What We Ate | Nov. 3-9

Slice of pumpkin pie oatmeal
I had a lot going on last week at night so I didn't end up cooking that much. It seems like they've had a lot of pasta, and I guess they have, but the White Bean Soup with Mini Lamb Meatballs was a total hit. They've actually been eating a ton lately, not so much at dinner, but they eat a big breakfast, then are hungry for more an hour later, then ready for their snack by 9, hungry again for lunch at 11 and when we get home and I eat lunch at 12:30, they've been climbing back into their highchairs to eat again! I don't want them to be grazing constantly, but the thing is, they're actually eating a lot at their meals, at least at breakfast or lunch, so I'm thinking they're just going through a growth spurt and while eating a lot, can't eat any more in one sitting, but are ready again an hour later. At least I'm hoping that's what it is, I feel like I'm constantly preparing and serving food and though I've felt that way for a while, I think it literally is constant now.
Here's what they ate yesterday:
7am: oatmeal with Qi'a, raspberries and yogurt, a banana, part of a bagel with pumpkin butter, scrambled eggs with bacon mixed in, maybe 2-3oz of carrot juice and 8oz of milk. They left a little oatmeal which I always save now. By 8am, William finished the remaining oatmeal.
8am: while I'm packing their lunch, they're hovering asking for food. George is pulling cereal boxes off the counter. I give them several slices of cheese that I was adding to their sandwich. Then I get out the frozen grapes (trying to clear out the freezer!). They brought the bowl back to me 3 times asking for more. They must've eating at least 50 grapes. Many days it's back in their highchairs for 2 bowls of cereal...
10:15: After MyGym, they're frantic for their 'cups' (snack cups). They finish the dried cranberries and half a cranberry orange round with almond butter and pumpkin butter. They leave the edamamae.
11:30: Climb up on a park bench and start asking for food. They each have a mini pita with turkey and cheese, a cheese stick and additional turkey.
12:30: I picked up a grilled cheese for me and got them the Sage White Wine mac and cheese special of the day. They finished half an adult size portion, George actually eating more after W had gone down for nap. They also each nibbled on an apple and had a few of my Rosemary Olive Oil kettle chips. I taught them to say 'chip'. More milk, lots of water.
4pm: 1 mini banana almond muffin each.
6pm: bowl of Mexican chicken soup - W ate well, G was distracted when Dave walked in during dinner and just wanted to play.

For the past week, this has been very typical -- 2 breakfasts, a hearty morning snack, 2 lunches, and then it tapers off in the evening.

One more update. Smoothies. They had stopped finishing these on a regular basis and as it's such a pain for me to make them every-other-day, I decided to take a break. Winter fruit isn't as good as summer fruit for smoothies but I could get creative. I decided to take last week off and then made smoothies again over the weekend and they ate them. I would love for them to drink a smoothie every day like they did up until last week as I pack so much good stuff in there. But for now I'm only going to offer smoothies a few days each week and hopefully that will keep them interested.

White Bean Soup with Mini Lamb Meatballs

Mon: Leftover pork chili (featured here) and couscous - didn't eat much
Tue:  Beet ravioli, tofu, carrots, cottage cheese
Wed: White Bean Soup with Mini Lamb Meatballs, recipe 
Thu: White Bean Soup with Mini Lamb Meatballs, beet ravioli, green beans
Fri: Leftover ravioli, mac and cheese, green beans
Sat: Halibut Pumpkin Curry* with brown jasmine rice
Sun: Leftover Halibut Pumpkin Curry with rice

Halibut Pumpkin Curry

*Halibut Pumpkin Curry
1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, cut into 3 inch pieces
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp minced ginger
3 Tbsp yellow curry paste
1 can light coconut milk
1/2c pumpkin puree
1 lb halibut filet seasoned with salt and pepper
green beans, cut into 3 inch pieces 
1 sweet potato, microwaved til 'al dente', then diced
salt and pepper

Add onion to a wok over medium heat with a little olive oil. After a few minutes, add bell pepper, then cook until onions are softened. Stir in garlic, ginger. Cook for 30 seconds. Stir in yellow curry paste until fragrant, then pour in coconut milk and pumpkin puree. Bring to a boil, then add the halibut filet, green beans and sweet potato. Cover, reduce to a simmer for 10-15 minutes until beans and sweet potato are tender, fish is cooked through and sauce is thickened. Serve with jasmine rice.

Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal
New breakfast:
Brown Rice Crisps cold cereal
Pumpkin freezer waffles with pumpkin butter
Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal (topped with pom seeds, yogurt, etc), recipe
Oatmeal with pumpkin puree, almond butter, pears, apples and pom seeds

New lunch:
Whole wheat slider bun with cheese, turkey
New snack:
Cranberry orange round with almond butter and pumpkin butter

New fruit/dessert:
Birthday cake - W was a huge fan!

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