ParentWhiz Guide – Simple Meal Formula
Simplicity Without Guilt
These meals are built around three or four categories of food. All you need to do is remember the categories, understand which category a food fits into, and you have it!
Try for at least the first three categories at each dinner and add the fourth as you want.
The cooking is simple, too. Steam, sauté in a frying pan, bake, boil – all basic methods
Every meal needs some protein. Animal protein or vegetable protein – it doesn’t matter.
How many protein sources can you think of?
Examples – chicken breasts cut into chunks, sautéed in oil or butter in a frying pan, add salt and pepper or soy sauce. Time – 15 minutes.
Open two cans of beans, add some chopped onions, carrots, parsley, seasoning, water, simmer for 15 minutes = soup.
Any vegetable can be steamed, sautéed, boiled, broiled, grilled etc.
Cut up, cooked quickly, with salt and pepper or butter on top keeps it simple and it tastes great!.
Raw Vegetable or Fruit
Vegetable – Simple salad, cut up vegies for munching or dipping.
Fruit – Whole or cut up as is. No sugar. Just plain, delicious fruit in season.
Whole grain rice makes a very real side dish. Cook it and put butter on it. Heavenly!
Whole grain bread and butter -old school and tasty.
Any other whole grains, either plain or with a simple addition like butter, soy sauce, Sriracha, or an assortment for each person to choose from. Not sweet please!
Now, look away from the list and see if you can remember the four categories. Easy!
Yes your children will eat this. It’s food, remember?
Thankfully, butter is back in style! Use it! Use real butter, not margarine or other imitations – they are out of style because they are not healthy.
This formula is bare bones. Embellishing it is fine and fun, and keep in mind that each jazzy thing you do does add a little time to the cooking. Be creative!
Learn how to cook clean – wipe up and wash as you go. Keeps your kitchen uncluttered and keeps you sane.
What about a ParentWhiz Cookbook?!