Toddler Meals: 17 Months Old

Another month down, and James is another month older. Which means, he’s got another roundup of meals to share with you guys! This month has been tricky. It seems like he’s all about the not-so-healthy foods these days, and the healthier options on his plate just gets spit out or thrown on the floor. I can’t help but blame myself for this because I often cave to his persistent “nom nom” when we’re in the grocery store and he spots the bakery, or his eyes catch a glimpse of the dish of candy corn on the counter, or I decide to give him an oreo for the first time and now he wants them all the time, or the milkshake and fries he ate at Five Guys the other night with endless amounts of ketchup.

His desire to eat has certainly spiked this month…in the junk food department. But we do our best, and I know that I offer him plenty of healthy foods to balance out the treats. Plus, I definitely grew up eating my fair share of donuts and candy, and now I love all foods. So there’s hope! Without further ado, let’s dive into some toddler meals, shall we?

BREAKFAST

Cashew butter toast, orange slices, and honey nut cheerios.

Waffle with peanut butter, banana slices, and yogurt.

Cinnamon raisin bagel with butter, strawberries, and yogurt.

Half of a greek yogurt whole wheat muffin, banana slices, and yogurt.

Banana pancake with nut butter, an orange cranberry scone, and yogurt.

Cinnamon raisin toast with sunflower butter, fried egg, and strawberries.

Yogurt, banana slices, and cheerios.

Toast with nut butter, banana slices, and strawberries.

Pancake with nut butter, cheerios, and strawberries.

LUNCH

Peanut butter and jelly toast, fried egg, and watermelon.

Annie’s mac and cheese, cucumbers, peppers, and watermelon.

Egg salad sandwich, homemade applesauce, and potato chips.

Cashew butter toast, cheese crackers, cucumbers, and peppers.

Leftover mushroom spinach beef pasta, grapes, and a cheese stick.

Lentil veggie bolognese with tortellini, watermelon, and a peanut butter cracker sandwich.

DINNER

Cheese pizza, caesar salad, and a chocolate chip banana oatmeal muffin.

Pepperoni pizza chicken, homemade bread and butter, and applesauce.

Tater tots, grilled cheese, cucumbers, peppers, and strawberries.

Broccoli cauliflower cheddar soup, croissant, and cantalope.

Pasta with meatballs and marinara, caesar salad, and homemade applesauce.

Leftover pepperoni pizza chicken, green beans, tortellini, and cantalope.

Homemade chicken nuggets with ketchup, corn on the cob, and chopped salad.

Veggie lentil bolognese with spaghetti, cucumbers, and watermelon.

Chicken and veggie fried rice, applesauce, and corn on the cob.

Mushroom spinach beef pasta, grilled cheese, and peppers.

Whew! Lots of meals to feed a toddler every day! No wonder why I get stuck in food ruts with this kid. I never know whether I’m offering James too much variety or too little. It can get discouraging to put new foods on his plate only to get rejected, but I’ve also noticed that he’ll get tired of eating the same foods over and over…still trying to find a balance that works for us.

Question of the Day: What kind of eater were you as a kid?

Happy eating everyone πŸ™‚

A Chili Bar and Other Food Highlights from the Week

Hello! I am back with another roundup of what we’ve been eating in September. I shared a highlight of our eats earlier in the month, and then took a week or two off. Here we are nearing the end of the month already, yikes! Let’s dig into some favorite fall meals.

What better way to kick off this chillier season than with a chili bar?! Featuring maple turkey chili and homemade cornbread, yum all around.

And a look at the bowl of chili after it took a trip through the toppings station. Never. Enough. Toppings. Who’s with me? Also I’ve declared Fritos > tortilla chips when it comes to a bowl of chili.

Oh you know we’re rolling with it now. Hello, chili dogs! Why did I just find out about this amazing way to eat leftover chili only a year ago?! Super delicious way to spice up leftovers and basically create a whole new meal. Also, this maple turkey chili is my favorite for topping chili dogs, it’s got a hint of sweetness from the maple which I find to be the perfect compliment to the salty hot dog underneath.

