Meal Planning Monday ~ The “Perfect Mom” Myth

This week’s post is by Leah Kelley.

            School has been in session for a little over a week now.  I had envisioned waking up every morning making a nice hot breakfast and eating together as a family.  Well, that has only happened twice so far.  Between my husband’s schedule and Ivy just not wanting to wake up, it’s been hard to make breakfast every morning.  I try to give the kids a healthy breakfast but sometimes you just have to give them something so they don’t go to school hungry.  Hopefully as the weeks go on, we’ll have a better routine going.  I thought I’d fess up and let you know what they had for breakfast last week.

 

Monday ~ Cereal

Tuesday ~ Pop Tarts

Wednesday ~ Scrambled Eggs and Sausage patties

Thursday ~ Cantaloupe and Toast

Friday ~ Ivy ate breakfast at school.  It’s pizza day on Friday so she ate a breakfast pizza.

Saturday ~ Eggo Waffles

Sunday ~ Breakfast pizza.  This was our first attempt making one.  It was good but next time we’ll use a smaller pan.  The eggs ran off the pizza so they didn’t set up nice and pretty like the picture showed.

 

            Writing this post made me realize it’s okay that I’m not a perfect mom.  I think women, especially moms, need to realize that.  If you can’t cook three meals a day or you fall off the Meal Planning wagon, don’t beat yourself up!  Stop; take a deep breath, and say, “It’s okay if they have Pop Tarts every now and then!”  (Everything in moderation.)

Breakfast Pizza  (From AllRecipes.com)

  • 1 (8 ounce) can refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 cup frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Unroll crescent dough and place on a greased 12-in. pizza pan; press seams together and press up sides of pan to form a crust. In a skillet, brown sausage over medium heat; drain and cool slightly.
  2. Sprinkle sausage, hash browns, and cheddar cheese over crust.  In a bowl, beat eggs, milk, and pepper; pour over pizza.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees for 28-30 minutes or until golden brown.  Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

 

Comments

  1. Curious Mama says:

    Did you know that a Snickers bar has more nutrition than a package of Poptarts?

    So should I send my child off with a Snickers bar in the morning? Is that also considered moderation?

    What about the quality of life these foods bring? How often do your kids get sick eating these kinds of foods?

    Thanks!

    • Christine says:

      Wow, I didn’t know that a Snickers bar was more nutritious than a Poptart! I’m not a fan of processed foods and I try not to buy them or eat them too often. This post was written by my sister and social media director, Leah Kelley. I know she doesn’t buy processed foods very often either. She was just trying to make a point that sometimes life happens and we can’t stick to our Meal Plans perfectly. :)

  2. lori wells says:

    I was a single mom for many years and there were days I was even too tired to cook dinner let alone 3 meals a day. 1st of all I was not even at home long enough to cook 3 meals a day. I made sure I cooked a good dinner when we were finally home at the end of the day. Breakfast was cereal in the morning and then my son ate what was given to him at school. Between School for him and his baseball, work and/or school for myself (I was going to college) I didn’t have time to think let alone cook. But I did make the time to cook decent at the end of my long day (I could not afford to go out and eat in the early days).

    On the weekends we made a batch of pancakes that would be eaten for a few days but the time spent cooking with my son was my favorite time of the week. Did I feel guilty that I could not give him the “nutrious food and quality time” during the week? HECK no, my kid didn’t go hungry and we survived it. The fact I was able to make it out of that was thanks to God, my parents and myself who worked hard and did what needed to be done.

    I do wish I could have made a better effort on the healthy side of things when he was younger but I am now just starting to think of that for myself. I do share this with my son who doesn’t always listen but at least the info is getting to him and he can decide when it is time to start getting healthy. I pray that he does and I will continue to inform him of making better decisions (as a mom that is my job which never goes away no matter how old he gets).

    Well that is my nugget of my life that I wanted to share. Just one more then though, I always shopped the deals and looked for coupons. This is one thing that my son saw and got it when he went out on his own. I am a proud mom for sure.