Tag Archives: dinner

Family food…and school lunches

3 Sep

I have to admit that lunch is my least favourite meal of the day. I’m also not a very creative meal planner or fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants food creator. I like recipes and steps and measuring and having things all planned out ahead of time. I am also the worst at looking at the ingredients I have on hand and pretty much coming up with….nothing. It’s like a great big blank block in my brain. So we often have breakfast for dinner among all kinds of other things for meals. I do try to make them as healthy as possible, though. I have started keeping those veggie tray containers from Costco and buying a bunch of different veggies to have chopped up and ready to go all the time. The kids grab it out all the time and munch on all the vegetables in there. Any time of day. I never say no to that!

I recently was catching up on one of the blogs I follow and one entry was showing all her favourite cookbooks. There was a couple in particular that caught my eye, but one I investigated further and ended up ordering it through iBooks. (It was cheapest that way). It’s called Weelicious.

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I also pre-ordered her Weelicious Lunches book because school is beginning for Maya and given that lunch is already my least favourite meal of the day, I figured I could use some extra help! It arrived yesterday evening, so I downloaded it right away and read it last night before bed! There are a TON of ideas in it so I’m excited to try them!

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These books are really great, creative and healthy. I’m looking forward to trying the recipes in them and hoping that my kids will be excited to help me make food that they will enjoy eating!

There is also a website with recipes, videos, and tips weelicious.com

New plans for future dinners

7 Mar

I won’t lie. I don’t especially like to cook. I FAR prefer to bake, probably due to the finished product. And because it generally contains sugar. Anyhow, I’m finding it difficult to prepare dinner these days, but then feel kind of bad giving my kids sandwiches or even breakfast for dinner. (Although I could eat breakfast all day, every day). I especially find it difficult at that “particular” time of the day when everyone’s starting to get grumpy and clingy. I can usually distract Maya with a movie or something for long enough to thrown something together, but Rylan is not so easy. He ALWAYS comes over to me and stands right between my legs and the stove, wanting to watch and be picked up. Kind of hard to cook one-handed (and distracted). I get frustrated because I’m slow at cooking but I like my meals to be pretty well-rounded. I know it’s something I have to work on, but it’s coming along.

The other day someone mentioned to me about this website that you subscribe to some meal-planning. Basically, they plan out your month (four weeks of five meals per week) of meals plus sides, have your shopping list broken down into grocery store sections, and prep/cooking directions. Their claim to fame is to spend one hour per week prepping these five meals, have them ready to go in your fridge for the week, then it’s very simple on the day you cook it. Just grab it out of the fridge, cook it up and add the finishing touches. It sounded like exactly what I’ve been looking for.

Two things that don’t fit perfectly for me:

1. We would never go through 5 actual meals in one week! We don’t eat a lot at each meal and there’s only so long I will tolerate leftovers. It’s nice because then I’ve really got meals for at least a month and a half to two months.

2. Why is it that people who meal plan (I’ve come across other meal-planning things before too) feel it necessary to eat meat at every single meal? (I will say that at least the meat is varied: beef, chicken, pork, fish, or seafood). I prefer to have at least one vegetarian-type meal per week, plus an alternative meal using beans/legumes and such. I have to admit I’m not clever enough to adapt recipes too easily for fear of changing them too much.

After looking over this website, she says she tests the recipes out on her family and puts them on the menu if they like them. They seem to be pretty easy, tasty sounding meals that aren’t too out there. My family probably would eat them too! And it’s really nice to not have to think about planning, prepping, or coming up with meal ideas. The only thing would be to get to the grocery store…