Need some tried-and-true meal ideas? I know the feeling and I’m here to help! Every Thursday, I share some of the meals we’ve eaten in the past week—only the winners, because who wants to waste time on recipe fails? Here’s what was on our menu this week:
Chile Relleno Casserole from Some the Wiser + Guacamole + Orange Cherry Tomatoes
I don’t make many recipes over and over, but this one is an exception. It is so good. I use roasted poblano peppers in it, since Hatch peppers rarely make it to our neck of the woods, but other than that I stick to the recipe as written. It’s one of Little Pea’s favorite meals.
Pizzocheri from The Kitchn
There were some snippy comments on The Kitchn about how this recipe isn’t authentic, but meh, it was a really filling, delicious dinner. Little Pea loved it—except for the cabbage. We’re going to have to keep working on getting her to eat that.
Chickpea Shawarma from Naturally Ella + Pita + Hummus + Frozen Pineapple
In the midst of her croup, Little Pea also had four teeth coming in, including 2 molars, hence the frozen pineapple. Oh man, it’s been a rough two weeks. Chickpeas are always a winner with Little Pea and we all enjoyed this recipe. If you’re looking for an easy dinner, save this idea!
Indian Pudding Muffins from The New Milks
I’ve never heard of Indian pudding before, but these are made with bananas, molasses and coconut milk and they’re pretty much the food that convinced Little Pea to start eating again when she was sick. Thank you, Indian pudding muffins! They kind of remind me of gingerbread–not the cookie version, but the cakey one they sell around the holidays.
Mashed Yellow Split Peas with Caramelized Shallots from Near & Far + Grapes + Steamed Broccoli
Oh, how I adore this cookbook. If you don’t have it, you should really pick up a copy, especially if you’ve found yourself in a dinnertime rut. Because: new ideas! This book has them! For some reason, Little Pea will gladly eat raw shallots and onions, but won’t touch them when they’re cooked. How do you not like caramelized shallots?! So those were picked off before digging into the split pea puree, which was a big hit. I kind of made this more for Little Pea than for my husband and me, but we were surprised by how much we liked this recipe.
Toddler Bento Lunch
Leftover Chile Relleno Casserole + Peanut Butter Stuffed Date + Trader Joe’s Inner Peas
With Little Pea sick and then me getting sick, taking pics of our bentos has fallen to the wayside, so there’s only one this week. Leftovers! I didn’t know how this would go over cold, but it was a winner. The date was an idea I had that didn’t quite work in practice—I stuffed the date with peanut butter and then sliced it, which made the peanut butter kind of ooze out. Womp womp. Little Pea ate it, so I guess aesthetics don’t matter as much to toddlers as they do to me.