Munchkin Meals: Taco Night!

We have taco night once or twice a month around here.  I love how easy it is to throw this meal together, yet how festive, fun, and filling it is! <–How’s that for alliteration?!  Best of all is that after laying out a variety of topppings, everyone can choose what they want, and I don’t feel like a short order cook.  We like traditional tacos, but it’s so easy to switch it up with different meats, toppings, and spices.  Is it a toddler approved meal? Yes! What kiddo doesn’t like scooping their own fun foods onto their plate? And heck, I’ve yet to meet a kid who doesn’t like tacos. Matty (now 22 months) is all. over. the. place in terms of eating.  Lately, he’s been really into breakfast–eating a huge breakfast, then wanting little else the rest of the day.  There’s still a few key things I can count on him eating, though–like tacos!

Of course, I add a few tweaks to make it healthier along the way.

Taco seasoning used to be a big fight around here.  Hubby swore he hated it, but he also complained that plain meat was too, well, plain.  He said the packaged seasoning is too salty, and he’s right (not to mention the MSG, preservatives, and in some cases artificial dyes).  So a few months ago, a friend pinned this recipe for DIY taco seasoning, so I gave it a shot.  It worked perfectly, though I did think it needed a bit more salt (weird for me to say since I don’t add salt to much)!

Healthier Taco Recipe

  • 3/4 lb. ground lean turkey
  • 1/4 lb. ground beef (**Just adding a bit of ground beef helps take away the turkey flavor, and gives it the appearance of typical ground beef.  This is important if you have a husband/kids who freak out about ground turkey for whatever reason ::cough cough, not pointing any fingers:: even though it’s healthier)
  • 1 c. finely chopped kale and/or spinach (this shrivels up nicely and you can pass it off as parsley 🙂 )
  • 1/2 c. finely shredded carrots (this isn’t as easy to pass off as “oh, it’s just seasoning…”
  • Brown meat over medium heat (add carrots during this step)
  • After draining, add greens and stir
  • Add 2 rounded tablespoons of seasoning and 1/2 cup water
  • Reduce heat, stir occasionally over a few minutes, then enjoy!

**I usually make 3-4 batches of this (since I use wonky portions of meat), then freeze it. It lasts for a few months (at least), and is easy to thaw in the fridge and heat back up in the skillet.

Serving Ideas

Don’t forget–a “topping bar” makes it even more toddler friendly!

  • Diced tomatoes
  • Shredded Cheese (even just having a variety of cheeses could be a fun way to switch things up)
  • Lettuce (if you’re trying to cut calories, using a large lettuce leaf as a shell works well)
  • Corn (I like oven roasting frozen corn for about 10 minutes with olive oil and seasoning, but usually it’s just the microwave variety…)
  • Sour Cream (Hubby nor I are big fans, but Matthew tried some at Grandma’s and seemed to be a fan)
  • Hard or Soft Tortillas
  • Chips instead of shells
  • Rice
  • Beans (we’re partial to black beans cooked with a bit of cumin)

Pssst. I’m looking for a healthier taco shell recipe.  Preferably something super-quick, or something that can be frozen.  Any tried and true ideas?

Munchkin Meals is a link-up hosted by Brittany at A Healthy Slice of Life.  Ever in need of a fun, healthy meal or snack for your kiddo? Click on over to find loads of ideas all put together by other Mamas.

Munchkin Meals: Combos

Munchkin Meals is a link-up hosted by Brittany at A Healthy Slice of Life.  Ever in need of a fun, healthy meal or snack for your kiddo? Click on over to find loads of ideas all put together by other Mamas.

The theme for this month’s link up is “odd combinations”.  I feel that most meals are a hodge-podge. Ha!  He’s still a bit picky, so each meal usually consists of something I know he likes, something I’m working on getting him to like, and maybe something new.

Surprisingly, he did concoct this very appealing meal the other day. 🙂

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ham, sunflower seeds, granola, and carrots

His favorite not-so-strange but maybe-not-so-popular combination is graham crackers dipped in applesauce.  That’s right–I finally got him to try applesauce, and surprise surprise not so surprised, he liked it.

