This is going to sound strange but I've not often fed my daughter three meals a day for more than a few days at a time and I'm not sure exactly how to do it efficiently or exactly what she likes. Before the welfare people start making inquiries I'll expalin that DD has nursery 5 1/2 days a week (normal for Israel) including breakfast, lunch and two snacks. I only have to deal with Friday lunch, Saturday and suppers.
Friday lunch involves shopping for the weekend. The mall has a ready-made food for Shabbat market full of take-away meat, potato or rice, vegetable and salad dishes. I usually buy a small container of goujon chicken schnitzels for DD to eat while we're shopping. As we don't have meat at home this satisfies me that she's had some good protein for the day. (Her usual meat meal is lunch at nursery).
On Shabbat (Saturday) we get up late and DD has snacky things to keep her going until an early lunch. So I've never had to deal with breakfast. This week I even asked the nursery teacher if she has milk on her cereal as I had no idea whether she likes this or not. Apparently every child has milk on their cereal except DD, who prefers to eat it dry. Who knew?
Starting on Wednesday we have three weeks of summer holiday during which I have to feed DD three meals a day. Obviously I needed a plan and a list. So here it is.
I bought boxes of cereal. I always swore I wouldn't as they are full of sugar but I gave in. Shoot me, we have cereal for breakfast. (Not me, I'm doing a Not The Scarsdale/GrapefruitCabbage Soup diet involving a slice of toast and black coffee [with milk]).
Everyday the same. There is a limit to what I'm prepared to do here and as my lunch is a small salad and some protein and we eat together this is lunch: Chopped tomato and cucumber salad (dressed with O.O., S&P, lemon juice), cottage cheese (DD loves this), a HBE each and bread and butter for DD. She can also have a yogurt for dessert.
I have a list of six suppers which we can play with but I've assigned them days to make it easier. I, of course will be having my magic Tomato Soup but we'll be sitting together while DD has:
Sunday - Pitta Pizza with Tomato and Olives
Monday - Egg Noodles and Cheese (no sauce, it's what she likes) with Peas.
Tuesday - Tuna Salad on Crackers and Apple Wedges (that means a cut up apple - try it, tuna and apple goes really well.)
Wednesday - Cheesey Pancakes (The link suggests all sorts of fancy pancakes but DD actually likes the plain cheese ones best). Peas and Mashed Potato
Thursday - Omelet or Scrambled Egg and Chips
Friday - Burekas (The link is for when I made my own but I may just buy them) with a sauce (tomato or mushroom) and Peas or Brocoli (I'm trying to push brocoli but she likes peas.)
Saturday - Lunch (meaning the usual weekday lunch as we usually go to friends for lunch on Shabbat).
Fruit, ice-lolly from the freezer (it's very hot here), jelly-beans on Shabbat, boxes of SunMaid raisins.
I'm linking this post to Meal Planning Monday over at 'At Home With Mrs M.' Pop over there to see some real weekly menu plans for real people.