Menu Plan Monday ~ Jan 23/12 – menu planning with picky eaters
Happy Monday everyone! Glad to see you are back for another organized week! I’m so sorry if you are experiencing errors when you visit on Mondays. Sometimes with everyone trying to get on the site at once it acts up. I’m going to be upgrading servers as soon as I figure it all out. Thanks for your patience!
If you are looking for a yummy dessert sometime soon, I highly recommend this Cinnamon Roll Cake. I made it for church potluck yesterday and it was so good!
Another recipe I tried last week was this one for Classic Orange Julius, I couldn’t resist. Go check it out and I dare ya not to want to make it right away :)
Menu planning when you have picky eaters:
I’ve heard this one many times from readers. They spend time making dinner that everyone then complains about eating. That is frustrating for sure. The last thing we want to do though is operate a restaurant style kitchen. It’s hard enough to get one meal on the table never mind four or five. The best piece of advice I’ve ever gotten to this regard was from a book by Ellyn Satter called How to Get Your Kid to Eat: But Not Too Much. Her golden rule is this: parents are responsible for what is presented to eat and the manner in which it is presented. Children are responsible for how much or even whether they eat. Of course this sounds easier said than done I know but following her advice worked really well for us. My youngest (6) is my pickiest but he finally understands that their will be no substitutions. I think this is why leftover night is so important to him. He calls it “picking night” and he loves to be able to pick and choose for himself his favorites from the leftovers. He really looks forward to this night and makes the other nights he doesn’t get to choose a little more bearable. In the latest issue of Today’s Parent they also suggest, in addition to the above golden rule, the following tips:
- offer two choices: one familiar, one new, in small portions
- play with presentation (although I’m not a big fan of this one)
- don’t worry your child won’t starve. Even one bite (or a lick) of a new food is a start and maybe the next day it will be two or even more
The one other thing I want to recommend to you, especially in the case of a picky husband, is to get your family involved in the weekly menu planning as much as possible. Sit down as a family and let them be a part of selecting menus and recipes. I do this with my husband each week myself and sometimes he has no suggestions and other times he really has a craving for something that he’d like me to make for him (like this week and beef stew!). Another tip that might help is to simply select 5 recipes for the week but don’t assign them to a particular night until the morning of any given day. That way your family can decide based on what they feel like eating that day rather than it be pre-determined. Also get your kids involved in the prepping of meals. It helps reduce your workload and also gets them more excited about what they are eating.
The Science of Picky Eating and a podcast ~ @ Meal Makeover Moms
Picky Eating Series ~ @ Raise Healthy Eaters
Anyway hope that helps a little. Feel free to add what works for you in the comments!
My Menu Plan:
Monday: All-in-One Pork Chop Bake served with broccoli
Tuesday: Thai Chicken Pasta served with spinach salad
Thursday: Leftover buffet
Friday: Bacon Cheddar Quesadillas
Saturday: Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage
Simple Supper Sunday
WHAT’S ON YOUR MENU THIS WEEK?
Menu Plan Guidelines, banner selections and recipe helpers are here.
More family favorite recipes here.
Have a great week everyone!