Here is our menu from now until next Monday night!
tonight) barbecue chicken sandwiches, homemade oven fries, salad
Tuesday night) my son's 12th birthday dinner! He chose to have country style steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, crescent rolls, and chocolate pudding pie instead of cake (A note about this simple pie. Get an Oreo pre-made crust, make chocolate pudding-- can do "cook and serve" just to make yourself feel like you put in more effort-- spoon into crust, chill for several hours, then add Cool Whip. This pie is always the first one gone at the swim team banquet and my kids absolutely love it.)
Wednesday night) small group cookout-- I have to bring a side dish of some sort
Thursday night) Taco salad. The P31 girls are having a get-together and I am bringing taco meat for taco salad for that, so my family will also be having this.
Friday night) Chicken and stuffing in the crockpot (crockpot recipe from Fix It And Forget It Entertaining), black-eyed peas
Saturday night) Steaks on the grill, baked potatoes, broccoli
Sunday night) ham slices, lima beans, frozen waffle fries (That's our date night, so this is what the kids will be having while we eat dinner out!)
Monday night) Tex-Mex Chicken over rice (crockpot recipe from Fix It And Forget It Entertaining), corn
Today my daughter and I have plans to make chocolate chip cookies (she ran out of time to make them on Saturday) and peanut butter cookies. These will last approximately two days in our house-- three if we are lucky. Between the pies and cookies and the Klondike bars I just bought, that will be our desserts at night. Do I always offer dessert? Yes. Most every evening after dinner I have something sweet for those children who eat all their food. But I also don't allow late night snacks once dinner is over and the kitchen is cleaned up. I think this establishes healthy eating habits. My mom didn't allow it and I do not struggle with wanting to snack at night because I wasn't raised doing it.
Do I eat dessert every night? Absolutely not! I keep the Weight Watcher fudge bars around for when I feel absolutely compelled to indulge. This is usually enough to satisfy my desire for something chocolate and at only 100 calories, is a guiltless choice. My kids are forbidden to touch them!! My biggest trick for myself to control my eating is to 1) fix my dinner on a salad plate instead of a dinner plate for portion control and 2) to brush my teeth for bedtime very quickly after I have dinner so that I don't want to eat after that. I don't like to ruin my clean teeth, plus stuff tastes terrible when mixed with that toothpaste taste! I had one friend tell me that would never deter her from eating, but it works for me!