Other Foods He’s Loving at 21 Months Old

  • deli style ham
  • cheese on crackers
  • cheese quesadillas, or plain tortilla
  • cucumbers
  • carrots
  • celery
  • apples (especially green ones) sprinkled with cinnamon
  • watermelon
  • strawberries (especially the ones from Grandma’s garden!)
  • oatmeal with cinnamon and raisins
  • eggs
  • waffles
  • bacon (love doesn’t begin to describe this relationship…)
  • mac & cheese
  • sunflower seeds
  • this allergen free “ice cream”
  • and of course pizza and Chipotle

In other meal related news, he’s eating much better!  He still doesn’t eat a huge quantity of food, but it’s not just mouse nibbles anymore either.  The variety of food is increasing everyday, and he’s usually pretty game to try something once.  He’s even started drinking small cups of almond milk. Maybe it’s because mealtime has become a lot more fun? 🙂

Munchkin Meals: Veggie Plate

It’s Munchkin Meals time again! The unofficial theme this month is how much your munchkin eats.  Considering the before and after from my little nibbler wouldn’t be much to look at, I decided to share a little tip that has been working really, really well for us this past month: the dinner-prep veggie plate.

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What’s that you ask? A brilliant solution thought of no one ever before? No. But I always laugh when I realize how it really is the simple things that work best.  Meal-prep is hard for a lot of people, and we are no exception.  Hubby doesn’t get home from work at a consistent time each day, sometime fluctuating by hours.  Wee One never seems to really want to eat at the same time each day.  By the time I finally get around to cooking dinner, there are 3 cranky people marching around the kitchen. (Yes, I’ve tried feeding Matty first, but he just asks for Daddy and holds out until he gets home.)

A few weeks ago, I was chopping veggies for a dish, and Eric and Matthew kept snagging veggies off the tray.  Forget it, I thought, just take it!  So I handed it over, and they both sat happily at the table, eating an entire tray of fresh veggies, while I cooked the rest of the meal.  I think Eric and I were even able to have a full conversation during this time! 🙂

So each night I’ve been putting out a veggie (and usually a little fruit) tray, and each night I have two happy boys sitting quietly at the table. 🙂  It’s usually just carrots, celery with ranch, green or red peppers, and cucumbers. Matthew has eaten 2 entire cucumbers by himself over the past month!  I’ve also been tossing some diced apples, pears, strawberries, and frozen blueberries on.  I’ve started prepping these earlier in the day, and it really takes a lot of the evening stress off.

I really have no problem if everyone wants to fill up on fresh veggies and fruit.  I think the greatest thing is that Hubby and Wee One are eating tons more veggies than they do when I cook them, and it’s even easier than actually cooking them! Wins all around.

Questions:

Any little tips that make big improvements to meal-prep?
What are some other good pre-dinner veggie choices?

Psst. I’m linked up @ A Healthy Slice of Life for Munchkin Meals.  Check it out!

Munchkin Meals: Muffins!

Fruity Muffins

A few weeks ago, I finally figured it out.  What’s “it” you may ask? “It” is why my little guy has been going into the pantry, pointing at a sack of cornmeal, and begging to eat.  Over and over, I would reply with, “that’s not a snack, that’s for cooking.” After a particularly bad crying fit, I finally lifted him up, and told him to show me.  He jabbed the sack of cornmeal. Over and over, with a look on his face that said, “Mom, it’s obvious. Don’t you get it?” And I finally did.  There’s a picture of a muffin on the sack of cornmeal.

Me: OHhhhh, you want a muffin?
Matty: Thinks for a moment about the meaning of muffin. Yah, a MUFF!

Needless to say, I felt so bad about denying the poor kid the pleasure of a muffin for so long that we had an afternoon Mommy-Son date at Panera…complete with muffins and juice.

So obviously, someone is on a muffin kick around here.  When I noticed this week that we had two bunches of overripe bananas (seriously, how does that happen?), I scoured Pinterest for uses.  Combining a few ideas, I came up with these:

Fruity Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (I used 1 c white, 1/2 c whole wheat)
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned or quick cooking oats (not instant)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 1/2 cup  honey (I was a bit short, so I added a little pure organic maple syrup, mmmm)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1 medium apple, peeled and grated (I used a green delicious because Matty had eaten a slice earlier and I needed to use it.)
  • 3/4cup -1 cup diced strawberries
  1. Mix dry ingredients 
  2. Whisk wet ingredients (including fruit)
  3. Slowly add dry mix and stir until combined
  4. Spoon into greased muffin tin or tin lined with muffin papers

Bake at 350 for 22-25 minutes (though I used the toaster oven, which tends to cook faster…). Makes 12 standard size muffins, filled to full.

