1 Lunch + 2 Snacks #46
LUNCH – Meatballs & Polenta
I had never cooked polenta before, but I have been meaning to give it a try and when I found this recipe over at realfoodbydad.com I was inspired. Only I raided my freezer and pulled out some Classic Meatballs and Classic Tomato Sauce, that I had made big batches of and were conveniently waiting for me all ready to go.
I halved the polenta recipe and made it with 4 cups of milk, instead half milk/half chicken broth that the recipe states, but only because of a dietary restriction I was accommodating. It turned out nice and creamy and I really liked the addition of Parmesan cheese. There was quite a bit of polenta leftover, even though I halved the recipe, definitely enough that I could have served it first for dinner and then for lunch, but I managed to use up the leftovers for snack later in the week (you’ll have to check back to see how:)
This meal came together so fast, I heated the thawed meatballs and tomato sauce together in a saucepan while I cooked the polenta. Then I spooned the polenta into individual bowls, topped it with the tomato sauce and a meatball and finished it off with some fresh parsley.
SNACK – Avocado Toast with Fruit Skewers
Avocado on toast has become a favorite snack with almost all the kids around here. It wasn’t always that way though, and I do consider it one of our food successes. Multiple exposures, paying attention to texture preferences, starting with small quantities and in this case pairing it with a much loved food (toast). Now, that doesn’t always work. Sometimes pairing a new food with a well liked food or even a much loved food can backfire and the child won’t eat either, but trying different things and not giving up resulted in a big success for us with avocado. Some other ways I have served avocado are: in smoothies, as a dip for veggies and nachos, as a topping on chicken sliders and most recently in deviled eggs.
Fruit skewers are a simple way to add a little fun to snack time. Being mindful to serve a variety of colours and then talking about all the different colours your children are eating, can go a long way in expanding the variety of foods they eat.
SNACK – Apple Sauce Fruit Bowl
This fruit bowl is simply apple sauce topped with diced fresh fruit and a wedge of pear for scooping. The pear is just an element of fun, I could have diced it up with the other fruit, but this brings a little challenge and some interesting conversation to the table. These fruit bowls could easily be served for dessert, adding a sprinkle of cinnamon or shredded coconut would make a nice topping too.
1 Lunch + 2 Snacks is where I share the healthy lunch and snacks that I serve Monday to Friday, along with a few tips & tricks thrown in here and there. For more posts in this series click here. If you would like to see my lunch and snack ideas in real time, you can follow me on Instagram where I post them as they happen:)