Dinnertime Doesn’t Always Go The Way You Planned

September 04, 2009

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By Mark Bishop, Deputy Director

I decided to make a light veggie dinner the other night, and I needed something that Henry would eat for sure. I thought I had the greatest idea. I made spinach tacos, an item that has been can’t-miss in the past, and, I thought this was ingenious, I made pepper boats.

You see, when you slice off the top and bottom of a bell pepper, you end up with a ring that can be separated into small sections, each of which can be filled with something.  So I filled them with leftover galactic green sauce, hummus, and a few raisins — figuring we can have a simple counting lesson too. I thought it was perfect.


Henry wouldn’t touch them. 

But he devoured what I made for Jill and me, zucchini ribbons. 



  • 2 medium zucchini, cut into strips with a carrot peeler — don’t use the core of the zucchini
  • 1 diced onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 red and 1/2 yellow pepper, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste 

Caramelize onions and garlic in the oil. Add the peppers and allow to soften. Then add the zucchini and allow to soften a bit.

It’s a great side dish, presents really well, and by stripping the zucchini with a peeler makes a fun pasta-like shape. Good for both big and little kids.


Note in this photo that Henry is ignoring his plate and going straight for the zucchini. 


Jill and I ate the pepper boats, Henry counted the raisins, sucked down a bunch of zucchini and all was well at the dinner table.