We asked for guidance, and my dear friend Jessica answered with some sobering numbers of her own and some great suggestions (especially for kids), including:
We reserve one day for “snack trays.” The kids can choose between the 12 cup muffin pan or the 6 cup jumbo muffin pan, and they fill each cup with whatever they want to nibble on. I started doing this when they were toddlers, so I always got all food groups involved. They have kept it up even though they now make their own choices. I let them scour the pantry and refrigerator for whatever they can find. Often it's nuts, dried fruits, fresh fruits, cut veggies w/ homemade dips, yogurt, cheeses, crackers, etc. They love it!"Brilliant!" I thought. So last night I served the kids this
apples & caramel
"stinky" cheese & crackers
Also (not shown): carrots, chips & queso, and brownies (courtesy Hannah. She baked 'em herself, y'all!).
So, yes, not usual fare for our house, but I figured the kids would <heart> it.
Yeah... no dice. "It's so random." "Why isn't there anything hot?" "When's Dad coming home so we can have some real food?!?"
Oh well. Guess that's just one of the dangers of Food Blogging! It can't be Blackened Shrimp Alfredo every night!