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™‚

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™‚

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!

A Pancake a Day…

We are obsessed with pancakes. Two of us are at least. Josiah would pass on breakfast all together if I didn’t stress the importance of breakfast all the time. His bowls of cereal are comically small, but at least it’s something. I don’t understand people who can eat a small breakfast, or gasp(!) skip breakfast all together. If you fall into one of those categories, please tell me how. I’m the opposite and need a hearty breakfast followed by a mid-morning snack just to get me through to lunch.

Fortunately I have a pancake eater on my team now, kind of. James doesn’t really have a choice, and I’ve found pancakes to be a winner for both of us. Mostly because they are a lot easier than I thought, and there are so many flavors and variations to experiment with. In my experience, pancakes are an optimal baby food as well. James does not like oatmeal in any form, yogurt is hit or miss, cereal too crunchy, toast gets boring, and eggs are a definite no. Which leaves us with pancakes and waffles. I love a good waffle but Lord help me if I’m willing to put that much effort into breakfast on a daily basis. Pancakes on the other hand, much more manageable.

We have been eating pancakes almost every day for a long time. My pancake obsession began with Kodiak cakes which I still love, but I’ve found certain homemade versions to be yummier, just as convenient, and packed with even more nutrients. No shame on the Kodiak and other pancake mix people out there, we love a good mix! I feel like we are nearing the end of our pancake streak, but who knows. In the meantime, here’s a look at some of our fav pancake creations, recipes and topping ideas.

Greek yogurt pancakes (made in the blender!) topped with nut butter, yogurt, and strawberries.

Apple pancakes (made in the blender!) with nut butter and blueberries.

Almond flour pancakes topped with greek yogurt and peaches.

Banana pancakes (made in the blender!) topped with nut butter and berries.

More banana pancakes, different toppings!

Kodiak cakes with scrambled eggs and cantaloupe.

Not sure, but I think these were greek yogurt pancakes again.

If you’re not pancaked out by this point, I like to make these 4 ingredient pancakes for James because they are super cute and the batter takes less than a minute to make. I personally find the texture of these to be a little weird, but for babies they’re great!

On my pancakes must-make list are these fluffy whole wheat zucchini bread pancakes, especially while zucchini season is in full swing. These lemon blueberry quinoa pancakes sound intriguing and also seem like a summer essential. And for a weekend splurge, these salted brown butter pancakes are next up on the griddle! Maybe I’ll be able to convince Josiah to eat them with us since they don’t have a “healthy” label attached.

Question of the day: Who wants to come over for pancakes?

Toddler Meals: 14 Months Old

Hey Y’all! I’ve got a whole lot of food photos on my phone, specifically James’s meals so I figured I would share another roundup of what James has been eating as he continues to transition to real food. I shared a recap of his 12 month meals a while back, if you’re interested. Lord help us with this kid, it feels like a VERY slow transition and he is just now learning how to swallow food rather than chewing and spitting it out. Kind of gross, but that is what eating has looked like for him since we first introduced solids at the age of 6 months. There’s still plenty of food that gets thrown out and/or spit out, but we are making progress.

I’ve found myself trying to get more up to date on what’s safe for James to eat, more in terms of how foods are prepared rather than the type of food. When you first introduce foods to babies you start with very large pieces and it gradually gets smaller as they get older. So you give a tiny baby a big piece of food and a big baby a tiny piece of food, now that’s a mind twister. Ha! My go-to website is Solid Starts, and I’ve learned many things that I didn’t know before about teaching babies how to eat. It’s one of those skills that we all learned so long ago we don’t even remember learning it. But wow, it is a LEARNED skill for sure.

Before I ramble too long, here’s a look at what James has been eating…

Breakfast:

Banana oatmeal pancakes with cashew butter, peaches, yogurt, and cheerios.

Greek yogurt pancakes with almond butter, cheerios, and strawberries.

Blueberry bagel, scrambled eggs, and watermelon.

French toast, banana slices, and yogurt.

Almond flour blueberry pancakes, strawberry yogurt, and more blueberries!

Lunch:

Buttermilk waffles with peanut butter, tangerine slices, and roasted broccoli.

Cinnamon raisin bagel, cherries, and a veggie salad.

Tuna salad on crackers, celery, strawberries, and roasted sweet potato.

Peanut butter sandwich, shredded mozzarella, and yellow bell pepper slices.

Pesto couscous with roasted vegetables and salmon, orange slices, and puffs.

Dinner:

Veggie marinara pasta, watermelon, and salad.

Roasted asparagus, strawberries, and cashew butter toast.

Roasted cauliflower with marinara, vegetable baked gnocchi, and cantaloupe.

Peanut butter toast, turkey, corn, and peppers.

Beef spinach pasta, orange slices, and mixed veggies.

There you have it, a glimpse into our little guy’s eats. I try to take photos of most of his meals, and these are truly the highlights. I really need to get some “after” photos too, because these “pretty plates” lasts merely seconds before succumbing to James’s hands and face. It is a test at every meal, challenging my need for cleanliness. Also, praise the parents who’s kids eat exactly what they are eating. I would love for James to get to that point, but I’m not holding my breath. It’s a constant learning curve over here and there are lots of meals that are thrown together. If you’ve got little ones at home, be sure to give yourself grace, parenting ain’t easy.

Have a lovely day everyone πŸ™‚