First, an announcement: God has granted us a surprise gift! We are expecting the newest addition to our family in July. The kids are so excited! A day does not go by without them asking to hug and kiss the baby in my belly and I often catch them playing “baby” with their stuffed toys. It is just too cute.
Second, a resolution: I plan to add more “power foods” to our family diet, not only to ensure I get all the nutrients I need to nourish the little life inside me, but also to encourage my picky wee ones to widen their palates. Thus, beginning today, I commit to more consistent menu planning, creating (and hopefully sticking to) a weekly menu plan each week, which includes a power food.
Tuesday: chicken, broccoli and potatoes
Wednesday (working, Mike with the kids): tomato soup and toasted cheese sandwiches
Thursday (working, Mike with the kids): scrambled eggs, spinach and toast
Friday: leftovers or catch as catch as catch can from pantry, fridge and freezer
Saturday (Mike drills, easy to reheat required): ravioli or pierogi and toppings
Sunday (Mike drills, easy to reheat required): pasta with vegetable sauté and cheese
Power Food of the Week: Homemade Yogurt! (We consume far too much yogurt in our home at lunch and snack times for it to remain budget friendly, especially because we love our organic Stoneyfield! So, this week, we are starting a weekly (We hope!) ritual of making our own yogurt. The kids and I intend to make the project part of Jammies School.)
And for good measure:
Breakfast 1 Choices (We start our days with a drink, a vitamin and – as the kids will agree to – a fruit or a vegetable): apples, apple sauce, bananas, raspberries, dried pineapple, canned pineapple, tangerines, broccoli, asparagus, spinach, popping beans, watermelon smoothies or banana smoothies
Breakfast 2 Choices (After the fruits and veggies digest, we have our heartier, starchier meal to give us energy for the day.): overnight oatmeal, pancakes (laced with fruit or vegetables!), waffles, french toast or rice porridge
Daddy’s At-Work Lunch Choices (We try to concentrate on a protein here to rebuild muscles.): tuna and sides, chicken and sides, egg salad and sides, peanut butter sandwich, leftovers
At-Home Lunch Choices (Ditto the protein.): garbanzos and sides, edamame and rice, peanut butter sandwiches, cheese roll ups, egg salad, scrambled eggs, pizza toast
Snack and Tea Time Choices: tapioca, cookies, yogurt, cheese, quick breads, Earth’s best crackers, nuts, leftovers and quick bites from fridge and pantry
As time goes on, for more inspiration and variety, I will be checking out other folk’s menu plans at Menu Plan Monday.