The idea of fixing a four dish meal and adjusting the portions for each of us is great. To answer your question they both cook a little. They both fix their own breakfast and lunch (we Homeschool so they are home all day) most days. Of course I keep stuff around the doesn't really require cooking for them. I usually make a batch of muffins once a week for whoever wants them to warm up for breakfast or snacks. My son makes chili but usually won't bother cooking anything else unless it's something he really wants. My daughter is a little more likely to cook for herself. She's been learning lately to make more complicated dishes too. They both help in the kitchen if I ask and my daughter had gotten more and more likely to volunteer to help over the last few years.
Hi, I know what you mean about feeling you have a different menu to make for yourself. I think verasmom stated how to deal with it very well. Whatever you make for yourself can be part of their meal and/or you downsize a portion of theirs. I know its tricky but your learning, so that means it will get easier.
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Hi, Sparkpeople offers lots of recipes for cooking great meals...wish I knew all this when I was raising my children...I found the batch cooking is a great way to start..Introducing new foods one at a time can be helpful at a meal...eating smaller portions...starting a meal with a salad or soup. Here you will learn alot about Healthy Cooking. I wish the best for you.....
I can totally relate. :) I have a dh and 5 kids (oldest is 14, youngest is 16 months) - all who have different needs from mine.
What I do (usually) is cook a lean protein, and a fair amount of it (leftovers are great when we have them). Add in a healthy carb (whole wheat pasta, mashed sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, etc). Two vegetables (usually a salad and a cooked veggie). I make sure that I eat lots of veggies, go easy on the carbs, and get an appropriate portion for whatever the protein is.
Lunches, soups work great, or when it's warmer, lots of salads with lots of veggies and a protein. I'll throw in a big pan of cornbread or something to fill up my super hungry kids and make sure I don't touch it - or if I do, a very small piece.
I don't like meatloaf, personally, but I will sometimes make a huge batch of mini meatloaves (I make them about the size of two regular-ish meatballs) so I can put different sauces on them. Those hang out in the fridge for my guys to grab. If I make that for a main course for them, I'll make sure there's some leftover chicken, or I'll scramble some egg beaters, for me.
Hello everyone. I'm a 42 year old stay at home mom with 2 teenagers that I homeschool. I originally joined Spark People a few years ago but was very on and off again about logging in. I started back up 3 weeks ago and am determined to stick with it for a healthier lifestyle for me and my family. I though joining one the official challenges might help me stay motivated this time. I'm very interested in nutrition, just don't always do what I know is best. It's also a little hard to know how to plan meals at my house. I've always just cooked 1 meal for me and my family. The problem is I'm overweight, my husband is in healthy weight but inching upward, My 16 year old daughter is in the bottom half of healthy weight and maintains it very well, and my 14 year old son in underweight (he eats good, just apparently burns it off quick). Planning just 1 meal at supper to accommodate all our needs is proving difficult.
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