A Weekly Meal Plan Even Your Kids Will Approve

Do you ever get sick of begging and pleading with your kids to eat what you have cooked for dinner? My kids will happily eat four meals with no fight: spaghetti & meatballs, tacos, pigs in a blanket, and cheese pizza. And there are only so many times you can cook those things in a month. At this point, I have given up on vegetables and just want them to EAT something.

I recently reached my breaking point and sat down with them to come up with a fun meal plan specifically chosen by them.

Movie Monday

The kids wanted pigs in a blanket for dinner, so that is what we did.

We made this stovetop popcorn and watched Duck Tales the Movie: The Treasure of the Lost Lamp. The popcorn is easy to make and the kids are amazed every single time we make it.  They decorate paper “popcorn bags” with markers and stickers, and then we watch a movie and eat popcorn on the couch as a family. Mondays can be tough, but movie Monday is fun.

Take Out Tuesday

It just happened to be Spirit Night at my son’s school and my daughter had gymnastics, so we picked up Deano’s pizza and Twin’s chocolate king cake. Pizza and king cake is something they can eat every single day and never get sick of, and that night I wasn’t complaining about it.

Waffle Wednesday

Breakfast for dinner is always a big hit in our house, and that night it was waffles and bacon. I used this waffle recipe for the first time but was happy with how it came out (I omitted the cinnamon). Waffles are so easy to reheat in the toaster in the morning before school and make a fast, yummy breakfast (and gives them a break from cereal).

Throw Away Thursday

We took Thursday off and ate leftovers. Most days of the week we are eating leftovers, but this week there was no whining from the kids about their leftover choices.

Family Friday

This just happened to be Valentine’s Day, so we took the kids out to eat. We chose Central Pizza for dinner, then walked over to the Wurst Biergarten to let the kids run around before we caught the Walking Parade, Krewe de Canailles.

Bottom line, we got to spend quality time as a family each evening and we had fun doing it. There was nothing fancy or nutritious, but it was all the food that they were excited about. And the smiles and giggles at dinner time were well received.

Lauren James
Lauren is a native New Orleanian that was transplanted to Lafayette in 2008 (kicking and screaming) by her husband Daniel. She has a B.S.N. from Louisiana State University – School of Nursing and a M.S.N. from the University of South Alabama. Her “paying gig” is as a Nurse Practitioner in the Quality Department at Lafayette General Health, with a focus on infection prevention. Her other full-time gig is as keeper of her home and mom to William 4 and Mary Kathryn 3. Most of her days at home are spent picking up toys and socks off the floor so the family Bernese Mountain Dog, Tipper, does not demolish them. When she has a spare moment, she enjoys reading crime novels, playing board game with her kids, cooking and baking foods that are not on her diet, and finding any reason to celebrate by drinking her beloved champagne. To burn off a few calories and any leftover energy, the family enjoys walking or riding bikes on the shaded boulevard on which they live. Lauren has fallen in love with the people and city of Lafayette and is very proud to raise her family here and to now call it home.

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