Back to the topic of Menu planning. My system works pretty well for me, but there are some flaws.
One is picky kids. Can’t help that–I think we all have that problem! I try to choose kid friendly menus that are healthier. But all three of my kids have totally different tastes, especially in veggies.
Dylan does not like anything healthy. If he could, he would eat chicken nuggets everyday. The veggies he likes are carrots, corn, peas, and the canned version of green beans. Emily is more versatile–she’s always willing to try new foods, but her tastes has gotten a little narrower this past year. I think it’s her age. She doesn’t like carrots, peas, or green beans, but she does like asparagus, broccoli (when it’s in soup form), tomatoes and lettuce. Alexia is like her sister in trying foods, but it depends on her mood. She’ll eat corn, celery, lettuce, and cucumbers by themselves, but if I throw a bunch of veggies in a soup, she’ll eat everything in it. She loves soup!
The other problem is that I like to try different foods. So I end up having new menu items most of the week with maybe two or three old menus. Because of that, my planning takes me a while. I have too many choices and because I’m an analyst by nature, I have to analyze even my plan!
Recipes I do try out, I have everyone rate 1 to 5 stars. If it’s a 5-star, it’s a keeper and I’ll note it on the recipe. If it’s from a magazine, I’ll cut it out and added to a binder I keep. Below 5-stars won’t be needed….
Despite having picky kids, I do some of those tricks of hiding veggies in the food. For example, I love onions, Dylan despise them. His problem is he judges based on what he sees. So I’ll chop the onions really, really tiny and mix it in whatever. He can’t tell because he can’t see them!
Of course things don’t always go to plan, so I have to be flexible. Like tonight. But I was totally ok with tonight. Tony, my dear husband, and my daughter were both hungry for croquette. Plus he was hungry for curry rice. So he did the cooking. Hmmm, yummy. Delicious. And even better–I didn’t have to cook.