Eggs in Purgatory

Eggs in Purgatory - Chew Nibble Nosh

So, you know my picky eater, Avery?  Well, Avery has recently developed an obsession with competition cooking shows.  Her favorite being Worst Cooks in America on Food Network.  (If you haven’t watched it, you should check it out.  It’s really kind of fantastic.)  The whole premise of the show is celebrity chefs coach horrible cooks from around the country, and turn them into REAL, honest to goodness chefs.  It’s a pretty incredible transformation, and actually a pretty funny ride along the way.  One, of many reasons, why a lot of the people involved in the show don’t know how to cook, is because they are honestly afraid of trying new things. (Sound familiar?)

Pasta Jambalaya

Pasta Jambalaya - Chew Nibble Nosh

While I consider myself lucky to have kids that aren’t as picky as some other kids I know, my kids still have their own issues.  Emily is an adventurous eater.  She’ll try anything, and when she likes something, she really likes it.  For as long as I can remember, her favorite foods have been artichokes, feta cheese, beans, and capers.  (Despite my many attempts to convince the child that capers are a garnish or an add on, she doesn’t believe me.)  Not exactly what you hear most kids asking for at the dinner table, right? The problem lies in that she likes very specific flavors, and if the flavors we’re having for dinner don’t mesh with her taste buds, we get a lot of pouts and whines.

Spaghetti with Asparagus, Smoked Mozzarella and Prosciutto

Spaghetti with Asparagus Smoked Mozzarella and Prosciutto - Chew Nibble NoshMy girls are fairly decent vegetable eaters.  Emily will try more than Avery, but that’s the case with every food, not just veggies.  Asparagus, though, is one vegetable that they consistently turn their noses up at.  Since I’m a big ol’ meanie, I make different asparagus dishes every year, knowing that at some point, they’ll come to the dark (green) side.

This pasta dish helped…a bit.  The smoky, melty cheese and salty prosciutto added so much flavor to the dish, that they didn’t seem bothered by the asparagus.  In fact, Emily even ate some of it!  (One out of two ain’t bad, right?)