Monday is usually my "throw together something that resembles a rough menu plan for the week" shopping day. I hate Mondays. I am not creative with planning meals and since my family is so picky that makes it even harder. The only vegetables they will eat are corn, green beans, lima beans, black-eyed peas, and potatoes. My kids will also eat carrots provided they are cooked in lots of butter and sugar! So, we wind up eating a lot of spaghetti, Hamburger Helper, and chicken casseroles. For side dishes, we have a lot of rice, salad, green beans, and corn. I don't cook a lot of potatoes because if I do that is all Caitlin will eat. She has a real potato fetish!
Ideally, I'd like to have a set menu that I can rotate every couple of weeks (kinda like the school menu) so I don't waste a lot of time looking for recipes and making shopping lists. Hopefully I would get in the habit of keepings the items I need on hand rather than getting ready to cook and realizing I'm missing one key ingredient. Grrr!
This is where I need your help. What kind of meals do you fix often? What do your kids like? How do you make sure that you're serving nutritionally-balanced, healthy meals? If you have any favorite recipes, would you share them and let me know what side dishes you serve with it? I thank you and my family thanks you!