You could also make a ton of mini-muffins, which apparently most toddlers like.  But my kid prefers muffins that are as big as his head, so yeah.

I made these after Matty went to bed, and I was certain he was going to wake up to come see what the delicious smell was!  I surprised him with these for breakfast the next morning, along with some scrambled eggs and apple-carrot juice (orange juice was causing some serious tummy problems, but he still wants his juice to be orange–so hello carrot juice!).

Pssst…I’m linked up at A Healthy Slice of Life for Munchkin Meals.  Click on over to find other great toddler eats!

Munchkin Meals: April

I tried to focus on meals that included most of Matty’s favorites right now.  It’s amazing the difference a month makes!  He’s added quite a few new foods to his “approved list”, however, we’re far from being a great eater.  Oh, and we’re definitely in the “broken food” stage, i.e. broken crackers are unacceptable and bananas that break in two cause meltdowns. I don’t think I can handle this stage…18 months is too early for this crapt, right?

Breakfast

  • fried egg with spinach
  • nuts and seeds (almonds, cashews, roasted sunflower seed kernels) LOVES THESE!
  • apples (diced AND sliced…because, you know, you never know how he’ll want them today…)
  • peanut butter for dipping (we’re really working on liking dips around here…)

Breakfast stays about the same.  Occasionally we’ll have eggs on toast or a waffle.  Lately we’ve been having egg sandwiches because he’s really into eating sandwiches “like daddy”.  If I’m really tired, we might just have Raisin Bran (Post brand has no HFCS) with almond milk.  Sometimes he just eats a banana.  He’s really, really random as to what time he wants to eat in the morning and how much he wants to eat. This depends on if he nursed in the morning or not (he’s experimenting with cutting out various nursing sessions…)  He’ll usually have a very small glass of orange juice with breakfast (I’m talking a few ounces), then water the rest of the day.

One random trick I’ve found to get him to eat more is to really talk about the food on his plate.  I’ll point everything out, talk about it a bit, and then ask him to show me the eggs, or toast, or chocolate cake (kidding!).

Lunch

(including afternoon snack)

  • chicken noodle soup 
  • strawberries
  • baby carrots and celery
  • peanut butter for dipping
  • graham crackers
  • Cheez It letter crackers
  • dried apricots

This was a meal I packed for the sitter’s house.  He’s usually hungry for lunch at a different time each day (surprise!), and it’s sometimes very difficult to figure out what he wants to eat.  I’m always worried about sending enough food, or the right food, or the food that Matty might possibly maybe kinda sorta be in the mood for that day.  Thankfully, he seems to be a lot less picky there; maybe because there’s another kid to show off for, or maybe because I’m not there for him to appeal to.

Dinner

Absolute hands-down favorite meal: brown rice & black beans from Chipotle.  He’s always eaten this, and probably would eat it for every meal if we’d serve it.  I’ve started adding a little cheese, and he also usually eats a piece or two of chicken and tortilla off of Hubs’ burrito.  I tried adding some tomato salsa a few times, but he’s not a fan…yet.  I think his favorite part is dumping the rice and beans out of the little cups.  Recently, he started using his chips to scoop with.

This month has been racked with sickness, so we’ve eaten a lot of Chipotle.  Since it’s a half hour drive both ways, we usually treat him to an apple juice for being a trooper in the car.  They use pretty much all organic ingredients, so it’s one fast-food I’m on board with. He now asks for beans by name, and a few weeks ago we drove by Chipotle without stopping and he freaked out yelling “my beans, my beans”.  And we miiiiight have taught him the infamous “beans, beans, they’re good for your heart” song…we’re awesome parents.

Pssst. I’m linking up @ A Healthy Slice of Life for Munchkin Meals.  Click on over for other great ideas for feeding Wee Ones.

Veggie Cupcakes

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Matthew and I made these for Valentine’s Day.  It took the better part of the morning (mostly because I was baking with a 17 month old), but it was totally worth it.

For the muffins, I used this recipe (loosely) that I of course pinned from Pinterest.

I liked that it called for a jar of babyfood.  I had a few of those squeeze pouches laying around that Matty never did find a taste for.  What  great use for that!  I don’t think it was squash (as the recipe calls for), but it was some combination of veggies.  I did use half whole wheat flour, and substituted regular oats with some ground flaxseed for the oat bran.

