What, when did September sneak up on me so quickly? At the same time I am so looking forward to the end of San Diego’s summer, because let me tell ya, it’s hot. I cannot wait for cooler temperatures to arrive.
August was a busy month for us, with paperwork (as usual), trips to Orange County, farmer’s markets, a visit to Legoland and celebrating our little guy’s 2nd Birthday.
I am amazed at the amount of chicken this little guy can pack away. We have recently started to pick up a rotisserie chicken from Costco every now and then (it usually last for 2 – 3 meals), and our 2 year old will eat an entire leg and thigh PLUS white meat!
I’m not a huge fan of the Costco chicken (contains carrageenan and some other weird stuff!), and we have always roasted our own organic chicken breasts or boneless thighs (I absolutely HATE pulling meat off of bones), but we had to cut down on our grocery spending. Additionally, little guy still needs to pack on the pounds, so anything high in calories, protein and iron works for us right now.
We are trying to avoid hormones and antibiotics and chemicals in our diet as much as possible, but the time and money-savings are extremely important to us right now.
Enough with me trying to justifying buying non-organic meat (Mom Guilt?) and back to the Munchkin Meals, which I’m linking up with Brittany from A Healthy Slice of Life once again.
At 2 years old, our little guy’s lunch and dinner favourites include:
- Bold flavours! He loved this braised chicken I made the other day!
He eats what we eat most of the time. There are exceptions, for example when we had a long day and are getting a late take-out meal, then I will make a separate meal for our son, and that’s usually always a combination of 2 – 4 items below (I’m trying to offer him a little bit from each food group).
Breakfasts are almost always cereal (Joes O’s) + milk / eggs + toast + fruit / smoothies
Weekend Brunches are sometimes more of a treat with cream cheese filled French Toast Sticks (photo below) or crepes.
Lunches are usually quick and easy:
- Proteins: chicken, meatballs, Applegate organic hot dogs, scrambled eggs
- Out and about: Chipotle (we like sharing a chicken burrito bowl)
- raw veggies: broccoli, cucumber slices, snap peas, bell pepper slices, carrot – basically anything crunchy
- dips of all sorts, incl. hummus, sour cream, homemade spinach and artichoke dip, and even “spicy” (= salsa)
- Cheese – he does not get special “kid” cheese (we don’t buy cheese sticks/mozza/mild cheddar etc.) and eats and loves what we eat, including aged cheddar and gruyere
- grilled cheese sandwiches
- buttered pasta / mac & cheese
- Favorite fruits: peaches, blueberries
- Stonyfield organic yo-toddler yogurt containers, which he eats all by himself with a spoon. Big boy!
- banana bread – little man loooves Bananenbrot (banana bread in German)
- HappyTots organic fruit and veggie pouches (Costco find!)
- Ice cream as a special treat
Do you have a little one? Check out the Munchkin Meals link-up over on A Healthy Slice of Life.
Looking for previous Munchkin Meals? Check out the following posts:
PS: The Melissa & Doug Wooden Food Groups (bottom left corner in the photos above) are great for pretend play and work perfectly for a little toy kitchen or market stand!