Meal Plans

This Week’s Family Meal Plan

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After a fun weekend of weddings, barbecues, and a movie (Toy Story 4 was so cute!), I am ready to get back into the kitchen, making fresh meals for the family. Here's what I am making for dinners this week: Monday It is still a bit chilly here in Utah from a cold snap we got last week. That's why I am feeling ok about turning on the oven to bake a casserole tonight. http://heartysmarty.com/cheesy-wild-rice-and-vegetable-bake/ http://heartysmarty.com/garlic-sauteed-vegetable-medley/ Tuesday http://heartysmarty.com/chili-beans-over-corn-waffles/ Wednesday http://heartysmarty.com/pesto-pasta/ http://heartysmarty.com/strawberry-spinach-salad-with-red-wine-vinaigrette/ Thursday http://heartysmarty.com/hearty-not-fried-rice/ http://heartysmarty.com/mandarin-chicken-kale-salad/ Friday http://heartysmarty.com/homemade-pizzas-on-the-outdoor-grill/ http://heartysmarty.com/simple-garden-chopped-salad-with-semi-homemade-ranch-dressing/ Saturday http://heartysmarty.com/hearty-breakfast-burritos/ http://heartysmarty.com/mango-blueberry-smoothie/ Sunday Family Gathering--Sweet Salsa Chicken Salads http://heartysmarty.com/instant-pot-seasoned-black-beans-for-a-crowd/ http://heartysmarty.com/cilantro-lime-rice-for-a-crowd/ http://heartysmarty.com/peach-salsa/ http://heartysmarty.com/tomatillo-ranch-dressing/

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Meal Plans

This Week’s Family Meal Plan

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It's warming up in Utah and barbecues and outdoor parties are in full swing. Thus, several Summer salads are in the works for this week's family meal plan. I made THE MOST DELICIOUS mango berry salad last week and put it in this week's meal plan again because everyone at my dinner table loved it. I hope my meal plan provides some inspiration for your family dinners. Here's what's on tap this week: Monday http://heartysmarty.com/hearty-tuna-bake/ http://heartysmarty.com/hearty-roasted-red-pepper-hummus/ Tuesday http://heartysmarty.com/instant-pot-seasoned-black-beans-for-a-crowd/ http://heartysmarty.com/cilantro-lime-rice-for-a-crowd/ http://heartysmarty.com/peach-salsa/ Wednesday http://heartysmarty.com/barbecue-chicken-chopped-salad-gluten-free/ http://heartysmarty.com/summer-quinoa-salad/ Thursday Pool Party Contribution: http://heartysmarty.com/classic-creamy-pasta-salad/ Friday Dine Out Saturday Barbecue Contribution: http://heartysmarty.com/mango-berry-salad-with-poppyseed-dressing/ Sunday http://heartysmarty.com/hearty-mashed-potatoes-with-veggie-gravy/ http://heartysmarty.com/kale-salad-with-lemon-vinaigrette/

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Mango Berry Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

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I was worried the combination of bell peppers, strawberries and poppyseed dressing wouldn't work with the mangoes, avocadoes and spinach--but this was MAGNIFICENT! The macademia nuts gave it a perfect hint of savory crunch to tie all the textures and flavors together deliciously. My toddler AND my "picky" eater (AKA eater-in-training) asked for second helpings. I call that a major win! I'm planning to bring this salad to our next Summer barbecue, so that's an indication of how confident I am in its ability to WOW my friends and family. I hope you enjoy it too. Mango Berry Spinach Salad

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Nutrition Education

Helping Kids to Try New Foods

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It can be an uphill battle to coerce children to try new foods. In our family, we have just four guidelines around meals and snacks: All are encouraged to taste each dish served at meals. They don't have to finish if they don't like it.There's only one main entree choice at meal time. Mom and Dad are not short-order chefs.For side dishes, there is at least one familiar food. (bread, fruit, etc.)A meal is not complete without a fresh fruit and/or vegetable. I try to provide a neutral and safe space around meals and snacks so there's little pressure or

