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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Emergency Meals

So there you are... staring into the fridge/pantry thinking 'oh my goodness, I don't have any groceries! What am I going to feed my kid?!' Whether you're a working parent, or not, there are times when you just didn't have time to get to the grocery store the previous week. Now, when you're married withOUT kids, this is no big deal. You can get creative to satisfy your hunger, or you can easily pop into Jason's Deli for lunch. WITH kids however, you can NOT just concoct a haphazard lunch, and going places is NEVER as easy as just jumping in the car and zipping to a restaurant....

SO, what do you do? Since fast food is not an option in our home and I need to go grocery shopping, I had to get creative and throw together a couple of quick meals last week from items I rummaged around and found in my kitchen. Just a reminder, my son is severely allergic to eggs, and gets horrible eczema with dairy, SO I really do have to get creative when our groceries have dwindled. See below for the lunch I threw together earlier this week.

The entree was the steamed veggie, chick pea, avocado meal w/ the almond butter whole wheat sandwich. I make veggie/fruit flax muffins at the beginning of the week for breakfast so I threw that in (This one was zucchini/flax - I'd rather do a boiled egg :/ ),  the banana for a snack, and the pouches just in case he is being picky that day. He's getting away from the pouches, but sometimes his teeth hurt and these aren't a bad option for the daycare to get SOMETHING half way nutritious in him. And of course he always has water (yes, yes, I know that's a PINK sippy cup... I promise he has 'boy' sippy cups but THIS ONE is his favorite b/c it's the easiest for him to drink out of. If anyone knows where I can get it in blue and green I would appreciate knowing haha).
Also, remember your food has to be age appropriate. Noah only has 6 teeth SO I have to make everything easy for him to chew. Once he has more teeth, we will definitely have more options! Remember this is an EMERGENCY meal, I already had all of these things in my pantry/fridge. When I have the time and the ingredients he definitely gets more sophisticated meals. But hey, we all know that sometimes that just isn't possible, so I feel like this is a decent compromise. 

Since today is Sunday and I usually go grocery shopping today (and our muffins were all gone), I realized I needed to get creative again for breakfast. So we made old fashioned oats (w/ water), and mixed in some unsweetened organic applesauce. He LOVED IT! Talk about quick and easy!! 

What are some of your bare pantry healthy emergency meals? I'd love to hear your ideas!

Love & blessings,
The Veggie Momma

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