Lenten Menu Plan – Week 2

Lenten Menu Plan – Week 2 March 2, 2012

Monday — minestrone soup, Parmesan toasts

Tuesday – stir fried vegetables and rice

Wednesday – black bean and cheese nachos Spaghetti con Pepe

Thursday – vegetarian lasagna — a friend unexpectedly dropped off meatballs, so this became a feast!

Friday – stations and soup at church

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  • maryalice

    I should add that we have cereal/homemade granola/oatmeal for breakfast most week days, and lunch is usually PB&J, cheese quesadillas, tuna and crackers, or yogurt and fruit. All with fruit and carrots. Super simple, and the ingredients are always on my shopping list.

  • maryalice

    From Kat:

    These sound like delicious meals! Do your kids eat everything? How do you handle picky eaters?

  • maryalice

    All of my kids have a few things that they don’t like, but none are underweight at all, so it works like this: dinner is what it is, and you can pick around and eat what you like. You can’t have seconds of anything if you have not eaten your vegetable.

    We do not always have dessert, but I decided early on that I would not make dessert in any way contingent on what/how much you ate at dinner.

    We don’t have snacks during the day (maybe a string cheese or apple here and there for a “STARVING” toddler), so my kids generally eat really well, they are hungry at the table. They all like salad, broccoli, green beans, so that makes it through most meals. When I serve something like brussel sprouts, which only some like, I usually serve a second green vegetable as well.

    I do ask that they at least “taste” something new, but if you want to tell me that you just don’t like brussel sprouts, I’ll take it. After all, I can’t stand mayonaisse.

    I also try to make a big point about being quietly polite about anything you don’t like, so that they don’t scream “gross” when they see their dinner plate, and, as they get a little bit older, knowing that when you are out you eat what is served no matter how gross it is, and you say thank you.

  • maryalice

    From KD:

    Thanks for posting this. It is always interesting and helpful to hear how other families handle mealtime/picky eaters/trying new foods.

  • maryalice

    From Karen:

    What do you do on the weekends? Do you just due something simple or have left overs?

  • maryalice

    We are out of town next weekend, so those meals don’t need to be covered. Generally, I will talk to my husband and plan those meals based on what else we have going on, but our weekend dinners are our only family dinners of the week, so those will be something a little bit more involved, and my husband often cooks.