Hi everyone and please click on the title of this post to read more. I’m just going to say what few have the nerve to say; It stinks being a mother sometimes. It is often monotonous, annoying, boring and can suck the life and energy right out of you. Sometimes, however, we have some control over what makes us irritated in our lives.
Take the other day when for the eight billionth time I offered my kids breakfast, they didn’t want what I offered. I feel guilty giving them cheerios to start the day but cannot bear so many conflicts (sometimes from all 4 kids) that I often give in. Well, no more! I decided that just as I have a dinner menu, these kids are getting healthy oatmeal and fruit for breakfast most days and that is that! No more Mrs. Nice Guy who acts as a short order AM cook. The truth is, it is in their best interest and what the heck is so wrong with hot oatmeal with real maple syrup, for corn sake?
We need to remember that we are the boss and we need to be the boss to show our kids that we are consistently and confidently trying to keep them healthy and safe. I will not be a Joan Crawford and force my kids to eat the delicious lentil soup I made on Inauguration day because I know that they will not eat it at this stage in their lives (although I did try). Sometimes when we consistently work with the foods they do like, they will be more inclined to follow a structured and healthy eating path. Good luck and I hope you enjoy my tasty Obama soup!
Obama’s Lentil Soup:
4 cups small red lentils
3 small, chopped onions
5 small red potatoes, chopped about 1/4″ dice
2 carrots, 1/4″ dice
1 bunch cilantro, with stems
1 handful chives, chopped (or chopped scallions)
6 cloves garlic , minced
4 tsp grated fresh ginger
3 cups chicken broth (or veg. broth)
start off with 4-5 cups water
1-2 TBS olive oil
salt and pepper
In a big stock pot or pasta pot, sautee garlic and onions in olive oil over a low-med. flame. Add all the other ingredients and stir. After about 10 minutes, the lentils will be soft er but the soup will be thin. Keep simmering and stirring until the soup is the consistency that you like it (and until the potatoes are tender). The more you stir and cook it, the thicker it will be. Serve hot and salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!