Another Week of Toddler-Friendly Family Menus
As the seasons change, so does my family’s meal rotation,so I thought I’d post an update as to what we’re eating these days in case you find yourself (as I often do) in a food rut, in need of some inspiration. Recipe links, when applicable, are embedded in the menus.
Since I last posted a sample week’s menu for my family in January, we’ve dropped the second (afternoon) snack for the kiddos, now aged 2 and 3/4. I found it was just interfering with their dinner. Instead, I offer them a cup of (whole) milk in between lunch and dinner, but no actual food. What I call “lunch” happens around 2:30pm when my kids wake from nap, and remains our main meal of the day– sort of like a “supper.” Dinner is generally lighter fare and vegetarian– something fast and easy to prepare at the most hectic time of our day. There’s more takeout and less cooking on the weekends; mommy and daddy need a break!
S: Homemade seed & fruit bars
L: Cauliflower soup + grilled cheese sandwiches + Kale chips
D: Tofu + Peanut Soba Noodles (buckwheat) + Stir-fried Sugar Snap Peas
S: Watermelon + pistachios
L: Adobo Chicken Thighs + Brown rice + Green Beans
D: Eggs + Baked Polenta Fries + Avocado slices
S: Baby carrots with peanut butter for dipping + string cheese
L: Turkey Pesto Meatballs + Quinoa Pasta + sauteed spinach
D: Veggie Fried Rice + Edamame
S: Home-mixed trail mix (seeds/dried fruit/nuts/spelt-sesame snacks/choc chips) + plain yogurt
L: Steak + Baked Potato Wedges + Broccoli
D: Veggie-Bean Chili + GF cornbread (from a mix), plus toppings (shredded cheese, avocado)
S: Dry roasted chickpeas + bananas
L: Jamaican-style coconut fish stew +Wild Rice blend+ Shredded (raw) carrots
D: Cottage cheese on toasted English muffins + Sweet Potato Fries
B: Oatmeal pancakes (made with GF ingredients) + berries
S: LARA or Kit’s Organic bar
L: Grilled greek-marinated chicken breast + Quinoa + Roasted Purple Cauliflower
D: Takeout falafel with tahini + cucumber slices + pita wedges
B: Oatmeal + berries
S: Beanitos chips* + apple slices
L: Homemade pizza on whole wheat dough + sauteed asparagus
D: Takeout Indian food (Spinach/chickpeas, cauliflower/potatoes, basmati rice)
* FTC disclosure: I did recently receive a free case of Beanito’s from the nice folks there, just for being me. But my love affair with Beanitos long pre-dates this recent SWAG. I have not otherwise been compensated by any of the companies whose products appear in this post.
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