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I love dinner: Menu for the Week

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I love dinner.

Like, probably, too much. Don’t get me wrong, I love breakfast and lunch, too – but dinner’s my favorite. I look forward to it all day. I love sitting down with the family and talking about our days. I love looking at cookbooks and websites, finding and trying new recipes. I love working on dinner while the kids play outside after school. I love it when the kids come tumbling into the kitchen and announce,

“We’re STARVING! What’s for dinner??”

or maybe

“Am I smelling dinner or does Dom have a dirty diaper?”

or 

“Chicken AGAIN?? I’d rather eat anything in the world except for your chicken.”

or

“What IS that? Is that even a food?”

We have six kids. It happens.

Note: Yes, you’re smelling dinner. (Note: Dom actually did have a dirty diaper that I didn’t know about, and that RG had to change when he got home. Welcome home, honey.) Yes, chicken again. And yes, as far as I know, it is a food. Yes, yes, yes. 

Not even complaining kids can ruin my love of dinner. Over the years, we stopped catering to our kids, stopped making peanut butter sandwiches and stopped negotiating numbers of bites. It took trial and error, and making small changes over time, but we’ve got a system that works now and lets me feel the dinnertime love. And, like any system that involves six kids, it revolves around two main components: wine and rules. It starts with the number one, most important rule at our table.

Family Dinner Rule #1

1. What’s for dinner is what’s for dinner. Period. This is a hard one for lots of people. It was for us at first, too. There was an adjustment period with lots of tears. But now that the kids know they won’t be able to convince us to get them something else, they’re much better about eating what is served. And they usually decide that eating what’s offered is better than going to bed hungry. Sometimes they do choose to eat nothing – but I promise you, they’re no worse for wear. 

And here’s what’s for dinner this week.

Monday: stuffed peppers and balsamic roasted brussels sprouts

Tuesday: chicken stir fry with paleo almond satay sauce (soy sauce can be substituted for coconut aminos. I’ll be using leftover pork chops instead of chicken) and brown rice

Wednesday: chicken tortilla soup (you must trust Pioneer Woman) and cornbread

Thursday: roast chicken and gravy with mashed cauliflower and green beans 

Friday: cauliflower crust pizzas and oven-roasted broccoli  

Saturday: turkey tacos and cold veggies

 

What’s for dinner at your house this week? 

 

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3 thoughts on “I love dinner: Menu for the Week

  1. I can’t wait to hear your other rules!

  2. Nice! Been meaning to try that tortilla soup. Here’s our week’s menu:

    Monday: New Orleans Style Shrimp w/ Sweet Peppers, Rice & Peas
    Tuesday: Oxtail Ragu with BR Pasta & Salad
    Wednesday: Herb-Crusted Pork Chops. Sweet Potato Fries & Asparagus
    Thursday: Lamb Meatballs with Raw Veggies
    Friday: Date night!
    Saturday: Slow Cooker Freezer Meal (probably chicken stew thing)
    Sunday: Paleo Shepherd’s Pie (cauliflower top)

    I love that cauliflower crust pizza, but it’s pretty time-intensive. Do you prep individual crusts ahead of time? That must means a LOT of cauliflower, haha! Also, have you tried this roast broccoli recipe http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2008/11/the_best_brocco.html. Basically toss with lemon zest, juice and Parmesan right out of the oven. omg yum.

    Yeah, I like dinner a LOT too, and talking about food in general. Keep the menus coming! You are such an inspiration!

    • Yes, the cauliflower crust takes forever and tons of cauliflower. I like to make a bunch at a time; if I bake them for about 10 minutes then let them cool and freeze them, it works well. And I have made a nearly identical recipe to that with Brussels sprouts but will definitely try it with broccoli. very soon.

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