Ok we’re finally moving on from chili to BREAKFAST. My favorite meal of the day! I just found out that my husband has been holding out on me and happens to be a professional omelet chef. He’s actually good at making eggs of all kinds, but can we just look at that perfectly folded omelet with perfectly thin layers of egg and melty cheese…way beyond my egg making skills.

This is basically the lighting we’re working with at breakfast these days…ugh to dark mornings. I promise these fluffy whole wheat zucchini bread pancakes topped with greek yogurt and banana slices tasted way better than they look. I also made a variation of this breakfast with strawberry slices and declared it to be dessert worthy, somehow the greek yogurt turned into whipped cream, it tasted like it at least!

And we’re back to dinner. Looks healthy doesn’t it? It tasted great at least! Walking tacos inspired by our friends Kevin and Marie when they made us a walking taco bar for lunch while camping. Great camping food, but also a great weeknight meal! Very little mess, barely any dishes. Just your favorite taco toppings piled into a bag of crushed up chips. Sign me up!

This meal looks beautifully basic. And it is. But James and Josiah really like it, it comes together in one pot, and there are some hidden veggies. An all around win in my book. For those interested, it’s this spinach mushroom beef pasta.

It looks like our lighting at night is getting tricky these days too. What’s a blogger to do?! Another easy weeknight meal of buffalo chicken sandwiches and roasted broccoli. I just marinated thinly sliced chicken breasts in a spiedie marinade, baked them in the oven, coated the baked chicken in buffalo wing sauce and served it on top of toasted buns with blue cheese dressing, lettuce, and tomato.

Not the best photo, but an amazing milkshake that I shared with Josiah while we were out celebrating our friend Lauren’s birthday the other night. Josiah declared it to be the best milkshake he’s ever had! I put in a special request for whipped cream and a cherry on top, no regrets.

Last but not least, you’ve seen it but it’s worth another feature. Homemade apple crisp. I totally forgot to link the recipe in Monday’s post, so here it is! I thought it was a very easy recipe to make, and a very delicious apple crisp to be eaten. We served it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Only the best πŸ™‚

Alright y’all, that’s all I’ve got to share today. I need to get back in the swing of food photography. I’ve been in a bit of a cooking rut lately, and our meals haven’t been all that impressive. Simple meals might be fun to share too though.

I hope that you have a great Thursday friends. Happy Eating!

Friday Favorites #11

Happy Friday everyone! How are you all doing? I hope that there are lots of things making you smile this week, I’ll be sharing the things I’m loving most this week below. Any fun plans for the weekend? I know it’s not technically fall yet so are you holding onto all of those fun summer activities for as long as possible or diving head first into the fall festivities. I am so tempted to take James apple picking this weekend! I have a feeling it will be a lot more fun for him than last year when he couldn’t even sit up on his own. My how a year can change things! We also have a fun afternoon planned for Sunday celebrating our friend Lauren’s birthday with a mini road trip to get fish fry!

YOGA

I’m not a total yogi yet, but I have found myself enjoying relaxing yoga sessions a few times a week. James and I are gym members again, and looking forward to starting another session of swim lessons next week. I’ve also been dropping him off at childcare a few days a week so that I can enjoy some yoga! I hate to say it but I just don’t have the energy to do a hard-core workout followed by a long day of play with James so rather than burn myself out at the gym I’ve been tuning into Yoga with Adrienne. Shoutout to Sam (woohoo!), for introducing me to this great yoga channel. Adrienne has the most soothing voice and offers such a wide variety of yoga practices on her channel. I did a Detox and Reset practice the other day and it was the perfect amount of stretching with a little bit of burn mixed in. I can’t wait to explore more of her videos!

