Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Eat dinner at the table every night.
Don't eat in front of the TV.
Don't eat in the car.
We've heard all the rules about food and our families. And they all sound good and make sense but does that mean we need to follow them to a T every single day? That depends. It depends on how structured your household is. It depends on your schedule - which probably changes every day. It depends on your budget.
We are pretty much an eat at the table every night family. We do eat the occasional dinner in front of a football or hockey game - that breaks two rules -oops! We are pretty structured when it comes to food and meal time. It works for us but it may not work for everyone. The family knows the rules and although I get some ribbing about them from time to time everyone knows what to expect.
We have at least one vegetable with every meal (not always breakfast though - usually just a fruit then). But we usually have two vegetables at each meal. Unless we are entertaining, we don't buy soda. We drink water at most meals. We cook from scratch when we can - we try to buy as little processed food as possible - it saves money most of the time and that's always a big deal for me. So is eating whole foods which is easier to do when you cook from scratch. Right? But sometimes we just don't have time and that's when a little processed food can come in handy.
My quickie meal for busy nights is a rotisserie chicken already cooked from the grocery store, a veg -I keep a selection of frozen veggies on hand (broccoli, green beans, etc.), rice and cut up fruit (in season or canned-peaches are a big hit around here.) It's not perfect but way better (and tastier) then the drive-thru.
We all need to make sure our families are fed we all do it in a way that works best for our family at this particular time. Since we all know that what works today may not work tomorrow. Do you have food rules or meal rules? What do you do during meals that makes your house your home?