I know what you are thinking… she messed up her goal of a blog every other day! Yes I did. And I might as well admit, it’s not the only goal I’ve not hit regularly. I knew this was going to be a slow process, but I am pushing forward and taking each day one at a time.
God is taking me on a journey. Wow, what a ride it has been! Not only has He been changing my mindset the last year or so, but He has shown me a lot in this blog, too.
Admission: Sat down to menu plan last week and ended the night in tears! I honestly fear cooking sometimes (although… I’ve found I am pretty good at it, and I do actually have fun most of the time!) and planning out healthier meals. My husband had a mini-stroke a few weeks ago and found out he has high cholesterol. It is my responsibility to make sure my family is taken care of. They will eat what I prepare for them, so I NEED to make wiser choices.
Goal: Always have a menu planned and have healthier options on the table. I have started menu planning, but sometimes I get off and this just messes me up and causes us to make unwise choices at dinner or by eating out.
Plan: Use Cozi Meals to keep my recipes and menu. I intend to take the next 2-3 months and try out different recipes until I can set up an 8-12 week schedule that I use regularly. I’m also not a huge fan of veggies so I’m learning to hide great nutrition in some of my yummy favorites!
I am guilty of making “easy” meals, with very little nutritious value! This is of course because I did not learn to cook or to enjoy food that is healthy for me. I have added some vegetables to my list of “foods I can eat without gagging,” but most are still not on my “I love” list.”
Schedule: This is just a general list of things I have recently been putting into, or am about to put into my family menu. On my menu, I also include “left-overs” days. Most of these are from The Sneaky Chef, but I will be on the lookout for other great finds over the next several weeks.
- Apricot-Almond Granola
- Strawberry Smoothie
- Banana Crumb Muffins (super yummy!!!)
- Homemade Cinnamon Bread
- Legal Donuts
- Tuna could sneak in some stuff
- Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich
- Ham and Turkey Sandwich
- Speedy Stovetop Lasagna (I was so surprised how great this is!)
- Chili (could try Doctor’s Choice Chili)
- Tacos with Guacamole
- Baked Parmesan Garlic Chicken
- Power Pizza using easy pizza dough
- BBQ Chicken Legs
- My fresh canned Green Beans
- My fresh canned New Potatoes
- Mac & Cheese
- French Bread
- Texas Roadhouse Rolls – Copycat Recipe
- Mystery Mashed Potatoes
- Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake – Elias’ Birthday!
- Sneaky Chef Brainy Brownies
- Granola Bar Fix
- Chocolate Cake
- Brilliant Blondies (Even though we know brownies are better ;-))
- Sneaky S’mores
Well, that is a lot to choose from. Obviously I won’t need that many desserts since I do not make them often and they last a few days, but now I have some healthier options to choose from.
What healthy recipes do you have for the picky eater?