As a mommy of two young kids, I have learned not to stress over meal time. I know the struggle, believe me.
Kids go through stages. Stages of favorite foods, hated foods and stages of no food at all (literally can skip lunch or dinner altogether and still be okay). Two year olds also have a tendency of being super picky. Not this, not that, that but not this. Uh, pure mommy headache.
So to save myself from the unnecessary stress, I’ve figured out one thing.
A. Don’t complicate the menu.
B. No strong flavors, minimal ingredients.
C. Serve the most favorite dishes frequently.
Okay, so that’s three. But I go by these rules every single week and it’s super helpful!
I do have to thank my kids for eating (and actually loving) some healthy and mommy-approved dishes. My kids absolutely love and I mean love, soup. Chicken Noodle, Russian Meatball and Russian Borscht are their three favorite soups that are always on the menu, often back to back.
So to give you an idea what’s on our families menu for the week, I came up with our top favorite dishes. And if you’re a mama struggling to please your kids and get them to eat those vegetables, don’t worry; my menu will do just that.
*Disclaimer: I’m not a nutritionist or a chef, just an average mom who learned from experience and by scouring the internet for resources.
**This post is NOT sponsored.
What types of foods should I have on my kids menu daily?
Vegetables- Make sure to include a good selection of vegetables. They are essential for growing children since that is where most of the nutrients come from, such as vitamins, potassium, folate and dietary fiber. All important for their growing bodies!
Fats– Must be healthy fats, no saturated or trans fats. Go for lots of monounsaturated fats found in avocados, olive and peanut oil, polyunsaturated fats found in vegetables and omega-3’s found in fish like salmon.
TIP- If budget allows, stick to organic, free range eggs and wild seafood, not farm raised. If you’re unable to, just remember to wash the dirty dozen (soak in a mixture of water + baking soda for 15 minutes, scrub and eat).
What’s on our menu?
Breakfast Sandwiches: I typically use free range eggs and nitrate free deli.
Egg Scramble: Adding spinach and flaxmeal makes this dish even healthier.
Oatmeal: With a sprinkle of cinnamon, a tablespoon of coconut oil and honey, served with yogurt and berries.
Chicken Noodle Soup- I make my own broth by simmering chicken bones/meat for 20 hours+ in a crock pot; results in the best tasting broth, full of nutrients and healthy fats. I also add many vegetables into the soup, like celery, carrots, zucchini, onion, garlic and potatoes, all diced into very small pieces perfect for that toddler bite. Serve with toast and a thick layer of local cultured butter.
Russian Borsh– “Superfood soup”. Beets and many other vegetables provide the perfect amount of vitamins. I also add quinoa for protein, vitamins and antioxidants. I use my homemade broth for this soup as well. Serve with toast and a thick layer of local cultured butter.
Russian Meatball Soup– Russian soup my kids absolutely love. Full of vegetables and protein. I use ground chicken for the meatballs, which makes them so tender and easy for the little ones to chew. As with other two soups, I use my homemade broth. Serve with toast and a thick layer of local cultured butter.
Mac and Cheese with Chicken: Mac and cheese is every kids’ favorite. I like to sneak in some pureed veggies right into the mac and cheese, kids will never know!
Beef and Chicken Meatballs with Mashed Potatoes: I use homemade broth to make the gravy and a combination of ground beef and chicken for the tender meatballs. They’re also gluten free, always a plus! Serve with mashed potatoes and some steamed vegetables, like buttery corn and peas (I only use Kerrygold).
Mango Berry Smoothie: Easy and delicious!
Raspberry and Granola Kefir Bowl: Kefir is a great probiotic, perfect for their gut and I’m glad my kids love it.
Homemade Tvorog (Farmers Cheese): Usually I serve it with fresh berries and a drizzle of maple syrup. Also a great probiotic as it is fermented.
Clio Greek Yogurt Bars: My kids love these (and so do I!)
Veggie Sticks- Non-GMO and organic.
Pretzels- I try to always buy the gluten free Snyders.
And this is my “simplified” menu that works for my husband and I and those little picky eaters of ours. So if you’re a mommy trying to come up with a menu that works for your children, try some of my menu ideas! Good luck, and remember they might like something one week and totally dislike it the next!
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