2012/03/01

And the picky one ate too... (FFwD: Roasted Salmon & Lentils)

A miracle happened in my house recently.

A flat out, can't explain it, the heavens opened up and rays of sunshine came bursting through miracle.


My oh-so-fussy Karate Kid ate lentils. Not only did she eat lentils. She liked them.

I am still flabbergasted by the experience. Even more befuddling, she asked to have them again.

I really don't understand how such a thing happened. What is it in a child's brain that suddenly decides to enjoy something new-to-them when most other new things are rejected. Seriously. I wish there was some logic that could be applied.


I knew the salmon was a no-brainer. Tender-roasted, lightly seasoned fish. No worries there.

But green little legumes... I was dubious about their success. Oh, the power of lentils.


Words still escape me...

So I shall beg your pardon for not being descriptive about the actual dish itself. 

Salmon and lentils. Who knew?

 

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27 comments:

  1. These must be magic lentils. I'm with your picky eater--they changed my mind about lentils. Not 100% sold on the lentil/salmon combo, but I think my problem in that regard was that my fish was bland and a tad overcooked. Glad your girl liked it!

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  2. I KNOW, right? Me Neil was VERY dubious about this one but he LOVED it. A lot. Me? I loved the lentils. Not a salmon eater, me. But yes, magic indeed!

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  3. You got me excited miss Cher. I Hate lentils. But I'll have to give this one a try!

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  4. Yay, I love this dish too. I hoped that I would not be the only one. And if your daughter liked it too, double win I would say. Best not to question it too much, just thank the Fates and move on.

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  5. Wow, impressive! I suspect lentils will be on future rotation at your house now!

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    1. Actually, lentils show up a lot in our house, I just usually have to sneak them in...

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  6. Oh, how funny, Cher! Tricia's son reacted the same way. I will have to make this again when my son comes home on break in a few weeks to see if I get the same reaction. Fingers crossed!

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  7. Cher, This is so funny about your daughter...my husband also ate them! It surprised the heck out of me! Your dish looks delicious!

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  8. I was not expecting much out of this dish...not a lentil lover, just eat them now and then because they are healthy. I was surprised by how well these foods go together and by how quickly this meal was made. Hubby is not really big on fish, but when he walked into the kitchen and saw my meal he dived in and kept saying how good it was. Lots of unexpected things...all good.

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  9. Nice! I always call it a victory when picky eater learns to enjoy a new food. Now you have one more dish in your repertorie for the family! I haven't read the recipe yet. Is the lentil suppose to be on the soupy side?

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  10. lucky you - my fussy one "played" with the lentils, but we all loved it!

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  11. I still have to try lentils, and am especially looking forward to them after the split pea snafu. :)

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  12. It's nice to know I am not too old to give instructions. Tricia's call from the grocery
    made me laugh since I had the same problem at Wegman's earlier in the day. Your
    lentils look good, mine were overcooked. I did not care for this method of cooking
    the legumes.

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  13. I love your presentation. The larger pieces of vegetables are so pretty. Glad you all enjoyed this one!

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  14. Who doesn't love a miracle, especially when it involves a child trying something new! Your dish looks delicious :)

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  15. I don't think I bought the right brand...no magic in mine :) Of course I didn't even offer the others any after an episode with lentil soup this winter :/ Hooray for a successful dinner!

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  16. I'm even more surprised that your chicks would eat those whole pieces of cooked carrot and celery. (I didn't put the veggies back in and there were only adults (so to speak) at my table. My daughter served home-made kale chips to her 10-year-old and 8-year-old. I received a call from Clara the Younger who said, "Grandma, my Mom's trying to kill me!" Glad you didn't kill your kids off with this one.

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  17. Another win for the mom (you). Lentils are a personal favorite so i heartily approve of karate kid's taste.

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  18. Glad your family liked this one. I was a little piggy and kept it all for myself! (I did cut recipe in half, though)

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  19. Hi Cher,

    For some reason my comments are now coming up with my user name "Lites66" and return to a page of nothingness. It's a Wordpress problem following my signing up for TWD. I am not writing anonymous comments. Mary
    http://www.lightsonbrightnobrakes.com/

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  20. You just can't pick them! You think they'll love something and they screw up their faces at you, crushing you. Then when you're ready for a fight, they do something like this and totally surprise you! I totally get your shock!
    Your dish looks great!

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  21. My mother says she heard angles sing the night I decided that I was going to love asparagus. It just happened. My mother made this particular dish weekly as I was a child and I never needed any coaxing to eat the lentils. I still love them.

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  22. Life never fails to astonish - so glad that KK liked the lentils.

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  23. I love when that happens! :) Who knows when your tastebuds are going to change right? ... love it!!

    Alice @ http://acookingmizer.wordpress.com

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  24. I can relate to your shock that one of your kids ate it. My son is a picky eater too but since I've been cooking lentils for years, he got used to them. And to my surprise, he liked the salmon with them! Ahh, the slow maturity of the palate.

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  25. Wonderful that your girl liked them!

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  26. This week's recipe is a bit Twilight Zone-y, isn't it? I mean, the picky kids in our families seem to love the lentils, mine included! Yes, who knew and who cares that you didn't describe your beautiful dish here? I'm just so happy that your miracle happened and your kids ate this! :)

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