Meal Plan Monday: Feeding Teenagers

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Our big kids have been here for almost two weeks and I know my plant-based cooking is taking a toll on them,especially the fiber. When my husband and I went for our weekly grocery shop this weekend our 13 year old asked if we could pick him up some Doritos. We told him the place we shop doesn’t have Doritos, he was taken aback. No we didn’t make another stop.

Our oldest is flying in this evening so there will be one more mouth to feed. I don’t think he will be as hard to please.

I took out my Happy Herbivore cookbooks and asked the big kids to look through them and pick some meals they would like to eat this week. I was hoping to get buy in. They picked a few recipes but I’m not sure how well they will go over. I decided that pasta is usually well received and it’s easy so we will have pasta a few times.

When we go out to eat the teens can order anything they want but I’m only going to cook healthy, plant food. I did buy them some junk food for movie night, that moved earned me a couple of big hugs.

Meal Plan

Breakfast has been oatmeal, cream of wheat, and cereal lately and that seems to be working out easily enough. My husband has also requested Breakfast Quinoa and Breakfast Rice.

Lunches will be leftovers. Our fridge is full of leftovers right now; pizza, Lentil Fetoosh Salad, hummus and pita, and a black bean burger. I’m sure the teenagers will continue to eat PB&Js as well.

Snacks will be fruit, smoothies, crackers, chips and salsa, and other random things

Dinner is a little tougher to plan because I never know exactly what we have going on. Here are a few items I plan on making:

Macaroni and Cheeze*

Happy Herbivore Arroz Amarillo* with Black Bean Soup and soft corn tortillas

Spaghetti with Mushrooms and red sauce

Brown Rice, Steamed Broccoli, with Happy Herbivore Brown Gravy or some other creamy sauce


Baked Potatoes

*item’s the kids picked out

How do you please your omnivore teenagers? Do you have any tips for me?

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  1. I’m not sure about teenagers, but I do know about picky toddlers, lol. I would say find ways to make healthy versions of some of their favorite and familiar meals. Pasta is a good option, and I love to make meals where everyone can “personalize” their serving, like having plain pasta with a variety of toppings, or baked potatoes with various toppings, or nachos, tacos, etc. Also, maybe consider using more “substitutes” than you usually do, like boca crumbles or gardein or daiya cheese, if it would make the food more appealing for them. I think letting them pick recipes from the cookbooks is a great idea, too – they can’t complain if they chose what you were going to make!

    • I don’t think my big kids would eat substitues. We usually eat out often enough that they can get some meat.
      I try to keep everything seperate so they can all “build their own” meals. Sometimes I purposely include broccoli because I know they wont pick that on their own.
      My toddlers are much easier to feed than my teenagers! 🙂

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