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Kids usually prefer things as plain as possible. This can be very trying if you are cooking please two palates. Here's a solution; prepare food plain for the kids and jazz it up for adult using the following simple ideas.

~ Broccoli: Stir in a tablespoon of Chinese oyster sauce, or toss with a tablespoon of frozen orange juice concentrate.

~ Spinach: Stir in chopped artichoke hearts or pine nuts.

~ Rice: Toss with chopped parsley, stir in toasted pecans, add chopped green onions, or stir in currants or raisins.

~ Asparagus: Toss with white wine, Worcestershire sauce, and top with grated Parmesan cheese.

~ Noodles or Pasta: Sprinkle with caraway seeds, toss with fat-free Italian dressing, or stir in low-fat sour cream, sun-dried tomato bits, and ripe olive slices.

~ Fruit Cup: Add a splash or liqueur, sprinkle on toasted nuts or granola, or toss with a bit of honey, lime juice, and grated lime rind.

~ Mashed Potatoes: Stir in a clove of mashed roasted garlic, add fresh or freeze-dried chopped chives, dust with nutmeg, stir in ranch-style salad-dressing mix, stir in prepared horseradish, or add garlic or onion powder.

~ Zucchini and Yellow Squash: Toss with salsa or picante sauce, and then add a squeeze of lime juice.

~ Green Beans: Toss with Dijon mustard, stir in a clove of mashed roasted garlic, or add pearl onions, roasted red bell peppers, or toasted nuts.

~ Whole-kernel Corn: Add a sprinkle of cumin, toss with sauteed onion and/or chopped bell peppers, or toss with chopped tomatoes, and add a vinaigrette dressing.

~ Carrots: Sprinkle with dill, toss with honey mustard, or splash with bourbon.

~ Coleslaw: Sprinkle with curry powder, stir in drained pineapple tidbits and peanuts, add a teaspoon of prepared horseradish, or serve in a tomato cup.

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Submitted By DIANE LAZARUS On 11-13-95

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