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Family meal times?

Kay - posted on 11/27/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hiya,
So far i've been cooking daughters meals in batches, and defrosting one each day for her. However, i'd like to start cooking for her each day, but could do with some advice as to how best to make that work!
I'd like us all to sit down and eat together, but we can't do that as she eats before hubbie gets home from work. So in that case i'd still like her to eat what we're eating, but don't know that best foods/recipes that this would work for - any suggestions, and do I cook all meal at the same time, and keep ours warm, or cook separately?
Hope this isn't a dumb question!!
Thanks.

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Lol - posted on 11/29/2009

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I know all about the hubby getting home too late for bubs dinner time. I still feed mine her dinner at 5 or 6pm... and then give her a top up of whatever we are eating depending on what time hubby gets home. That way she has had her full dinner... but gets used to eating as a fmaily too. It all really depends the time difference between everyones dinner times.



hope this helps.



ps: depending on how old your child is - I cook up frozen veg and some ravioli as finger food during family dinner... it takes all of 10 minutes.

Jennifer - posted on 11/28/2009

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I believe family meals are important - hooray for you for trying to make it happen! Try giving her a healthy snack at her regular meal time, and then let her sit down with you and your husband for dinner. Start by defrosting one of her normal meals and offering that AND what you are eating. That way she can eat what she is used to and also have a no pressure introduction to other foods. She will probably like being able to eat what Mommy & Daddy do (think "I'm a big girl" now!), and before long you will only have to cook one meal for everyone. Also, if time is a factor, try cooking your meals in batches like you've done hers. Pick a down day, like maybe Sundays, and cook your meals for the week (if your daughter is old enough she could even "help"). This will make it easier for you to make family mealtimes happen throughout the week. Hope this helps!

Stacy - posted on 11/27/2009

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If it is taking to long to cook the meals, try looking up low cost cooking, I know that you didn't say money was a problem, but most of the meals are cooked in about 30-45 minutes.

Jen - posted on 11/27/2009

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On days that my husband may be running late, I will give my daughter some cheerios to hold her over. If it gets past 7 though I usually just heat her up a gerber meal instead. Just feed her whatever you're eating unless it's a chocking hazard and then you could heat her up one of her frozen meals.

Kristen - posted on 11/27/2009

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Start with easier things to eat and work your way up to things she may be pickier about. My son LOVES lasagna, so instead of feeding him at 430 or 5, I give him a light snack and he and I eat more like 6-630 and its still warm for hubby when he gets home. Just feed her what you have and see what she likes. It may also help if you either use a food processor on her food initially. A good example where that worked for me was when i made beef veggie soup but my son wouldn't eat it with the big chunks. So I used the processor and turned it to mush and he loved it. Its whatever you guys can handle, but don't forget if you use snacks to hold her over to do something more healthy like fruit and crackers rather than cookies and chips

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