Monday, September 22, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

It's Monday!  Time for the menu.  Keeping it easy this week, as I'm leaving someone else in charge while I charge my batteries immersed in food allergy community at FABlogCon! I. Can't. Wait.

Let's do this.

Monday (beef)
Breakfast: apple cinnamon muffins, green smoothie
Lunch: turkey meatballs
Dinner: beef/bison stew, mixed veggies, quinoa

Tuesday (fish)
Breakfast: sunbutter muffins
Lunch: leftover beef stew They ate it.  All. Gotta find a plan B, stat!
Dinner: fish tacos

Wednesday (pork)
Breakfast: pumpkin muffins
Lunch: sunbutter and jelly
Dinner: cajun beans and quinoa with andouille sausage, peas

Thursday (vegan)
Breakfast: pork sausage, roasted sweet potatoes
Lunch: pepperoni "lunchables"
Dinner: vegetable chili, cornbread

Friday (turkey)
Breakfast: cranberry orange muffins
Lunch: chili
Dinner: spaghetti with meat sauce

Saturday (beef)
Breakfast: on your own
Lunch: turkey wraps
Dinner: beef burgers- protein style, grilled peppers and zucchini, raspberry applesauce

Sunday (fish)
Breakfast: cereal
Lunch: corn dogs
Dinner: bourbon glazed salmon, broccoli, pineapple

Monday, September 15, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Still haven't mastered the art of the back to school schedule, Monday keeps sneaking up on me!  I swear I was just menu planning yesterday...

Monday (vegan)
Breakfast: Butternut bacon bake
Lunch: Italian sausage
Dinner: veggie burgers, pineapple, roasted broccoli

Tuesday (turkey)
Breakfast: zucchini muffins
Lunch: sunbutter and jelly
Dinner: turkey pot pie

Wednesday (lamb)
Breakfast: turkey sausage, biscuits, green smoothie
Lunch: turkey meatballs
Dinner: moroccan lamb burgers, peas, cucumber mint salad

Thursday (fish)
Breakfast: sweet potato and black bean hash
Lunch: lamb burgers
Dinner: fish tacos

Friday (pork)
Breakfast: pumpkin muffins, green smoothie
Lunch: sunbutter and jelly
Dinner: ribs, roasted sweet potato and cauliflower, spiced peaches

Saturday (vegan)
Breakfast: bacon, hash browns, sautéed veggies
Lunch: pulled pork
Dinner: lentil dahl over quinoa pasta, peas

Sunday (turkey)
Breakfast: waffles with berry reduction
Lunch: hummus and veggie wrap
Dinner: sloppy joes, fries, salad

That's it folks.  Have a great week!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

It's that time again!  Time to figure out what to eat this week so that my grocery run can be most effective.  Planning ahead helps take so much stress out of my week!

Monday (fish)
Breakfast: Cinnamon muffins, orange juice
Lunch: beef burgers
Dinner: fish sandwich, California veggies, mango cherry smoothies

Tuesday (pork)
Breakfast: cinnamon roasted squash with cranberry millet
Lunch: sunbutter and jelly
Dinner: pepperoni rolls, salad

Wednesday (vegan)
Breakfast: pork sausage, Alexia Harvest saute
Lunch: home made lunchables
Dinner: veggie burgers, sweet potato oven fries, green beans

Thursday (turkey)
Breakfast: breakfast blondies, green smoothie
Lunch: veggies and hummus
Dinner: meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas

Friday (beef)
Breakfast: turkey sausage, sautéed veggies
Lunch: meatloaf
Dinner: enchiladas, broccoli

Saturday (fish)
Breakfast: apple waffles with cinnamon syrup
Lunch: beef burgers
Dinner: shrimp skewers, lemon pepper pasta with garlic spinach, berries

Sunday (pork)
Breakfast: cream of buckwheat
Lunch: tuna patties
Dinner: lasagna with italian sausage

As always, I'll fill in the blanks with whatever is on sale at the market this week.  And I always have a meal in the freezer if time gets away from me and there's no time to cook!

Have a great week!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

I know.  It's Tuesday.  The holiday threw me off a little!

Because we had an impromptu road trip this weekend, my meal plan shifted a day.  So instead of Sunday roast, we had it Monday.  So for those of you keeping track, no, I did not make roast for dinner two nights in a row.

No, here's the plan (because I've got shopping to do!):

Monday (beef)
Breakfast: sweet potato muffins
Lunch: on your own
Dinner: pot roast, peas, quinoa

Tuesday (fish)
Breakfast: pineapple muffins
Lunch: beef hot dogs
Dinner: salmon, roasted beets and broccoli, peaches

Wednesday (pork)
Breakfast: sweet potato and black bean hash
Lunch: sunbutter and jelly
Dinner: cider pulled pork, cauliflower rice, roasted carrots, raspberry applesauce

Thursday (vegan)
Breakfast: pork sausage on biscuit
Lunch: ham wraps
Dinner: potato leek soup, spinach salad with balsamic berries

Friday (turkey)
Breakfast: cinnamon roasted butternut squash over cranberry millet
Lunch: soup
Dinner: turkey enchiladas, green beans with shallots

Saturday (beef)
Breakfast: turkey sausage and waffles with berry reduction
Lunch: sloppy joe
Dinner: grilled steak, fried cabbage, mixed veg, stovetop apples

Sunday (fish)
Breakfast: french toast
Lunch: beef burgers
Dinner: fish tacos

As always, I will fill in any holes with whatever is on sale at the market.  We rotate proteins, so the ( ) after the day indicates what the dinner protein will be, which is then held over for breakfast and lunch the next day.  Any questions or want recipes, just ask!

