As a paediatric dietitian working with young children and their families, parents are often interested in what I feed my own kids and whether they are ‘good eaters’.
In reality, I’m just like every other parent of young children – tired, super busy and just trying to put food in the table. My kids are just like other kids – sometimes they sit well at the table, sometimes mealtimes aren’t pleasant at all. Sometimes they gobble up everything, sometimes they refuse what is offered and make a big fuss!
I kept track of our dinners for a couple of weeks to give you an insight into what happens in my house and give you some ideas around meals for families.
Night 1 – Chicken macaroni
This one is a bit of a staple in my house and very basic – hubby often makes it on a Sunday to make two serves for Sunday night and Monday night. After a long day at work on Monday we just pop it in the oven for 30 minutes and it’s on the table. It’s chicken breast, pasta, and vegetables – onion, zucchini, carrot and capsicum. It’s also USUALLY a hit with both my boys (14 months and 3.5 years).
We always eat as a family – if both my husband and I are home we all eat together. If one of us is out the other will eat with our boys.
What happened? Mr 3 served himself chicken and pasta only. Mr 1 ate everything, with half of it ending up on the floor. We all finished the meal with some strawberry yoghurt.
Night 2 - BBQ - Chicken vegetables and salad.
In the warmer weather we love doing BBQs - quick and easy! Tuesday I'm home and prepare most of the meal in the morning so it's easy to throw together in the evening. If I don't do this I really struggle to get anything done at dinner time and both boys are usually super clingy and needy.