Awhile back it occurred to me that, while it might be convenient if all five of us had the same exact taste preferences, that’s just not realistic. I also realized that, while I am fully capable of insisting my children eat what I fix, I’m also a big fan of offering options that give them at least a little choice in the matter.
So the Personalized Stir-Fry was born.
I honestly don’t know why I didn’t come up with this earlier. It could be that I’m the only person on earth who hadn’t. For whatever reason though, this was a new method for me and it has been totally life-changing. My kids absolutely LOVE this meal and there is no arguing and no hassle. I call that a win!
Here’s all there is to it:
- 2 cups chopped, cooked chicken (I usually use leftovers from a roasted chicken.)
- 1 bag "California blend" veggies (carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower) or other frozen blend
- 2 cups rice (uncooked)-- prepared according to package directions
- a variety of sauces, such as soy, duck, teriyaki, barbecue, ranch, salsa, you name it
- Mix chicen and veggies in large bowl or pan and heat.
- Pile over rice on plates.
- Serve alongside a variety of sauces to allow each family member to customize.
These were the sauces I chose last time:
Every last one got used by someone. Worcestershire, tabasco, and salad dressings are also popular around here. The sky’s the limit! Kids absolutely LOVE choices and they’re far more apt to eat it if they had a hand in choosing it.
Easy? Check. Balanced? Check. Grief-free? Check.
And THAT’S why this shows up on the menu plan at least once a month.