Back to work this morning, which means a return to much more careful meal planning. For the next two weeks, my schedule’s a little crazy, which has us arriving at home at dinner time. To prepare for this, I made big batches of Veggie Chili, Lasagna, Chicken Soup and Spaghetti and Meatballs last week, filling our freezer with easy and delicious homemade “freezer” meals that can be popped out in the morning for easy dinners with side salads or veggies I froze from the garden over the summer (we’re now out of carrots and almost out of onions, but we still have a lot of peas and green beans).
Amelia is almost fifteen months, so I thought it might be nice to add a few lines each week on what we send to daycare for lunches. Though we still nurse at home, she’s made the transition to whole, organic milk during the day. Beyond that, though, even though our daycare provides lunches, we do still pack the majority of her lunches to keep her on a healthy, almost 100% organic diet (though she LOVES Pepperidge Farm Baby Goldfish). At daycare, she gets a morning snack, lunch, and an afternoon snack, and I typically pack enough food for lunches and light snacks, and our provider fills in with some of the snack foods the other children get that are age appropriate. For us, it’s a nice balance between guiding her diet and letting her feel like a regular kid.
Unless otherwise stated, she’s eating exactly what we’re eating, only in smaller bites.
*From Our Garden/Chickens
Homemade Lasagna, Salad, Green Beans* (Ama will eat everything but the salad and get a side of banana).
Veggie Chili, Chopped Vegetables (Peppers & Cukes), Cabot Cheddar Cheese, Homemade Maple Cornbread (leftover from Sunday)
Oven BBQ Chicken*, Orzo, Green Beans* or Organic Maple Braised Carrots (we’ll see how pressed for time we are)
Chicken Soup with Dumplings (Amelia will get a slice of bread instead of the dumplings)
Friday: Date Night at Home (our new attempt at getting some time together)
Ama Eats: Grilled Cheese, Chopped Veggies, Apple Slices
Mom & Date Eat Later: Grilled Organic Rib-Eye, Garlic Roasted Potatoes*, Green Beans*, Nice Bottle of Wine
And in the Daycare Lunchbox:
1/2 Gallon Organic Whole Milk, 2 Avocados, 2 Bananas, 1 Apple, 2 Servings of Veggie Chili (Monday & Tuesday), 2 Servings of Lasagna (Wednesday & Thursday), Grilled Cheese Ingredients for Friday (cheddar cheese & bread without HFCS), Organic Yogurt