As the official meal planner of the house, I have found that I often just prepare my favorites. To prevent this, I try to ask my husband if he has any requests. Since he is often very “easy going” about what I plan to serve and doesn’t request a whole lot, I need to try to remember, on my own, what some of his favorites are. He definitely likes pasta, quinoa, sushi, rice, and soups. I try to keep that in mind as I plan.
But now I have another person to consider as I meal plan, my little 18 month old daughter. I have to make sure my foods are not overly spicy and are suitable for someone her age. She is a lot like her daddy and loves pasta (it’s so easy for her to eat!), savory foods and soups. It has been a challenge to balance encouraging her to eat new foods, and allowing her to have her own preferences. I am not into forcing her to eat food (that could get ugly fast), but am definitely for encouraging her to eat healthy, and have a wide palate. Easier said than done! I don’t have any type of junk food in the house, so that makes things easier. 🙂
As I meal plan, I try to remember to plan on making snacks for her, and to keep in mind dinners that she can enjoy as well.
This week I am only planning Monday through Wednesday because my husband will be out of town the later part of the week. What a short week! I am trying to fit in plenty of healthy food before he leaves to give him a boost before he has to survive off of restaurant food. I will also be making food for him to bring on the trip, baked goods, granola, and other portable food.
Monday: Quinoa Tabbouleh (even better with quinoa, instead of wheat), Sauteed Spinach, Miso Soup
Tuesday: Buckwheat with Pasta and Mushrooms, Green Salad, Veggie Side,
Wednesday: Cream of Broccoli Soup, Muffins (or Biscuits), Green salad, Savory Carrot Salad
This post is part of Menu Planning Monday
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