I know it seems like I’ve been on a cooking spree lately, but the truth is that I cook almost every day. The problem is that I don’t have day light to take pictures of the food I cook on weekdays, and therefore I have to settle for weekend meal photos only.
I wanted to put together a weekly meal plan for a 1 year old for a while now, but I needed a couple of weeks in order to get my photos in. And! I’m finally here!
Our meals very week to week, but here are some “rules” that I like to stick to
- Aim for a serving of veggie, fruit, grain, and protein at least throughout the day
- Limit (if not eliminate) added sugars
- Have at least one serving of calcium in addition to milk (Peanut rarely drinks all her milk)
- Limit take out to once a week at most
- Limit pasta dishes to once a week
- If possible, always choose low sugar, low sodium, low additives
I don’t succeed with this every single week, but for the most part, we do ok.
As you can see, a lot of our dinner left overs become next day’s lunch. It’s true for us and for Peanut. On days that we don’t have leftovers, I end up grabbing something quick for her lunch like frozen veggies, chicken nuggets, or hot dogs. Almost all of the store bought things like yogurt, chicken nuggets, and even hot dogs are all natural, low sodium, and nitrate free. We stock up on items like that when we drive out to Whole Foods. I also make some items, like the zucchini fritters, in large quantities and free small portions that I can give Peanut when I’m low on time or won’t be able to cook.
We’ve been lucky that our kid isn’t a very picky eater and her favorites are fruits and veggies. We still have a very hard time getting her to eat any meat, so I often substitute tofu for meat in her meals.
In case you missed it, here are links to some of the recipes mentioned:
Baked sweet potato fries
What is your and/or your kid’s favorite food?