So tonight I want to turn the tables here at Sweetnicks. I want to hear from you. Specifically about meal planning. Being a single mom brings a whole new set of challenges to the dinner table. Heck, there is a whole new set of challenges to before the dinner table too! But speaking specifically about deciding what to make for mealtime, I am all over the place lately. I struggle with choosing something that will speak to everyone’s likes, be well-balanced and healthy, and keep the kitchen fuss and muss to a minimum. Around here, as I’m sure in many of your own households too, 5-7 pm is like the extended “witching hour.” Madeline is up and racing around, both kids are bouncing in and out of the kitchen, I’m tripping over toys, cats and a big dog, and I’m trying to concentrate on getting a meal on the table. There isn’t a heckuva lot of quiet time.
Now when it comes to actual food, Madeline will eat just about anything, but not everything is necessarily practical when she’s working on fork and knife skills. She doesn’t want help, yet some things are easier to eat than others for her. Nick is a little pickier. And there’s a whole slew of things that I like that I know Nick won’t touch. Where does the compromise get made? How best to keep everyone happy while keeping sanity in check as well? Do I skip out on all the stuff I like if I know it’s not their cup of tea? Forever give up mushrooms? Oysters? Asparagus? Sniff, sniff. Do I make separate meals? Do I just eat my favorite stuff when the kids aren’t here? For the most part, that’s what I’ve been doing. I’m not a big fan of making everyone their own meal. Did I mention the witching hour? I want to keep things as easy as possible, yet still hit all the necessary key elements, so making multiple meals just isn’t practical.
So that’s my pickle. I’d love to hear how you handle it in your own household. What are your tricks for keeping the peace at the table but speaking to everyone’s palate? How do you meal plan? The floor is yours!