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Meal Plans

This Week’s Family Meal Plan

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Summer is settling in and we are loving the long days and warmer nights to play and work in the yard. Swimming lessons start this week and the kids have scout camps and dance classes to look forward to. We need some good meals to fuel all our fun, so here goes: Monday http://heartysmarty.com/balsamic-chicken-and-veggies/ http://heartysmarty.com/instant-pot-brown-rice-pilaf/ Tuesday http://heartysmarty.com/hearty-vegetable-and-chicken-fajitas/ http://heartysmarty.com/tropical-summer-fruit-salad/ Wednesday http://heartysmarty.com/lemon-asparagus-alfredo/ http://heartysmarty.com/cucumber-caprese-salad/ Thursday http://heartysmarty.com/light-and-creamy-potato-salad/ http://heartysmarty.com/summer-quinoa-salad/ Friday http://heartysmarty.com/homemade-pizzas-on-the-outdoor-grill/ http://heartysmarty.com/simple-garden-chopped-salad-with-semi-homemade-ranch-dressing/ Saturday http://heartysmarty.com/buttermilk-blender-waffles-egg-free-option/ http://heartysmarty.com/hearty-veggie-ranch-eggs/ Sunday http://heartysmarty.com/instant-pot-or-slow-cooker-marinara-chicken-with-mashed-potatoes/ http://heartysmarty.com/strawberry-spinach-salad-with-red-wine-vinaigrette/

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FamilyNutrition Education

Feeding Children: Food Freedom

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In college, I studied two books which became the premise of my approach to child nutrition. The first was Intuitive Eating, co-written by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. The second was Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense. (afflilate links) The story I am about to tell you combines principles from both books. But--before I get into that I have to start with a little disclaimer with another story: When I was in the thick of my Dietetics studies, my husband and I were visiting his family in Arizona. We were sitting at a meal with one of

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Nutrition Education

June Theme: Successes and Failures in Feeding Children

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"How do you get your kids to eat so many vegetables?" or "I just can't believe your kids eat all those meals you make!" I am asked these questions all. the. time. So, my theme for June over on heartysmarty.com is going to be my offering of tips that work for helping my kids eat well-rounded meals and snacks. Honestly, I hesitated following through with this theme this month, because I still have challenges in this area. Even within our family we have great diversity of eaters and taste preferences. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀That being said, I have learned a lot through the

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Meal Plans

This Week’s Family Meal Plan

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Whew! We are only 3 days in to Summer vacation, and I am already struggling to keep the cupboards and fridge full! My meal plans are becoming even more crucial on these summer days when the kids are home with their friends. They need guidelines for what foods are free game and what needs to be reserved for meals later on. The meal plan is helping with that. Here's what's on tap this week: Monday http://heartysmarty.com/hearty-sweet-potato-quinoa-skillet/ http://heartysmarty.com/strawberry-spinach-salad-with-red-wine-vinaigrette/ Tuesday http://heartysmarty.com/greek-yogurt-and-sour-cream-chicken-enchiladas/ Wednesday http://heartysmarty.com/southwest-black-bean-burgers-with-oven-fries/ http://heartysmarty.com/roasted-carrots-with-parsley/ Thursday http://heartysmarty.com/hearty-hawaiian-haystacks/ Friday Date night--so the kids get Mac and Cheese and someone else makes my dinner. Win-win.

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Buttermilk Blender Waffles (egg-free and whole wheat)

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I'm forever indebted to my sister-in-law for sharing the idea with me that you can make waffle batter in the blender. They are so fast to make and their buttery, sourdough flavor is off the charts! My kids and I love them so much that I have added them to my running list of school-morning breakfast options. My SIL shared her recipe with me on a morning when we were out of eggs, so I made due with ground flax seed and it worked! Knowing me, I wanted to see what else I could substitute to boost the nutrition content

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Homemade Pizzas on the Outdoor Grill

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When we lived in Mesa, AZ we were introduced to the art of making pizzas on the outdoor grill. Grilling outside is a means of survival in the Arizona desert, and there are really only a few months out of the year when you dare to turn on your oven to bake in your kitchen. Okay, that might be a slight over-exaggeration, but certainly, in the summer months, the oven was off-limits for us. As you know, every Friday is pizza night at our house, and even though we live in Utah now, it can get too hot to turn

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