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Kayla1981's picture
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Need some menu ideas (xp)

I feel like I feed Jordan the same things everyday. I need some inspiration! She eats a lot of fruit but I am starting to suspect that the overabundance of fruit the reason behind her frequent diaper rash. So I need to add some other things to the menu. She's not big on meat and she will not touch most veggies unless I puree them and mix them into her yogurt.

Anyone want to help me out? Any book recommendations, recipes or easy lunch ideas would be great!

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a's girl's picture
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Have you tried making wraps? Alison will eat anything if it is in a tortilla!

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katie has recently really enjoyed anything she can dip or anything with utensils. i have to help her stab the stuff on the baby fork, but she eats a lot more when i do.

yesterday she was dipping, then licking the sauce off, then dipping again... lol. Not the cleanest or healthiest choice, but oh well.

Her favorite meat is deli turkey that I just dice up, and her fav veggies are canned carrots (i can't stand canned carrots, but whatever...)

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We were in the same rut. I just bought Busy Family Favorites: 30 Minute Recipes It's from the magazine 'Taste of Home' and all the recipes are supposed to take 30 minutes--363 recipes! If you'd like I can scan and send you some of them. Generally cookbooks are filled with things we won't really eat but this is full of recipes that look comforting and home-y but look at least somewhat healthy at the same time.

"mommycarrie" wrote:

Her favorite meat is deli turkey that I just dice up, and her fav veggies are canned carrots (i can't stand canned carrots, but whatever...)

Maia loves deli turkey, too. I can't put it on her tray fast enough when we have it. And I'm so with you on the canned carrots. LOL

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Yes! We are in the food rut too.... so frustrating!

In an ideal world I would be organized enough so that each meal would be cooked and finished at the exact moment D & R become hungry and we all sit down as a family to eat. Then I wake up.

For breakfast we usually have oatmeal/fruit or french toast/fruit or yogurt/whatever I can find. I made several batches of french toast the other day and froze them, that has been very helpful when we are rushed in the mornings.

Lunch is sometimes PB&J or bread/cheese and/or beans(R loves all kinds), fruit or veggies.

Supper is similar to lunch and/or a taste of what DH & I are having.

Somethings they eat: Canned spinach, Canned beets, Chili, Pasta, Kix cereal, Mum-Mums, Apples, Bananas, Strawberries, Blueberries, Cheese, Pineapple, Beans: Black beans, Kidney beans, White Northern beans, Pintos. PB&J, yogurt, corn on the cob, watermelon.... probably some more, but that has been the favorites the last few days.

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not too much help i'm kinda doing the same thing. my goal is to scan the net, or my books and find one new recipe a week, not always successful, sometimes it's just a variation on the norm. jade loves lipton sidekicks with frozen peas and carrots in it (i add corn for me but she rarely eats that part!) or cream of mushroom rice (recipe below) her new fave seems to be my over roast pork chops! first time she's ever actually eaten pork when we've given it to her!!! turkey always a hit, sometimes lunch is turkey lunch meat (schneiders all natural) with crackers and cheese and fruit and pickle (my moms old standby cold meat platter! lol now i get it!) and she LOVES that, or pb&j or the altimate, 'my kid hasn't eaten in days need to feed her something she'll scarf' food kraft SMART original mac and cheese! tried to feed her the regular stuff and now way, the SMART stuff is made with cauliflower which the whole family hates but you honestly can't taste it! and it makes great macaroni! especially with a little extra shredded cheese on top!
ps campbell's soup website recipes are my safety when the day is done!!

company's coming cook book (the big paid one!!)
4 pork loins
2 tbsp melted butter
1 egg
2 tbsp milk
seasoned stuffing mix (shake n bake or whatever you use) fine crumbed

preheat oven to 375. pour melted butter into bottom of oven dish ( 13x9x2 pan mines glass). mix egg and milk, dip pork in mix, dip in coating and a place in dish. cook 374 for 10 min, flip and cook another 10-15 min till juice runs clear. serve with fav side dish.

copy paste rice recipe, just omit meat for a nice side dish, i have used chicken or pork to make this as a whole meal!
Creamy Chicken and Rice Bake
Prep : 5 minutes Cook Time : 45 minutes Serves : 4
1 can (284 mL)CAMPBELL'S® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 cup (250 mL) water
3/4 cup (175 mL) uncooked regular long-grain white rice
1/2 tsp (3 mL) onion powder
1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground black pepper
2 cups (500 mL) fresh (cut-up) or frozen vegetable mixture
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 cup (250 mL) shredded cheddar cheese
Directions:
1. Mix soup, water, rice, onion powder and black pepper in shallow 2 qt (2 L) baking dish. Stir in vegetables (if frozen, thawed under running water).
2. Top with chicken. Sprinkle chicken with additional pepper, if desired. Cover. 3. Bake at 375°F (190°C) until chicken is cooked through and rice is tender – about 45 minutes. Sprinkle cheese over chicken. Remove chicken
and stir rice before serving.
Tips: For a toasty cheese topping – after baking, sprinkle the chicken with cheese, place dish under broiler for a few minutes and brown until cheese is golden.
Nutritional information per serving: 420 Calories, 13g Fat, 7g Saturated Fat, 100mg Cholesterol, 610mg Sodium, 540mg Potassium, 37g Carbohydrate, 2g Dietary Fibre, 28g Protein, 25% DV Calcium

