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I’m Not a Short Order Cook
Jan 11 2011 08:00 PM | Tricia Meyer  in Feeding Your Family -----
Now that the new year has started and my husband and I are back on Weight Watchers, feeding my family gets a little bit trickier. Although I want my kids to eat healthy, I want to be sure that I am making foods that they will eat and will not be wasted. At the same time, I have to alter a lot of what I am making to fit within my husband and mine’s dietary restrictions. How can I do that without feeling like a short order cook and having to make different dinners for different people?

The key is to make a couple of staples at each meal that fit the bill for all of us and then add on extras for the other people. For example, I will make chicken breasts, vegetable medley, and sliced apples for everyone. For the kids, I will add on tater tots that I can make two servings at a time from resealable bags. My husband and I will get a small side salad to round out our meal.

Another idea is to make spaghetti but change up only part of the meal. My husband and I will start with a salad, but the kids do not like salad. Instead, they will get fresh fruit. My husband and I need to have marinara but the kids like meat. So I throw a few frozen meatballs (again from a resealable bag in my freezer) into the sauce that I am cooking. The kids get the meatballs and we get just enough flavor from them that the sauce is appealing but lacking extra fat and calories.

I hear a lot of moms say that they make two separate meals for their family every night when they are dieting, but it really isn’t necessary. By being creative and using base meals with some alternates on the side, you can make one main meal that will make everyone happy.

Tricia Meyer is an attorney, blogger, affiliate marketer, wife, and mother of two daughters. Her cash back site Sunshine Rewards helps moms save money with coupons and shopping rebates. Her newest venture, Hunger Games Fan, combines her love of deals with pop culture.


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27 January 2011 - 09:07 AM
"EAT WHAT THE FAMILY EATS, OR GO HUNGRY." I have to admit that this policy was not immediately bought into by my wife. However, we agreed to give it a go. We set the rule that you eat what is being served to the family... as a family... or you go hungry. Simple choice. No snacks. No alternatives. No desert. At first it was difficult, but my wife and I have stuck with it and consistently inforced it... and you know what... IT'S WORKING! We have gone from a lot of whining, complaining, and drama... to a much smoother, more enjoyable dinner experience. Kids need rules and boundaries. Make your rules and be consistent!!
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