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    Spaghetti taco night, anyone? - Parenting on Shine



    Fans of Nickelodeon’s hit show "iCarly" are requesting spaghetti tacos for dinner, and parents everywhere are making them, as evidenced by countless internet recipes and even a dedicated Facebook page, the New York Times reports.

    “It was just a little joke I came up with for one episode. Then it turned into a running joke. And now it’s this thing people actually do,” Dan Schneider, the creator of "iCarly" who unwittingly launched the phenomenon when he featured the dish on several episodes, told the Times.

    While he’s not the only grown-up surprised about what defines “haute cuisine” for the under-12 set, it seems parents are excited about the trend for another reason: It’s making mealtime go down easier.

    “It’s a great thing to make, especially when you’re having the food battles at home. It’s a fun way to get them excited about eating,” Houston mom Cammie Ward Moise told the Times.

    While puzzling to those of us who were raised to eat whatever was on our plate, regardless of personal preference, a new generation of kids is increasingly involved with deciding what’s for dinner. Instead of quietly feeding food to the dog under the table, this generation is pretty vocal about its likes and dislikes, and with taste buds have grown used to the salty, fatty offerings at fast food restaurants, that can occasionally be a problem.

    So is the spaghetti taco the answer? Yes and no. While nutritionists recommend getting picky eaters excited about their food, the truth is, getting them excited about food that has very little nutritional value isn't a great solution.

    Even though children are increasingly opinionated about what they eat, parents are still finding ways to make nutritious meals appealing, offering everything from roll-ups, to dips, to sandwiches cut into cute shapes (bunny-shaped PB&J, anyone?). Cookbooks like The Sneaky Chef by Missy Chase Lapine and Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld have even taught parents how to “sneak” high nutrient foods into kid favorites—resulting in brownies that hide a dollop of spinach, or chocolate pudding that contains avocado.

    What works best in your house? Do you make what you want to make, make what your kids want to eat, or do some combination of both strategies?

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    I just threw up a little in my mouth...

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    Sorry, it looks like a taco shell with wild, unruly pubic hair.
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    I would never ever had fed this to my kids. WTH?
    I on the other hand can sort of see myself enjoying this after a joint back in the day.

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    They could have added some veggies to make it more nutritious!
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    Hell no. It goes to show you that people will jump off a cliff if someone tells them to do so...
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    I would eat spaghetti tacos only if Spencer from iCarly made them for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by celeb_2006 View Post
    “It’s a great thing to make, especially when you’re having the food battles at home. It’s a fun way to get them excited about eating,” Houston mom Cammie Ward Moise told the Times.
    Seems to me that one of the last things American kids need to do is get more excited about eating crap.

    Eating healthy? Yes, there needs to be some excitement building there. But, uh, this ain't it.

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    Food battles?

    The best way to avoid "food battles" is to never serve separate "kids food". There's food served, the family eats it, end of story. Kids shouldn't be making the decisions in the family unless you give them a decision to make.

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    You know, I was dirt poor raising two boys. Some nights we made do with food pantry crap. They rarely asked for special foods, and never bitched or moaned about it, if they did they never vocalized it to me. Whatever I made they either ate or starved, and what kind of mom lets the kid rule the roost like this??

    I think, if there is lettuce on the bottom, spaghetti, then parm cheese shred on top, it could work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baked_tater View Post
    You know, I was dirt poor raising two boys. Some nights we made do with food pantry crap. They rarely asked for special foods, and never bitched or moaned about it, if they did they never vocalized it to me. Whatever I made they either ate or starved, and what kind of mom lets the kid rule the roost like this??

    I think, if there is lettuce on the bottom, spaghetti, then parm cheese shred on top, it could work.
    I do this and work in some carrots in the sauce and the kids love it. Easy dinner for me too.

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    Haha... I love it! It's actually not bad AT ALL!

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