After taking a cooking hiatus while Hubby was traveling for work last week, I decided that we MUST eat better AND eat at home. Unsure what the girls are actually going to eat at any given minute, I decided to circumvent the usual dinner drama and actually ask them what they wanted.
Sitting in the parking lot at the grocery store, I told them to pick what they wanted to eat for dinner this week and I wrote a shopping list. They had to pick their protein, their side dishes and their veggies. They LOVED the idea and took the challenge to heart.
The grocery list:
Country pork ribs
broccoli and cauliflower
Skinny cut steak (I interpreted this as Flat iron steak)
Chunky Sirloin Burger Soup
Rice (I got groans when I threw the brown rice in the cart - they get it anyway)
Salad and fixins' (radishes, croutons, carrots, romaine lettuce)
Microwave Monday(frozen meals to make life easier when I work on Monday nights(sorry Aunt Tracey))
Yesterday was Microwave Monday. Easy peasy. Tonight I was craving pork so I baked off the country pork ribs with some steak seasoning for an hour at 350 degrees. When they were done, I warmed up leftover pasta and rather than chopping broccoli and cauliflower, I used leftover corn and served it all with bbq sauce on the side. They were happy as clams and ate without complaint.
They got buy-in about what they wanted to eat; I got to pick the easiest way to prepare it. What could be better than that? Win-Win!!