5 Jan

Having a tween comes with highs and lows. The lows generally involve big emotions (hormones? the pandemic? personality? all of the above? something else?). The highs vary.

I decided that in 2021, I want to be better about doing #MeatlessMondays. I also thought it would be a good idea to get Michaela in the kitchen in a more intentional way. So I gave her a choice: Do you want to do #TweenCooksTuesdays or #TweenCooksThursday? (There’s no alliteration with the other days!)

She picked Tuesday and I charged her with coming up with something to make. She sent me this recipe for easy chicken ramen and said she wanted to make it; we had all the stuff on hand, so it seemed like a great choice.

Mike helped with the chicken. I supervised everything else. And it was a success! The soft boiled egg was probably the best I’ve ever had, and the broth developed a way better depth of flavor than I would have expected given the short cook time. Mike and I both really liked it. Michaela was on the fence. Which is actually a good lesson, and part of what I hope to impart through this process.

I didn’t cook as a kid. Most of what my mom cooked was from a box or a can, so I didn’t have a great example of cooking from scratch or culinary innovation. I’m hoping that by having Michaela cook more (and let’s be honest, there’s no way it will be every week), she will develop this important life skill.

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