A week in food: Monday

It’s probably a good job that I enjoy cooking so much since that is what I do for most of my day. It feels like I bounce from one meal to a snack to the next meal to a hearty rendition of ‘Little Blue Truck’ to some laundry to a squabble, and back to a snack. This is the type of multi-tasking I can handle. One eye on the kids and the other on the stove. Though to be honest if I’m in the kitchen they are in the kitchen so most likely they are trying to scale the oven. Why are we buying a house with so many rooms when they are glued to me like I’m their mother or something…

I thought that since feeding toddlers was such a lark I’d write about it. A week in food – such fun! Actually it is, after a year plus of not being able to eat properly I’m now eating three meals a day, and all at a table! Woo hoo.

Breakfast: Cornflakes, and wholewheat apple sultana mini-muffins

This is the easiest meal as Alex is there to co-wrangle. The showmanship of pouring cereal is still a winner with the girls. First the flakes, then the milk and then we pretend to sprinkle on sugar! Squeee – such fun when you are 17 months old.

Morning Snack: Mini-cheese biscuits, and milk

Gobbled up in seconds. I’ve started making them in mini form on the weekends when we are out and about.

Lunch: Lamb meatballs in veggie stew with pasta (leftovers from Sunday lunch)

Meatballs. Vegetables. Zoey’s nemesis -real food! Okay, she is not that bad she is just particular, and I refuse to turn it into a “thing” so if she doesn’t want to eat something fine. She will taste everything though normally that ends in her wrinkling her nose, and spitting it out. Which is fine. I’m not going to beg her or sprinkle hundreds and thousands (sprinkles) on her mince (ground meat) – this is what my mum did with me.  Nor am I going to make something else. Going hungry for a few hours will do her no harm, and it will make her more willing to scoff down the next meal. Needless to say that Naomi munched her way through lunch only stopping to spit out the dried apricots in the stew.

Mid-afternoon Snack: Wholewheat apple sultana mini-muffins, and milk

Leftovers from breakfast. Win-win for all.

Supper: Butternut squash mac-and-cheese, broccoli pieces and a banana

Since Zoey didn’t eat lunch I wanted to make supper easy on us all, so I made my go-to mac-and-cheese, or rather Bethenny’s go-to. I’ve made it so often I have the recipe committed to memory and since there is no roux it’s quick. I keep a stash of roasted and pureed butternut squash (measured out in one cup size) in the freezer in ziplock bags (best time saver). Both girls wolfed down their pasta, and Naomi and I ate our broccoli pieces. Naomi really has a taste for broccoli and she eats it out of a little bowl like it’s candy.  Which it is!

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