I tried several times to sit down and make a meal plan for this week, but I was feeling so nauseous I couldn’t bear to think about food. So I decided to outsource the task and ask the family to do it! I told them to write down on a piece of paper 5 or 6 meals they’d enjoy eating.
You know what’s funny about this? Whenever I’ve gotten their input, they always pick the same 10 or so meals… and they’re typically things that are simple, easy for me to prepare, and often quick too.
In my family at least, I’ve noticed that…
Kids and men have pretty simple tastes, it’s us moms that complicate things by trying to be fancy all the time.
Here’s what we’re eating this week:
- Roast chicken with carrots and broccoli, mini baguettes
- Chicken enchiladas and black bean mango salad
- Caleb’s famous homemade pizza, green salad
- BLTs with mango cucumber salsa and organic corn chips
A few ways I’m making this menu healthier and cheaper:
- Buying a whole chicken (organic, it’s on sale this week) to roast instead of chicken parts, and using leftovers for the enchiladas. Bones will be made into broth.
- The enchilada sauce is homemade.
- Mangoes, avocados, tomatoes, and red potatoes were all on sale – these ingredients will be used several times
- My Sloppy Joes recipe is made with grass fed beef and lentils to stretch the protein. Our beef comes from a local farmer we trust. No pink slime there!
- Caleb’s pizza crust is from scratch, so it’s super inexpensive and has no preservatives or other yucky ingredients.
Do you ever ask your family for input when you’re creating meal plans?