Let’s kick this off with a truth bomb: I’m a terrible cook. I’m not terrible because I cook pitiful tasting food, I’m terrible because I loathe doing it. I’m a culinary dodger. But, I’m also a mom — of picky eaters. Finding healthy food and recipe ideas to satisfy everyone is a never-ending pursuit.

For years, creating a family meal plan was the bane of my existence. Everyone’s preferences are different, so I fell into the short order cook grind. Preparing four unique meals multiple times per day was no bueno.

I came to my senses a few years ago. For the most part, we try to exclude dairy. It wreaks of inflammation and is scientifically proven to cause a plethora of health issues. The boys’ pediatrician even advises we steer clear of it.

Although I personally gravitate toward a plant-based diet, my boys are less enthusiastic. I’ve learned to approach meal prep with the motto: Protein is the seasoning. So, our main dish might be zucchini, peas, and mushrooms with basmati rice or pasta, seasoned with finely chopped protein for the boys.

Sadly, they haven’t fired me. …Yet. 

I research healthy food and recipe ideas ad nauseum. The consensus is this: For optimal health, create a plate of 80% vegetables and 20% protein.

Ready to give 80/20 meals a whirl? Come on, if cauliflower can become pizza, we can do anything.

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