Sunday, 24 January 2016

Monthly Meal Plan

Oh yes you read it right!  A monthly meal plan!  Not weekly, monthly!

This is for the kids, not myself and papa penguin - we like variety. However kids love having the same predictable things.  Kids love routines, they thrive on routines!  I'm a childminder and I survive on routines!

I've been working on this meal plan for the last month or so, looking at what the kids like, what they don't like, which kids I have on which days and how many.  Most days I have just 3 children for lunch but for dinner - Mondays I have 6 kids, Tuesdays 6, Wednesday 5, Thursdays 4 and Fridays 6  - one of which is gluten and dairy free. The children are aged between 1 years old and 6 years old.

Week 1 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Lunch Baked Beans on Toast Scrambled Egg on Toast Soup & Granary Toast Ham, Jam or Cream Cheese Sandwich with cruditees and boiled egg Gluten Free Pasta with tomato and hidden veg sauce

Yoghurt Fruit Pot Yoghurt Jelly Fruit pot
Dinner Boiled Ham, Homemade chips, egg, peas Pasta Bolognese Pizza and cruditees Wholewheat Pasta with tomato and hidden veg sauce Sausages (some gluten free), Rice, Peas

Banana & Ice Cream Yoghurt Jelly Yoghurt Yoghurt
Week 2 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Lunch Baked Beans on Toast Ham, Jam or Cream Cheese Sandwich with cruditees and boiled egg Wholewheat Pasta with tomato and hidden veg sauce Ham, Jam or Cream Cheese Sandwich with cruditees and boiled egg Soup & Superfood bread

Yoghurt Fruit Pot Yoghurt Jelly Fruit pot
Dinner Roast Chicken Traybake Pasta Bolognese Homemade chicken goujons, chips and cooked carrots Wholewheat Pasta with tomato and hidden veg sauce Boiled Ham, Homemade chips, egg, peas

Jelly Yoghurt Banana & Custard Yoghurt Banana & Ice Cream
Week 3 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Lunch Baked Beans on Toast Scrambled Egg on Toast Soup & Granary Toast Ham, Jam or Cream Cheese Sandwich with cruditees and boiled egg Gluten Free Pasta with tomato and hidden veg sauce

Yoghurt Fruit Pot Yoghurt Jelly Fruit pot
Dinner Chicken curry, Rice, Peas & Naan Pasta Bolognese Sausages, Mash and Broccoli Wholewheat Pasta with tomato and hidden veg sauce Fish fingers (some gluten free), Rice, Cooked Carrots

Banana & Ice Cream Yoghurt Jelly Yoghurt Yoghurt
Week 4 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Lunch Baked Beans on Toast Ham, Jam or Cream Cheese Sandwich with cruditees and boiled egg Wholewheat Pasta with tomato and hidden veg sauce Ham, Jam or Cream Cheese Sandwich with cruditees and boiled egg Baked beans & Superfood bread

Yoghurt Fruit Pot Yoghurt Jelly Fruit pot
Dinner Homemade chicken goujons, chips and cooked carrots Pasta Bolognese Fish Fingers, New Potatoes, Peas Wholewheat Pasta with tomato and hidden veg sauce Chicken curry, Rice, Peas & Naan

Jelly Yoghurt Banana & Custard Yoghurt Banana & Ice Cream


I won't lie. Mealtimes aren't easy.  It can be very depressing to put a nutritious meal on the table for kids of all ages say yuck to. You know there is nothing wrong with it, and you know that they will probably eat it but it can still be upsetting.  Especially when they aren't yours.  

My pasta bolognese (pasta shapes, not spaghetti as thats just too messy!) is the one meal that all children will eat with no fuss! Most have seconds!  Monday's dinners will get eaten....eventually. Wednesday is the one day I let them eat I guess more kid type friendly food.  Thursdays we need a meal that can be cooked and eaten quickly and I have my daughter and 3 boys to take to martial arts and Friday is a bit of everything and due to having two different kids to the other days will some time last minute be changed.

My rules!
The rules for my children are the same for all other childminded children.  I've stopped being adventurous during the week and the meals above are enjoyed but majority of the children. I can not cater for everyones fussiness. I do not give massive portions, you can always come back for seconds. You are expected to at least try it, if you don't then you will have to sit in your seat until everyone else has finished.  As soon as you are finished you are allowed pudding but as long as your plate is cleared.  Once you have eaten pudding you are excused from the table.  You are expected to stay at the table till either you've eaten everything on your plate and if wanted had pudding, or until everyone else has finished.  If you have eaten over half of whats on your plate you may be allowed the same pudding as everyone else.  If not you can have fruit.  If you've refused to even try your dinner you get nothing. Unless you are weaning.....thats a whole other story!

Oooooh gosh it sounds harsh but I don't like waste!  I get enough of that from the crusts of sandwiches that don't get eaten!  Generally parents seem happy with my rules. No one has complained yet!