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I can cook- pretty well, even! However, I am TERRIBLE at coming up with a grocery list. I'm going to head to town to do a decent stock-up on Saturday- so, tell me what your staples are.<br><br>
I have two super picky eaters who will both eat absolute junk if I let them (dh, and dd) and a toddler who will eat most things offered as long as they aren't bland.<br><br>
Organics aren't really an option locally- what we can get is very limited and so overpriced it's not really worth it.<br><br>
So, help! I'm going broke buying groceries. I buy a bunch of healthy foods, but they are too much 'work' for dh to prepare, particularly as he and dd prefer junk, so unless I am home to do all the cooking, a lot of the good foods go to waste.
 

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What will he cook? Will he make spaghetti? You could get some healthy jarred sauce and pasta, whole wheat if they'll eat it. How about tacos? You could use tofu or ground turkey to make it healthier.<br>
Whenever you do the cooking, make a double batch and freeze it. I like to make one dish meals, like shrimp coconut curry or beef stroganoff and freeze a batch of that. Just heat it up and serve over rice or noodles. Would your dh take something like that out of the freezer and heat it up?<br>
Will they make pizzas? You can get whole wheat crust, cheese, jarred pizza sauce and cut up veggies to put on top.
 

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He 'doesn't like' pasta, but I've gotten him to the point where he'll eat it. He will cook tacos, and he'll throw a premade pizza in the oven. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
He prefers to reach for things like prepared wings, frozen pizza, and general junk... and he doesn't quite see that it;'s not a good thing to feed the kids. *sigh*<br><br>
I walked in this morning to find him letting the 16 month old eat cheezits. I suggested that he really likes oatmeal for breakfast, but that was met with a resounding 'ick'. I wound up making the oatmeal, as otherwise DS would have had cheezits and chocolate pudding for breakfast... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"><br><br>
I try to buy mostly healthy stuff, but DH brings junk into the house on a regular basis... usually saying that it's 'not that bad' and that it's 'easier'.
 

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I once searched for information on "$100 grocery budget" and came across this formula:<br>
$100.00 >> $40 meat/protein, $20 veg/fruit, $10 bread/grains, $5 bulk foods, $25 other<br><br>
So for me, based on our family's diet and tastes:<br><br>
$40.00 to spend on: chicken, bacon, sausage, ground beef or lunch meat. Could also include bouillion paste or stock/broth.<br><br>
$20.00 to spend on: apples, bananas, grapes, berries, carrots, onions, potatoes, frozen veg (peas, broccoli, spinach, corn), salad greens, raisins. Could also include ketchup, marinara sauce, salsa, bbq sauce, apple sauce, garlic paste.<br><br>
$10.00 to spend on gluten-free bread, gf pasta, corn tortillas, chips, crackers.<br><br>
$5.00 to spend on bulk items (pantry items) such as: rice, olive oil, coconut oil, popping corn, sugar/stevia, honey, maple syrup, jam/jelly, peanut butter, dry cereals.<br><br>
$25.00 to spend on: milk, eggs, cheese, yogurt, sour cream, half/half, string cheese, butter, pudding, ice cream. Also could include stuff like tea bags, coffee, etc.<br><br>
I don't buy all of this stuff every week (except for milk, eggs and gf bread) but we need something from each of these categories weekly to make up our daily meals. We eat what is in the pantry and I base my "recipes" on what we have. Last night we had ground beef & onions cooked in olive oil with spices and mixed with gf rotini pasta and topped with a bit of grated cheese. I am not a great cook and do not have much interest in fancy cooking, but what I cook is tasty, filling and gets the job done. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> My husband needs to eat quite a bit more protein than the rest of us, so he takes a whole chicken breast to work daily for lunch while the rest of us have leftovers or sandwiches. It works for us.<br><br>
Hope that helps a bit! Grocery lists are very individual. What you like to eat is probably very different than what we like.
 

