I feel like I should be stood at the front of a training room with a pointy stick and an overhead projector.
Andy and I have often discussed the fact that the more effort I put into cooking meals for Presley and Cash, the less they eat. The opposite is also true. If I shove something from the freezer into the oven and onto a plate, they'll eat the lot!
For example the following meals are the most popular with the boys, yet they require little or no culinary effort on my part:
Pizza and sweetcorn
Fish fingers, chips and peas
Sausages, potato waffles and baked beans
(Shop bought) meat & potato pie and mixed veg
Whereas if I spend time cooking for them, from scratch, they usually turn their noses up. This includes:
There are of course exceptions that prove the rule. Anything that Grandma cooks is usually devoured greedily (casseroles especially), although I like to think that this is because we eat later round there and the boys are starving. Of course this actually does prove my rule as I spent no time cooking!
Another exception is that they like a roast dinner, which takes a bit of time to cook, but is also normally eaten by the whole family. If Daddy is eating it, it must be okay!
Does this graph apply to your family? Suggestions for recipes gratefully received!