All of my kids meals are quick and easy to make. So why is it that I feel like I spend all day cooking and cleaning up the kitchen? I guess since I do love to cook I end up baking mid-day quite often, so I can’t blame the kids. We eat similar foods most days and just try and aim for mostly fruits and vegetables with some protein and carbs in there as well.
cottage cheese or yogurt and peaches
Breastmilk with oatmeal cereal, 2 tbs greek yogurt, 1 tsp flax seed
homemade cereal and fruit
smoothies with almond milk, fruit, spinach, and ground flax seed
cottage cheese or yogurt and fruit (if we didn’t have it for breakfast)
1/2 grilled cheese and frozen vegetables
leftovers (at least half of the time we eat leftovers. A balanced healthy meal pre-cooked, sounds good to me!)
roasted veggies…most days I freshly roast some vegetables if we don’t have any leftover.
I make dinner at home every night and the kids eat what I eat. For breakfast and lunch we kind of eat a mish mosh of foods but dinner is much more planned and not as random. We eat as a family at the table every night. Last night it was homemade turkey joes on whole wheat buns and green beans.
Snacks: our quick snacks are pretty much always fruit. Sometimes homemade granola bars. Cassidy is a fruit addict and I think she would eat it until she made herself sick if I didn’t cut her off.
Preparing ahead is the name of the game when you have kids. So make a little extra dinner every night and lunch is done for the next day! So its turkey joes and green beans for lunch today. You don’t have to rely on frozen chicken nuggets and chips, it is just as fast to heat up healthy leftovers.
Random story: we were at a playdate yesterday and there were some lays BBQ chips on the table. Alyssa already ate lunch of fruit, broccoli, chicken, and blueberry muffin. She came up to me and said “Can I have some of those chips, I’ve never had them and don’t know what they taste like”. Another mom started laughing and was like “yea right sweetie, you trying to pull one over on your mom huh?”. But she was serious. She hadnt ever had them. She has had tortilla chips and has tried chips at parties before, but not those. We have not had a bag of chips in our house in years. She had one, said it was ok, and went on playing. I really believe you form their tastes very young, and moments like that just reinforce my feeding them so healthy.