1) Baked potatoes. But sweet ones, not white ones. Unless one particular member of the family is feeling unusually benevolent/tired/distracted (for which read: ‘the TV is on’)
2) Mashed potato. But the white kind, not the sweet kind (even though it is EXACTLY the same in colour, shape, form, consistency, texture, taste and smell as the inside of baked sweet potatoes – see above). Also, prepare for every 30 seconds to be punctuated with the question, “But is there LOTS of butter in it?” and to suffer the consequences if you dare to deviate from the response, “YES.”
3) Risotto. As long as you call it rice not risotto and you serve one family member’s peas on the side, not mixed in.
4) Roasted butternut squash. As long as you call them ‘chips’.
5) Sausages and chicken. But not the ones with bits in/on/near them.
6) Fish pie. See above and wipe thoughts of sneaking small quantities of spinach past the palace taste tester.
7) Beetroot. Relished in juice form, or chocolate cake form. LOATHED in anything remotely resembling its natural form.
8) Porridge. With or without honey, as long as the question “but is there LOTS of honey?” is answered in the affirmative.
10) Greek/natural yoghurt. Doesn’t need to be fruity, or sugary, as long as you follow the rule above.
11) Carrots, peas, avocados. As long as you have previously offered spinach and then backed down into accepting either of these three instead.
12) Omelettes. But not scrambled eggs. And always accompanied by body weight in grated cheese.
13) Pasta and red sauce. On good days, you can grate other vegetables into this, but if you fail to whizz them into total and utter obliteration, on your own head be it.
14) Pancakes. Sweet and savoury. The latter can have cauliflower mixed into the batter but OHMYGODWHATEVERYOUDO remember the rule above.
15) Chocolate and cheese. In all forms. We are extremely flexible and relaxed when it comes to chocolate and cheese.
Any other ideas for foods to simultaneously satisfy adults, a four year old and a one year old?!