Ever find yourself making separate dinners for your kids, I know I have. Dinner time should be about everyone enjoying what you have made. Not “we had broccoli last time” or – “cant we have plain pasta and parmesan cheese ” which by the way is not a healthy dinner on its own. So how do you find a solution to you not spending so much time in the kitchen? I suggest that everyone in the family gets to choose their favourite meal and incorporate that into the weekly meal planner. Obviously this needs to be within reason, and cheerios and milk are nice for breakfast with some fruit but not for dinner.
When you plan out your dinners make sure you stress the main food groups, protein, vegetables and starches. If you are vegetarian make sure you include other sources of protein such as beans or tofu. Also, it does not have to be over the top fancy, nor should you spend all day preparing dinners. Aslong as your kids feel they are being heard when it comes to telling you what they like they will more likely be open to other new ideas and food tastes. It is so very important to expose them to new taste at a young age, it will help them truly understand what they like and dont like.
Paul Hickey – chef & owner Today’s Menu