What’s for Dinner?: Week of May 11, 2015

What’s for Dinner is a series dedicated to what real-life families eat.  Each week, a parent shares their menus for the week and talk about their food philosophy.

This week we hear from Rebecca, a New Zealander who lives in France with her husband and one-year-old daughter, Sophie.  On a typical day, you can find her relaxing over a soy chai latte, breaking a sweat at her local CrossFit box, or hanging out in the park with her little one.

Rebeccas’s Family Food Philosophy:  For the most part our family adheres to a ‘paleo’ style of eating. This means our diet primarily consists of anything we could hunt or find:  meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens, regional veggies, and seeds (and therefore no grains, dairy, legumes, processed foods and unnatural sugars). Living in France–and given that’s it’s the country of amazing bread, cheese, pastries and wine–this philosophy doesn’t always work! Because of this (and because we don’t want to be complete freaks about our eating and miss out on many of the good things in life) we try to follow an 80/20 rule. 80% of the time we eat clean, whole foods and 20% of the time we don’t! We also have a 1 year old daughter whose nutritional needs are a lot different than ours. Although Sophie rarely has pastas, rice or beans, she does have bread, dairy and some processed snacks (often for the sake of convenience!).

What inspired this week’s menu? Once a week I sit down and decide on the meal plan and create the shopping list. I usually plan our dinners using recipes from paleo and clean eating websites and wherever possible try to ensure there is enough for leftovers the next day. In general I try to ensure the weekly meals include the following:

– 1 vegetarian meal (usually a soup)
– 1 fish meal
– 1 oven roast with vegetables
– The rest have a meat as its main ingredient (lamb, chicken, pork, duck, etc.)

So what’s on the menu?

Monday: Cauliflower chowder
Tuesday: Chicken curry with cauliflower mash
Wednesday: Lamb chops with green beans and sweet potato mash
Thursday: Roast chicken with veggies (sweet potato, pumpkin, carrots and parsnip) and my husband’s amazing homemade gravy!
Friday: Salmon with boiled potatoes, steamed broccoli, zuchinni and capsicum [bell peppers]
Weekend: Leftovers or whatever can be rustled up from the fridge…the 20% philosophy often takes over in the weekend!

Bon appetit!

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