Do you ever feel like you’re eating, prepping, baking, slicing, serving, planning, giving seconds, and dishing up food all day long?
Feeding the five young mouths all day around here has gone through many phases from totally stressful to actually thrilling and promising in other moments. The constant positive variable is when I plan: plan, plan, plan.
For a while I kept a detailed list of breakfast, lunch, and snack ideas taped to the refrigerator for easy ideas, minimal prep ideas, kids’ favorites ideas, etc. The lists worked for a while but recently we’ve hit a minor brick wall with a few of my pickier eaters.
Off to the drawing board for me.
With some brainstorming I’ve devised something that is quite exciting, is working, involves the kids more, and means my week of eating runs absolutely smoothly.
I’ve started making a weekly menu every Sunday night for the upcoming week. Yes, it’s not revolutionary in nature, but includes each day’s planned breakfast, lunch, and dinner (with possible snacks). Do you know what this means for this mama who is trying to make eating still exciting and fun for kids while shifting their diet? It means I just scan over the next day’s meals the night before, schedule in any extra prep needed for a meal the night before on my calendar, and let the beauty of planning run our eating. (And there is lots of eating around here.)
Here’s a week sample:
(Since I try to intermittent fast until lunch most mornings, our breakfasts are primarily planned for the kids. More on my incredible experience with my stomach and intermittent fasting for another post.)
Breakfast- chocolate chia seed pudding (with toppings- nuts, coconut, whipped cream)
Lunch- deli turkey + cheddar wraps in lettuce (or roll ups), carrots, peanut butter yogurt dip + apples
Dinner- homemade quiche (cheese, bacon, broccoli), roasted asparagus
Breakfast- homemade grain-free “cinnamon toast crunch” cereal and milk
Lunch- egg salad in a bowl, pepperoni slices, clementines
Dinner- Cheeseburger meatballs, salad + homemade ranch, sweet potato (chips, baked, whatever)
Breakfast- creamy fruit smoothie (add coconut oil)
Lunch- ham + cream cheese pinwheels, homemade nut clusters, yogurt
Dinner- Beef brisket, pepperoni pizza casserole, steamed broccoli
Breakfast- soft boiled eggs + sauasge
Lunch- grain-free bread for pb + j, apples + cubed cheese
Dinner- grilled salmon, wedge salad + homemade blue cheese dressing, green beans
Breakfast- yogurt parfaits in dishes (berries, yogurt, granola crumble)
Lunch- Daddy McMuffins (cloud buns, egg, bacon/sausage) fruit
Dinner- date night (fish sticks for kids)
Breakfast- (Grain-free) Pancake Saturday! (Serve with berry sauce and whipped cream)
Lunch- Tapas Party: hard boiled eggs, veggies and homemade crackers with cheddar + bacon dip, fruit, nut clusters, cucumber + cream cheese, pepperoni chips, etc.
Dinner- Bobby makes dinner before his meeting
Breakfast- banana nut porridge
Lunch- tuna salad, carrots, peanut butter + banana sandwiches
Dinner- Mom’s house: taco salad and chocolate cloud dessert (we’re bringing dessert!)
Do you do some sort of meal planning? Does it work??
the sleepy time gal