I’ve taken enough ECFE classes to know that engaging kids in meal planning and preparation has many benefits – not the least of which is that they’ll be more likely to eat what’s served – and hopefully, try some new things. It’s something I know I should do, but until now, hadn’t.
So my big idea last night was to spend dinnertime with the kids talking about our new meal/grocery shopping strategy to get their buy-in on the whole meal planning thing. This is the kind of thing that they could get excited about so I was optimistic about this exercise.
It started out a little rough: My almost 10-year-old son’s food suggestions consisted mainly of candy bars and the occasional frozen food. The more outlandish his suggestions were, the more hilarious he became (in his own mind.) Yes, Baby Ruths for dinner…always a good choice.
So, I decided to move to the 7 year old: OK Maggie – what are somehealthy foods you’d like for lunch, dinner or snacks? Her response: “I love Scottish cheese. Can we order that?” Um…I don’t even know what you’re talking about and I’m pretty sure we can’t get it here in Minnesota. Well, in a matter of minutes we realized she was talking about cottage cheese, which led to some intense teasing from her brother: “I can’t believe you thought it was Scottish cheese!?!”
Hey – at least it’s healthy.
But believe it or not, we came up with a pretty good menu for the week – which included quite a bit of fresh fruit and veggies and even grilled salmon on tap for Monday night. Ordering was a breeze…I think I might just be getting a hang of this planning thing…
P.S. I did not order any Baby Ruths. I did, however, purchase the cottage cheese.