Menu Planning for the Week

Are you having trouble keeping the family happy at meal time?  Sometimes it’s really hard to please everyone!  When one doesn’t like cheese, and the other doesn’t like sauce, or mashed potatoes etc…  I’m with you.  I know how it is, and it’s a tough job, and we’re too busy to make 3 different meals for dinner, plus it doesn’t teach our loved ones how to be thankful for what we have, and to get used to a variety of foods, if we’re always catering to them. Right?

I’ve been there, and it can be a slow process to change patterns that get established.

First, talk to your child’s pediatrician for advice.  They’ve probably heard it all, and may have some useful suggestions for you.

Also, I think we need to remember not to judge other mothers when their kids seem picky.  We don’t know what goes on behind closed doors, and how hard that mom may have tried to broaden their child’s tastes, or what issues that child may have.  If your child eats everything happily, you need to be very very thankful and non judgemental of other mothers.  🙂

From my heart as a mother (not as a doctor), I will say, if it’s your kids who are picky about what they eat, don’t give up, keep serving the foods that their bodies need, along with some of the healthiest versions of foods they do like, and will eat.

In our home, our two youngest who are now 11 and 13, have gone through some pretty picky stages, and we’ve had a few battles in this area, but it has gotten better.   I want to encourage you, as your children get older, if you keep offering different foods, and encourage them to try at least a bite or two of new things, it DOES get easier!  Sometimes as a parent you want to give up, but you can’t.  Take some deep breaths, pray, and keep on doing what you can.  One day at a time is all that’s required of us.

I have a post on this that I hope will be helpful to you.

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Now to help you with meal planning and grocery shopping:

Here are my free printables that I use often, and you are free to use as well:

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They work great on a clipboard!  🙂

Here are this week’s menu picks:

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This is hands down the soup I make most often, which everyone loves, AND it’s an absolute cinch to make!  If you use canned chicken breast, you can keep all the canned ingredients on hand in your pantry!
Chicken, Black Bean & Salsa Soup
Grocery list:  Chicken, black beans, salsa, chicken broth, corn and rice

menu plan for the week, Menu Planning for the Week, Brown beans (Pinto beans) and cornbread

menu plan for the week, Menu Planning for the Week, Buffalo Chicken Soup
Grocery list:  Celery, carrot, onion, flour, milk, chicken broth, chicken, buffalo sauce, Cheddar cheese and rice

menu plan for the week, Menu Planning for the Week, Coconut Quinoa Granola and eggs–hard-boiled, scrambled or omelet
Grocery list:  Oats, quinoa, coconut, almonds, ginger, coconut oil, honey and cranberry raisins

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Crispy Bean Burritos (Taquitos)
Grocery list:  Tortillas, refried beans, taco seasoning, vegetable oil, Cheddar cheese, salsa and sour cream

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Chicken Egg Roll Stir Fry

My dessert choice for the week is a family favorite:

menu plan for the week, Menu Planning for the Week, Yummy Peanut Butter Popcorn

Click on the links below for breakfast and lunch inspiration: menu plan for the week, Menu Planning for the Week,

Breakfast ideas

Lunch ideas

Or for TONS more dinner ideas, go to my menu bar and hover over “Recipes” to find specific categories that your family likes!

Hope you have a great week!  🙂

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