family meal planning

Dinner Rotation: August-September

August 28, 2015
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School has started for us and it’s time to tighten up the meal routine. I only made some minor changes to my dinner rotation this time around. In San Diego where I live, it stays hot well into fall. I will add some cold weather food the next time around. Some new faves include pollo […]

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Dinner Rotation: Feb-March

March 13, 2015
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So I’ve started rotating our dinner meals. And you know what my success rate has been the first two weeks following this rotation? 100%. Well, I did skip homemade pizza last Friday for last minute dinner plans, but besides that, it’s been right on. Before with the more traditional meal plan, my success rate was […]

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5 Things Parents Who Create Happy Mealtimes Don’t Do

February 18, 2015
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Most parents understand, intellectually, that the kitchen table should be a happy place. But then reality hits: crazy schedules, complaining kids and nutrition standards that seem impossible to meet. The truth is there is a lot that can get in a way of creating enjoyable family meals.

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30 Meals in 30 Days: The Plan

January 1, 2015
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So to get started on my challenge, I have selected 30 meals to make. But before I get into my list, let me briefly touch on the considerations that went into these meals. Variety/Degree of Difficulty: I strive for a good variety of food, but too much overwhelms me. I’ve heard some food bloggers never […]

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30 Meals in 30 Days Challenge

December 30, 2014
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I was talking to my friend’s mom about how she did dinner when her kids were little.  She mentioned how every parent needs “the 5 meals” to rotate — a fish dinner, vegetarian meal, meat dish, etc. I realized after our talk that maybe family dinners happened more frequently back then because meals and planning […]

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How (and Why) I Feed My Family with Respect

September 30, 2014
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This is The Feeding Diaries, an ongoing series about the feeding escapades in my house. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Lately I’ve been thinking about how the golden rule applies to feeding my family. For me it boils down to R-E-S-P-E-C-T for all.  Mom. Dad. Daughter. And son. And here’s how […]

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Monthly Meal Plan (September)

September 2, 2014
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September is here and summer is over. A few things will change when it comes to meals.  We probably won’t grill every Thursday because that pushes dinners back because we have to wait for my husband to come home.  Eventually when it cools down we’ll start soup/stew night again on Thursday.  Little D has late […]

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Thanksgiving Meal Plan

November 20, 2012
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This isn’t a normal week for a variety of reasons. First, it’s Thanksgiving, and instead of the relaxing dinner at my mother-in-law’s, we are hosting Thanksgiving Dinner. Second, the book is back, with the edits due before we leave for our week-long vacation this Sunday (exciting details to follow after our return). Two words sum […]

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Weekly Meal Plan: Monday August 13th

August 13, 2012
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I can’t believe summer is coming to a close. Last week I tried two new recipes that didn’t turn out so I’m only making one new (low-risk) dish. This week we’re having pasta with summer roasted summer veggies along with some old standbys. For more meal planning ideas see Org Junkie. What’s Cooking This Week […]

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Vegetable Series (Part 1): Do You a Have Healthy Relationship with Vegetables?

July 25, 2012

Welcome to our Vegetable Series. Here we are going to delve into vegetables and how to get more into your family’s diet. But first, I want to investigate any barriers that might be holding you back. Yes, I’m talking about your relationship with veggies. The reason I chose vegetables, and not fruit or any other […]

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