He's gotten much better about not saying "This doesn't taste like my mom's" or turning up his nose at something until he tries it. Until yesterday, that is. My cousin was nice enough to write out some of her favorite recipes as she has been on a healthful eating kick a lot longer than me. I was excited to try her Thai Peanut Noodles and thought it smelled delicious as it cooked. When I served it to my husband he made a face, which the three younger children saw. When he took a bite and declared that he didn't like it the three kiddos decided they didn't want to eat it either. I must say that I loved it though and I enticed Joe to eat his whole plateful as well. I sent the leftovers to my parent's house where my dad ate the rest and enjoyed it. I will be making this again, but just as a lunch when Ben is gone and will share the leftovers again with my dad or a brother.
I don't know how to get hubby fully on board with this healthy eating. I don't expect him to like all the new recipes that I try but I don't want this challenge to be like pulling teeth. I want him to want to eat healthier as well. Thankfully, yesterday when we went shopping he didn't throw any soda or snack cakes into the cart so that is a start.
Anyway, here is the recipe for the Thai Peanut Noodles that I enjoyed.
1 1/2 c fresh broccoli
1/2 carrot, grated
2 tsp. garlic, minced
1/2 t. red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1 T. brown sugar
4 T. soy sauce
3 1/2 T. rice wine vinegar
4 T. peanut butter
In pot, cook fettuccine as directed. Near end of cooking, add broccoli to same pot and cook approx. 3-4 minutes.
In greased large saucepan, heath garlic on med high heat for two minutes. Add red pepper flakes, ginger, and brown sugar to sauce pan. Allow to cook another two minutes. Add soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and peanut butter to pan. Mix peanut butter into liquid to form a sauce. When sauce begins to boil, add cooked and drained pasta/broccoli to saucepan. Mix well. Add carrot and mix to prevent clumps.