Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Munchkin meals (18 months old)

Psst. I have a secret. A really exciting secret. Weeee are going to be moving! This will be the first house that the Husband and I will buy. I say will buy because we haven't officially signed on the dotted line, and honestly, the Husband and I are still very scared that something will go wrong. We've been negotiating a price with the three (yes three!) parties involved in selling it (former owners, bank and ???). Everything here in the Netherlands when it comes to paperwork is still new and a bit overwhelming for me really.

All in all, the Husband finally announced that our bid was accepted after we raised it three times! When he told me, I turned into a twelve year girl that had been told that she was going to a Justin Beiber concert (pre crazy phase). I was jumping up and down, clapping my hands, all the while emitting a high pitched squeal that probably could be heard by all of the dogs in our neighbourhood. We are so excited and paperwork should be finalised within the next few days.

What does any of this have to do with Munchkin Meals except for me sharing a random bit of news I'm ridiculously excited about? The house was foreclosed upon and as a result needs to be completely renovated because it was empty for so long. We basically bought a piece of amazing land and a lovely garage, but the house doesn't count (that's what our real estate agent said, too). This means we'll be busy with a ridiculous about of DIYing and construction, and I'm pretty sure that the majority of our meals are going to be coming out of the freezer. It will really change our eating habits. We'll see how it goes, but next month's Munchkin Meals will probably be featuring meals that can be prepared very quickly  and frozen meals. That's it.

Okay, I'm done rambling. Here is what the Toddler has been eating this month. Be prepared for a photo overload.

Breakfast  

Spinach and pea pancakes with green hummus.  I forgot to snap a photo of the kiddo's, but this is a photo of mine with some chives. For kiddo, I cut up chives pretty fine and he'll eat them. 

Welcome to Mommyhood: Healthy toddler meals Green pancakes with avocado hummus and chives


I froze a big batch of these pancakes and we've been eating them for breakfast for a while now. I really love how easy it is to defrost pre-made pancakes, heat them up, and breakfast is done within ten minutes. If it's not... we have a serious melt down. Actually, ten minutes is still pushing it into meltdown territory. 

Welcome to Mommyhood: Healthy toddler meals Spinach and pea pancakes
What's up with that facial expression? 



Squash and zucchini egg bars

Welcome to Mommyhood: Healthy toddler meals Squash and zucchini egg bars


I don't actually have a toddler photo of this, but I did add a little bit of a chili to these when I baked them. The toddler really likes things like this and didn't mind the spice. I made a large batch and froze the rest. 

Other breakfasts include fruit with toast with avocado, spinach, and egg, Greek yogurt and muesli, hard boiled eggs with toast and fruit, and basically anything else with fruit. If my son sees a banana, he will not eat anything else. Breakfasts tend to include a banana.


Lunches and dinners:


Healthy pizza

Tortilla pizza with arugula, green onions, cheese, tomato paste, and mushrooms


I used a whole wheat tortilla, a bit of tomato paste, mushrooms, green onions, arugula, and cheese. The arugula in this version was not eaten (the Toddler doesn't eat fresh greens). When I made the second pizza, I was smarter and put the cheese on top of the arugula before baking - and victory! At least he ate the greens.

Welcome to Mommyhood: Healthy toddler meals Healthy pizza


Asparagus. Yep. It's clearly not as good if it's not stacked. Obviously.

Welcome to Mommyhood: Healthy toddler meals Asparagus


I pan fried the asparagus with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, a lot of pepper, three or four cloves of garlic, the juice of half of a lemon, and a small drizzle of low sodium soy sauce. Because of the soy, I didn't add salt. Toddler loved them this way. 

Chicken stew with smashed sweet potato 

Welcome to Mommyhood: Healthy toddler meals with sweet potato


Here's what the stew actually looks like

Welcome to Mommyhood: Healthy toddler meals Chicken stew


"Deconstructed" latkes with lentils. The toddler loved it. He ate his entire portion and half of mine. Definitely a keeper!


Welcome to Mommyhood: Healthy toddler meals Deconstructed latkes


Smashed sweet potato and black beans. We also had hard boiled eggs (not pictured)

Welcome to Mommyhood: Healthy toddler meals smashed sweet potatoes and black beans


Chili (This is a great freezer meal!)

Welcome to Mommyhood: Healthy toddler meals chili


Dinners and lunches generally tend to be whatever the Husband and I are eating. I don't make special meals for him, and only have when he was eating purees. When we started introducing baby led weaning, I would simply use some of the vegetables from what we were going to be eating. 

Other favourites for dinner include: unstuffed cabbage, salmon with steamed veggies, spinach and bean soup, split pea soup, lentil salad with beets. Our go to lunch or dinner is an easy carb (sweet potato), protein of some sort, and lots of steamed vegetables. Steamed veggies are probably one of his favourite things to eat ever, so we actually have this a lot - at least four times a week. The veggies tend to vary depending on what we have on hand. 


Desserts

I love desserts, but I'm trying to keep things healthy around here, which can be a struggle with a raging sweet tooth. These desserts all contain zero sugar. Instead, we used bananas, dates, a little honey to sweeten them, and they all turned out great! I've also been enlisting the Toddler's help when it comes to baking, which he absolutely loves. 

Forest Fruit Muffins

Welcome to Mommyhood: Healthy toddler meals Forest Fruit Muffins


Lemon sesame bars. The Toddler loves them. So much.

Welcome to Mommyhood: Healthy toddler meals Lemon Sesame bars


A testament to how badly the kiddo wanted to try these. Immediately after they came out of the oven. Look at those naughty little fingers: 

Welcome to Mommyhood: Healthy toddler meals Lemon sesame bars


Don't worry, it had cooled by the time I put it within his reach. 


And these happened:  


Black bean brownies. No sugar. No butter. Very healthy. The Toddler was allowed to have a small portion because there's still cacao in them, so I don't want him eating too much. It's a lovely treat though.  

Typically, we eat fruit (with Greek yogurt) as a dessert though, and baked goods are more of a treat that happens about once a week.

Drinks

Nothing special - kiddo is still nursing, but not very much. He still doesn't like cow's milk, but does eat dairy of some sort everyday, usually in the form of Greek yogurt, sometimes he'll eat cheese. He likes almond milk and kiefer, but neither are huge hits with him. He absolutely loves tea. If I make a cup for myself, I know he will end up drinking half of it. We bought some fresh mint leaves recently, and we've both been loving mint tea. 

That's it for this month! For more toddler recipes, please visit my healthy toddler recipes page. 

You can also visit my Pinterest board for more ideas: 



Do you have any convenient toddler meals that you rely on? I could definitely use some inspiration to start building up a freezer stash of toddler friendly meals!

As always, I am excited to be linking up to Brittany at a Healthy Slice of Life

munchkin meals


Thank you for visiting, 
Yuliya