I hope you all are well. Sorry I missed posting my last meal rotation. I don’t know about you but here in San Diego it’s become warm (although not today) and summer buzz is in the air. So Thursdays will be grill nights as we gear up for summer grilling.
Since my husband is in charge of grilling, he has some say in the matter. We both agree we need more grilled fish recipes. We also have been using a basket to grill veggies. Last time I cut the pieces too small so some fell through into the grill …oops. But the veggies are still delish. So looking for more ways to make fish and grill veggies on the horizon.
I’ve also been working on developing soups for lunches. I realize soup for dinner doesn’t really work for us unless it’s more of a meal-type of soup. Also, I really like to have either soup or salad with my own lunches because it helps fill me up. Nothings worse than feeling hungry an hour or two after lunch.
This contest-winning minestrone is excellent and will be going into the lunch rotation. I like to plan on it the week we have fish tacos because I always have leftover cabbage (in the picture I used zucchini instead of cabbage).
I tried my friend Kate’s broccoli, leek and potato soup recipe and it’s definitely a keeper! I personally don’t prefer puree soups because I like soup with lots of texture but it’s good for kids who freak when chunks are present.
I still am following through with my Monday prep days to help the week run smoother. Some weeks are better than others but it definitely helps to have one day dedicated to cooking and making sure everything is cleaned and stocked. I keep meaning to take pictures as proof but I keep forgetting. Pinkie swear, I’m doing it.
We also had our second restaurant adventure night. It was on my birthday and we picked an Italian restaurant downtown in Little Italy. Unfortunately, we hit major traffic on the way down and Little D had a meltdown crying about how hungry he was. So basically he scarfed down the bread and had no interest in the food by the time it arrived. Big A, not into bread lately, ate their spaghetti with red sauce and a salmon dish we ordered. After dinner, we went for walk to find gelato, which was a big hit. Next up: Thai food.
That’s about it for food so on to other updates.
My Next Book, Health Class, Growth Mindset and More
I’m making progress on my next book with the working title Raising Moderation. I’ve been interviewing experts and parents to create a comprehensive book about raising moderate eaters who have a healthy relationship with food. I wish I could write faster but it’s hard as I tend to over research. The goal is for it to be out this summer. I could always use more stories so if you have one to share, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big A has been having health class at school which includes nutrition education. I always remind my kids to keep me updated on what they learn about nutrition in school. She said that someone in her class was going on about a certain type of food being unhealthy and Big A raised her hand to say “Well, it depends on how often you eat it!”
That is one of the attitudes that fuels moderation – not feeling like you have to choose between healthy and unhealthy foods. So it’s nice to see she’s getting that.
I joke with my kids that learning doesn’t just happen at school but also at home. I call this home learning “Mare school” because that is my nickname. I even have a song for it (Mare school, Mare school, I really want to go…). But seriously, I do think parents are the most important teachers in a child’s life. Plus, summers are a great time to work on learning at home. So I’m gearing up for a food learning project with the kids that I will blog about in the future. Also, Big A is going to help me with a new project learning how to do illustrations (she loves art). I will be working with Little D on reading while he goes to speech therapy (he has language delays). We are going to have reading and library time too.
The kids will not be the only ones learning new stuff this summer. Both me and the hubs are trying to live the growth mindset too (see post reviewing the book: Mindset). He is learning how to play the guitar and I’ve decided to take up tennis this summer. We are members of a swim and racquet club in our neighborhood and I think it would be rewarding to play tennis (and social too). I only played one sport growing up and feel there are many I would have enjoyed.
So a lot to think about as we the school year comes to a close. Have you thought about your summer plans?
I wrote a guest post about simplifying dinner at Mom’s Kitchen Handbook: Three Little Words to Ease Dinnertime Angst.
Also on Mom’s Kitchen Handbook Katie Morford dishes on the 10 cooking skills kids need to know before leaving home.
Sally at Real Mom Nutrition realizes on vacation that she’s had her bikini body all along.
I found this really cool Facebook page called the Moderation Movement. Check it out!
Some interesting research showing bread is not as bad as you hear it is!
Super Healthy Kids lists appropriate chores for kids by age.
Bettina at the lunch tray tried something I’ve been wanting to do: Fun of Microbes: How I Conquered My Fear of Baking Yeast Bread.
Here’s a nice review on what constitutes a healthy diet for ADHD
That’s it for now. Have a wonderful weekend!
Want to create your own family dinner rotation? My latest book What to Cook for Dinner with Kids helps you step-by-step through the process.