I have been meaning to write this post for months now. I think I was asked back in the summer what Ashlynn's schedule was like and also her meals.
I'll shared the schedule in yesterday's Two Under Two'sday in what things are like around here, but now it's time to focus on the grub.
Luckily, we've been blessed with a really good eater. Not to say she isn't without her preferences and some likes and dislikes, but overall girlfriend eats and makes our lives (and meal times) fairly easy without lots of thought, monotony, or separate special requests.
Some meals, like breakfast and lunch she usually rotates a variety of go-tos. Most of them being quick to make and knowing they are fan favorites. Dinner she will usually eat what we eat, but when she doesn't - say some sort of baked chicken or more animal protein based dish - I'll give her extra sides that I know she will eat. Only occasionally will she decide to completely push away a meal and because I want her to eat something will I just give her a yogurt or maybe half a pb and j. I figure she generally eats well enough, so she won't starve when going light on a meal. And my rule is no 'cooking' anything extra, but I'm too soft to iron rule with a "You Eat What We Eat, Or You Don't Eat At All" fist.
Here's some of our usual menu... (check the recipe share button in the side bar for recipes!)
scrambled egg, toast
cereal - kashi cinnamon harvest or honey sunshine
pancakes - normally on weekends
french toast sticks
She's pretty much always given a handful of blueberries while I'm getting breakfast together, as long as we have them.
She usually eats a banana and then a cheese stick. I'll offer a graham cracker or some goldfish and usually she declines. If we don't have bananas I'll give her a peach cup which I always keep stocked for back up.
And yes, her thing is to completely peel the banana and give me the "trash" and then eat her banana like it's corn on the cob. String cheese too.
yogurt (chobani or yotoddler)
peanut butter and jelly (sometimes a half, sometimes a whole!)
bean and cheese quesadilla
That's a pretty complete list of our lunch rotation. A lot of times she'll get another handful of blueberries or a peach cup depending on if she's still hungry or didn't eat a lot for snack. Some days she eat a lot, others, I end up with two lunches.
tortilla chicken casserole
frittata or quiche
butternut squash mac n cheese
cheesy orzo with a veggie
annies mac and cheese
quorn chicken nuggets with veggie side
... anything with egg noodles
She's usually offered whatever we are eating, these are her favorites and other easy items I'll make if we are eating something I know she won't eat, is too messy (I currently have a ban on quinoa and rice), or if we are going to eat after she goes to bed.
Overall, she isn't a fan of meat (we only eat poultry and fish). She likes fish, but we don't eat it all that often maybe only twice a month. When I make turkey chili she picks out the beans and only eats the pasta if we make a ground turkey or chicken sausage meat sauce. If we do a turkey meat loaf she'll have a few bites moving on to whatever veggies and egg noodles I made to go with it. Pretty much sneaking it in casseroles is the way to go. She's a dairy-fein, just like her mama. She pretty much requests cheese at every meal (doesn't get it!), milk, and can successfully feed herself yogurt with minimal mess.
So happy this girl makes meal time fun!