Back in November I got it into my head somehow that I should make a list of all the things I like to cook to make it easier to plan our meals. Seeing as I’m the type to sometimes get wrapped up in a project and take things a bit too far, the next thing I knew I had spent several hours designing and writing a restaurant-style menu. Even the descriptions are flowery. I knew that it was cheesy and over the top so I didn’t blog about it or even mention it to anybody other than Nick and my friend Cassie (who I knew would appreciate it because she shares my love for this sort of thing), but three months later I’m shocked to say that I still refer it to it almost daily. Even Nick has remarked that he really likes referring to it when we plan our meals for the week every Sunday. So I pushed my dignity aside to share it with you in case you’re in need of some help with meal planning.
Before writing this post I updated it quickly by deleting the few items I find I never actually make and adding a few more that have been in rotation recently. Jack seems to prefer variety in his diet which is a challenge for me because I would happily repeat the same breakfast-lunch routine day after day ad infinitum. Breakfast is especially hard because, you know, I just woke up and Jack is hungry and so are the cats and the dog needs to go out etc. etc.. If I try to feed him oatmeal every day he starts throwing it on the floor so I refer to the menu to help me keep it fresh.
To summarize how we use it, I keep most of the ingredients for all these meals on hand. If I find myself unsure of what to make for breakfast or lunch I take a look at the menu to remind me of my options. Nick and I sit down to plan our dinners once a week and we consult the menu then, too. Nick says it feels like ordering in a restaurant.
If you’ve got more ideas for easy and healthy toddler breakfasts please share! And if you think this is the cheesiest, most useless waste of time ever, well, I agree with you on the cheesy part but I’ve found it useful.
Update: if you’d like to get a better look at the text of the menu you can download the PDF by clicking here: menu