We get a lot of diet and meal plan requests here at FourFitSisters. The biggest struggle that I see from my clients is how you successfully cook for the entire family while changing your eating habits.
Now, as women, we all know that men can usually always eat more than we can. If you are anything like me your husband can down three times the dinner you can and maintain his weight. It's not fair, but it's the truth. Most husbands, though supportive, don't want to feel like they are always eating "diet" food. I do feel like you can still make changes without totally uprooting the family. Here are some of my tips that I go by when cooking for the family when transitioning into clean eating or a healthier lifestyle.
Tip #1 Cook one meal two ways...
I came across a recipe on Pinterest the other day, but now I can't find it. It was the inspiration to the meal that I cooked the other night. I only cooked one thing, but it was "presented" in two ways. One, healthier than the other. I cooked crockpot BBQ pineapple chicken. It was scrumptious and easy, and the whole family loved it.
First, to cook the meat gather the following ingredients...
- 3lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 can (20oz) of Pineapple slices or chunks...whichever you prefer
- 1 bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce. We already had a Sweet Baby Ray's in the pantry.
- Seasoning of your choice. I had some (true story) "Big Black Dick" Key Lime Jerk seasoning that we bought in the Cayman Islands. That is a popular brand there...Though inappropriate they make some amazing Rum :) ha ha ha
- Options: 1 head of broccoli or cauliflower, cheese and soft tortillas
So after the meat is cooked you will then prepare the food in two ways. For the kids I made quesadillas. I used some Mexican cheese and the soft tortillas.
Quesadillas are then done!!!
For myself I just cut up some broccoli to add to the meat mixture.
Nothing fancy...just healthy food!!
This is the easiest way to cook for the family. I cooked ONE thing and "presented" it two ways. It keeps the entire family happy.
Tip #2 is to make an extra side.
Most dinners at our house consist of a meat and a veggie. Our family is in love with those. They are automatic at hour house. If I am watching my intake sometimes I will make an extra side and NOT eat it myself. A side of wild rice, or gluten free macaroni and cheese, or an applesauce for the kids is a fine side every now and then. I know that it's something that everyone will eat, and I will just opt out. My kids try food easily. They are not picky. So, they know they get what we eat and usually a side that is "safe." Sometimes the side is a sweet potato, which they love too. Just make it work for you. I know Marta has posted about it before...dinner doesn't need to be FANCY.
And Adie has posted HERE about doing little changes at a time. You don't need to shell shock the family. If you transition them to ONE healthy meal you will be a fitter and happier family in no time!!!