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If your DH likes the convenience of pre-made foods, how about making up a plate of chicken wings for himself and healthier versions of snack foods for him to be able to give your DD a quick bite when you're not around? If you had a plate of pre-cut oatmeal bars in the fridge that would be better than cheezits/pudding even if not quite as wholesome as plain oatmeal. Make up a bigger batch of something on the weekend (stir fry? spaghetti? soup? burritos? taco filling? egg & sausage breakfast casserole?) and portion it out into smaller serving sizes kept in microwaveable containers in the fridge to make it easy to reheat and eat, rather than making it tempting to go out and get convenience food.<br><br>
Mostly you two need to get on the same page about what comes into the house as far as foodstuffs go--if you have a set grocery budget it helps. There's lots of info out there on why children should begin the day with a healthy breakfast and avoid processed foods. Maybe leave some printed articles lying around or leave up a page on your computer with relevant info that he might browse accidentally? A lot of people grew up on junk foods, they've become their comfort foods and their taste buds have a hard time readjusting to real food flavors. Hang in there!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><span style="color:#FF0000;">I once searched for information on "$100 grocery budget" and came across this formula:<br>
$100.00 >> $40 meat/protein, $20 veg/fruit, $10 bread/grains, $5 bulk foods, $25 other<br><br>
So for me, based on our family's diet and tastes:<br><br>
$40.00 to spend on: chicken, bacon, sausage, ground beef or lunch meat. Could also include bouillion paste or stock/broth.<br><br>
$20.00 to spend on: apples, bananas, grapes, berries, carrots, onions, potatoes, frozen veg (peas, broccoli, spinach, corn), salad greens, raisins. Could also include ketchup, marinara sauce, salsa, bbq sauce, apple sauce, garlic paste.<br><br>
$10.00 to spend on gluten-free bread, gf pasta, corn tortillas, chips, crackers.<br><br>
$5.00 to spend on bulk items (pantry items) such as: rice, olive oil, coconut oil, popping corn, sugar/stevia, honey, maple syrup, jam/jelly, peanut butter, dry cereals.<br><br>
$25.00 to spend on: milk, eggs, cheese, yogurt, sour cream, half/half, string cheese, butter, pudding, ice cream. Also could include stuff like tea bags, coffee, etc.</span><br>
I don't buy all of this stuff every week (except for milk, eggs and gf bread) but we need something from each of these categories weekly to make up our daily meals. We eat what is in the pantry and I base my "recipes" on what we have. Last night we had ground beef & onions cooked in olive oil with spices and mixed with gf rotini pasta and topped with a bit of grated cheese. I am not a great cook and do not have much interest in fancy cooking, but what I cook is tasty, filling and gets the job done. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> My husband needs to eat quite a bit more protein than the rest of us, so he takes a whole chicken breast to work daily for lunch while the rest of us have leftovers or sandwiches. It works for us.<br><br>
Hope that helps a bit! Grocery lists are very individual. What you like to eat is probably very different than what we like.</div>
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Another idea would be to record what you are actually eating, and make a menu/grocery list based on that.
 

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Sounds like part of it is that you and your H ened to sit down and come up with a plan for feeding the kids. Even if he thinks cheez-its are not so bad, can you guys calmly come to an agreement about what are acceptable breakfasts, and have that stuff on hand for him to pick from?<br><br>
In our house, DH can do oatmeal, toast, a frozen waffle (I make a big batch and freeze them once a month) or cereal/milk for DS. Plus fruit (babana usually which takes no cutting/peeling work). Those are the breakfast options, and we just repeat them over and over. He doesn't have to think about it at all.<br><br>
For other meals, we always keep those frozen microwavable veggies on hand. No they aren't the cheapest, no they aren't very EF, but whatever, it is super quick and easy to prepare (4 min. in the microwave then dump it in a bowl) and results in veggies actually getting eaten. Even if DH is fixing something *super healthy* LOL like mac and cheese, he knows he needs to microwave some frozen veggies and mix them in the mac and cheese.<br><br>
If your H consistantly buys the same junk food (like cholocate pudding cups) wuld he be willing to eat homemade pudding? If you made up a batch of it once a week would be stop buying it? I would be ok with homemade pudding for the kids- it is basically just milk, eggs, a little sugar and a little cocoa powder. Thats not going to kill anyone, and is a heck of a lot better than all the nasty stuff in pudding cups!
 
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