THE STATE FAIR

Last weekend I was joined by two friends for a trip to The Great New York State Fair! I’ve been going to the fair for as long as I can remember and I have so many fun fair memories from all of the visits I’ve made. After last year’s cancellation due to Covid I was thrilled that a few friends were equally as excited about going this year! We had a jam packed afternoon covering the entire fair grounds and all of it’s buildings. I had heard mixed reviews from people about the status of the fair this year, but I think we were all pleasantly surprised, and it met all of our expectations. We each had certain items (mostly food) that we had our sights on, and the fair delivered! For me it’s all about the chocolate milk (cold, creamy, deliciousness) and fried dough (soft, doughy, sweetness). But I also really enjoyed my lunch of “walking tacos” eaten straight out of a Doritos bag. YUM. Aside from the delicious treats, we soaked up lots of time with animals, saw a horse show, diving show, sand sculpture, butter sculpture, and so much more! I wish that Josiah was a fair goer, his presence was missed. I’m not giving up hope, between me and James we will have him converted in no time πŸ˜‰

THEY’RE HOME!

My parents and their friends arrived home safe late Wednesday night after a two week trip to Croatia. After dealing with multiple flight complications on the plane ride over, we were all hoping and praying for a smooth trip home. As it turns out, their initial flight home got cancelled, which they found out upon arriving to the airport to go home. After an extra night in Croatia, and a long trip home I am so happy and relieved that they’ve made it! It sounds like they had a great trip too, minus the complicated travel. They did a boat and bike tour for most of their time there and I can’t wait to hear more about it. When James saw them yesterday he was beside himself with excitement, it was so cute!

MY LITTLE FAMILY

That doesn’t look so little when I look at current pictures of all of us and realize that I am quickly being outgrown by James! Yikes. I’m used to being the short one, but I have a feeling that James is following right in Josiah’s footsteps with his height. We met up with my sister and her friends who were in town last weekend and took a quick hike down to see Chittenango Falls. It was a beautiful afternoon to visit the falls, the sun was trying to peak through the clouds and it made the water sparkle. Admittedly we are bad about capturing family photos, so I cherish the ones we do have.

Question of the Day: What is one thing making you smile this week?

Have a great weekend everyone!

Toddler Meals: 16 Months Old

Hey guys! I didn’t mean to go MIA on you this past week. The days kept getting away from me and I have been finding myself with very little time to blog. I realize that I could probably make time by waking up earlier or writing after James goes to bed, but I didn’t feel like pushing myself to those limits this week. I hate to be an inconsistent blogger, but I also don’t want to put a lot of pressure on myself to publish a set number of posts every week. My full time job is being a wife and mom right now and it has felt like all of that and more lately chasing around a 16 month old that seems to have never ending energy!

Speaking of James, another month is well underway and I have not shared a recap of last month’s meals. In true summer fashion, I neglected to take a lot of meal photos last month but I’ll share what I’ve got. If you’re looking for meal inspiration for your little ones or wondering what a 16 month old baby eats, keep on scrolling!

BREAKFAST

Toast with peanut butter, cheerios, and mixed berries.

Banana oat pancakes topped with peanut butter, yogurt that looks like ice cream because it froze in the fridge, and blueberries.

French toast topped with sunflower butter, Life cereal with milk, and cherries.

Blueberry pancakes topped with cashew butter, and yogurt.

Fluffy whole wheat zucchini pancakes topped with sunflower butter, yogurt, and berries.

More blueberry pancakes topped with peanut butter, banana slices, and multigrain cheerios.

Fried eggs over buttered toast, mixed berries, and yogurt.

Pancakes topped with peanut butter, yogurt, and strawberries.

More eggs and toast, mixed berries, and banana slices.

Pancakes topped with nut butter, bananas, and an apple cider DONUT(!!).

Banana zucchini baked oatmeal, yogurt, and blueberries.

LUNCH

Peaches, cheese stick, and vanilla cupcake goldfish.

Toast with peanut butter, applesauce, and bell peppers.

Peanut butter and jelly sandwich, apple slices, and bell peppers.

Peanut butter and jelly, cucumber slices, crackers and cheese.

Turkey and cheese sandwich, apples, grapes, and a chocolate chip zucchini cookie.

Peanut butter and jelly toast, roasted veggie orzo, and applesauce.

DINNER

Spaghetti with creamy tomato basil sauce and peas, bread, and watermelon.

Waffle fries, chicken tenders, cherries, and tomato slices.

Cheese pizza, cucumber and pepper slices, and watermelon.

Some kind of veggie stir fry with rice, watermelon, and shredded mozzarella.

