Thursday, September 1, 2016

Eating with Emma

My kid doesn't eat.  Anyone else have that problem or is it just my three year old?  Of course she would eat fruit snacks and candy until it comes out her ears, but when it comes to anything of substance she suddenly isn't hungry.  I consistently fix lunches and dinners that she doesn't touch.  Meals usually end in her crying because she doesn't get any dessert.  I changed the game plan this week and gave her some choice.  I paired each choice with a vegetable and a yogurt or fruit.  This week we've been "Eating With Emma".  Here was our meal plan for the week...

Monday - Chicken and Cheese Wraps

What you need:

1 bag frozen rice and broccoli (we got the kind you steam in the bag in the microwave)
1 rotisserie chicken - shredded (or shredded chicken breast)
shredded cheddar cheese

Being the lazy cook that I am, I buy the rotisserie chicken and shred it instead of cooking my own chicken.  I cut it off the chicken and Emma shreds it.  Win win.

What you'll do:

Combine shredded chicken and cooked rice and broccoli in a bowl.  Let your toddler stir it while you try to control what they throw out of the bowl while stirring.  Pour a few spoonfuls on a flour tortilla and cover in cheese.  Wrap it up!  I also tossed ours on the George Foreman for a couple minutes.  Easy and toddler approved.

Tuesday - Pigs in A Blanket

Emma loved this because she got to make it.  Definitely not high on the health list, but certainly toddler approved.  We preheated the oven to 350, and I sliced the hot dogs in half.  Emma stuffed them with cheddar cheese and rolled them in crescent rolls.  We baked them on a cookie sheet for 10 minutes.  Even Andy ate one!

Wednesday - Basil Balsamic Chicken with Steamed Broccoli

This was a freezer meal I'd made a few weeks ago so it was really easy!

What you need:

2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
3 tsp dried basil

What you do:

Toss it all in a gallon freezer bag.  When you're ready to eat it, thaw the bag overnight.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Pour it all into a greased baking dish.  Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of your chicken.  I baked it for 30 minutes and it turned out great!

Give Emma some ranch dressing and she's good to go!

Thursday - Ham and Cheese Sweet Rolls

This is another Emma favorite because she gets to make it.  I cut the mini sweet rolls in half, preheat the oven to 350 and give everything else to Emma.  On one side of the roll, she layers mayonnaise and ham (she loves to shred it up into smaller pieces for some doesn't bother me and she is happy).  On the other side she lays cheese.  We like provolone.  Lay them open on a baking sheet and bake until the cheese is melted.  We love these!

Friday - Eat Out!

On Friday, we go to the high school football game and grab something on the way.  Not healthy at all, but a fun girls outing!

When all else fails, this stuff will get Emma to eat anything!  

Trader Joes to the rescue! 

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