Have a great week.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Accomodations vs Inclusion

I think that it can sometimes be hard to determine whether to ask for accommodation for our allergic kids, or inclusion.  Surprisingly, it is often hard for teachers and administrators to acknowledge that there is a distinct difference.

Accommodation is adjusting the environment to make it safe for the child to be in it without making the child fully part of the activity, lesson, or party.  (It is providing a box of "safe" treats so that the allergic child can have a bag of skittles when the other children are enjoying cupcakes.)

Inclusion is making the environment safe enough for the child to participate at the same level the other children are- when  everyone has the same opportunity to experience the party or lesson.  Everyone participates in the same lesson , celebration, or treat.  No one is segregated to a safe distance, or given a safe treat that is different from what the other students are eating.

Accommodation is generally easier to obtain.

Children with food allergies are used to being on the perimeter of the party, never quite part of it.  The failure of our system to recognize that this is not equal treatment is colossal.

Schools are becoming increasingly open to providing a safe physical environment for allergic children.  It is more common to have a designated area for them to eat, have safe treats stashed in the classroom, and have safety protocols established to minimize allergen exposure at school.  Schools are getting much better at accommodation.  Inclusion remains elusive for most.

I believe it has an emotional impact on children to be in an environment that they must constantly scan for danger, to be forced to participate on the fringe as an outlier rather than be included at the heart of it.  The unspoken message is that their difference is tolerated, but not worth adjusting policy to include.  Which, in turn, can communicate that the child is not important enough to include.

The court system struck down "separate but equal" years ago.  We are again in a situation that separates children without adequate attempt to equalize the playing field.

When working with your school, informally or through a more formal IHP or 504, remember to spell out not only the physical safety needs of your child, but the social/emotional needs as well.  It is allowable to expect your child's whole person to be educated, accommodated, and included.  Work as a team to figure out how to maximize inclusion, set up accommodation when needed, and eliminate exclusion all together.

Please share some of the ideas you have for achieving greater inclusion!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Enlightening Experiment

Two years ago my children started in a new school system.  As we got settled in, I was amazed at how often they were being offered treats at school.

Initially I thought my perception was off, as the last school they were in did not use food based rewards with such frequency, and most were safe for my allergic kiddo.

Toward spring, I finally decided to track the amount of food they were offered at school, and whether it was a treat my allergic kiddo could have.  Just to help me get perspective on what was really happening and see if my mama radar was over-reacting.  (I blogged the results here.)

I encourage each of you to try this!  Mark on your calendar EVERY time an adult at the school offers or serves food to your child.  Regular teacher, substitute teacher, art teacher, principal, room mom, all of them!  Then mark if it was a safe treat that your kiddo could have, and if there was any prior notice given to you before the treat was given.  Last, mark the reason for the treat.  (Was it an incentive for behavior or performance? A reward?  A special occasion? Part of a lesson?)

At the end of the semester tally the results.  It will give you a very clear picture of how often and in what ways food is used in your child's school environment.

It was eye opening for me.  I realized that my perception was not off, food was present most days, most of it excluding my child.  It was even more eye opening for our school counselor and our health and wellness committee when I was able to share my results with them.  Having the data behind you to help illustrate your feelings about food in the school is amazing.  It's easy to call me an oversensitive mom, but it's hard to argue with a graph that shows the reality of food at school.

Try it.  See if your perception matches what is really happening.  Then share the results with your school to see if they are aware of how often and in what ways food is being utilized in the building.  It's a great way to have a conversation about the general health and wellness of the students, and especially the risks to children with food allergies.

Please let me know if you do this, and what results you saw!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

With back to school in full swing, it is more important that ever for me to have my act together!  Having a meal plan in place helps.  Fewer last minute trips to the store, less time trying to figure out what to make, and pre-planning quick meals for the busy nights that have after school activities.

Monday (turkey)
Breakfast: lemon poppyseed muffins
Lunch: sunbutter and jelly sandwiches
Dinner: turkey pot pie, spinach salad with balsamic berries

Tuesday (beef)
Breakfast: turkey sausage on biscuit, green smoothie
Lunch: turkey roll ups
Dinner: beef stir fry over cauliflower rice

Wednesday (fish)
Breakfast: bean and veggie saute
Lunch: beef dogs
Dinner: salmon

Thursday (pork)
Breakfast: zucchini muffins
Lunch: salmon salad
Dinner: pork basil burgers, spiced peaches

Friday (vegan)
Breakfast: butternut bacon saute
Lunch: pork basil burgers
Dinner: Vegetable chili, corn muffins

Saturday (turkey)
Breakfast: waffles with berry reduction
Lunch: chili
Dinner: herb roasted turkey, sweet potato wedges, roasted broccoli

Sunday (beef)
Breakfast: sausage balls, herb roasted potatoes
Lunch: leftover turkey
Dinner: pot roast, peas, quinoa

I'll fill in the gaps with whatever produce is on sale this week, but this plan is enough to make shopping a breeze and simplify my week.  Hope you have a great week too!