Veggie burger with ketchup, crackers and peanut butter, watermelon, applesauce and pasta salad.

Apparently I did a lot better at taking breakfast photos than any other meal. Ooops!

I’ve said this before, but don’t go thinking that James is a perfect eater. A lot of these plates go uneaten or he will only eat the food he’s familiar with on his plate. We are also very much in a food throwing phase so often times his entire meal ends up on the floor…life with a toddler!

I do my best to add variety to his meals and slowly introduce new foods to him. It’s easy to get discouraged when he seems to be more interested in playing with and throwing his food vs. eating it. I find myself saying “why do I even bother” after a lot of meals just because I try hard to make his plates appetizing in both taste and appearance and to see all of that hard work get thrown on the floor can be frustrating.

That’s a quick update for you on where we are with eating these days. I hate to say it, but James is still drinking a lot of bottles and I’m convinced he doesn’t want to let the milk/formula go as his primary food source. Although it very well could be me who’s hanging on to the comfort of bottles. One of these days he’ll be weaned!

I hope you all are having a great week so far! Talk to you soon πŸ™‚

End of Summer Food Highlights

Happy Thursday folks! Welcome to another food highlight post. We had a few dinners with friends and family this week that I forgot to capture, and it seems like I’m a little on food photos this week in general. Oh well. I’ll share what I’ve got, and as always feel free to join in in the comments sections with what you’re eating this week!

We were in the mood for pizza again last Thursday since it was so good the week before. This time we got the hot honey pepperoni, and an italian sausage pizza. Wood fired thin crust pizzas are my new favorite! I’ll never be able to replicate these at home, I can’t get the dough super thin without breaking it.

Who doesn’t love a classic breakfast of toaster waffles smothered in butter, maple syrup and fresh berries. This was Josiah’s breakfast the other day, while I ate leftover pancakes (what’s new).

Another way we’re loving fresh berries this week is on top of salads. This salad was a base of local mixed greens, berries, goat cheese, avocado and honey roasted almonds drizzled with balsamic dressing. Yum!

Kind of looks like a hot mess, but I made this jalepeno black pepper basil chicken stir fry the other night and subbed cilantro for the basil. I served it on top of our favorite coconut rice. It was good, but once again a reminder that I’m not the biggest fan of stir-fry’s. Hot sauce to the rescue!

Y’all know I can put down a bowl of pasta any day of the week though. And this burst tomato pasta hit the spot. It was literally bursting with summer flavors. An equally light yet satisfying bowl of pasta. I can’t wait to dig into the leftovers later today!

While we’re on a roll with dinners this week, here’s a look at the buffalo cauliflower tacos we enjoyed on Monday night. Taco Monday anyone? Haha. I usually make buffalo cauliflower lettuce wraps but since we had corn tortillas to use up, we opted for the traditional taco route. Topped with shredded lettuce, diced tomato, blue cheese dressing, shredded cheese, and avocado. We’ll call it meatless Monday, how about that?

You might remember this wrap from yesterday’s post, but I’ll give you the full scoop. I’ve totally copied this combo at home, but needed something convenient yesterday after our busy morning. It’s mixed greens, roasted sweet potato, quinoa, gorgonzola, dried cranberries and toasted almonds all tossed in balsamic dressing and wrapped up. This one might have to go on the lunch menu soon. Once you’ve got your roasted sweet potato cubes and quinoa cooked, this wrap comes together in no time.

I’ve been loving the convenience of baked oatmeal this week. Particularly in the form of this salted brown butter banana zucchini baked oatmeal. I’ve been topping it with either cashew butter or peanut butter and berries because I find that any baked oatmeal recipe is best enjoyed with toppings.

Let’s get to the treats already. If you’re anything like me, this is what you came to see-haha! Like these homemade soft pretzels both salty and sweet, a whole lot of doughy goodness right there.

Last but not least, petit chocolate salted caramel thumbprints that my friend Sam made for our get together the other day. I’m sure I got the name wrong, but these bad boys totally stole the show. SOOO SO good. I’ve mentioned Sam’s amazing cookies before on the blog and she swears by The Cookie Book by Rebecca Firth. It’s going on my Christmas list!

