Wednesday, 20 June 2012
I hesitate using the term meal planning here, I'd hate for you to think I am really that organised.
But I do like to put a little thought into what we might eat each week. I like to shop locally at the market or farmers markets, using whats in season and avoiding the supermarket when I can, which is near impossible. My house is usually stocked with an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, fridge full to the brim. Normally I just decided whats for dinner on the day using whats on hand and utilizing what I have left in the fridge or freezer to minimize waste.
I hate waste.
But before our trip to the market this week, I decided to get the cook books out for some inspiration. I sat on the lounge room floor with kids and flicked through some of my favourites. We chatted and looked, they pointed things out that they liked and we discussed each suggestion. Riley made a list of the meals he wanted by drawing each in his notebook, burgers were first up with chips on the side, followed by chicken and sausages. I filled in the gaps, made a few suggestions and compiled my list. They were both really looking forward to our trip to the market to shop for all the ingredients we would need and were so excited about the meals we had planned.
I love market days and the overflowing fruit bowl that results. So do the little ones. This meal planning might not be too bad either, I mean I didn't strictly plan every meal for the week, it's more of a loose plan. Like Riley's suggestion for chicken, I thought I would make a chicken curry but decided to make Ruths southern style chicken instead. Which was a huge hit. Riley has helped me cook each meal, simply by getting things from the fridge, mixing, mashing and supervising! He loves being involved, it gives him some responsibility and makes him feel special and needed. After each meal is prepared, like every night, we sit down at the table and eat together. I really think this is so important and a main part of the reason my kiddies are such good little eaters. It is one of my favourite times of the day, when we all sit down together and share a meal. Of course the kids are sometimes ratty, a little crazy and they don't always like what I make. But it is a little ritual we all love, it's the normal for us, a time to be together as a family, to chat, laugh, try new things and learn. Added to that I loved sitting down with them and discussing our dinners this week. It may just be our new thing.
So tell me, do you do a weekly meal plan? and do you eat with your little ones?
Posted by jody at 22:24