I think my plan is working, here's an excerpt of our pre-lunch conversation:
Aurora: "I want tatertots"
Athena: "I want tatertots"
Me: "They're in the 'casserole' that's cooking"
Aurora: "I want tatertots _without_ the casserole"
Me: "You can't have them, without eating the casserole: they're all in the 'hot dish'"
Aurora: "oh,ok, when's the hot-dish going to be done?"
Me: "the hot-dish will be done soon"
Athena: "I want mashed potatoes for lunch!"
Me: "there are potatoes in the hot-dish"
Athena: "I want _only_ mashed potatoes"
Me: "you can't have only potatoes, but there are potatoes in the hot-dish"
Athena:"oh. there are potatoes in the hot-dish?"
*sigh* seriously I expect them to try to avoid eating the hamburger & greenbeans but I hope they eat some. Even if by accident.heh. And the cream of mushroom & cream of celerysoups should add more hidden nutrition to the tatertots/and more taste to the hamburger & greenbeans. Well, it's almost done. We'll find out. Here are some photos: