I’m so excited to finally be cooking in our own (albeit tiny) kitchen again. This past week, we’ve had some wild salmon, Irish Nachos and Sweet Potato Nachos (inspired by Peas and Crayons), and I’ve also made a huge batch of bolognese sauce, just to name a few dishes.
With that being said, I thought it’s time for another Munchkin Meals post, linked up with Brittany of A Healthy Slice of Life. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of those posts, so here we go.
Our 21 month-old usually eats everything we eat.
The little guy loves spicy food! Mrs. Renfro’s Mango Habanero Salsa? Yes please! He will ask for “mehr/mer” (German/Swedish for more).
Chicken satay? Why not!
But this is more what he’ll have on a regular basis:
Breakfast is usually milk and cereal + sippy cup with extra milk. He’s still a light weight, so we try and get extra calories into him, when we can, hence all the milk. Full fat, obviously.
He will have a lunch before nap time, and this is usually what I have, or bites thereof. The other day we shared a burrito bowl from Chipotle, and he could not stop eating the grilled chicken pieces. Other days it’s bites of cucumber, a slice of bread and cheese.
Post-nap snack is often a green smoothie (mooie in toddlerese), 1/2 a PB&J, pear slices, snap peas with hummus, or any combination thereof. Occasionally he is having banana, but unless he could peel it himself he wouldn’t look at it. And even then, he will eat only half, at most.
He will also ask for blaubeah or “Blaubeeren” (German for blueberries) multiple times a day, and usually I give him some. Again, the fact that he’s eating well now is a good thing, because of he’s so small.
Dinner really depends on the day. He can either eat great, or just graze on a few bites and call it a meal. We don’t want to force it, as I want him to understand and listen to his body’s signals, when he’s hungry. We usually do have to remind him to eat throughout the day though, as he is often too busy to realize he’s hungry. When it’s just me and him (which is often..), we usually have something quick and easy. Grilled Cheese, veggies, hummus, crackers, you name it.
Last weekend we went out to a steakhouse, and the little foodie happily munched on crab & avocado dip with nachos, lobster (!!!), and steak. What can I say, he’s got expensive taste!
Other days, however, he just wants plain buttered pasta and a couple of meatballs. I keep a stash of Trader Joes frozen meatballs on hand for him, because I can quickly heat them up in case a hungry toddler comes running and asking for mehr mea-bah (“more meatballs, in case you didn’t figure this one out )
So this is what our 21 month old is up to, food-wise. He goes through phases, so this is not a guarantee to remain the same, but I’m happy that we finally have our kitchen gadgets back, so we can eat as we please and no longer have to rely on takeout/hot bar/makeshift dinners all the time.
What are you or your kids eating throughout the day? You can hit up Brittany’s link-up for some fantastic kiddie meal ideas and for grown-up food, you can check out Jenn’s What I Ate Wednesday posts! I can’t wait to join the #WIAW party soon again, when I get a chance!