For the frosting I used Weelicious Red Beet Frosting recipe.  WARNING. WARNING. Do not try to save time by buying canned beets. OMG. They smell like dirt.  Apparently roasted beets are much, much better. I added a little more sugar than called for to try to mask the beet dirt smell.  The color was beautiful though! (PS. Anyone remember the Nickelodeon show Doug?  His friend Skeeter loved beets?)

But aside from my obvious gag reflex to the canned beets, once mixed in, they were wonderful! Don’t believe me? Check out this guy:

Finger-lickin’ good and an eye close.  That pretty much sums it up!

Pssst. I’m linking up with Munchkin Meals. Click on over for delicious inspiration!

Munchkin Meals: Gear

Okay, yes.  I’m veering of course a bit.  Now that Matty has all of his teeth in (except 2 year molars), he’s turned into a good little eater.  In the past few weeks he’s tried at least 7 new foods, and is regularly eating things like sandwiches, sunflowers seeds, and cashews.  But I digress.

I thought I would focus on toddler eating gear. Why? Because…

  • He’s taken a great interest in cooking and spending  time in the kitchen.
  • He no longer wants to stand in his tower to eat (and the high chair has been long packed away).  He wants to sit at the counter like Dad does, of course.
  • I have to pack lunches and/or dinner for him a few days/week for babysitters, some of which needs to be transported, and microwaved.
  • He’s completely outgrown the sippy and will only drink from an open cup.
  • I’m thinking about doing a formal snack/drink station for him.
  • He’s really noticing what others are doing, so he wants a “real fork” and “real plate”, too.
  • I’ve got cabin-fever and a little online window shopping might just be the cure!

Obviously, every mini-chef needs a mini-apron!

Or perhaps I’ll make one?!

And of course the greatest piece of toddler gear we’ve already purchased was his Learning Tower ($40 at Once Upon a Child!). It’s a ridiculous space-hog, but totally worth it.

He’d probably love carrying his own lunchbox into the sitter’s. And he’d look adorable, no?

We have these snack bags. They work great for dry snacks.

But we need something for “wet” lunches that can also be microwaved.  Right now I’m using small glass lidded containers…any suggestions for something more kid-friendly?

He loves our Klean Kanteens, and tries to drink out of them.  Way too big for him.  I bet he’d love one of his own.

And check out this snack station! I’d love to create something like this for Matty.

We have a Pur filter that he knows how to use, so I’m thinking maybe another one of those.  We just need a small shelf and some storage.

Ooh! Klean Kanteen has storage canisters now.  These would be perfect for on-the-go snacking (for Matty and Mommy!).

Since Matty refuses sippy cups and only wants a “big” cup (aka glass), I had to get creative.  I saved a few small, glass food containers–peeled off the labels, ran them through the dishwasher, and voila.  He loves it.  They’re sturdy enough that if dropped they don’t shatter.

This contraption seems kinda cool! Kaboost. It goes on the bottom of a regular chair to boost it up.

Anybody got good recommendations for a long-term booster. MUST BE EASY TO CLEAN. 🙂

Well that was the end of my “Mommy time”.  Such a fun window-shopping excursion. Ha!  Any other feeding gear recommendations for strong-willed, independent little boys who can’t wait to be just like Daddy?

Munchkin Meals

It’s time for another Munchkin Meals.  You know, the day where Matty looks at me like I’m nuts for taking pictures of him while he’s eating. 🙂

Matthew is 14 months old, and is definitely getting into the “picky toddler” stage. I’ve noticed that he wants to eat the same thing for 4 days straight, then not eat it again for a month.  I had really anticipated him being weaned, or at least just down to one nursing session by now, but alas, he has other plans.  Some days he does only nurse once, and other days he nurses 3 or 4 times.  I have to admit that I really don’t mind, since on days that he decides to only eat 1 raisin and a graham cracker I know that he’s getting some nutrition.  Less stress is always a good thing!

I’ve found that offering him a small choice, letting him pick out food, and helping to cook it are great ways to get him to take at least a few bites of something.

