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:
Ricotta Crespelle from Near & Far
I adore this cookbook—it’s full of so many new-to-me recipes. Because the last thing I need is another vegetarian cookbook with recipes for veggie lasagna and meatless chili. Anyway! These are kind of like a cross between crepes and ricotta pancakes and they were a hit with Little Pea because she thought they were ’tillas. I served them with oven-roasted veggies (basically, I cleaned out the crisper drawer and used random things we had on hand) and melon. We had leftovers the next day with cherry preserves and I think I like them sweet even better than savory.
Blue Corn Chip-Crusted Tofu and Fruity Salsa from The Taco Cleanse
My husband and I had these as tacos and Little Pea ate each component separately. The struggle to get her to eat tofu continues, but she did eat about half of this. The real winner here was the fruity salsa, which I made with nectarines.
Banana Dog Bites from Weelicious Lunches
Of all the lunches I’ve made Little Pea, Banana Dog Bites are her favorite by far. I made these with spelt tortillas and they crumbled a little bit when I rolled them, but perfection is for people who don’t have toddlers, right? (See also: smudges on the stainless steel plate. Stainless steel is the biggest lie of our time.)
Cashew-Scallion Noodles from Bowl
We had this for dinner on Sunday, then I put the leftovers in Little Pea’s lunch on Monday. I didn’t want her to make a mess at school, so I used a chef’s knife to chop the noodles into small pieces before packing them up and that seems to have worked. I modified the original recipe a lot—using fewer noodles and vegetables—but the creamy cashew dressing is super tasty. Little Pea had her noodles with nori and figs on the side.
Slow Cooker Black Bean Ragout from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
More melon! Can you tell I’m feeling conflicted about summer ending? I made a big batch of this ragout and froze it, so we’ve been eating it for a few weeks now in burrito bowls, quesadillas, tacos, and on its own as a side. I put some Jalapeño Cilantro Pickled Corn and chopped cilantro on top and served it with spelt ’tilla triangles.
Creamy Vegetable Baked Ziti
This is one of my favorite throw-together meals. I had ricotta leftover from the crespelle, so I stirred it into some marinara, tossed it with whole wheat pasta and sautéed zucchini, mushrooms and onions, topped it with cheese and baked it for 30 minutes. Because the ziti has protein, whole grains, and veggies in it, I gave Little Pea two servings of fruit on the side: cantaloupe and grapes.
Bento Lunches For Toddlers
Bean & Cheese Quesadilla + Nectarine & Mint Salad + Trader Joe’s Inner Peas + Happy Tot Vanilla Oat Cookies
I had a single corn tortilla sitting in the fridge, so I decided to use it to make a little quesadilla with vaquero beans (a hit with the kiddo because THEY LOOK LIKE COWS!!!) and pepper jack cheese. I didn’t know how a cold quesadilla made with a corn tortilla would go over, but there were no traces of it—or anything else—in her lunchbox when she came home. The salad is just nectarines tossed with fresh mint and a squeeze of lime juice—easy!
Mac & Cheese Cup from Baby & Toddler on the Go + Annie’s Berry Bunnies Cereal + Oranges
Oh man, these pics. Photographing lunches at 7am clearly isn’t working out too well. Baby & Toddler on the Go is seriously the best cookbook for toddler lunch ideas. I made these in a regular size muffin tin instead of mini (it’s hard to find a mini muffin tin that doesn’t have non-stick coating!) and added some chopped broccoli, but other than that I stayed true to the recipe. 3/4 of this came home with Little Pea, but I gave it to her to eat later and she ate all but one bite. The bunnies came home too and she loves those, so I’m thinking she may have been distracted by toddler shenanigans at lunch.