Here's the deal. If you have kids, you probably get requests for the same couple of foods day in and day out. It can be maddening. "I said you could have anything you want for dinner, and you choose hot dogs. You heard me say anything, right?" If you have been reading for a while you probably already know that L and I are pretty lucky in that our boys are pretty adventurous eaters. Especially Finn. That dude will eat anything. However, this does not mean that he wouldn't eat pepperoni pizza for every meal if he was allowed. It is our job as parents to keep it interesting. Keep them curious about things other than compressed mystery bits. Damn it if mystery bits aren't tasty sometimes, though.
If you are going through one of those "guilty" phases, where it seems like maybe you should be saying "yes" a little more than "are you kidding me! no way, dude!". Have no fear. Sauce is your friend. Sauce will help when they ask for things they wish to cover in ketchup, but you want a little more. Everybody wins. And we all like to win, right?
Warning: Sauce is not to be used to cover something up. If it was shitty to begin with, it will just be something shitty with sauce on it. I suppose if you are musing about putting it on some sort of batter fried tube steak, you already knew what you were getting yourself into. Carry on.
|Angus chuck sliders / Yellow tomato / Avocado / Jack cheese / Red onion / Baby greens / Chimichurri|
|Tots / Chive aioli|
I like these 2 sauces because they are quick, easy and can turn the simplest things into something just a little bit better. Not to mention they are extremely versatile. Burgers, tots (yeah, tots), grilled meat, fish, veggies. Hell, put it on your cornflakes. I'm not here to judge.
1 cup Flat leaf parsley // 1/2 cup olive oil // 1/4 cup red wine vinegar // 1/2 cup cilantro // 3 garlic cloves // 1/2-1 tsp. red pepper flake (adjust to your preferred heat) // 1/2 tsp cumin // S&P to taste
Combine all ingredients into food processor or blender. Mix until combined.
2 garlic cloves // 3/4 cup mayo (wanna make your own, go for it!) // 1/2 cup chives, rough chopped // 2 Tbl. olive oil // 1 tsp. white wine vinegar // S&P to taste