I hope you have a great Thursday, friends! Happy eating πŸ™‚

Pizza, Ice Cream and Other Food Highlights from the Week

Hello to all of my foodies out there! Who else is loving what they’re eating these days? If I don’t have good food in my life, all else is lost. I’m kidding, but seriously, isn’t food just the best!? For those curious what we’ve been eating this week, keep on scrollin’.

Let’s kick things off with some pizza and ice cream from our date night last Thursday! Bonus points for not having to drive anywhere. After a rainy couple of days last week, the weather cleared up just in time for our night out. My sister and mom kindly offered to watch James for the evening so that Josiah and I could have a night free of parenting duties. Since the skies had cleared and the sun was popping out, Josiah suggested walking down to a local bar featuring wood fired pizzas. We were very pleased with the two pizzas and Italian tossed salad we shared. The pepperoni pizza above was called “hot honey pepperoni”, and I’m pretty sure it was just a normal pepperoni pizza with chili pepper flakes and honey drizzled on top. I have recently become a huge fan of honey on pizza (sounds crazy), and this one hit the spot! Of course we couldn’t walk home without making a detour for ice cream. Love a vanilla cone dipped in peanut butter, although it quickly became quite a mess.

Speaking of peanut butter, what better breakfast than PB and pancakes. I discovered this idea when we were down in Texas. The family I worked for insisted that pancakes topped with peanut butter and maple syrup was a combination that couldn’t be beat, and it turns out they were right! I’ve been lacking in the maple syrup drizzle, but often find that pancakes are sweet enough to eat without it…as long as you top them with lots of peanut butter of course πŸ˜‰

We aren’t looking too pretty #reallifemornings. But I had to share this photo fail of the giant box of multigrain cheerios we’ve been trying to tackle this week. The box is literally HUGE, we just couldn’t capture the correct scale in any photos. I think it’s funny that “family size” is so big. Then again our family of three will end up eating this box no problem…

Love love love hummus plates for lunch. I could eat this all day. A meal where you get to enjoy a little bit of everything and every bite is different is perfect in my mind. Sweet, savory, soft, crunchy, you name it! Plus you can’t mess up a hummus plate, anything goes!

My sister was in town this past week so we enjoyed dinner at my parents house on Friday night. Burgers, pasta salad, watermelon and un-pictured corn. Also neglected was the chocolate chip cookies and ice cream we had for dessert. I must have been too anxious to eat the sweets πŸ˜‰

This sandwich combo is so strange but so good. I got the idea from an Instagram story that Ambitious Kitchen posted the other day. She’s got the best recipes so I figured she wouldn’t steer us wrong with a sandwich. Are you ready for it? Ok, lightly toast two pieces of bread, top one slice with dijon mustard and the other slice with jelly. Next layer a few slices of turkey on one slice of bread and top with 1/2 of a sliced avocado, spinach (which I forgot), and a fried egg! Frying the egg is the most time consuming part of this sandwich (not even that long) but so SO worth it. Something about the dijon and jelly compliment each other in the best way. The avocado adds a perfect creaminess. Turkey because it’s got good flavor and protein. And fried eggs make everything better. Let me know if you give it a try!

Because I was skeptical of the sandwich and we had leftover pizza in the fridge, it turned into mix and match lunch. Although the next day I made the same sandwich again and ate the whole thing.

Last minute change to the meal plan resulted in this delicious summer meal! It is Ambitious Kitchen’s (told ya I love her), 30 minute brown butter goat cheese grilled veggie orzo. Y’all I don’t know what else to say other than it tastes as good as it looks and sounds. I felt like we were eating a lot of heavy meals…pizza, burgers, etc. and I was craving something light, fresh, and summery. This meal delivered.

Speaking of meals that are kind of on the heavier side (but taste amazing), this is a copycat chick-fil-a meal I made the other night using Aldi’s Red Bag Chicken. I topped our sesame buns with How Sweet Eat’s house sauce, it tastes very close to chick-fil-a sauce, followed by the chicken, pickles, lettuce and tomato (mostly for color). Paired with waffle fries and one again corn that went un-pictured. Sorry corn, I’ll get you in a photograph one of these days.

