’ve learned about food over the past three weeks?
My options are to purchase enough free-range chicken to make an adequate amount of chicken nuggets to satisfy the girls (for my daughter alone, that is an expensive proposition). To top it off, I’d need to peel a few pounds of potatoes in order to make homemade French fries. Hmmm, there’s got to be a quicker, less expensive alternative.
Instead of going all “Little House on the Prairie” I decided to compromise just a bit. I went to Stop & Shop and bought their Nature’s Promise chicken nuggets. The meat for the nuggets came from chickens raised without antibiotics, hormones, nitrates, nitrites or preservatives.
The ingredients in the chicken nuggets are all pronounceable and ingredients that I’m familiar with (although I did have to look up annatto). Although the nuggets weren’t homemade, I didn’t feel too guilty serving them.
As far as the French fries went, I peeled the potatoes and made homemade French fries. My homemade French fries have developed a reputation in the teenaged sect, so I figured I had better make my own rather than buying them from Stop & Shop.
When it was all said and done, I didn’t feel so bad about the compromise. We have plenty of fresh fruit so they were able to select the fruit of their choice.
For the sweet tooth, they nibbled on my trial and error cookies. I’ve been playing around with flour, sugar, eggs and the like in an attempt to familiarize myself with the proper proportions for making tasty cookies. My first batch was a bit doughy (although they ate every last one of the little doughy things). Once I corrected my dough problem, the rest have been good.
I’m learning to take this real food adventure one day and one step at a time. Even my daughter is learning. Yesterday she said to me, “Mom, you always find a healthy alternative to everything.”