Jason had to work late one night last week. I always simplify the menu a bit for when he's gone. If there's no one at the table to truly appreciate the depth of flavor in my Chana Masala, I'm not going to spend two hours making it. They totes eat it, but would they notice the squeeze of lemon or extra cilantro? No. They just know it tastes good, which is an excellent place to start.
Last week, it was just going to be the three of us for dinner and I thought it would be fun to let them decide. I often ask for their input but rarely do they get to decide the whole menu without resistance from Mama. So, I was imagining some gluttonous macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers, or fish sticks when I woke up and realized I was living with two pretty awesome kids. And then, we ate. This is what they chose.
Creamy Polenta and Roasted Shrimp and some steamed Haricot Vert with toasted almonds. Certainly not elaborate but just perfect for the three of us. I'm eating with them more often.