Breakfast

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  • Mini Pancakes (cooked in the oven in a whoopie pie pan–such a great way for them to all get done at the same time and still be hot), topped with a raspberry for added flair 🙂
  • Bacon
  • 1/2 banana
  • Berry medley (strawberries, raspberries, and frozen blueberries)
  • Orange Juice

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The forking skills have pretty much been perfected…

Lunch

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  • Chicken and Wild Rice Soup (Yes, I did order this in bulk from Amazon, and yes it is pretty good.  I’ve been ordering a lot of groceries online to avoid taking a mini-tornado to the grocery store for big trips.)
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Slice of Whole Wheat Bread (for dipping)
  • Water

Dinner

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  • Vegetable Spaghetti
  • Homemade Tomato Sauce
  • Canned Diced Peaches
  • Water

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Obviously spaghetti was not made to be eaten with a fork!

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Apparently 3 bites is all he needs to stay happy!

He also snacked throughout the day.  I added some boxed Raisin Bran and shredded carrots to his tray with some leftover strawberries from lunch.  The snack tray is working out great, although he is starting to roam with snacks a bit.  We found a graham cracker in the bed last night…

Munchkin Meals Link-Up: Challenges

Munchkin Meals

So the idea for this session of Munchkin Meals is challenges that you face with your little one, and how you’ve overcome them (or haven’t).  When Brittany first posted this idea, I thought, Hmmm, I don’t really have any challenges.  Sure, I wish we had a bit more variety in our meals, but eh, he’s not eating chicken nuggets every day (or ever), so it could be worse.  Then, Matty decided to cut 2 molars at once. So, yeah. Teething. Teething is our challenge. More specifically, getting Matty to eat anything while teething.

We have had  a few days over the past couple of weeks where he hasn’t eaten anything.  Maybe a Puff here, or a pretzel stick there, but no real sustenance.  This would freak me out, but he’s still nursing like a mad-man, so I don’t feel that stressed.  I almost wrote this entire post about how this kid Will. Not. Wean. Not even a little.  Ahhh! But now, I’m thanking God that he is still nursing because I don’t have to stress about his nutrition (too much) and it really does help him ride the wave of teething pain.

I found one way to overcome his lack of appetite is to allow him access to snacks all day.  I found, like most toddlers I’m sure, that he’ll eat a few bites at breakfast, then whine 30 minutes later because he’s hungry.   I have mixed feelings about this.  On the one hand, I think having multiple small snacks throughout the day keeps blood-sugar levels stable, reducing tantrums.  On the other hand, I fear that too many snacks leads to not eating enough wholesome food at mealtimes.  But, I’m a strong proponent of fostering independence by allowing kids to make their own choices, so I ultimately decided to implement a snack station.

A snack station is mostly attributed to the Montessori school of thought, mostly because it teaches essential life skills, fosters independence, and allows kids to manipulate real-life materials.  But many-a-mom has used this idea in some ways for years and years.

For some really good examples of modern snack stations, check out these links:

Barefoot in Suburbia

A Living Family

Critters and Crayons

Little Red Farm

Most days, I leave any non-perishable foods from breakfast that were leftover, and add a few other items that I’m sure he can handle independently.  So far, this has worked wonderfully.  The biggest challenge so far has been Matty trying to feed his snacks to the cats…

Of course, our little space will change and grow as Matty does.  I have plans to add a drinking station and a place for his plates and silverware (he’s already started to help unload the dishwasher, so I think we’ll be at this stage sooner than I thought, too!).

In addition to snacks, I also leave a sippy cup of water.  This was part of the reason I decided to go ahead with the snack station–I was sick of wondering around the house looking for his cup.  Now, I’m working on teaching him to place his drink back on the table when he’s finished.  It’s going pretty good.

More please, Mom!

Here’s a list of some of the foods I put on his snack tray:

Snack Tray Options for Young Toddlers

  • Puffs
  • Cremes–(Dairy free “yogurt drops” made with rice milk–these will go stale after a few hours)
  • Thin apple slices (peeled)
  • Cheerios
  • Chex Cereal (Gluten Free)
  • Cut Strawberries
  • Shredded Carrots or Baby Carrots (He eats these all the time, so I’m comfortable with this)
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Cooked and Rinsed Beans
  • Crackers
  • Goldfish (or Annies Cheddar Bunnies for a more organic option)
  • Frozen Mini-Blueberries
  • Graham Crackers (I made this recipe two weeks ago and he LOVED them.)

