Monday means beans

monday means beansIt’s Monday and we’re eating beans.

Wait.  That doesn’t sound right.  It’s not a blog post about beans or a limited grocery budget.

(ok, beans figure in the story, but that’s not the main focus. honest.)

This is about my picky eater and the crazy lengths I’ll go to when I need to make a point.  The kid is strong willed and smart.  Our food battles can be epic.

Like the pea war that’s been waging for three plus years now.

(oh, i found a can of peas that was past the expiration date.  it was lurking in the back of my pantry.  GoGo got to throw them away.  he yelled “good bye evil peas” as he used his evil laugh.)

When they were 2 and 3, my kids refused to eat a homemade hamburger.  We tried several times, but they always told us the ones from McDonald’s tasted better.  In desperation, I wrapped a homemade burger in white paper and stuck it in a McDonald’s bag.

It worked.

They ate the homemade burgers without comment.  Problem solved.  They now eat home cooked burgers without complaint.

Today, it’s beans.

My kids love bean and cheese tacos.

It’s a simple recipe.  Spread some refried beans on a tortilla.  Sprinkle grated cheddar cheese on there.  Roll it up.  Done.

Three of those tacos is considered a snack sized portion for my kids.  It’s a serious commitment.

The problem is, they don’t like MINE.  They only want to eat them when they come wrapped in aluminum foil and served by a waitress.

I make good beans.

If you get my newsletter, you know that I put beans and cornbread on the menu more weeks than not.  I like training my kids that not every meal revolves around meat.  I like the ease of tossing stuff in the crockpot in the morning.  Generally speaking, the kids eat a few beans and fill up on cornbread and applesauce.

Most weeks, I take the leftover beans and turn them into refried beans.  Good refried beans that make my mouth water to think about them.

I’ve tried serving them to the kids, but they make barfing noises and ask for a taco delivery.

Today, I’m fixing their trolly.

I’m making refried beans from scratch – my normal recipe.

Yesterday I interviewed the kids to find out their favorite restaurant for refried beans.  They each had a different opinion.

I’m driving to both locations and buying a serving of refried beans.

Dinner tonight is a blind taste test using three different kinds of beans with identical tortillas and cheese.  The kids have NO idea this is happening.

(i’m using their favorite tortillas, no problems there.)

As a backup, I’m wrapping up some homemade tacos and putting them in the take out bag.


I’m the mom, I can do that.

I’ll let y’all know how it goes.  Hopefully it’s amusing enough to share tomorrow for “my kids make me laugh.”  If not, I’ll share it Wednesday.


[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Houston Mom Blogger Susan Baker has a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood. She has two elementary school boys, one engineering husband, and one cat. She has a strange fascination  for eggs, socks, and books.  She spends far too much time on Social Media and at Target. She is crazy in love with her family.  She serves an amazing God.   She lives an ordinary life filled with wonder. [/author_info] [/author]
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I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. MWAHH!!! You are an inspiration to moms everywhere!! Let us know how the experiment works out.
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    • I think the best part is how much fun I’m having today running errands and cooking beans. Good grief! Who gets excited about tossing some beans in a crockpot. 🙂

  2. Can’t wait to hear the results Susan. Go clever Mom!

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