Kids’ Meals

Congrats to Jodi for winning the Tractor Book & Toy Giveaway!

I have fallen off the wagon a bit from photographing and sharing hese meals given how busy things have been at home, but I plan to continue this series in some format. I also want to show pictures of what our adults meals look like. But for now, here is a quick round-up of meals from a couple weeks ago. All these meals were on solo parenting days while my husband was traveling or working crazy long hours so I certainly kept it simple and easy.

Grilled cheese & Roasted Tomato & Pepper Soup

Hot tip: Costco sells pre-sliced organic cheese and boxes of organic tomato & pepper soup – they are staples for us so I can do these quick meals.

Snacky Dinner…now in an ice cube tray!

Notes: My kids will reject the cheese stick in stick-form but think it’s the best if I cut it up and call it “cheese sample” a la grocery store cheese samples. I get these organic cheese sticks from Costco. I get the Applegate smoked turkey from either Super Target, Whole Foods or Lund’s/Byerly’s. The packaged stuff at Trader Joe’s works in a pinch but the texture icks me out. I much prefer getting it sliced super thin at the deli. To elevate the delight of snacky dinner in an ice cube tray even further – eat it on a blanket. WILD AND CRAZY TIMEZ.

Italian Ravioli (store-bought) with Homemade Tomato Sauce, Veggies with Homemade Ranch

I get cravings for D’Amico & Sons but that place is $$$ so I tried out this fancy-seeming ravioli from the refrigerator section hoping it would fill in that void. Meh. The kids and I weren’t fans but Max loved it (then again, he was wolfing down food at 9 pm after a long day so perhaps anything would have been the best).  To make a quick ranch dressing, simply whisk some mayo with a bit of lemon juice and water or milk to thin it to desired consistency. Add salt, pepper & herbs such as dill.

Pizza Night!

Breakfast For Dinner

Iowa Girl Eats Crock Pot BBQ Chicken with baked beans, corn, cukes.

Notes: The kids did not like this chicken which took me by surprise. Max and I liked it quite a bit and it was super handy to have for lunch for the next few days. I want to play around with creating my own low FODMAP BBQ sauce recipe this summer. Also: I don’t do the crock pot chicken quite the same as IGE. I simply put the thawed chicken breasts in the crockpot and cook it on low for 4+ hours. If I do 3-4 lbs of chicken breasts at once then I find 7 hours is good, less chicken = less time. I never  bother to do the step of shredding the chicken in the last hour and then giving it extra cooking time.

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