I'm writing down a tip sheet for myself and a meal planning plan! I thought I would share my plans with you all. My main aim is to increase variety. My kids are very good about eating the healthy food they are used to, so now I want to challenge them further. They are great at trying a tiny bite of anything and now I would like them to eat more of certain foods (namely fish and their non favourite veggies).
Here is my plan:
Breakfast (we currently have choice of porridge, eggs, multigain weat bix, milk and mulitgrain toast): ADD some fruit and/or veg (maybe in smoothies) and/or nuts and seeds (on porridge).
Lunches: AIM increase variety.
Not sandwiches everyday. Rotate with whole grain crackers or wraps. Fillings to be different from previous day. Aiming for 1-2 days a week (1 school and 1 weekend) of non-typical lunches (ie. frittata, sushi, leftovers)
I would like to try a new recipe once a fortnight
Serve soup or veggie entree every second day (to increase veggies)
Use the freezer
Weekly meal plan guide (all meals below plus veggies and a little grains)
1 x red meat (include kangaroo)
1 x chicken
1 x fish
1 x egg or legume (chick pea, red kidney beans, lentils)
1 x tofu
1 x fish or legume
1 x red meat or chicken
Red meat meal ideas: bolognase sauce, porcupine meat balls, cutlets, stew, fajitas
Chicken meal ideas: roast, schnitzel, stew, Moroccan, soup, gozleme, pie, pizza
Fish meal ideas: coconut curry, pasta bake, crumbed, patties, in foil , with salsa
Tofu ideas: with satay sauce, stir ifry, burgers, sausages
Egg and legume ideas: lentil sauce, lentil burgers, frittata, omelet, baked beans (I want to try make my own), egg and baked beans on toast
I'm also aiming for happy family mealtimes and reducing snack sizes. More on that next blog....
What are your food plans or goals for the year? Your plans may be very different to mine and that's great. But thinking and planning your eating, is one of the secrets to success. Being organised really helps my family to eat well without too much stress.
Do you have any great recipes for me to try?