Hello and happy Labor Day everyone! The official last weekend of summer and we are soaking up every minute of these 3 days together. I’m just jumping on real quick to share some meals the kids have been enjoying lately. I hope you all stay safe and enjoy the last weekend of summer to its fullest.
This dinner is so summery – I love it! I think this was Reagan’s plate. BBQ grilled chicken, mashed sweet potatoes (with butter and cinnamon), fried potatoes from Nathan’s garden, peas and broccoli (from Nathan’s garden as well), and some tomatoes. Last year she refused tomatoes, this year I have a feeling she will discover the amazingness that is summer tomatoes straight from the garden and be hooked like her Mommy and Daddy 🙂
It’s no secret that the kids and I LOVE Panera! It’s always my go-to when I want to take them someplace with tons of healthy options. Although I hate to admit this, but while I always get a salad there, the kids generally order a carb-bomb from the kids’ menu (read: grilled cheese, mac and cheese – with a side of bread and butter of course). So I decided it was time we branched out from the kids’ menu and order Graham his own salad. The verdict – “this tastes way better than I though it would, Mommy!” Smart kid 🙂
I called this a patriotic parfait (even though it was served in a bowl) and the kids thought it was the coolest thing ever! Plain whole-milk yogurt, raw oats, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and chia seed “sprinkles.” And yes, I totally staged this photo on my new cake plate from Home Goods. Trying to up my food photography game. What do you guys use chia seeds for? I now have a huge bag of them and need ideas.
The day we got home from vacation I was craving all.the.veggies. So I decided to try making cob salads for everyone. They were quite the hit! This one included lettuce, cucumber, carrots, and green beans (all from the garden). No tomatoes for this kid – he will learn someday! Hard boiled eggs, black olives, grilled chicken, and shredded cheese.
Recent lunch for the kids. Salmon salad (just canned salmon and mayo), crackers for dipping, peas from the garden, and apples/raspberries. For some reason the only fruit Graham really likes is apples, so he eats apples slices almost everyday. Reagan on the other hand would eat any type of fruit at any time.
Veggies and dip! During the summer the kids get so much activity that by the time we start making dinner they are beyond starving. Enter – veggies and dip! And this way if I don’t get around to cooking a proper veggie to go along with the meal, at least I know they’ve gotten their vitamins before dinner. Note: we eat 90% of our veggies raw during the summer. I think they just taste better…
We’ve been eating lots of steak lately, and Nathan did a great job on the marinade on this one. Paired with sweet potatoes baked in the oven, leftover cucumber salad, and some cucumber spears from our first garden cucumber of the season!
Tacos are always a huge hit in our house, but we’ve never done taco salads with the kids. They thought this was just the coolest thing ever. I think what really took this plate up a notch was the fresh corn we added (cut from the cob and fried up in butter). After the fact he added black olives to his plate. And I should have taken a picture of Reagan’s face when she was done. Let’s just say I had my work cut out for me cleaning the floor afterwards…
I think this picture was from Reagan’s birthday dinner (she requested Chipotle just like big brother). We ordered him a burrito bowl with the tortilla on the side, and it worked out great! He likes the carnitas because they aren’t too spicy, and we just scooped some of this into the tortilla to make it a more manageable size burrito. Edited to add: he ordered a regular size burrito on vacation last week and ate probably 90%. OMG!
And with that, I am going to sign off and get ready to enjoy the day with my family. Tell me – what have your kiddos been eating lately? If no kiddos, what fun meals have you been enjoying?