And we’ll wrap things up with all things quiche. I wish I had a delicious dessert photo to share, I guess the ice cream was pretty tasty. You know I like to end things on a sweet note, I just haven’t been capturing our sweet treats this week. I found a homemade pie crust in the freezer the other day and it sparked the idea of quiche for dinner, and breakfast, and lunch. I made a broccoli cheddar quiche from America’s Test Kitchen and I loved the fact that I could make it during James’s nap and easily serve it for dinner a few hours later. That’s been my strategy lately since dinner time is usually busy and involves crankiness around here, as much as I can make or prep in the afternoon, the better the evening goes!

Question of the Day: What is one of your go-to summer meals?

Happy Eating πŸ™‚

Pancakes, French Fries, and Other Food Highlights from the Week

Happy Thursday folks! I hope everyone’s having a good week! I didn’t capture enough food photos to share a highlight post last week, but I’m back with some delicious eats from this week! I’ll be sure to link as many recipes as I can in case you’re interested.

First things first, we’re back to pancakes. After a failed attempt to switch things up due to the fact that James wasn’t touching any of the other breakfast options I was putting on his plate including toaster waffles smothered in butter and maple syrup, I mean come on! How can you say no to that classic breakfast?! So we were left with no choice but pancakes. These are our favorite banana oatmeal blender pancakes topped with peanut butter and blueberries.

How cute are the fries that came with James’s happy meal the other day?! I cant. And yes, we bought our 15 month old son a happy meal, I might have eaten his burger and most of these fries…

We tried to do the breakfast sandwich thing…

But pancakes are currently winning. These are whole wheat zucchini bread pancakes from our fav pancake girl Ambitious Kitchen, and they are amazing! Taste like a treat, but actually really healthy. I topped mine with whole milk greek yogurt and strawberries for some added protein and flavor!

The blueberry avocado quinoa salad that I mentioned last week in Friday Favorites, a little more work than I’d like to put into lunch but worth it in the end.

And then there’s meals that require very little effort like this plate of spaghetti and meatballs. Especially when the meatballs are frozen, but congrats Wegmans on your delicious frozen meatballs!

I see you healthy, but don’t go thinking you’re the star of the show here. Sign me up for the pizza and fries in the back please πŸ™‚ My sister and I took James out to dinner Saturday night. It was a scene. It was far from relaxing. We shoveled this food into our mouths and booked it out of the brewery before disaster struck. James needs practice at restaurants. But we tried and we survived.

Yes to all of this. Marinated BLTA’s are now the highlight of all lunches this summer. It took hardly any effort to add in the marinating step, but wow does a marinated tomato totally turn this sandwich upside down. In a good way.

Thanks to some marinated tomato inspiration I created this summer meal of Caprese Chicken Thighs with Lemon Basil Couscous. Super fast, extra flavorful, and includes all of your summer produce staples.

Green Chile Chicken Burritos turned into quesadillas. Let’s take a vote, are you on team burrito or team quesadilla? I’m pretty close to a 50/50 split, but the quesadilla might take the prize. I find them easier to eat and dare I say, cheesier?!

I’ve got 4 words. Chocolate. Peanut Butter. Lava. Cakes. They sound like the most difficult dessert on the planet, but literally take 15 minutes start to finish. Dangerously easy and oh so decadent.

That’s a wrap. I hope that you’re all enjoying some time in the kitchen this summer cooking up all kinds of yummy foods. And if you own a grill, this is the season for you! We are not a grill family, but maybe in the future you’ll find me on the back patio grilling up all kinds of goodies.

Thanks for reading!

Life Without An Oven + Food Highlights

Hey guys! How’s it going? We have been dealing with oven issues this week among other things…ugh! It was just the broiler that wasn’t working but when maintenance came last Friday and realized they would have to order a new part, it turned into the whole oven not working, fortunately the stove top was. On Monday maintenance came with the new part, but it wasn’t fixing the problem and we were left with no oven or stove top! And that’s where we’ve been the rest of the week. In the long run, I know a few days without an oven or stove isn’t a big deal, but it’s been a rough week over here aside from that, and it’s just another thing adding to the stress. On a more positive note, we’ve still enjoyed some delicious meals over here despite our kitchen dilemma, and I will never take for granted a working oven in the future!

