Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Dinner Challenge This Week

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!!

1 comment:

  1. Microwave Mondays, huh? Well, I guess, since it has a cute name I'll let it slide.....for now. I'm thinking we should make that whole get-together-and-make-several-meals-so-we-can-freeze-them thing happen then imagine how much better Microwave Monday would be! Perhaps Pop it in the Oven Monday could occur :)