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We are a miss-matched family when it comes to our eating habits. My daughter has an illness that gets aggravated by some food additives, and she is a Vegan. My son is a vegetarian, my husband a dedicated meat-eater, but who needs to watch his blood pressure, and I, well I am healing my thyroid naturally – that means no soy or soy products, and a long list of other foods, including some veggies, I should and will not eat. (I wrote more extensively on my allowed and disallowed food list here) Oh, and my dogs are allergic to commercial dog food, so I cook for them as well. Tired yet? I am.
Making meals that all of us can enjoy is a challenge. My over-the-road truck driving husband, is thankfully cooking mostly for himself, when he is driving, making food prep at least meat-free. That leaves us three people and the three animals. Thankfully the cat can (and will) eat whatever I put in front of him.
So what do we do to make it all work?
1. We meal plan. Once a week, my daughter and I create a meal plan for our entire week. We have some go-to recipes, but are always searching for something new, and are not afraid to look at foreign language websites to get inspired. Which also makes for a great homeschool lesson.
2. We look for or I create our own recipes that are easily adjusted (from vegan to vegetarian, or the other way around). I have shared some of these recipes on this blog, and will share some more on occasion.
3. We communicate. There is no shame in speaking up and saying that one of us did not like a meal or an idea. Suggestions on how to make a meal easier or better are always welcome and openly encouraged. We are a team here.
4. We have meals, where we share our space but not the same meal. Use today, as an example. All three of us had Mexican food. My son ate a bean taco, my daughter a tofu,carrot and cabbage quesadilla, and I ate a Mexican style zucchini wrap. It was relatively easy to adjust for our individual tastes, and most importantly we still had a complete meal as a family. (My husband is currently driving over-the-road, otherwise, he would have joined us with a traditional taco)
5. We are not afraid to try new things. None of us are afraid to try new recipes, flavors, and techniques. The kids are used to our trial and error system, and will speak up when something did not work for them.
6. We do not expect perfection. I am not a Five-Star chef, and I did not grow up cooking vegan or even vegetarian meals. Because of that alone,I do not expect that every meal will come out as planned. Letting go of creating that perfect meal, made my life a lot easier, and cooking a lot more stress-free.
7. We use meal prep containers. I have a collection of meal-prep containers in different sizes, some with sections, others without. Not only do they make it easy for me to make meals ahead, freeze, and then reheat in the microwave, but they also make wonderful containers to prepare healthy snacks for each of us. Mine often contains a boiled, egg, veggies, and maybe some cheese, while my daughters will be filled with some nuts, veggies and an individual container of hummus.
I will introduce you to one of my recently acquired containers in more detail in an upcoming review soon, meanwhile, you can check them out on Amazon – Spoiler alert: They have a tight seal, and are wonderfully stackable, I love them!
Question: How do you plan your meals? Do you meal prep? I would love to hear from you! Just leave a comment below!
I’m not a five star chef either and we all like different things. I end up doing an around the world dinner with my family or we pick a corner of the world we’d like to try and prepare those dishes. I always need tips and these will be very helpful to me as I continue to take care of my family;s culinary desires.
sounds like you are doing a wonderful job already, taking care of them – good for you! I am glad my tips are helpful to you – blessings!
We are all vegetarians so thank goodness that makes things easier, but my hubby was gluten free for awhile and with a 1 and 3 year old we have a lot of different tastes to include. I need to start meal planning more.
Have you linked up at #bloggerspotlight yet this week?
oh, that makes it a lot easier! You already have your handful with two little ones at that age! Thanks for the link, and Happy Mother’s Day!
My parents host dinner every night for my me and my sister’s families. Sometimes my uncle or other family members join us, too. Needless to say, there are a LOT of tastes to accommodate. I constantly tell my mom she shouldn’t worry about it but, of course, she’s a mom and grandma… she wants everyone to get something they like. We have tossed around the idea of meal planning and freezer meals. But we haven’t gotten any further than that! These are some great ideas, I will have to share them with her.
your Mom sounds awesome, you are so lucky to have her. I am glad to hear that my tips will make it a little easier on her then – trust me when I tell you, I wish I would have started meal planning many years ago! Glad you stopped by, hon!
i Claudia, you will be really tired. well, to have a happy family we have to adjust to different tastes but meal planning is really helpful in this regard.
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P.S. I love this post! It’s applicable to every family even without multiple diet restrictions. 🙂
ahh, thank you – that is so sweet of you! Blessings!