This is my first week posting my menu plan. I am linking up with Laura from Mommy Run Fast and Jill from Fitness Health and Happiness. If you head to their blogs, you will find others posting dinner menu and recipe ideas. It’s a great resource and I highly recommend you check it out!
We have some challenges when it comes to dinner in the Newman house. Here are some of the challenges I face with planning:
- We all eat differently! Yes, each one of us. I eat meat. John will only eat fish or eggs. The A Team only wants starchy, white carbs which I am loathe to make them or I get “we want kid food.” I have tried the “you get what you get approach”. it doesn’t work for my family. As someone who has a real life experience with eating disorders, I am reluctant to turn food into a battleground for control.
- We are busy. Dinner during the week is not a sit down affair with all family members at the table. Ever.
- John gets home between 6:30 and 7:00. This is right in the midst of getting the kids showered and settled for bed at 7:30.
- By the time I can sit and think about digesting food, it is 7:45 at the earliest. At this point, I think “why bother?”
Having a good understanding of my challenges helps me with menu planning. In other words, K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple Sally!).
Without further ado, here is MY menu plan for the week. John will substitute extra veggies, fish, or eggs where you see meat. We will have to tackle what the kids eat in another post.
Sunday – Steak, Green Beans, and Butternut Squash. (This meal we eat together and it’s the one day a week I insist the kids eat “adult food.”)
Monday – Cauliflower Crust Pizza. (The kids will pick at this and eat most of it.)
Tuesday – Spaghetti Squash and Chili. I make an adaptation of this chili. I puree a can of beans to add thickness to it. Also makes the beans undetectable to children. (The kids like chili but I have yet to make a version they will eat.)
Wednesday – Salmon, Sauteed Spinach, and Cauliflower Mash. (The kids will eat the Salmon but not the sides.)
Thursday – Turkey Kielbasa (Trader Joe’s), Sauerkraut, and Sweet Potatoes (The kids won’t touch this.)
Friday – Left overs or Sushi
Here are some of my easy to make ahead favorites for a busy family:
Readers are confiding in me “What’s for Dinner” is their biggest challenge during the week. No surprise since it is mine too. What are some of your “go to” meals for busy weeknights?