So my hubby is traveling for work this week so it’s just the kiddos and I doing dinner. I don’t know about you, but when my husband is gone dinner seems to get a whole lot easier. It doesn’t mean that my husband is demanding when it comes to his meals, but I don’t feel that I need to make a big huge meal for just the 3 of us. So this week I am keeping it easy and a little fun for the boys. One thing the boys said to me when they found out daddy was going out of town was, “Mom, we are ordering Pizza right?” Me – “Why do you say that?” The boys – “Because, when you go out of town daddy orders pizza!” So, we may not order pizza but make our own instead! What are some foods you make when your partner is out of town, or if you are a single parent, how do you keep mealtimes healthy when you are cooking just for yourself and the kiddos?
REAL FOOD Menu Plan 10.20.14
Monday: Making my own chicken tenders, roasted asparagus and fingerling potatoes
Tuesday: The boys love “Taco Tuesday” this is a great way to get them involved in the kitchen. Have a little buffet set up with all the “healthy” toppings for them to choose from.
Wednesday: Breakfast for Dinner! The boys loved the Pumpkin Ricotta Pancakes that I made last week and we are all out so I plan on making those again plus giving a try at making my own breakfast sausage patties. This recipe from Courtney’s Sweets looks really easy – wish me luck!
Thursday: Pizza Making Night – This is another great way to get the kids in the kitchen. Give them healthy options as toppings and make sure they choose at least 2 veggies.
Friday: Hubby is coming home but unsure of the time so the best thing to do is make some sort of soup or stew that I can just keep warm and we all can eat when we get hungry. We just went pumpkin picking this past weekend and I want to try some different things with pumpkin puree than just breads, muffins or pies. Looking to make this hearty Pumpkin Black Bean Soup from Giggles Gobbles and Gulps. This also is considered our “Meatless Monday” Doesn’t matter what night of the week you go meatless, just as long as you try to make it one night. Did you know skipping meat for one day a week can reduce your annual carbon footprint by as much as not driving your car for a whole month? Nice huh?!
Sunday: We will be out all day doing a Diabetes Walk for my friend so we will play it by ear. Who knows, maybe do leftovers. Always try to have a leftover night. Makes it easy on you and it cleans out the fridge before the next week.
On Pinterest? Head over and check out my Family Meals Board for more real food inspirations. If you are still looking for meal planning inspirations please head over to some of my favorite spots on the web – Musings of a Housewife, The Vintage Mom and Org.Junkie.