A recipe that appeals to half of my family (which is about as good as it gets)

It's annoying to cook for my family, and the other night's dinner illustrates why.

My husband is happy with any dinner that involves meat -- as long as the meat does not have a glaze or sauce that's the slightest bit sweet. He eats a handful of different vegetables, but prefers that they are not mixed in with the meat.

My older son doesn't like pieces of meat, but meat is ok if it's mixed in with other things. He likes ethnic food, particularly Asian and Mexican, as well as salads and every kind of olive.

My younger son will not eat a single veggie (but he eats a lot of fruits). He will eat chicken prepared in any manner, as long as he can douse it in hot sauce. But no meats, unless it's unhealthy processed stuff. He loves potatoes in any form. And most cheeses, especially feta.

I will not cook more than one meal, and I will not turn dinner into a battle. So I have a few options. I do a lot of "make your own" meals -- wraps, sandwiches, tacos, and pizzas. Option two is to make a meat main dish with a crazy bunch of side dishes. That's what I did the other night -- my mom's recipe for pork tenderloin, which is one of my husband's favorites. Baked potatoes for my husband and one son. Applesauce for my husband and the other son. Steamed veggies, which only I ate (older son had eaten the same veggies in a stir-fry the night before, but balked at eating them plain). And a salad for me and one son. ARRGGGHHH.

So now you know why the dinner-type recipes I post on this site don't tend to be all that exciting. Anyway, here's that pork tenderloin recipe. It's good, but not for someone on a low-salt diet.

Peggy's Pork Tenderloin

1/2 cup soy sauce
1 cup teriyaki sauce
1 Tablespoon dry mustard
6 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons dry sherry
6 cloves chopped garlic (or 1 tablespoon jarred minced garlic)
2-3 pork tenderloins, trimmed of visible fat and silver skin

Mix together all of the ingredients except for the pork. Put the marinade in a glass baking dish, add the pork tenderloins, and marinate overnight. Take pork out of marinade. Cook at 350 degrees approximately 1 hour. Boil the marinade in a pan for a few minutes.

To serve, slice the pork on the diagonal. Drizzle a little sauce over the sliced pork. Serve with the sauce. The sauce also is good on steamed veggies.


Emiline said...

ARRGGGH is right. I feel for you. Honestly, I don't know what I'd do.
I'd just fix whatever I wanted, and if they didn't like it, then they could starve.
I guess you probably shouldn't do that to little kids.
You know...starve them.

Does everyone agree on dessert?

Deborah said...

Oh my goodness - what a challenge!! I don't know what I'd do in that situation - luckily my husband likes most things. But I don't know what's going to happen when we have kids!

Anonymous said...

As someone who has recently become hooked on the Food Network, I enjoyed your blog. Good luck at Pillsbury!

Tracy said...

Emiline & Deborah - Thanks for the sympathy. I love all of my guys to pieces, of course, but preparing meals can get on my nerves.

CC, thanks for stopping by. The photo on your blog is gorgeous! I've lived through a few ice storms here. It's the most beautiful destruction ever.

Anonymous said...

My family's food likes and dislikes are almost identical to yours. Most nights I cook two meals just to try and please everyone. Its very frustrating to go to all that effort and still have somebody complain.

"Its the most beautiful destruction ever" ...i love it

Tracy said...

Anonymous, two meals is nuts but understandable. It is frustrating to put effort into a meal and have long faces as your reward.