My main motivation in writing this blog is to help make natural & healthy living easier for other families so that together we can improve the future for our kids. Certainly, this job is easier said than done, and getting kids to actually eat the healthy foods we prepare can be difficult (here are some of my tips and food rules for getting my children to eat real food).
I’ve also found that having kids help with acquiring the food (through gardening and shopping) and preparing the food (with kid-appropriate tasks like chopping with a crinkle cutter, stirring food, or helping serve) goes a long way toward helping my kids want to eat the food I prepare.
Kid-Friendly Meal Plan
I’ve been meal planning for years because it helps me save time and money in the kitchen. I have seasonal meal plans for spring, summer, fall and winter that I rotate with the seasons, but I try to let my children get involved in the meal planning each season so they have a vested interest in eating the food.
This time, they also got to help with the blogging, since they all helped pick the recipes for this meal plan.
Here is a kid-friendly meal plan that was hand picked by my kids.
Tuesday: Healthy Homemade Meat Based Pizza- Meatza! (sounds weird, but you will like it!) with salad
Friday: Curried Shrimp and Vegetables
Saturday: Stuffed Peppers with Guacamole and Salad
Sunday: Healthy Shepherd/Cottage Pie
Healthy Meal Plan Shopping List
This shopping list contains all the ingredients for the above recipes for 2-3 people for a week. Double or triple for a bigger family. I usually double dinner recipes to have leftovers for lunch, and buy a lot of lettuce and spinach to make salads with lunch. Make sure you have enough eggs on hand and you’ll have easy leftover omelets for breakfast each day. Or try these homemade breakfast muffins!
- 3-4 lbs beef ribs (or roast or stew meat)
- 4 (or more) lbs ground beef
- 1 lb ground sausage
- 2 (or more) large chicken breasts
- 1 lb flank steak (or more)
- 1 lb fresh or frozen shrimp (no tails)
- 1 package bacon
- 4 or more large bell peppers
- bag of onions
- 2 (or more) medium sweet potatoes
- 1 cabbage or shredded coleslaw bag mix
- bag of grapes
- 2 heads fresh broccoli (must be fresh)-for snack salad
- bag of apples
- mushrooms (optional)
- 1 orange, lemon, or lime (optional)
- 1 (or more) cucumber
- 1 medium zucchini
- avocado or pre-made guacamole (check ingredients!)
- strawberries (optional)
- 2 bags frozen broccoli
- 3 bags frozen cauliflower
- 1 bag mixed veggies, no corn
- 1 pound butter (organic is best)-or more
- mozzarella cheese (optional)-but for pizza
- 3 dozen eggs (not dairy, I know, but in the same area)
- 8 ounces or more plain, full fat unsweetened yogurt
- carton of unsweetened coconut milk (or can get in can)
- snack foods of choice
- olive oil for salad dressings if desired
- 1 can or jar diced tomatoes
- curry seasoning (optional)
- 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
- big jar of tomato sauce (or can) no seasonings added
- jar of pasta/pizza sauce (check ingredients)
- honey or molasses (optional-for barbecue sauce)
- can of coconut milk (or fresh)
- lemon juice
Snack options: nuts of choice, more eggs for deviled eggs, avocado, or guacamole (highly recommend), tuna, canned wild caught salmon, almond butter, celery, apples, cream cheese, cucumbers, etc.
What are you cooking this week? Going to try any of these recipes? Tell me about it below!