Oh, what a week. If you read my 10K training update post, you know I’ve felt like I’m running on fumes lately. At the end of last week, Tim was convinced it was diet related and I needed “more protein and iron.” In Tim’s world, this translates to “you need to eat more meat.” Instead of waging a nutritional battle, I complied and put more meat on the menu.
Guess what? I’m still tired. When you have a baby who you are up with 1-2 times a night and are trying to accomplish a few too many things in a day, no amount of meat is going to replenish those stores. Sleep will. Maybe next week that will happen.
I’ve had a few requests to include what my 3-year-old is liking and not liking with my meals, so you’ll see some commentary on what Meghan ate this week, too. She’s like most preschoolers in that she’s predictably unpredictable in what she’ll like to eat from week to week.
Mediterranean Lemon Chicken with roasted broccoli, potatoes, and mushrooms.
The chicken recipe was easy and flavorful. Tim complained because he doesn’t like chicken legs and said it would have been much better with breasts. It would have been much more expensive, too, honey.
Meghan ate everything except the mushrooms.
Grass-fed burgers and sweet potato fries.
Burgers are much better with cheese, and I had to have a strange bun because the regular sprouted whole grain buns I get have “soy grits.” That made me sad. Loved the sweet potato fries, though.
Meghan has always refused burgers, but I offered her a small mini burger anyway. No go. She had sweet potato fries, strawberries, and cheese.
Turkey meatball sandwiches and a salad.
I used Ari’s recipe for turkey meatballs, but to make them dairy-free I substituted a mixture of ground almonds and nutritional yeast for the parmesan cheese. Tim loves meatball sandwiches (he had his with melted provolone cheese on top) so this was a winner for him. I liked that there were some veggies in the meatballs, at least.
I served Meghan a meatball, some of the veggies from our salad (bell peppers, carrots, and cucumber), cheese, and a banana. I don’t force her to eat anything, but do encourage her to try one bite of everything she is served. Soooo, she did take a bite of the meatball, but she spit it out. She also ate just one bite of bell pepper, carrots, and cucumber. She ate all of her cheese and banana. Notice a pattern? She loves cheese and fruit. We’re working on getting her to eat a bigger variety.
Tim had a sandwich with the leftover meatballs (the rest went in the freezer for a future lunch or dinner). I had some leftover soup I had made for lunches and a salad.
Meghan had a grilled cheese sandwich and some vegetables from my soup. The girl will still not eat anything in soup form. I hope she outgrows that aversion soon, because we love soup around here. She ate a few pieces of the veggies and also a kiwi fruit.
This pasta dish was so good and easy, I put it on the meal plan again this week. Two recipes from the Diva Dish on our meal plan in one week! Thanks, Ari. (Again!)
Meghan doesn’t like pasta except for macaroni and cheese. Weird, right? I’ve tried to serve it to her in a variety of ways: with tomato sauce, with butter and parmesan, with just butter, totally plain. She just does not like it. I continue to offer it to her, because, as I tell her, you never know when your taste buds are going to change. She’s totally allowed to have her dislikes, though. So I offered her the pasta, plain. Nope. She still doesn’t like it. In addition, I offered her pistachios, strawberries, and crunchy green beans. She ate everything else I offered her.
My tired mommy brain got the best of me today. I was planning on serving a version of this Vegetarian Pad Thai on Friday. Tim was working from home and somehow I got it in my head that it was Saturday, the day in which I was scheduled to work at the church nursery. So I loaded Meghan in the car, left Tim home with Luke, and drove the 20 minutes to church to work in the nursery for the 5:00 service. Oops. It’s Friday. Meghan and I ate at Chipotle and Tim was on his own for dinner (he had some pasta).
The real day that I had to work in the church nursery. Instead of eating out again, Meghan and I rushed home after working in the nursery and had a throw-together dinner. I did make the pad thai on Sunday, so you’ll get to see what I thought of it next week.
Question: Do you still manage to prepare homemade dinners even when you are having a hectic week?