Yesterday when I was on Twitter, Eating Well Magazine (@EatingWell) posted a link to 5 meatless meals for entertaining. I was expecting the run-of-the-mill vegetarian lasagna, mac n'cheese, and tofu stir-fry. Instead, they had a few interesting recipes, one of which was a Tomato & Spinach Dinner Strata. Granted, it's similar to lasagna, with bread instead of noodles, but I liked the spin on a regular dish, and figured since it had bread, cheese, and sauce, Henry would be a fan.
It was fairly easy to assemble, but you have to remember to factor in that it needs at least two hours to sit in the fridge before baking. I followed the recipe pretty closely (see link above for recipe), but used cottage cheese instead of ricotta and muenster cheese instead of mozzarella (side-note: I think the ricotta was a better choice, I just happened to only have cottage cheese). As it was baking, the smell was amazing, and since I baked it in a round 10-inch pan, it looked like deep-dish pizza. Having to wait the 10-minutes of "stand time" really was a bit torturous (I was really hungry!).
Anyway, the strata was finally ready, and I cut it up for Henry. He happily took a few bites, and then noticed an open bag of pretzels on the table. After that, he refused another bite of strata and only wanted pretzels. It's frustrating how easily distracted he gets when he eats...unless he's eating cake or cookies. I try to always remember to clear everything out of his sight-line, but sometimes it's impossible, and sometimes I think I shouldn't accomodate him so much (I mean in the real world there will be things he can't have, right?). But then I'm stuck with the fact that he won't eat what I made for him...
Thoughts on this one?