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Parents magazine had a great recipe called "cous cous casserole". It's still online if you want to get it. I love it, b/c there are lots of variations with different veggies and a meatless option. I use whole wheat cous cous to increase the fiber. I have made it with ground beef, ground turkey, or just plain cheese. It's all very good. Isabelle LOVES it, no matter how I make it. It freezes well, too, so I make 2 and put one in the freezer for a super busy evening.

My go-to for lunches for her are the Veggie-"chicken" nuggets, or half a veggie "hamburger" with melted cheese. It's great, healthy protein.... and veggies of course! I stay away from the too spicy flavors, but I"ve bought Morningstar and Gardenburger, and been please with both. I'll use the chicken nuggets as a protein on top of a salad for me for lunch, too. Quite yummy Smile

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All these recipes look awesome!

Here's a super duper easy one that my DH raved about:

Busy Day Pork Chops

1/4 cup milk (fat free for those of us in the BL challenge)
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon pepper
4 boneless pork loin chops
Cooking spray

Place milk in shallow bowl. In another bowl combine rest of ingredients. Dip chops in milk, then coat with crumb mixture.

Place chops on baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Also spritz chops with the spray. Bake at 375 for 9 - 11 minutes each side or until meat thermometer reads 160.

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Kristi, she doesn't just disassemble the wrap? I could see Jordan just tearing it apart, lol.

"prynn" wrote:

We were in the same rut. I just bought Busy Family Favorites: 30 Minute Recipes It's from the magazine 'Taste of Home' and all the recipes are supposed to take 30 minutes--363 recipes! If you'd like I can scan and send you some of them. Generally cookbooks are filled with things we won't really eat but this is full of recipes that look comforting and home-y but look at least somewhat healthy at the same time.

That would be great! Or share them her. Either way! Biggrin

"hysimmonds" wrote:

For breakfast we usually have oatmeal/fruit or french toast/fruit or yogurt/whatever I can find. I made several batches of french toast the other day and froze them, that has been very helpful when we are rushed in the mornings.

I used to do that with homemade fruit pancakes. I should do that again.

"natesangel" wrote:

not too much help i'm kinda doing the same thing. my goal is to scan the net, or my books and find one new recipe a week, not always successful, sometimes it's just a variation on the norm. jade loves lipton sidekicks with frozen peas and carrots in it (i add corn for me but she rarely eats that part!) or cream of mushroom rice (recipe below) her new fave seems to be my over roast pork chops! first time she's ever actually eaten pork when we've given it to her!!! turkey always a hit, sometimes lunch is turkey lunch meat (schneiders all natural) with crackers and cheese and fruit and pickle (my moms old standby cold meat platter! lol now i get it!) and she LOVES that, or pb&j or the altimate, 'my kid hasn't eaten in days need to feed her something she'll scarf' food kraft SMART original mac and cheese! tried to feed her the regular stuff and now way, the SMART stuff is made with cauliflower which the whole family hates but you honestly can't taste it! and it makes great macaroni! especially with a little extra shredded cheese on top!

I haven't even heard of it! Is it boxed?

"am_leigh79" wrote:

Parents magazine had a great recipe called "cous cous casserole". It's still online if you want to get it. I love it, b/c there are lots of variations with different veggies and a meatless option. I use whole wheat cous cous to increase the fiber. I have made it with ground beef, ground turkey, or just plain cheese. It's all very good. Isabelle LOVES it, no matter how I make it. It freezes well, too, so I make 2 and put one in the freezer for a super busy evening.

My go-to for lunches for her are the Veggie-"chicken" nuggets, or half a veggie "hamburger" with melted cheese. It's great, healthy protein.... and veggies of course! I stay away from the too spicy flavors, but I"ve bought Morningstar and Gardenburger, and been please with both. I'll use the chicken nuggets as a protein on top of a salad for me for lunch, too. Quite yummy Smile

Thanks. I will have to go look for that! I love casseroles but I rarely make them. I also just found that Jordan likes veggie burgers (thanks to someone's suggestion on the May board I think?) so I have done those a few times for lunch. I like the Boca burgers for Jordan.

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"Kayla1981" wrote:

Kristi, she doesn't just disassemble the wrap? I could see Jordan just tearing it apart, lol.

Nope! She loves wraps, burritos...anything in a tortilla. HA!