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Alisa. 37. New Hampshire. Married for almost three years to this wonderful, funny, smart guy. Previously married. Went through in-vitro fertilization to have my five year old magical son Keegan. Stepmother to the charming Isabelle (6). Gushingly in love with our baby boy Harper(1). Policy Wonk and dreaded bureaucrat. Lover of fine cuisine, honeybees, truly romantic moments and the underdog.
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Curried Beef Short Ribs

Note: I found this was more realistically four servings.

Finishing this dish with lime zest and juice brightens its rich flavors.

Yield 6 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces ribs, 2/3 cup rice, and about 2 1/2 tablespoons sauce)

2 teaspoons canola oil
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We are currently experiencing a highchair boycott. The booster seat concept is fine except he is really messy. Being at the table gives him more surface area to fling food around. Now I am cleaning the table and around the circumference instead of just the tray and highchair circumference. Of course Keegan thinks it is all so hilarious. Frankly I am still thrilled that mealtime is no longer a time for fighting to get food in his belly. He still has picky days, like yesterday when I prepared and offered 5 different breakfast choices and he passed on all of them. Except cheese, he always wants cheese.
I am looking for suggestions from you on protein/vegetable combos that he might go for. Keegan needs to up his consumption of veggies and I think if they are fixed as part of a dish he'll be more open to them. I will take meat or vegetarian options as long as they contain good protein. Bring on the toddler friendly food ideas!

PS Anal retentive confession: I've started a spreadsheet with all of our dinner, lunch and snack ideas. I am hoping to streamline meal planning and grocery shopping. Hey, every little bit helps and I don't want to have to resort to prepackaged foods unless it's absolutely necessary.

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