I usually plan a menu each week before I go to the store. It helps to know what I'm going to cook every day, and to know I have the ingredients I need to make it. During the summer I keep my menu loose to incorporate what ever local vegetables are in season. I usually just hit the local produce section in my grocery store, but today on the way to the store, I saw a produce stand set up, and thought I'd see what they had. I was looking for zucchini and summer squash, but ended up with a lot more, including some vegetables I've never had before. I love trying new food, and this white pattypan squash looked too neat to pass up.
We ate it tonight stuffed with brown rice, italian sausage, and mushrooms. It was very good, but if I had to do it over again, I would have cooked the squash without the stuffing till it was mostly done, then finished it up with the stuffing. It took a long time to bake, and could have baked longer, but I was tired, and the kids really needed to go to bed. Or should I say, I really needed them to go to bed.
I love trying new foods, and having the kids try new things. They all really liked it, which goes to show that children like vegetables as long as they are used to eating them. My kids find the typical "kids foods" gross. Abriel refers to American cheese as, "That yucky square cheese." I love it, because quite frankly, it is pretty yucky. However, pattypan squash is delicious!