Sunday, June 7, 2015

Meal Planning Monday Toddler Style

I joke that my toddler is a vegetarian because he doesn't seem to like meat.  But that's actually not true, because to be a vegetarian, you have to eat vegetables.  I have to trick him into eating his veggies.  I have to trick him into eating most everything these days.

So, here's what we're eating this week, with a few tricks thrown in...

Monday
Tacos with Sweet Potatoes {inspired by our Walking Tacos (which Camden devoured) on our camping trip}...


My boys love dipping their chips into their taco meat.  I mix veggies into my meat when I am cooking it, so they're getting a serving of vegetables without even knowing it!  I learned this trick from Rachel at Architecture of a Mom.  Her Tacos with Squash is so yummy, and I've tried many other veggies since discovering how easy it is to make tacos healthier.  The sweet potatoes make the meat more moist and it has a sweet flavor all my boys like.  See this post for another way to make taco night fun!

This is also a great meal to take to the baseball field.


I just filled Carson's thermos with his taco meat and gave him a ziploc bag of chips.  I told him he could put his meat in his ziploc bag and eat it like we did when we were camping.  
But he just wanted to dip.


We love Trader Joe's Organic Corn Chip Dippers and their Black Bean and Corn Salsa.  We actually gave it to our teachers as a treat during Teacher Appreciation Week.


Tuesday
Barbecue Chicken Salad


This is a great meal to have when you have lots of random leftovers to get rid of.  Lettuce, Barbecue Pulled Chicken Breast (Trader Joe's), black beans, corn, yellow peppers,  and avacado.  We didn't even need dressing because the chicken is so moist and smothered in smoky barbecue sauce.  For Camden, I put each veggie and fruit on a plate with the black beans on the side.  Even though he only picked at the peppers and ate a few spoonfuls of black beans, I know exposing him to veggies over and over again will eventually make him want to eat them (right?).  I sure hope so.


I was looking on their website for the link to this barbecue chicken and found a recipe for Barbecue Chicken Nachos.  Can't wait to try them!

Wednesday
Lemon Steamed Filets (see this post for the recipe)
Green Beans 
Garlic Bread 

Thursday


When I serve a dish like this to my littlest, I do not mix everything together.  He is much more likely to eat the apples, meat, and noodles when they are served on their own.  When I serve Camden fruit or vegetables, I usually try to add in something he doesn't normally choose to eat.  So when I served him apples, I threw in some cucumbers too.  This picture is from lunch (big brother was home, sick, from school so I let them both eat in the den on tray tables).


Another trick that works well with Camden is putting his food on toothpicks or skewers.


He wolfed down these grape, turkey, and cheese treats.

What are you eating this week?  Any ideas for getting your kids to eat their veggies?



2 comments:

  1. I really need to try some of these tricks, especially the sweet potato mixed in with the taco meat and the tooth picks. Somehow I think this might work. My latest trick is to just make green smoothies and then freeze them into popcicles. Nothing too crazy or new, but it seems to be working. I call my son a white breaditarian.

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  2. I never thought of making Popsicles with veggies, Megan. Awesome idea!!!

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