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Kid-Friendly Dinners and Lunchbox Leftovers

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Sure, in principle kids should eat adult food just like adults do…

But have you ever tried switching a picky six-year-old from easy mac straight to liver and broccoli?

Everything tends to go much more easily if you can slide in slowly with some kid-friendly healthy alternatives. So in the spirit of tantrum-free dinners, here’s a week of kid-friendly dinner recipes, with lunchbox extras for five of the days (to make lunches for Monday through Friday).

All the meals include:

1. Animal protein
2. Sweeter or starchier “kid-friendly” side
3. Other vegetable

Depending on your kids and their tastes, you can get more or less insistent that they eat the other vegetable side.

The plan assumes that you’re feeding 2 adults and 2 kids.

Download the shopping list (PDF)

Sunday

For Dinner:

In Each Lunchbox for Tomorrow, Pack:

Monday

For Dinner:

In Each Lunchbox for Tomorrow, Pack:

Tuesday

For Dinner:

When you’re making the recipe, prepare half of it exactly as written. Half the pork and half the sweet potatoes are for lunch tomorrow – for these, do everything else but don’t stuff the potatoes. Instead, mash them with a little butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

In Each Lunchbox for Tomorrow, Pack:

Wednesday

For Dinner:

In Each Lunchbox for Tomorrow, Pack:

Thursday

For Dinner:

In Each Lunchbox for Tomorrow, Pack:

Friday

For Dinner:

For Lunch Tomorrow:

Saturday

For Dinner:

For Dessert: