In our house, I'm the one who comes up with the meal plan. I'll usually ask my husband and kids if they have any recipe requests before I go shopping and then I fill in the blanks making sure that we have plenty of options lined up for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
Although food is totally my thing and I'm one of those odd ducks that actually enjoys grocery shopping (I seriously can spend 3 hours in the store and it feels like 5 minutes), it's sometimes hard to come up with fresh meal ideas that my whole family will love.
Personally, I love almost anything. That, however, is not the case when it comes to my husband. Over the years he has become more open to trying new foods, but he's still pretty particular about proteins. He's not a fan of most seafood, with the exception of lobster. And although I would love it if it did, sadly my budget doesn't allow for daily lobster indulgences. He also doesn't love it when I cook pork. Pork! Ugh, it pains me to say that, because I love pork.
Then there's the kids. Luckily, the 5-year old will try most anything, but I have to keep in mind the fact that 5-year olds and spicy foods don't usually mix. Same goes for the little one who is 1 1/2. Spicy anything is a no-go. Otherwise, he's like most other toddlers out there...anything that ends up in his tummy and not on the floor is what I consider a success.