Do you cook meals for your kids that YOU dont like?

Gena - posted on 10/13/2014 ( 21 moms have responded )

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Just wondering if you cook meals for your children that you dont like? I eat almost everything,the only thing that makes me gag is liver. But i have been thinking of cooking livers for my husband and son. I dont know yet if our son likes it or not. My hubby likes livers. And i wouldnt mind cooking it for them and i would eat something else.

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Susan - posted on 10/18/2014

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The trick is to cook it slow and low. I usually wash and pat dry my liver and dredge it in seasoned flour. In a skillet out about 1/8-1/4 veg oil over med-high heat. Once the oil get hot put your liver in it and brown it on both sides. When brown turn heat down to med-low add about 1/4 cup water, your sliced onions then cover it with a lid. Once the onions soften pull the liver out from under the liver and put on top of the onions. Continue cooking stirring the onions occasionally for about 20 minutes. This method keeps the liver moist and tender. The onions are nicely caramelized in a slight gravy. This is the way I fix them and get rave reviews. I have not found a restaurant that makes good liver and onions. They tend to want to sear the liver real fast put it on a plate with onions that have been sautéed elsewhere so they don't meet the liver until they are on the plate. I welcome you to try my method of cooking liver, it's very good I haven't met a critic yet that didn't like them. Bon appetite!! PS if you try my method let me know how you (your husband) likes it.

Susan - posted on 10/18/2014

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Sorry I wasn't criticizing your cooking. By all means go for it, I'm sure you have a good recipe since all Grandma's have good recipes. Personally I don't like chicken livers I prefer calves liver with my onions.

Sarah - posted on 10/15/2014

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I don't care for meatloaf, but everyone else loves it! So I make it, and a few side dishes that I do like as well. I eat a tiny portion of the meatloaf and satisfy my hunger on the side dishes. I agree it sets a good example but if it really made me gag, I would not eat it at all. My rule for my kids is they must at least try a disliked food. I don't short order cook but I am not going sit and watch my kids choke down a whole portion of something they really don't like.

Kellieh - posted on 10/15/2014

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i do eat what i dislike. My husband and kids love pizza and spaghetti and i hate them.But if i expect them to eat something i like and they hate i have to show then that i will eat what i dont like. Also it gets way to expensive to fix two different types of meals.It shows my kids that even adults have to do things or eat thing they dont like at times.

Jodi - posted on 10/14/2014

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Nope, not if it a main part of the dish. I don't have the time to cook two separate meals, one for them and one for me. They get what I eat. But I also don't tend to cook what they don't like either.

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Susan - posted on 10/19/2014

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Oh wow, I never had any idea that you didn't live in the US. What city do you live in or are you a country girl? It is so beautiful there or at least the pictures I see are beautiful. I love the Sound of Music it is one of my all time favorite movies. I live in the US in Illinois right smack in the middle of corn country and it is flat as a flitter here. When my kids were young they thought a highway overpass was a mountain since then had never seen one. So we took them to the Smokey Mountains then were disappointed cause they couldn't see the mountain I said that I because we are ON the mountain. Later when we got to the foothills then they could see the mountains.
Back to the food. Le gruyere is fabulous but quite pricey here but I love it. I would be great in quiche since it has so much flavor. It's settled I'm coming for dinner Monday evening so I can have quiche and liver and onions! Hahaha. I wish I could. I hope the rest of your week end is good. It has been so wonderful to talk (chat) with you.

Gena - posted on 10/18/2014

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I love asparagus...and guess what? I live in Switzerland so i get the real swiss cheese :) i use a le gruyère. Tonight i will make it with abit of bacon, ham and leek. And le gruyère ofcourse :)

Susan - posted on 10/18/2014

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The seasoned flour is with salt and pepper or you can Lawry's Seasoned Salt. Your son might like it on the first try it is often an acquired taste. I grew up loving it and my kids at it when they were very young (2-5 yrs) but after they got in school a lot of the other kids didn't like it and they quit eating it and still won't eat it. Alas after they turned 20 they have become a lot more adventurous. You're very welcome for the recipe I hope you like it. Quiche Lorraine sounds marvelous send me a piece, lol I haven't had any in quite a while. My niece went off to college and she was the only one who would eat it with me. Do you like asparagus? If you do try making quiche with ham (or bacon) swiss cheese and asparagus. It's one of my favorites. I've really enjoyed chatting with you. One thing about cooking there is always something new to learn. I am still a student at 58! I love experimenting with food and trying new recipes and flavors.

