My biggest issue is usually dinner. What should I make? Do I have the ingredients? Will the kids eat it? Will Clif like it?
On the nights when I don't have a good answer for any of these questions, I do something easy. I open a box of mac and cheese or throw waffles in the toaster. Anything that can get dinner in our bellies and move us on to the next task at hand.
But when I do that, I don't feel great about myself. I know it's not a balanced meal. But I have to admit, that Clif and the kids often prefer these nights over veggie pizza night.
Kids don't like to eat healthy. From day one I've been stuffing apples and broccoli in these kids mouths and they would still rather have corn dogs or chicken nuggets. Kids only care about gratification, not about their health. I can't explain Clif's gravitation towards junk food...he does know better.
I've often wondered how I can make these easy meals, that my kids like, but still feel good about what they're putting in their mouths.
Then about a month ago I was asked to review Serve It Up: A Parent's Guide to Kid-Friendly Portions by Laura DeSimone. It's a quick read and really, there's not even a whole lot of reading. It's more of a reference guide.
I highly recommend this book to any busy mom looking for an easy meal once in awhile that she can still feel good about. I've already used it a few times to plan meals and plan to keep it on hand.
Now if only she could give me a plan for my 36 year old husband...is that in the works, Laura?
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I was asked to review Serve It Up but all opinions and thoughts are my own. I was given an advanced copy of the book to read and review but was not compensated in any other way.