Weekly menu plan + Eating with braces
It's been 9 months since I last posted a menu plan here. Too long! :) Here's my menu plan for the week ahead.
Breakfasts: Fruit smoothies (using milk and frozen fruit, including our blackberries!) and oatmeal.
Lunches: Peanut butter and honey sandwiches, bananas
(Weekend lunches: Leftovers)
Slow-cooked Herbed Beef and Gravy, mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli and carrots
Lemon-Dill Baked Cod, baked potatoes, steamed broccoli and carrots
Veggie Bean Soup with Spinach, leftover cornbread
Whole wheat blender pancakes, scrambled eggs, steamed broccoli
Beans and rice, steamed broccoli
Grilled salmon, cooked rice, green beans
This was a difficult menu to plan because everything needed to be fairly soft and easy-to-chew.
We've been eating a lot of soups and soft foods the past two weeks. Joshua had his wisdom teeth plus two other teeth out, and this Thursday he's getting braces! This is one of the things I mentioned at the beginning of the year -- something we've been trying to save for and hoping to do for quite a while. I'm so excited that it's finally happening!
I am not, however, looking forward to the eating restrictions he'll have while things are being fixed. (He won't be able to close his mouth all the way, with a bite plate.) The kids got pretty tired of soup after the first week. (Me? I may have lost a pound, and I think Joshua lost about 5!)
I'd love to hear any tips for what to eat when you can't chew very well / have braces! Soups in the blender worked pretty well, but between those and smoothies, it was just too much dairy (Joshua is lactose intolerant)... and by this point (week 3 of liquids and/or soft foods) we're all craving something besides potato soup, broccoli cheese soup, and gourmet bean soup! ;)