What this means, is that my husband is in charge. Don’t get me wrong, Mike is an amazing father. We just have, let’s call it, different parenting techniques. I’ll pack in as many educational field trips in as possible. I’m sure it’s borderline neurotic. Mike, on the other hand, is all for the “stay at home” tactic. My A.D.D. won’t let that happen on my watch. But this is probably why we balance each other so well. My kids might actually play with the 50 bins of toys they have. I appreciate that Mike has a different approach. HOWEVER, I will still maintain control of their diet. My husband has been known to eat Domino’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for days in a row. Which brings me to my attached photos.
In one photo you will find 3 days worth of finger foods that don’t require an oven or microwave. Before we were married, my husband didn’t use his oven for 5 years. Seriously. SO, if I don’t want my kids eating pizza for three days straight (not that they would argue), I have prepared the EASIEST menu I believe possible. I have muffin pan that holds 6 muffins. My husband is to fill each with ANYTHING from what I have in the picture. The most difficult item on the list is to spread almond butter on a piece of bread. That’s it. Everything else is finger food. If it fits in a muffin holder, it’s a meal. He has to fill all 6 muffin cups for a meal and 2-3 for a snack. Anything in the picture can count. Honestly, I don’t even care if all 6 are filled with grapes. That just means no more grapes later. I’m picking my battles. All the options provided are healthy choices – and make sure to provide options from all food groups!
Here are the foods I have chosen as a sample for you: almonds, prunes, pistachios, hummus, seeded whole wheat bread, almond butter, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cherry tomatoes, carrots, grapes, avocado, bananas, homemade raisin walnut muffins, homemade spinach muffins, homemade trail mix, squeeze pouches filled with homemade dal puree. The only thing not pictured was almond milk required at every meal.
So, eat up kids! And have fun making your own dinner – pick 6 items from the picture!