What are they eating at meal times?

Claire - posted on 02/28/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I've always been a convenience food kind of person but now that he is off the jars i've cut all the rubbish out and gradually learning to cook - bent my mums ear earlier and drove her crazy when I was asking the ins and outs of cooking stew! I just eanted to know what people are feeding their little cherubs at mealtimes. He eats sandwiches at lunch and like to have chicken and waffles and adores peas but i think this doesnt make for a healthy diet!



Any meal ideas will be greatly appreciated.

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DeAnn - posted on 03/03/2009

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Breakfast is oatmeal and/or rice cereal, jar of fruit and banana, cheerios. Lunch and dinner are similar: rice or pasta, lots of fresh veg (steamed carrots, zucchini, broccoli, sweet potato, squash) meat/protein (ground beef, turkey, steamed chicken, salmon, tofu). Snacks: applesauce (you can steam apples yourself and blend and freeze in cubes) yogurt, fruit with cottage cheese, cheese and crackers...) My girl LOVES to eat! :-) another healthy snack or meal is cheese quesadilla- I use whole wheat tortilla and various cheeses, can add beans for protein. She doesn't mind repetition and I need fresh ideas too! But the baby food cookbooks can be a bit ambitious for a working mom!

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Joanna - posted on 03/15/2009

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Neither of my last two children, including my Nov 07 baby, would eat traditional baby food, ever. We let her try everything we eat, in very small bits of course. She's beginning to eat more variety.



She loves mac & cheese and any pastas, cheese, peanutbutter toast, rice, peas, she used to love bananas but she hasn't been eating them as much lately. I've tried giving her Cheerios and other brands of dry cereal but she isn't too much on those. She really likes yogurt. She's just started to eat some chicken and ham.



Just a side not...my 4 yr old, who was the other one who wouldn't eat baby food, he eats stuff that isn't necessarily on most kids' lists, like asparagas, peppers, asian, mexican and indian food, mushrooms, stinky cheeses, etc, but he won't eat potatoes!

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my daughter loves all chicken (fried, baked, nuggets, etc) and pasta (any kind with almost any sauce), meatballs, adult cereal (if I'm eating it, she'll eat some), breakfast sausage, french fries (I think they are her fave).



as far as meal suggestions, I make mostacholi and meatballs, steamed chicken or pork chops, boxed pasta, homestyle bakes chicken and biscuits, nothing fancy really. just what I'd normally make. she eats anything we eat. we've been lucky, no allergies or anything.

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my daughter loves all chicken (fried, baked, nuggets, etc) and pasta (any kind with almost any sauce), meatballs, adult cereal (if I'm eating it, she'll eat some), breakfast sausage, french fries (I think they are her fave).



as far as meal suggestions, I make mostacholi and meatballs, steamed chicken or pork chops, boxed pasta, homestyle bakes chicken and biscuits, nothing fancy really. just what I'd normally make. she eats anything we eat. we've been lucky, no allergies or anything.

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My munchkin loves eggs in the morning.  So easy!  I spray olive oil in the bottom of a coffee mug and crack the egg in there and stir the yolk just a bit then microwave it with a paper towel over b/c it pops.  I only need 45s but used a minute in a cousins microwave.  She eats two of these, cut up,  usually.  Eggs are the "perfect protein" so I love that she loves them.   I nannied and she didn't like eggs so I often made French toast and she ate them that way.



Then a bit later, 10-ish, she has two packets of instant oatmeal.   Sometimes a blueberry bagel.  I try to get whole grain in what I can.  I prefer it and, of course, it's more nutrition.  Mine likes deli turkey, too.  For all purpose, at Church, in the car, on run, even around the house snacking we keep Multi-Grain Cheerios around.  They cost more than the generic but they are so much more nutritious.  FYI  tons of iron, too, for moms.  They are great tasting, in my opinion, and I'm not a cereal fan.  She also eats just a plain slice of whole grain bread once in awhile.



Of course we do spaghettio's, ramen, french toast sticks, healthy stuff like that :D once in awhile too. 



Lunch and dinner are whatever Mama and Papa are having, cut up small for the princess, of course.  She loves couscous.  Perfect for her to practice with a spoon or just use her sweet fingers.  Avocados are perfect baby food.  They have healthy fat and are the perfect consistency.  Goat cheese is fab, too, especially with avocado.  As the little one I nannied got older we did this rolled in a tortilla, sometimes with turkey.  Oh, and she loves tomato soup, which i let her have thru a straw as it's just a mess :D.



 

Brittany - posted on 03/10/2009

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Breakfast-Sausage and Egg



Lunch- Yogurt and Fruit



Dinner - Chicken and Mashed Potatoes --This was yesterday of course it changes

Vanessa - posted on 03/10/2009

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My daughter eats so many different things, she's such a good eater. Usually for breakfast She has either cereal (cheerios or chex), a whole-grain waffle, or oatmeal. She also has with that a piece of fruit, either a banana or apple.

