1 Lunch + 2 Snacks #86
LUNCH – Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese with Peas In & Out
This Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese is a creamy, cheesy bowl of yum. The butternut squash adds a sweetness and some colour that kids who love boxed mac and cheese will find familiar, but this is all homemade goodness, with none of the additives and preservatives of the boxed variety.
And if you are feeding wee ones as well as older children, this recipe performs double duty, the butternut squash puree is perfect for babies who are ready. The extra puree, that you don’t need for the butternut squash mac and cheese, can be served to baby and/or frozen in covered ice cube trays for individual portions on another day. Once the puree is frozen, pop out the cubes and store them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.
You can also use the extra butternut squash puree in smoothies like these banana, mango & butternut squash smoothies that the kids loved.
I served the butternut squash mac and cheese along with some peas, both in & out of their pods. The kids decided if they wanted to add the shelled peas to their mac and cheese or eat them on the side.
SNACK – Homemade Granola Cereal with Bananas & Milk and Frozen Blueberries
This is one of our favourite granola recipes, it’s the Granola Cereal recipe from 100 days of Real Food. I like to keep it on hand because it makes such a quick healthy snack or breakfast. It’s also perfect for packing along when we are on the go.
I love offering the kids choices at meal times. They are much more open to trying new food, when they have some control over how they eat it. Plus it’s fun, interactive and they get to practice some life skills like pouring and stirring.
Here they could choose between pouring the milk in their cereal or drinking it. As well as, whether to add the blueberries or eat them on the side. I also love listening to the conversations they have about what choices they are going to make – some very serious thought goes into making these decisions:)
SNACK – Fruit Salad with Cinnamon & Coconut
Fruit salad is my way to clean out the fruit bowl. I choose the ripest fruit, that there is usually one-offs, dice it all up and serve it with a sprinkling of cinnamon and some shredded coconut. Here I used an apple, a pear, a nectarine and some clementine segments cut in half .
1 Lunch + 2 Snacks is where I share the healthy, kid friendly lunch and snacks, that I serve the kids 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:)