I cook one meal for all of us (husband, son and my self). Everything is lean and SB friendly with the exception of an occasional side and for my 4 year old (snacks, cereal and whole milk). I want them to be healthy and I donâ€™t want to cook two meals for the rest of my life. I cook a lean meat with dinner, salad and veg. I have been at this for a little over 4 weeks. I am slowly replacing items with their SB friendly versions, whole wheat, Brown rice, lf cheese......
When they want something that is not on my plan I adapt it. I mad a huge batch of spaghetti meat sauce, lean meat, olive oil, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, zucchini and assorted spices. They had it over ww pasta and since I am not doing ww pasta yet. I had it over red beans. Kind of like an Italian chili.
They had burritos/ tacos on WW tortillas made with lean ground beef and homemade taco seasoning; mine was a taco salad with lf cheese, refried beans, taco meat, salsa and lf sour cream.
I cook extra protein for dinner and that is my lunch. Chicken is eaten 3-4 times a week and when I plan out the weeks dinners if there is some thing I wonâ€™t want for lunch I make sure I cook extra chicken. I also try to cook in bulk when I can but most of the time I season the meat alternating season mixes and grill it on a stove top grill. It has been used more in the last 4 weeks then in the 10 years I have had it. While the grill is heating and the protein cooking I have time to cook up a veg. side and salad. 20 min tops. Since I make an omelet every morning I chop up a bunch of vegs on Sunday (peppers and onions) so I just throw a handful in the pan with the canadian bacon. I also cut up what ever fresh veggies I am going to need for the week. The only things that does not get cut up are my tomatoes. It cuts out a lot of prep time.
DH and son eat lunch at school/work so it is not so SB. DH eats cereal or instant oatmeal and my son usually has cereal and fruit for breakfast (need to change that) and some times he wants some of mommy veggie and cheese omelet. We also go out at least once over the weekend and they get what ever they want. I guess I am vary lucky as they donâ€™t seem to mind since it is to make all of us healthier. It might be harder with older children.
Sorry I did not mean to be so lengthy.
I hope this helps!
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