We received a set of dishes from Replay Recycled for free to review. Any opinions are my own! See my full disclosure here.
I am totally loving our new dishes for Leopold. Since he started food we have been using our IKEA plates, cups and silverware. They are just fine for the price, but after a lot of use I’m seeing the effects of wear and tear. Our new set of plates, bowls, cups and silverware from Replay Recycled are so much sturdier! They are made of recycled milk jugs, so I feel good about using them too!
I also feel a lot more organized when I am able to coordinate Leopold’s dishes to match. They sent me both sectioned and non sectioned plates which is nice for a little variety…or when I don’t have three separate items to give him. I have issues with giving him a sectioned plate and having one section empty. OCD!
So here are some photos from the week and some examples of what we eat around here. I will probably do this every couple of months! I love how it turned out but these photos are from in between grocery trips and to me seem kind of bare bones. But that’s okay!
This is a good example of options to feed your tots when you don’t have lots. See what I did there?
I don’t remember what he had in his cup each meal but I typically give him milk in the morning and water the rest of the day, unless he specifically asks for one or the other. We don’t give him a lot of juice…mostly because it’s pointless sugar. He doesn’t need it, so it’s just a special treat when he does get it.
Cheerios and blueberries.
He is FINALLY eating some blueberries. I have given him countless blueberries this year and the persistence has paid off! Just because your child refuses to eat something doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep offering it. Consistency is key!
I got the smaller dipping/side dishes for review from LollaLand. Again, all opinions are my own!
Toast and butter, banana, and scrambled eggs with cheese, basil and pepper.
Seriously though…I’m a little obsessed with the matching colors. They are so bright and fun!
On any given day if you ask Leopold what he wants for breakfast, he will usually say “toast”. Such was the case on this morning! This breakfast happened to fall on the first day of autumn (pun intended) and I remembered I have fall themed cookie cutters! How cute is this maple leaf?! Also great for celebrating Canada day, eh?
Leopold is also a big fan of bananas and eggs too (I really didn’t mean to go THAT far with the ‘yellow’ theme. It just happened).
If your child loves eggs like mine does, they are a great vessel for sneaking in a little extra nutrition! Eggs are packed with protein which is always awesome, but here are some ideas for things to add!
- herbs and spices- this go around I added a little pepper and some basil, which is my favorite herb of all!
- cheese-get creative! I think I just added some mozzarella because of the previously stated ‘not having a lot of food in the house’. You could go crazy here and add Parmesan, Gouda, Muenster, Feta, or any of the more adventurous cheeses out there. Although I wouldn’t advise doing them all at the same time. 😉
- Sausage or any type of meat for a little extra protein.
- VEGGIES! Bell peppers and onions are my favorite add on veggies to almost any meal. You could add tomatoes, zucchini, potatoes, leek, spinach, mushroom, etc. Basically a scrambled omelet! If your child is extremely picky I would stick to just one at a time and chop it up super small or ever use a cheese grater to make it harder to identify!
Applesauce, dried cranberries, and a miniature whole grain bagel with blueberry jam.
I pretty much detest anything sticky but I’ve had to accept it as part of my life now that I have a toddler. This breakfast was a hit because he loves all of what I gave him!
Side note, if you have a baby who is just getting into food…check out my posts on baby led weaning here and here!
Sliced ham and mozzarella cheese with a banana and peanut butter for dipping.
I used the awesome dip cups from Lollaland again here for the peanut butter. I love these things! They are super sturdy and brightly colored…not to mention they look great with my Replay plates and bowls!
Moving on to lunch!
Cheese and black bean quesadillas with blueberries and green beans with sweet potatoes. Side of ranch for dipping!
We are a strictly NO KETCHUP family. You will never see ketchup in my photos unless I am there too, dead. I hate ketchup so much…blech! So we dip with ranch pretty often, sometimes barbecue sauce, sometimes honey mustard. My husband likes dipping in mayo but that triggers my gag reflex similar to ketchup. I don’t mind mayo ON things…just not for dipping!
Quesadillas to me are like eggs. There are a lot of ways to sneak more healthy foods into these yummy cheese sandwiches that just might go undetected. I snuck some black beans in for a protein kick but he caught me! He picked a few out but I know he ate most of them!
Mandarin orange (or ‘cutie’) with an everything bagel toasted and topped with cheese and ham.
I made this on the weekend when he got unexpectedly hangry and demanded a bagel IMMEDIATELY. It’s simple but effective.
Chicken tenders, tater tots, yogurt with granola.
This was the first lunch when we got back from our trip. Yes, it’s all frozen foods. Don’t judge me.
If I add the granola to his yogurt myself, he won’t go near it. But showing him how to add it himself made all the difference.
Giving your tot some independence in the kitchen can go so far when it comes to battling picky eater problems! Let them help you prepare the meal! Or do like I did and give them a task during the meal.
Leftover pizza and yogurt with blueberries, sprinkled with cinnamon.
Don’t judge me! This was another lazy lunch day and we had leftovers to finish. Plus he hadn’t really eaten any the night before. I’m being real with you guys. That’s important 😉
Fried chicken with cheesy broccoli and rice with gravy.
This is the South, y’all. What do you expect? And what is a good way to get a toddler to eat their veggies? Cover those veggies in cheese, of course!
Salmon with sweet potatoes and green beans.
We aren’t huge fish eaters but do like to eat salmon every now and then. You know, for our brains. I baked this in a soy sauce/brown sugar/onion powder mixture an it turned out really yummy!
Smoked sausage, rice, and mixed veggies.
When Leopold is hesitant about eating broccoli we say “BACCA BACCA” in cookie monster type voices. He thinks it’s hilarious and commences to eat the ‘bacca’. I don’t know. Toddlers, man.
My child could eat pork every single day. Smoked sausage, sausage patties, etc. He can’t get enough! I love it too, to be honest.
Do you ever get frustrated with your child’s eating habits? Have you considered looking into your own? I know people who complain about their children being picky, but they expect them to eat things that aren’t on their own plate! Practice what you preach, moms and dads!
Spaghetti with ground turkey and garlic toast using a brioche loaf.
I like to get ground turkey over beef because I just feel like it’s a little healthier. Plus most of the time my husband doesn’t notice the difference! I add basil, oregano and garlic powder to the meat while it cooks to give it a little extra flavor, too.
I love spaghetti nights because it’s so easy to prepare and such a big hit!
Did you know that adding carrots to the sauce brings out the flavors? I learned that trick a long time ago from my big sister and have used them ever since. They are also a great ‘hidden veggie’. This go around I used my cheese grater to add them to the sauce so my clever boy wouldn’t even notice them. Zucchini is another great veggie to add to sauce!
I just used angel hair pasta, but you can easily substitute it for ‘zoodles’ or spaghetti squash.
That’s all for now, everyone! I’ve got something special planned for our next edition of ‘what’s my toddler eating this week’!
There may or may not be a Replay Recycle giveaway in the works, too! Keep an eye out!