I have to admit this was a different way of meal planning for me, but as suggested in the childhood nutrition course I'm taking, I wanted to make the effort.
Last night I decided to begin with what vegetables I wanted to use up by serving them for dinner, then picked a protein and carbohydrate that would go well together. The resulting meal was tasty, very high in vegetables, and very filling.
Tzatziki was the first part of our meal. I had plain Greek yogurt and a couple of garden cucumbers to use up.
Sauteed Spinach followed- it was a lot of spinach when I started, but cooked down to about a cup in total. I cooked it in a tbsp of extra virgin olive oil, with 2 garlic cloves, and some lemon zest, salt, and pepper sprinkled on just before serving.
After seeing how far the spinach cooked down, I added some carrots and snap peas to the steamer, and sliced up a head of lettuce into thin strips.
I also cut up an apple into pieces for my sons to share.
Then I started on my chicken. Marinaded in souvlaki seasoning with lemon juice and olive oil, sliced into strips, and cooked in my non-stick pan.
All this was served with a whole wheat tortilla. First, spread the tzatziki across the tortilla, and sprinkle with lettuce. Add the chicken, roll up, and enjoy. A benefit to using tzatziki in the wrap was it "glued" the tortilla together so it didn't really fall apart. The steamed veges and spinach were on the side.
Did my family enjoy this? Well, my first son liked all the components separately, as usual. He tasted the spinach, but prefers fresh, uncooked over this. And that's ok! The tzatziki didn't go over well with him, although my husband enjoyed it. My youngest enjoyed his fruit and wrap. He was willing to taste the chicken, which is at least getting the flavours and texture in his mouth, even if it wasn't his favorite.
Both boys have been sick, so both boys weren't overly interested in eating dinner, and that's ok too. I don't want to make dinner a forced event in any way. My personal feeling on the matter is that we provide the food, and hopefully they'll eventually eat things they won't touch at this time.
Have you tried to plan a meal around the vegetable and fruit portion? How did that go for you? What did you serve?