Do mine and Josiah’s plates even look like the same meal?? I was experimenting with different plating techniques, which one do you like better? I combined three different recipes to create this dish which sounds super complicated but it really wasn’t. Thank you Ambitious Kitchen for providing the recipes to create this super delicious meal. It was coconut rice (oh my gosh amazing), topped with chili maple lime salmon, and mango salsa. The perfect summer meal!

Blueberries fresh from the field! The best kind of blueberries of course ;). I haven’t made anything fancy with these blueberries yet, hence our oven malfunction, but I did make blueberry almond flour pancakes one morning and those are always a hit with me and James.

I made this rotisserie chicken salad on Thursday night and we liked it but didn’t love it. I think this is a really good salad, the truth is I am just in a salad rut lately. No salad sounds good to me. I might have overdone it with salads the past couple of weeks, and now it’s time for a salad break. Does anyone else relate to this? I feel like I become obsessed with certain meals and I eat them over and over but then there comes a day when I’m just over it.

Buffalo chicken wing dip, now that’s a meal I’ll never get sick of! Just kidding, I probably would if I ate too much of it, but an occasional batch is always happily devoured!

Vegan egg roll in a bowl served over ramen. I made our version with chickpeas because I wasn’t sure how our family would do with the tofu version. I’m not a huge fan of Asian cuisine, but I don’t mind eating a meal like this once in a while. Italian food on the other hand, all day every day!

Saturday morning donuts! I want these back in my life ASAP. I can’t handle looking at the picture.

Sunday was rainy and cold which meant a mid-summer grilled cheese and tomato soup kind of night. My go-to comfort meal when the weather is gross.

French toast with strawberries and cinnamon whipped cream because it was our two year wedding anniversary and I love any excuse to celebrate with an extra special breakfast <3.

Can’t resist an ice cream sundae…especially one that is super reasonably priced. Thank you Dad’s Ice Cream for this mouthwatering (and affordable) treat!

And that’s pretty much all I’ve got for this week’s food highlights. Between not having an oven and also forgetting to take food pictures, it feels like I don’t have a whole lot to share. Oh well. We’ll see what next week brings!

I hope that the week is going well for you! We’ll talk soon πŸ™‚

Toddler Meals: 15 Months Old

Happy August everyone! Another month has come and gone, which means it’s time for a roundup of toddler meals over here! James is now 15 months old, and if you’re curious what he’s been eating lately, keep on scrolling.

I’m always trying to add more variety to James’s meals, especially since some of his old favorites, such as toast with nut butter are no longer quite as appealing. His latest at meal times has looked like ignoring everything on his plate and reaching out to our food saying “nom nom nom” continuously until we start handing him random food from our plates or the table. The grass is always greener, am I right?

I have zero idea what I’m doing when it comes to feeding a 15 month old, so my strategy is mostly intuition and trying to read James’s cues. I hope that these meal ideas offer inspiration for you and your little ones, and like I always say, I post the best of what we’ve got around here and there are a lot of “not so pretty” meals eaten as well.

  • Breakfast

Blueberry bagel, blueberries, and yogurt. I usually try to mix a flavored yogurt with some plain yogurt because the flavored ones are super sweet and the plain is super bland, so a mix tastes perfect!

Must be blueberry season! We’ve got a blueberry almond flour pancake (slightly burned), cheerios, and yogurt.

Oh my gosh more blueberries! Along with a buttermilk waffle topped with PB and a banana chocolate chip muffin.

4th of July patriotic breakfast! But really nothing fancy. Mixed berries, bananas, cereal and PB toast.

Pancakes topped with sunflower butter, banana slices, and fresh picked raspberries from a friend.

Pancakes topped with PB, bananas and blueberries (!!), along with some life cereal and milk.

Ok we’re obsessed, blueberries, yogurt and french toast sticks.

Veggie egg scramble, plain donut, and yogurt.

  • Lunch

Peanut butter and jelly, mozzarella cheese stick, and watermelon.

