It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Menu Monday

A new tradition! Menu Monday. Enough of you have asked me what I feed the kids that I figure there will be some interest in a weekly Menu post. If there’s something that interests you enough to want to try it, let me know and I’ll post the recipe.

You’ll note about half of them are vegetarian. That’s how I like to eat, so that’s how the children eat. My family, too, for that matter, since what the children eat for lunch is generally what my family had for dinner the night before. (Neener, neener, I’m the chef. My kitchen, my rules.) It’s simpler to make extra than to cook twice.

I usually prepare my family’s dinner during nap-time. These days, there is usually at least one child awake during nap-time, but if I didn’t know how to get things done with children around, I’d be a pretty poor excuse for a caregiver, I figure. The child either amuses themselves, or ‘helps’ me.

So. This week, the children will be dining on:

Monday: Meatball soup and rutabaga-beet slaw

Tuesday: Squash-chickpea-apricot stew on rice
(When I serve chickpeas to toddlers, I mash them slightly. I figure they’re just large enough to be a choking hazard, so I err on the side of caution.)

Wednesday: Vegetarian shepherd’s pie, kale salad

Thursday: Roasted chicken salad, Greek potatoes
(Greek potatoes are unpeeled potatoes cut into bite-sized chunks, spiced with mint and dills, and roasted in water and lemon until the water evaporates entirely. Nom.)

Friday: Spinach-chickpea soup, baking powder biscuits
(The original recipe calls for whole chickpeas and my son doesn’t like their texture, so I puree them into the broth, making this a nice, thick soup.)

February 13, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Hi Mary, could I please have the recipe for your baking powder biscuits? I have never heard of them before. Your menu is very healthy, it sounds great. If you ever feel like doing another ‘ throw away’ post I would love to read what you do for morning / afternoon tea and such. Thanks.

    Heh. I edited the post to remove the term ‘throw-away’ before I saw your comment. Oops.

    I’ve posted the recipe. My guess is that you do know it, but have always called it something else. If not, enjoy! It’s simple and goes so well with soups and stews to (as my gran would have said) “fill in the holes”. They’re also great for mopping up the last smidges of broth in the bowl!

    Since I don’t generally plan snacks in advance, I can’t really help you with that. Generally, I made a batch of muffins on the weekend, which I cook in a mini-muffin tin. The children will get to eat two or three of them for a couple of snacks. (Five children times two or three means that 24 muffins don’t last longer than two snacks, at most!) This week’s muffin-type snack is going to be polenta with cheese. Apart from that one planned snack, though, we most often have fruit. After that … hm… you know what? Though I can’t tell you in advance each week what we’ll be eating, I could probably make a one-time post on our snacks. I make no promises, because I am so absent-minded, but we’ll see!

    Comment by Cate | February 13, 2012 | Reply

  2. I’m so excited for Menu Monday, i’m one of those that has bugged you about what you’re feeding the kids. 😉

    Heh. Well, I’m glad I’ve started, then! It’s a pretty easy way for me to start my week, too!

    Comment by Melissa V | February 13, 2012 | Reply

  3. I would like the recipe for the spinach chickpea soup. I make soup often and am always looking for new ones…especially ones I can make (or adapt to make) in the crockpot.

    Done! I’m sure it would adapt readily to a crockpot.

    Comment by Lynn | February 13, 2012 | Reply

  4. Ooh, I’d love to get Wednesday’s recipes! I’ve never found a satisfactory vegetarian shepherd’s pie, and I’d love to know what you do for kale salad. Steam them lightly? Use baby kale? Thanks!

    (Longtime lurker, first-time commenter. Love your blog and have learned so much from it.)

    Heh. I’ll have to be extra-creative then, since I’ll just be making it up as I go along. Extra creative and unusually methodical, if I’m to write a recipe to accompany it. If it turns out well, I’ll post the recipe! As for the kale salad, just follow that link. I’ll decide as I make it whether to wilt the kale a bit, to make it more palatable to toddlers.

    Thanks for commenting!

    Comment by Gillian | February 14, 2012 | Reply

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