Do you use your family for meal planning?
That’s the prompt for day 12 of the Cook Easy Foodie Blogger Challenge. I want to hear about how you use your family for meal planning.
This is a topic I’ve covered previously, so here are some options for more info:
Instead of covering IF I use my family to meal plan, I’m going to cover a few reasons why. I definitely DO use my family for planning meals. Some are direct, but if I think about it many are indirect. My family isn’t picky about food. I raised them that way. The kids are 17 and 15 and it still hits me as odd when I come across a food they don’t like. They are totally entitled to that, but since there are so few foods they don’t like, it really sticks. lol
- Food Likes – I plan my menu’s around what the family likes. I mean, who doesn’t? There are very few times I’ll make something I’m craving that I know I’m the only one eating. But don’t get me wrong, I have. lol
- Freezer List – This is the biggest way I use my family. I have my list of food on the freezer and I force a family member to pick something for the next day. Yes, I said force, because sometimes it’s like pulling teeth.
- I Badger Them – Again, my family is now pretty much 4 adults. I’m not afraid to badger them to tell me just one meal to add to the list. After hearing how poor the choices were after a few days, you might jump on them too. lol I don’t just want negative feedback, give me the foods you do want to eat!
Productively meal planning is a family affair. No matter what you plan, it’s not going to work if the family isn’t going to eat it. You’re still stuck with headaches. I want meal planning to be less headache and more about enjoying food.
I’ve created a 24 week menu plan that is built around foods my family eats. Sure you heard that my family isn’t picky but I still don’t test them with weird ingredients regularly. lol I stick to the tried and true recipes so I know my family is eating nutritiously.
Why not cook once a week and get out of the kitchen more?
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