Another week, another meal plan. I’m trying a slow cooker spaghetti and meatball dish inspired by a patient I saw awhile ago (a great Italian cook). I’m also making Black Bean sliders with sweet potatoes from Fearless Feeding, recently posted on the Meal Makeover Moms blog.
Like always, see Org Junkie for more meal planning inspiration.
Monday: Chicken Enchiladas with Black Beans and Spanish Rice
Tuesday: Slow Cooker Spaghetti with Meatballs with Roasted Cauliflower and Fruit
Wednesday: Kids’ Choice
Thursday: Black Bean Sliders with Baked Fries and Salad
Friday: Make your own pita pizzas with toppings to choose from
More from Cooking Light…
The no-pressure lunch
In the spirit of my latest post about avoiding food battles, I thought I’d share where we’ve ended up with Big A’s lunch. As I talked about in another weekly meal plan post, in the beginning of the school year, her lunches were coming back barely touched. When I saw this as a regular occurrence, I brought it up with her in the hopes of finding the cause.
But it got to the point where she would come home and automatically start explaining why she didn’t eat that much lunch. I realized that this had become an issue and she felt pressured to eat even though I didn’t see myself as pressuring her.
So I told her that I would no longer look at her lunch at the end of the day.
Big A: “You won’t look at my lunch leftovers?”
Me: No! I will just toss it with my eyes closed. See (I act it out for her).
Big A: You really will not look at my lunch?
Me: I promise. It’s up to you to get enough to eat. You don’t need to explain anything to me about how much you eat.
Big A: Okay. Thanks mom.
Much time has passed and I really didn’t look at her lunches for a while but now I do. But I don’t say a word about them. She is at the point now where most days her lunch is more than half gone. There is the occasional barely touched meal and sometimes it’s completely empty but I never say a word about it.
If feeding isn’t going well for you, consider whether or not your child is feeling pressured. Children tend to eat better without it.
Raise Healthy Eaters Feedback
It was a year after I started this blog when the book became a central focus for me. And while I will continue to promote Fearless Feeding and work on projects related to it, I also want to focus more time here at Raise Healthy Eaters. I want to spend more time in the kitchen coming up with simple and healthy recipes. I want to develop additional resources to help parents. And while I have some ideas, of course, I want my readers input.
What type of resources would you like to see? What area of struggle continues to haunt you? Feel free to leave a comment or contact me directly.
In my WebMD post last week I talk about the latest studies on eggs and heart disease and why I keep eating them.
Katja Rowell has some great advice in this Huffington post article about offering food to children.
This LA Times article discusses the weighty issue of weighing kids at school, which I think is an awful idea.
I really appreciated this honest post form Lisa Leake on 100 Days of Real Food where she makes the realization that she doesn’t want her girls to worry about food.
Here’s a list of some awesome RD bloggers who participated in a blogger carnival to review and giveaway Fearless Feeding:
Sally at Real Mom Nutrition (still going on until Wednesday)
Liz and Janice at Meal Makeover Moms (still going on until Wednesday)
Let me know how you are doing in the comments!