I hope you are all doing well. We are starting this week with fish tacos, a meal I just recently mastered. I have tried and failed many times at this dish. Last time I made it my husband said. “These are really good.” The secret for me is to bread and bake the fish instead of pan fry. I don’t know why but I always seem to mess up pan-frying.
Next on the master list? Greek salad. I don’t know about you but I get in salad ruts. What’s on your menu this week?
Like always, visit Org Junkie for more meal planning inspiration.
What’s Cooking This Week
Monday: Baked fish tacos with a side of black beans
Tuesday: Chicken and pasta with roasted veggies and a Greek Salad
Wednesday: Kids’ choice
Thursday: Slow cooker lentil soup with ham and a side of fruit and cheesy bread
Friday: Make your own pita pizzas with various toppings and a green salad
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Monthly Meal Planning?
It’s the beginning of February and I’m trying something new. I’m planning dinner meals a month at a time. I’m basically setting up a rotation of meals. What I have listed above is what I have planned for this week but I also have placeholder dinner meals planned for the whole month. Each week I will check those meals and make adjustments.
The reason for this is threefold. First, if I can look at the whole month I can double-check variety and make sure I’m rotating different items. I find that I tend to make certain meals over and over again without repeating others enough. Kids need lots of exposure so I’m trying to capitalize on that (and Big A is really expanding her tastes at the moment. Little D not so much). Also, some weekends are really busy and I end up doing a poor job meal planning. This way, I already have a head start.
And third, I can shop for items ahead of time, especially nonperishable ones in one big monthly shopping trip. I have been trying to keep my kitchen stocked with items I use frequently but I like the idea of doing as much of it as I can at the beginning of the month.
Oh, and I forgot the fourth thing. I can look at which meals I want to double for lunches or freeze for future meals.
How is your meal planning going? Any challenges that keep coming up?
Sometimes the choice to buy organic weighs on people, especially when budgets are tight. I recently went through the pros and cons of buying organic milk in this WebMD post. Another parent does the same thing with organic produce in this article in Slate.
February is a time when goals for the New Year’s can lose their luster. In this post, I discuss how to keep the motivation going by asking 3 important questions.
In this Bundoo article, Jill Castle does a good job of explaining why, in some cases, spoon-feeding increases the risk babies will be over-fed. As she says it’s not always the spoon but the person behind the spoon.
Kia Robertson reviews Fearless Feeding on Today I Ate a Rainbow.
This NPR article goes into the perks of serving meals family-style.
An insightful post from Katja Rowell at the HAES site: Health, Not Weight Focus. What a Relief! In this article, she discusses how restricting children can result in food obsession and problems with weight.
Well, that’s it for now. Have a great week!