Something happened and my kids all of a sudden were pickier eaters. Sure there’s some food my kids have disliked, like red peppers or celery but this last couple weeks I heard “I don’t want to eat that” or “That looks gross” more times than I wished I did!

I felt like I was stuck between a rock and a hard place. I’m not willing to dumb down the meals we normally eat or make peanut butter sandwiches to fill every void BUT I’m also not willing to make eating food a big deal or force my kids to eat either. This left me thinking about how it can work for all of us.

Are my kids really picky eaters? I don’t actually think so. If I think about why this even came about, I notice that we had gotten out of a good groove. We’d eaten out a few times lately which we don’t do that often and the kids had been eating tofu dogs leftover from a bonfire as quick snacks.

So making my meal plan this week, I asked myself how I could engage the kid’s food sensibilities AND keep the food real and interesting. Variety is the spice of life, right? I decided not to try anything new this week- not that I do that every week. I also chose meals I knew they’d like but would also very casually challenge them to eat more complex ingredients and flavours.

With that in mind, this is what I decided to make this week:

I’m pleased to say that my kids have they enjoyed the three meals I’ve made so far this week and I haven’t heard that they don’t want to eat something once!

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7 Responses to Weekly Meal Plan Bursting The Blahs

  1. Debbie says:

    Sounds fantastic. I am making your Thai Peanut Burger Wraps this week too. I’ve had the recipe printed out for months…but am just getting around to making them. Can I ask, what “Asian chili paste” do you use? I can’t seem to find anything that is labeled as such. I think this is why I haven’t made them yet. :) Any advice?

  2. Annie says:

    These all work: Garlic Chili Paste or Sambal Oelek or Sriracha. I can find any of these in asian stores or the asian section in the local grocery stores. I hope you find it! I put it in almost everything for a bit more zip (not just spiciness)!

    This is what I buy:

  3. Vanessa says:

    I am going to bookmark this post. all of these sound really good and i have been trying to mix up my menu lately since we seem to have gotten into making the same stuff all the time…

  4. debbie says:

    We’ve gotten to this place with my two – and the oldest has always been an extremely willing and adventurous eater. Rather than make an entirely different meal, I try to check in with her about assembling it minus something for her. Mostly though my approach is, well, this is what we’re having for dinner. You are welcome to get an apple, carrot or other veggie to eat as well, but try this and you might be surprised…(which is almost always the case). And to be honest, we’ve been eating a lot of quiche – eggs and a little salmon or bacon make ANYTHING palatable for them…(kale, asparagus, leeks…)

  5. Earth Mama says:

    Oh I so love your menu plans! your recipes are also fab with great pics:-)!!

  6. Thanks so much for sharing your menus! They really help me….can’t stand menu planning!

    By the way, you won a Peep from my giveaway! I have misplaced your address……..please send me an email at crinklebein at yahoo dot com

    thanks, lisa

  7. Debbie says:

    Thanks so much Annie.
    Very helpful indeed. I’ll be reporting back to let you know how we loved them – because I know we will. <3

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