Thursday, March 6, 2014

lazy lunches / 004

We've finally made it to dinners. Yay! For dinner, both kids (age 3 and 1) eat what we eat. For Eli, it's a little more challenging because he doesn't use a spoon very well yet. And even when I give him one, he's not interested. The kid just prefers to shovel everything in his mouth with his hand. He basically finishes eating in about .2312 seconds.

Dinners double as lunches around here. We are a big leftovers family. Saves money on buying lunch stuff and it makes things easier for me! Plus, we are blessed in that my husband comes home for lunch every day so I just heat everything up at the same time for the whole family. But, if there isn't enough leftovers we do resort to some basic lunch foods; mostly crackers and sandwiches.

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Egg yolk from a hard boiled egg (Eli is allergic to egg whites), clementine, and whole wheat toast with all natural grape jelly.

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Deconstructed hamburger and cabbage soup, crackers and cubed avocado. With toddlers, it's easy to just deconstruct whatever you're having for dinner for them. We eat a lot of soup so that just means serving it with a slotted spoon to make sure it's not runny. If we have tacos, I just give him all of the ingredients individually to eat. And so on.

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Chunks of turkey, an orange and crackers. Nothing fancy. I think this was a quick, we're in a hurry, lunch.

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Chucks of roasted chicken, oven-roasted potato, carrots and parsnip, couscous with raisins.

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Stir fried vegetables, pan-seared chicken and rice. For the chicken I brushed it with honey, crushed garlic and salt and pepper. As far as rice goes, we generally eat more white than brown rice. I know it's not as healthy but there have been studies released recently showing high amounts on arsenic found in brown rice and so it's made me a bit uncomfortable feeding it to my family. As with anything we eat, when eating white rice, we just eat it in moderate amounts.

You can find more lazy lunches toddler food ideas here.

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