At lunch, she typically eats leftovers from dinner the night before. I have also given her pb&j sandwiches and grilled cheese sandwiches and she LOVES them. Again, we try to give her a fruit or veggie with lunch.

At dinner, she's eaten pork chops (boneless), rice and beans, pizza (homemade and healthy), lentil soup, black bean soup, and many other different things(just not all at once of course).

For snacks, she likes a variety of things such as cheese, yogurt with wheat germ, graham crackers, goldfish, cucumbers, black olives, applesauce (she didn't like this at first, but now loves it), grapes, and animal crackers.

Lisa-Maree - posted on 03/09/2009

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my son loves wheet-bix for brekkie, i usually pour boiled water to soften them, wait for it to cool then add a little milk. he loves fruit, he eats banana, grapes, necterines, watermelon, apples.



I recomend getting a slow cooker! It makes the meat so tender, we had beef and mushroom ragout last night, my son loved it! so did i :-)  meals for slow cooker are so quick and easy to prepare i love it.

Sandee - posted on 03/06/2009

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My little boy has a 4 oz yogurt for breakfast (plus he snacks on my breakfast...cereal or waffles), first snack a banana and cheerios, lunch time grill cheese/chicken nuggets/fish sticks and vegetable (green beans/broccoli), second snack applesauce or crackers, and dinner time is what ever we eat (meat/potato/rice/pasta/vegetable), sometimes he gets a fruit for his last snack (dessert).  He's a very good eater, but getting him to drink whole milk is hard.  He drinks 4 ozs of juice diluted with 6 ozs of water in a sippy cup, but he won't give up nursing.  

Carmen - posted on 03/05/2009

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Caden has a toast for breakfast. lunch and dinner at daycare are usually rice/noodles with meat and vegetables. After i picked him up from work i would give him some fruits usually apple/banana (he is refusing oranges...) ,then some crackers/cheerios and maybe yogurt if he's still hungry. He just loves to eat!

Elizabeth - posted on 03/03/2009

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For breakfast it's either a waffle, mini bagel or Cheerios and always a banana with a cup of milk. Lunch is usually a sandwich (grilled cheese or PB & J) with some crackers and fruit. He gets a cup of diluted apple juice (mostly water). Afternoon snack is usually a cereal bar with a Yo Baby yogurt. Dinner is whatever we are having! Grilled chicken, broccoli, pasta, green beans, etc. And a cup of milk. I just cut everything in small pieces and don't give him anything hard like raw veggies or nuts. Sometimes he eats it, sometimes he doesn't.

Sarah - posted on 03/02/2009

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My little girl seems to eat all the time! She is now 16 months and eats a huge bowl of porridge or cereal and toast for breakfast with a cup of milk then for lunch homemade soup with a sandwich followed by fruit or yogurt then for dinner things like shepherds/fish pie or homemade fish fingers/chicken nuggets, beans, mini corn on the cob, risotto or curries or baked potatoes again followed by fruit or yogurt...........but it doesn't stop there she then has cereal for supper and a cup of milk again!! She also asks for snacks and water through the day if she's hungry or thirsty, her speech is great so I pretty much follow her lead. I sometimes worry that it's too much but she is so small and petite so I know she's not being overfed and it's all good nutritious food.



 

Debbie - posted on 03/02/2009

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my little boy eats everything we eat. If I make beef tips and gravy over mashed potatoes, that is what the little one gets. I make sure to cut his meat small enough that he can handle it. If I do stuffed peppers, I give him the filling out of the pepper, but since he only has 4 teeth (STILL), i don't give him things that are hard to chew.

Jane - posted on 03/01/2009

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My little boy has cereal for breakfast and sometimes a banana or toast if still hungry (this is after his 5 oz bottle of milk!), lunch time he just picks at some cheddar biscuits and ham or maybe a slice of bread followed by a fromage frais or fruit pot. His favourite has to be fish based dinners. I make a home made pasta sauce, with loads of tomatoes, mushrooms, courgette a small amount of onion, red & green peppers and blend it all, seperate into tubs and freeze then just pull one out and microwave, add pasta and tuna and he eats loads of it. He also likes cod in butter sauce, alittle bit of mash potatoe and some peas. I make him shepherds pie and freeze in containers as i can hide loads of veg in this dish as he will not eat plain vegetables! The same thing with lasagne. He also eats banana and raisens nearly every day as he wont really touch any other fruit, but loves yoghurt. Probably once or twice a week he will have crisps/cake or chocolate. Its so much easier to make a batch of something and freeze then just pull one out and microwave, you know exactly what is in it and really doesnt take much time.

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