Jul 17 2017

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You don’t have to be a gourmet to feed your kids

You don't have to be a gourmet to feed your kidsYou don’t have to be a gourmet to feed your kids

I like to eat healthy food. Sometimes I like to get fancy. My gourmet wouldn’t qualify for some tastes, but I’ve discovered that I don’t have to be fancy to feed my kids. That’s great news because, most days, I’m just thankful I can get something on the table . . . before they “starve to death” or need to go to bed.

Grace over guilt

If the food isn’t homemade, I feel like I let my family down. Scratch cooking is healthier and cheaper, my inner mantra chides. Pride drives unrealistic expectations, I try to remind myself, scratch cooking isn’t always a better choice. That inner voice, the second one that’s showered with grace, is right. Feed your kids but don’t forget to feed yourself grace.

Cooking from scratch isn’t better if…

  • We’re getting stressed in our kids’ direction over it.
  • We’re under a time crunch.
  • It’s not practical.

The best meal plan is one that fits…

  • who we are (including our season of life)
  • the family enjoys, and
  • fits our budget.

Use meal planning to feed your kids (and reduce your stress)

With meal planning, you can reduce stress, include healthy choices, and fit your budget. The focus on feeding your kids is not on scratch cooking, pre-made foods, or eating out. When you plan, you have choices. You choose what works for you. The magic of meal planning: Once you decide, all you need to do is work your plan. Bye-bye decision fatigue.

Check out my Real Meal Planning ebook.

Learn how I meal plan to help you in developing your own meal plan for your family.

Real Meal Planning

Gourmet sounds like...

Gourmet sounds like

BunBun felt happy about me making spaghetti one night. She compared making chicken nuggets verses making spaghetti.

“Spaghetti is mom-met not gourmet,” she told me. I soaked in her perspective on gourmet. Apparently, gourmet isn’t good either. “Gourmet sounds like shellfish stuffed with something disgusting,” she continued.

What does gourmet sound like to you?

Her comment typifies what my family thinks about gourmet. That takes pressure off.

I suspect your kids don’t care so much about fancy either.

The best we can do is good enough. The hard part is giving ourselves grace along the way.




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  1. Graham

    Hahaha what a great definition of “gourmet”!!!! I think as kids get older they might like gourmet foods more and more, but I definitely remember that feeling of dread as a kid if I had to go to a nice dinner. It’s much better to serve “gourmet” food every once in awhile without billing it as such. Sounds like you have it figured out!

    1. Cheryl

      I’m glad my kids enjoy our at-home “gourmet.”

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