OH man, childhood. The stuff dreams are made of, right? No responsibility other than making sure your underwear are clean and teeth are brushed. No bills to pay, floors to clean, clothes to fold, cars to drive, people to impress, meals to make. I remember my own thoughts were consumed with jumping on my friend’s trampoline, playing outside, making friends, dancing, and just being. And dinner, I did often think about dinner, but not from the “OMG what am I going to make for dinner tonight?” once you realize it’s 5:30pm perspective. More of the “I really hope we’re having spaghetti pie or beef stroganoff for dinner tonight” kind of way.
Do you ever remember smelling something absolutely mouthwatering then sitting down for dinner to find out that it was kind of bland? Hey mom, if you’re reading this? I love you. And not all of your food was bland, but I did want a little more salt on those pot roasts. It happens! My kids aren’t always happy with their food either, and my husband? Oh dear lord, he’s the most difficult to please out of the whole bunch. Not too salty, no dill, no squash, no mushrooms, no cumin, no chicken, the list is exhausting and pretty much eliminates many things that make for a good, tasty, inexpensive meal.
I’ve learned that I can push the menu with him a little bit by remaking some childhood favorites in new ways that satisfy our gluten- and mostly grain-free lifestyle. He will eat spaghetti squash if it is cooked with the right amount of butter, garlic, and goat cheese. He will also eat spaghetti squash if it is made into my old childhood favorite, spaghetti pie.
Winner winner spaghetti pie dinner.
This spaghetti squash spaghetti pie was so good, Kyle ate it for lunch the next day. Backstory: He’s one of those people who turns his nose up at leftovers, especially leftovers that he has to eat more than once. So your family members don’t like spaghetti squash? Make this for them and change their mind.
It’s a dinner magic trick. What favorite comfort food would you like to see me “clean up”?