I am a short order cook. I make three different dinners, lunches, breakfasts. It is tiring! It has made me so sick of cooking and preparing dinner. Camille eats only fruits and vegetables, Clyde is extremely picky and eats mostly meats and Pepperidge Farm Goldfish! My new school year goal is to prepare one dinner meal for our family three times a week. Because of our evening sports schedules, we will have to start with three days and also it is probably a good way to ease into the new routine. I doubt we are going to sit down the first night and have two kids in the clean plate club. But I need to do this to simplify the evening routine and also more importantly to get our kids trying new foods.
After some searching on Pinterest, I planned our entire month of family meals. I tried to pick dinners that had at least one component that one of my children will already eat. For instance, tonight we are having pulled pork. Both kids like pulled pork (win!) and Camille will eat corn. Some night's recipes may be a little bit ambitious, for instance Skillet Beans & Rice. Clyde likes kielbasa, Camille likes beans... but it could be a reach.
A blogging graphics master I am not so it took me a while to figure out how to include an embed pdf file into my post. Hopefully you can see the plan below. I put the family dinners in bold and they are on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. I will try to fill in the other nights each week. And I will report back on how things are going! I don't think it is going to be easy but I hope I don't give up!
Pepperoni Pizza Grilled Cheese (I plan to use Italian Bread instead of Texas Toast)
Copycat Chick-fil-a Nuggets
Chicken Broccoli Alfredo
Skillet Beans & Rice with Kielbasa
Baked Parmesan Zucchini
Homestyle Mac & Cheese
I created a Pinterest board with more family dinner ideas, click here to view. Wish me luck!