Gena - posted on 10/18/2014

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Ps i am making quiche lorraine tomorrow,so i will make an extra one for me on monday,and incase our son doesnt like liver. I wonder if small children like liver,or if its something they "learn" to enjoy,like olives and camembert :) i know alot of people that didnt like it as a child but learned to enjoy it as they became older.

Gena - posted on 10/18/2014

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Seasoned flour,do you just use Pepper and Salt? I am definatly going to try your method! I am going to make it on monday and will let you know how it was..i know i wont like the liver lol but i will try the sauce with some fresh bread. Thank you very much for sharing the recipe. I really wonder if our son will like it.

Gena - posted on 10/18/2014

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Thats true,grandmas really have good recipes :) i am going to make calves livers,because i havent seen any chicken livers in the country i live with my family. Maybe you could even give me some tipps?

Gena - posted on 10/18/2014

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I have cooked chicken livers and onions befor. I am good in the kitchen so i will cook the liver and onions at home. I wont go to a restaurant just because i dont like the taste of a specific food..i can cook it and smell it no problem. You dont know how many times i have had to try chicken livers and hearts with onion in my life!I prefer sheepshead and tails,but lets say,enough that when i try while i cook i know what gusto it should have.But it doesnt take a professional cook to cook livers and onions.I am going to cook them the way my great grandmother already cooked them :)

Susan - posted on 10/17/2014

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Well, I'm going to give you an older perspective since I am a Grandma and a mom of grown kids. When my kids were young one thing I would fix that I won' t eat to this day is spaghetti. I am not a fan of tomato sauce and pasta of any kind. It doesn't make me gag it is just a matter of preference. On those days I usually treat myself to something exotic that I like but everyone else hates. I have wide and varied tastes. One thing I will say is don't just introduce the food once because as they grow and mature their taste buds grow and develop too. There are things my kids ate as a child that they don't eat now but now they are 25 & 27 they have gradually developed my epicurean ways. BTW I love liver and onions but if you don't like it I wouldn't recommend cooking it. Usually people who don't like it crucify it in the skillet as do most restaurants. I know I was a professional cook for 30 years.

Chelsea - posted on 10/16/2014

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I stuggle with my kids not wanting to eat what we eat and I cant make 2 meals when Im not home a lot in the evening. My husband and I are trying ro make a health change..we are almost 30 and after 2 pregnancies we both got "fluffy", gravity is a real thing...and metabolism doesn't only slow down in the movies...ugh, wish my kids cared about bringing sexy back as much as I did lol

Dove - posted on 10/16/2014

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I don't cook things that I don't like. My kids certainly EAT things that I don't like (and I eat things that they don't like), but they are easy items that don't require cooking (like tomatoes) or my kids make them for themselves.

Sarah - posted on 10/16/2014

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My husband loves liver, I mean loves it. The rest of the family, no way! So, when he has a hankering for liver...I take him out!

Gena - posted on 10/15/2014

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I agree my son must try everything we eat. So far zuchetti is the only thing he doesn't like but he must take a bite to try everytime. But I won't force him to eat alot of it. There is no way I can eat liver it really makes me shake and I have to rinse my mouth. I will cook it one evening when my mom is here so she can try if it's good. I will eat some left overs that really doesn't bother me I always cook to much in any case. No idea if our son will like it..but I guess that's the point of cooking it. Maybe he will maybe he won't..if not my hubby will eat all.

Gena - posted on 10/14/2014

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My husband cant cook. Its not that he doesnt want to,its because he lost his taste and smell sense years ago. Its terrible,he can taste salt,bitter,sweet,spicy but nothing else. And when it comes to smelling,he cant smell anything. He has seen a couple of specialists and had one operation,but its not back. Anyway,if i would let him cook it he will over salt it or so and then our son wont like it. Lol shame,he once cooked for me..uuugh it was disgusting (sorry hubby)
He can stick to popping the frozen pizzas in the oven :-) but i will cook the liver.

Chet - posted on 10/13/2014

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Yes. Our kids eat things that we don't eat. My husband and I have some bad food habits that have been difficult to break (we're working on it). We're trying to raise our kids with better habits from the start.

You could just have your husband cook liver for himself and your son when you're not home sometime.

Florence - posted on 10/13/2014

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Lol, that is exactly one of the things I cook that I don't eat. My husband and teenage son eat everything. If my husband eats it, my son will definitely try it. So YES, I do. They will feel mighty special for your efforts.

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