It’s usually just a mishmash of what I have leftover in the fridge.  Of course, I know that Matty can handle these foods somewhat independently (I’m never more than a room away from him at any given time), so it’s important to choose foods with low choking hazards.  For instance, Matty likes raisins, but I’m not comfortable with him eating them unsupervised yet.  It really just depends on the kid!

I still offer him a more nutritious snack in the morning and afternoon (when he’s feeling well and actually eating).  His favorite lately is a spoonful handful of peanut butter.

Or dipping anything into peanut butter.  Bear with me for a Mom-Gush–whenever he dips anything he says “dip, dip, dip” and it cracks me up.  Ok, thanks, Anyway, this past week he tried some celery and peanut butter with Grandma.  I think he was a fan.

Munchkin Meals Link-Up: All Day Eats

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It’s time for another Munchkin Meals link-up party, so count me in.  I need ideas to feed this child–he’d live off of breastmilk, strawberries, and pizza if I let him.  It’s getting harder and harder to prepare ONE meal for everyone:

Healthy Eating Mom + Picky, Picky Dad + 12 Month Old = Aaaarrrggghhh

Breakfast

  • Homemade pancakes (a fave for everyone!) with homemade blueberry syrup for Mom; plain, organic Maple syrup for Dad; plain blueberries for Baby
  • Bacon (nitrate-free, which I actually found at Wal-Mart!)
  • Strawberries, of course (2 cut up pictured, 6 actually consumed)
  • Orange Juice for all (Little Guy refuses to drink anything but water and orange juice. Oh, and don’t water down the juice. He knows! ) I always thought I’d be on the “No Juice” train, but it’s organic OJ, whatev.

We’re practicing our forking skills around here.

So he ate about half the pancake, 6 strawberries, 2-3 tiny blueberries, 1 tiny piece of bacon, and about 2 oz of OJ.

Lunch

Lunch was pizza. I know, I know.  BUT, this was not my doing.  Hubby stepped in with promises of lunch, which involved tossing a frozen pizza into the toaster oven (and forgetting to turn it on…)

He’s so happy for pizza. Oh, and ignore the shirtless Bubba, he was helping me winterize the garden hose–which poured water all over us.  Great fun.

  • Crapt frozen pepperoni pizza for all
  • Raw spinach for me and bambino (yep, eating leaves is great fun for a 1 year old, apparently)
  • Black beans for bambino
  • Raw baby carrots for me and bambino
  • Water for all

He ate 4 pieces of pizza. 4. Not torn up. Whole, taking bites.  This kid takes his pizza seriously.  He also ate two spinach leaves and two baby carrots. Uncooked. Yep, he just kinda shaves it off with his teeth until there’s a little nub left, which he puts back on the table. Who knew?!  He’s noticed that I tear my spinach up and put it on top of my pizza, so he tried that too, with no success–it all fell off.  He didn’t eat any beans, which is weird because they’re one of his favorite foods.

Snack

He had a handful of Plum Organic Cremes. He loves all flavors.

Dinner

Dinner I’m quite proud of.  I just bought the Weelicious cookbook, because you know, it touts COOKING ONE MEAL FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY.  I tried the 4 Bean Crockpot Chili. Delicious.  Eric is quite the picky eater, aka, if it didn’t come from a restaurant he won’t eat it.  But he went back for seconds.  He also ate leftovers later in the week. Unheard of.  He never does leftovers.  Now’s probably not the time to tell him I substituted half the ground beef with ground turkey.  I’m cutting all red meat from my diet, for a number of reasons, but have you heard about this?

  • 4 Bean Crockpot Chili for all
  • Cornbread for all
  • Strawberries for Baby
  • Carrot stick for Baby (he was snacking while I was cooking)

So, what did he actually eat? 9 strawberries. NIIIINE?!  A banana. A carrot stick. And half a piece of bread. Whatever…

What is this crapt?

NOTE: Matty DID eat the chili later in the week when we had leftovers.  He actually ate it by the spoonful.  Apparently he was just in the mood for fruit that night. Oh, and don’t mind the mustard bottle.  Just his favorite toy while Mommy’s cooking.

 

**Update: For anyone looking for the trays pictured, I got these at a Mom 2 Mom sale a few months back. However,  I did find these which are made out of recycled milk jugs (upcycle score!), free of BPA, phalates, and PVC, and are still dishwasher safe.