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Monday, May 5, 2008

Menu Monday

This week's menu is especially challenging because Reagan's eating habits have been going straight downhill for the past couple of months. Of course, she's been sick so much, I really can't blame her for not eating, but she's lost two pounds in a month---soooo, I'm struggling to find foods to entice her to eat.

Don't worry--she isn't starving. She's 23 lbs but she's also VERY tall--we are guessing 34 inches; so she's still tiny for her height. At any rate, here is the menu for the week. Feel free to leave any suggestions geared towards a picky toddler.

Monday: Mac & Beef casserole (used to be one of her favorites), salad (I may hide some veggies in the casserole to get some extra vitamins into Reagan)
Tuesday: Reagan will probably have a Gerber Graduates or Leftovers and I'll probably toss together a salad for myself!
Wednesday: Shepherd's Pie--may use sweet potatoes on top instead of white, due to the vitamins and Reagan loves sweet potatoes
Thursday: Chicken Pot Pie (adding egg to this for extra protein and some vegetables)
Friday: Any leftovers, otherwise I'll make a veggie and hamburger or chicken calzone.
Saturday: We're celebrating mother's day out and about!
Sunday: Either eating out or grilling out!

Breakfasts: Cottage cheese and fruit, muffins that I'm sneaking veggies into, morningstar farms breakfast items, cereal, yogurt, oatmeal, waffles--ie whatever of those I can get into her!
Lunches: Crackers, cheese and meat; quesadillas with cheese and tomatoes; leftovers; meatballs; gerber's graduates; salads; baked potatoes with cheese and broccoli
Snacks: Reagan's Special Mix, yogurt, fruit, cream cheese, sweet potato cubes, crackers and cheese and deli meat, applesauce


  1. Your menu sounds good.

    As a mother of five and also having a toddler right now(who is about the same height and weight of Reagan)...don't worry about her too much! She has been sick(I read your blog below!) alot and toddlers just don't eat much when they are sick. I say that her having the ear infection on top of the allergies has just made things where her body is concentrating on the illness rather than nutrition. Now that she is on medicine, I suspect that she will be getting back to her old self by the end of the week. :) Continue to offer her plenty of liquids(try smoothies) and foods. You might need to offer her foods every few hours rather than waiting til actual meal times.

    Praying for healing! :)

    Enjoy your week!

  2. My 18 month old used to be a great eater and he's gotten really picky lately too. He went from 90th percentile for weight to 60th! But the doctor wasn't concerned about it. Liam really likes tuna casserole, and I add broccoli to it for extra vegetables... He also likes a bisquick quiche I make. If you think Reagan might like it, I could give you the recipe. Easy, quick and healthier than regular quiche!

  3. your right. She won't starve. She'll eat when she's hungry. Just stick to your guns and don't be a short order cook. If she's hungry, she'll eat what you fix. Having said that, here are a few ideas from my 2.5 year olds diet: yogurt, cottage cheese, string cheese, granola bars, triscuits, lentil tacos, black bean burgers, fresh fruit, sauted zucchini squash, homemade popsicles with 100% juice, lots of soups, anything with dip (carrots, crackers, broccoli, fruit--they love to dip for snacks), pot pie, tattertot surprise (basically shepard's pie with tattertots on top, can sneak in loads of veggies), tuna spirals, quesadillas, coleslaw (like salad, but funner). If anything we lack in the protein department. I can't get him to eat eggs anymore. But we do sneak in an occasional egg salad sandwich. He loves those and they're packed with protein.

  4. oh, taco bar and potato bar too.

  5. Hope Reagan feels better and is up to eating a bit more. Sounds like a yummy week.

  6. Leah - you are doing a great job!

    I remembered this scripture far too long after exhausting myself over Joshua's food allergies...

    "And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well."

    It seems silly, but try to spend as much...if not more time seeking the Lord's guidance as you are seeking guidance from doctors, internet, friends, etc. He (the Lord) will never lead you astray!

    That being said: try sweet potato french fries, yogurt smoothies (homemade or you can buy them), avacado/ guacamole (great for fat) and add flax oil to anything and everthing you can (also great for fat).

    Keep up the good work and email me for more info about the food.

    Leah K

  7. oops, forgot to add the scripture reference...it is Luke 12: 29-31.
    You can also check out Matthew 6.

    If I had spent half as much time on my knees as I spent on the internet trying to "figure" him out, we probably would have gotten an answer in 1/2 the time!

  8. Email me your email address and I'll send you that recipe. Or I'll probably post it on my Menu Plan Monday next week or the week after :)

  9. Wishing you luck and sending prayers that Reagan is healthy soon. My daughter is younger than Reagan, but she dropped from 50%ile to 25%ile at a year and while she's not a picky eater she doesn't eat much...I worry anytime she gets sick because she is already so petite. (she is just under 20lbs and 30" tall) My daughter loves chicken and noodles, yogurt and slices of american cheese-when I don't think she's eaten enough in the evening I pull a slice of cheese out and she always gobbles it down. Hang in there!


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