Every year or so I make my kids give me a list of 20 dinners that are healthy, wholesome, budget friendly, don't take more than 30 minutes to prepare. It quickly becomes apparently even to them that they are being way to narrow.
If veggies are a problem, I will insist that they give me a list of 10 veggies or dishes that they will eat. They are older so don't often shop with me but when they do I will insist that they pick out 3 veggies for the next few days. Not that easy to come up with this stuff, is it?
And, I make them cook regularly and they have fixed dinner since kindergarten (with more or less help). It really makes the point when your sister doesn't love your bean burritos the 100th time you've made them.
“To lengthen thy Life, lessen thy meals.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” ~ Hippocrates
current weight: 197.2
Fitness Minutes: (20) Posts: 18 5/11/13 10:11 A
Kids (and pets for that matter) get as picky with their food as the caregivers let them get. Seriously. They will turn you into a short order cook if you let them. If you don't want to go down that road, then just stop. Expect respect at the table, respect for the time and effort you've put in to making the meal. Would be great if your husband would provide a "united front" with you on this... as in, when kids complain, he could tell them to stop, that such behavior is not acceptable.
Obviously, husbands and medical conditions are a different matter, and must be accommodated. But really, his main dish (carbs) can be your side (just make enough) and your main dish (veggies) can be his side. And put some bread on the table for him & he's got two starches/carbs. Really want to treat him with about 3 minutes of your time? Get a bread machine! The more he feels you're meeting his needs, the more likely he'll be to support you when the kids complain. :)
I'm a nutritarian!
current weight: 233.8
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