I don’t always write New Year’s Resolutions. I think that it can become something that we do just for the sake of doing it and then not following through. I find that it works best if I do monthly evaluations of how I am doing with my goals and it works wonders for me to write things down.
This year I decided to make some. One is that I really want to do a better job of planning meals for our family dinners, cooking more, and finding a way to help Jackson actually eat more of the things that I am making for the family.
Jackson is a picky eater. He is also very sensitive to textures and has a bit of OCD in him. And he is four. There are foods that he likes to eat and he spends most of his time eating apples, pb&honey, oranges, hummus, multi-grain chips, applesauce, and chicken nuggets. One thing that I am hoping will work is to develop a “theme night” or a routine for our eating so that if he sees the same foods being introduced he may be more comfortable eating them. I have noticed that if I develop routines for him things go more smoothly. Even the process of eating things in a row helps ie: take a bite of potato, take a bite of broccoli, take a bite of talapia. This way he feels like he has control and I tell him he can go as slowly as he needs to.
I am not saying we don’t have rough nights, we most certainly do. That is what led me to try this. Even last night it was 1 hour before he finally broke down and decided to eat a piece of his chicken (it was still waiting on the table after we had finished.)
So here it is:
Monday Night: Spaghetti night, every other week we will alternate between chicken parmesan bites and crockpot turkey meatballs.
Tuesday Night: Soup/Salad/Sandwich night. This is an easy night for us because Paul teaches Young Men’s and has to do a quick meal.
Wednesday Night: Crock pot meal/ Stir Fry alternating every other week.
Thursday: Talapia night. Make Talapia alone, in a salad, or into fish tacos.
Friday: Pizza night.
Saturday: Eat out night, usually Costa Vida, Zupas, or Cafe Rio.
Sunday: Breakfast for dinner, Dad cooks, or family favorite: Chicken Enchiladas, Lasagna, or Chicken Marsala.
That’s it! Pretty easy menu, but even eating spaghetti is a stretch for my kids. They are not big pasta fans. Wish me luck!
What do you do with your meal planning? I would love to hear your tips!
Hello! I am Camille, a wife, mother of four, Disney obsessed, certified teacher, and believer in creating your best momlife the way you see fit. Motherhood comes with its ups and downs, my hope is you’ll find something here to make your life a little better/easier. Let’s be friends on social!