It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Menu Monday

It’s been a while, so I’ll explain our eating patterns again. At Mary’s house, children between 12 and 20 or so months get a morning snack, lunch, and an afternoon snack. Older children skip the morning snack. We eat morning snack at 9:30-ish, lunch at 11:30, and afternoon snack at about 3:00.

Lunch is a substantive meal, with three courses. The first course is always a vegetable of some sort. The main is a protein, more vegetables and, usually, a starch. Dessert is usually fruit.

Here’s this week’s menu!

First course: corn (niblets, not on the cob)
Main Course: Spinach Pie
Dessert: banana

First course: collard greens (braised for an hour in water with a sploosh of lemon juice)
Main Course: pasta with pinto beans, swiss chard and cheese
Dessert: grapes

First course: roasted cauliflower (with optional dip)
Main Course: chicken tikka masala, naan
Dessert: apple slices

First course: ratatouille
Main Course: mushroom-cheese quiche
Dessert: bananas

First course: guacamole
Main Course: fish tacos (The link is to my inspiring recipe, but we’ll be making ours with mashed avocados on the taco itself to act as glue for the filling of grilled, chunked (or crumbled) fish, swiss chard, and grated carrots)
Dessert: caramel apples (a decadent treat because we’re having our Halloween party this afternoon!)

As always, if there’s a recipe you’d like to see, just ask!

October 19, 2014 - Posted by | food, health and safety | ,


  1. I Love menu Monday!

    Well, that’s nice, since it’s such an easy post for me to write!

    Comment by Hedy | October 19, 2014 | Reply

  2. Do you no longer have a vegetarian child? The idea of a vegetable starter is a great one.

    No. That was Jazz, and she’s been gone a year now! Gwen’s dad is vegetarian, but the rest of the family eats meat occasionally, so I don’t have to worry about providing meat-free alternatives on those days we have meat on the schedule.

    Comment by May | October 19, 2014 | Reply

  3. Interesting to hear that your older kids stop having a morning snack – even fruit. I’m by no means a health professional, yet I do know that it is strongly advised to encourage children to have smaller meals more frequently, and usually a morning snack of fruit or small protein is best practice. Nice meal plan but don’t think I agree with your practices personally.

    I wrote about my attitudes to snacking here, but, knowing that I am swimming upstream on this one, I also consulted a couple of nutritionists, and wrote about their responses here. Please also note that at no time are the children in my care going longer than 4 hours between such opportunities, the younger ones eating more frequently than that.

    Comment by Nanny Shecando | October 19, 2014 | Reply

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