Tuna salad sandwich, cheese crackers, and blueberry applesauce.

A hummus plate! Naan, hummus, cheese stick, peppers, cucumber, peaches, and cherries. He ate chick-fil-a french fries for dinner that night…#balance.

Roasted vegetable pesto couscous, applesauce and shredded cheese.

Pizza squares, peanut butter crackers, peppers and cucumbers.

Sunflower butter and jelly toast, peppers, cherry tomatoes, and cherries.

Peanut butter on sourdough toast, chickpeas, celery, and cherry tomatoes.

Leftover chicken parmesan, naan, veggies with hummus, and cherries.

  • Dinner

Cheese quesadillas, black bean and corn salad, and watermelon.

A slightly blurry photo, oops! Coconut rice, chili maple lime salmon, and mango salsa.

Chicken parmesan, watermelon, and tossed salad.

We had salads for dinner, James had everything but the lettuce. Roasted corn, cherry tomatoes, figs, chicken, avocado, goat cheese and a croissant.

Pasta with marinara sauce, toast and butter, cherries, and celery…at the beach!

Vegan egg roll in a bowl with ramen, blueberries and a granola bar.

Buttered couscous, salmon, roasted broccoli, and watermelon.

Peanut butter and jelly, peppers, cucumbers, hummus, and blackberries.

And for DESSERT?!

Ice cream of course πŸ™‚

Question of the Day: What do meals look like for you and your family?

We’re in a stage of life where meals are often hectic, messy, loud, and all around unpredictable. Not the most ideal circumstances for someone who looks forward to each and every meal of the day, but I value eating as a family and if it requires a lot of noise and food thrown everywhere, I’ll roll with it. Or try to at least πŸ˜‰

Happy eating everyone!

BBQ, Burgers, and Other Food Highlights from the Week

Hello to you, and happy Thursday! How’s the week going for you? It’s time for my favorite blog post of the week, all about food! I’ve shared a few glimpses oF the yumminess happening around here this week, but let’s dive in to the rest of the goods!

Gotta love a simple sandwich combo for lunch. On the sandwich was mayo, ham, salami, tomato, pickles and spinach, paired with leftover pasta salad. Hit the spot!

We also love a “throw together salad” that looks way prettier than it deserves. Haha. A bed of lettuce topped with tomatoes, celery, shredded carrot, chickpeas, ham, and swiss.

Date night dinner of eggplant napoleon and a devoured bread plate. I wish Josiah liked eggplant because I would definitely try to recreate this simple yet flavorful dish at home. According to the menu description it was grilled eggplant, topped with tomatoes and marinated mozzarella served over homemade marinara sauce. It was SO GOOD!

How can we forget about Bob’s BBQ that was thoroughly enjoyed after an eventful morning at the splash pad!

Summer Risotto Stuffed Peppers from How Sweet Eats. She has one of my favorite food blogs around, and these stuffed peppers are just one of the reasons why I keep coming back to her recipes time and time again. This dish is vegetarian, and a wonderful summery twist on a traditional stuffed pepper. If you’re looking for a comforting yet seasonal meal, give this one a try!

Speaking of How Sweet Eats, here’s another great recipe for you! These are her cheeseburger sliders and Josiah and I are both in love (with each other of course, as well as all of this cheeseburger goodness!). These are the perfect meal to throw together on a busy weeknight, and they work well for us because there’s no grill needed and they taste amazing!

And because we couldn’t eat sliders alone for dinner, here’s a look at the full meal. Sliders, tots, and tomato cucumber salad. Perfect amount of comforting and refreshing.

An impressively easy salad that I brought to girl’s lunch the other day. Mixed greens, strawberries, blueberries, goat cheese, and honey roasted almonds. If I am feeling extra fancy, I’ll add grilled chicken and avocado to this salad. YUM. Top with balsamic and you’re good to go!

And a few throwbacks to round out today’s foodie post. How can we forget the chocolate zucchini muffins and pizza from Sally’s Baking Addiction? Seems like we had a healthy week over here…Ha!

Question of the Day: What have you been eating this week?

Have a great Thursday, friends!