This week, Brittany asked us to share our quick and easy go to meals for our little munchkins. Now that Caroline is a year old, we let her eat anything and everything. For us, the key to having a good meal on the table for her three times a day is preparing food ahead. That way, when I get home from work, we can play for a little while and all I have to do is warm her food instead of cook it from scratch.
Here’s what I keep on hand:
fresh fruit—all I have to do is cut it up and serve
cheese sticks—open and serve
frozen peas—boil in water in the microwave for a few minutes
English muffins—toast and top with almond butter or cheese
frozen ravioli—can cook a few at a time and serve
tomatoes—cut and serve
cucumbers—cut and serve
avocado—cut and serve
hummus—spread on bread and serve
organic whole milk yogurt—mix with fresh fruit and serve
sliced roasted turkey—Whole Foods roasts turkey breasts and slices it to order. I pick up about 1/4-1/2 pound per week for lunch for us and for Caroline.
A few more things in the freezer:
Applegate Naturals Chicken Nuggets—so. I wasn’t going to give Caroline chicken nuggets. But, they’re quick and easy if I didn’t have a chance to defrost and cook an organic chicken breast ahead of time.
Dr. Praeger’s Kids Littles—I LOVE these! They’re basically little potato patties with other veggies mixed in. So far Caroline has tried broccoli and spinach and I have the sweet potato version in the freezer.
Dr. Praeger’s California Veggie Burgers—A great alternative to meat!
Applegate Naturals Turkey sausage—these come frozen and fully cooked—they only need to be heated in the microwave for 90 seconds. Perfect!
Van’s frozen waffles—a great breakfast topped with almond butter and served with fresh fruit.
As a working mom, I have no choice but to keep things quick and easy during the week, but on the weekends we can slow down a bit and make eggs in the morning and serve Caroline the food that we’re eating for lunch and dinner.
What are your go to meals for your kids?