For the last several weeks, I have been scouring every cookbook in my cupboard to come up with a few “pleases-everyone-in-the-family” recipes. Every church cookbook, every edition of Pampered Chef “Season’s Best”, even Ms. Betty Crocker…you name it, I’ve read it. I really only have a couple of meals that everyone in my family really likes. Beyond that, someone is always unhappy, whining, and yes, sometimes crying because of the meal selection.
I don’t have a problem with the actual meal planning and preparing. My method is pretty simple:
1. Plan two weeks worth of meals (really only about 10 meals given things that come up and going out to eat) from my meal repertoire (which is in dire need of a face lift…obviously).
2. Put every meal on my calendar so I don’t have to think about what to make each day.
3. Make grocery list based on those meals.
4. Take grocery list to Costco every payday and spend 1/2 of husband’s paycheck.
This really works for me. But, what doesn’t work for me is when NO ONE EATS WHAT’S TAKEN ME TWO WEEKS TO PLAN!!! Mind you, there is a rule in this house that you have to take three bites of everything on your plate, but I have higher hopes than that. I dream of scrapped-clean casserole dishes. I dream of no left-overs to squeeze in the refrigerator. I dream of being the envy of future daughter-in-laws!
Maybe its not possible…to prepare a balanced, nutritious, meal that males 41 to 7 years of age will enjoy (my husband is by no means picky, but he would get a little tired of macaroni and cheese and pizza every night for three months…if it were up to my children!).
So I’m on a hunt and you can be sure I will share with you any successes I have in this area. I CAN’T be the only mom who struggles with this. What have you found that works? Any tried and true meals that your whole family just adores? Impart on me your wisdom…I’m sure more moms that just me want to know!