Disclosure: This post has been made in partnership with Tree Top, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
A Simple Week Long Meal Plan That Even Toddlers Will Love!
As someone who juggles freelance jobs, volunteering at my daughter’s co-op school, plus being a mom and wife, I know it can be hard to eat well, cook at home, and also try to figure out stuff you can make that pleases your toddler without letting good food go to waste in your fridge! Something I take the time to do each weekend that has helped me tremendously in saving time, money, and making me feel better inside and out is creating a simple (yet delicious) week long meal plan even my toddler will love!
I have been meal planning for years. In that time creating a simple week long meal plan has become second nature. However, I remember the days when I first began meal planning. In those days, creating a shopping list that had variety, yet not too much extra food to go to waste, was a difficult task. This is why I want to share one of my simple meal plans with all of you – to help with the hustle and bustle of your day by having the meal plan and shopping list already made for you!
I hope you’ll find that this meal plan will help you with faster grocery store shopping, as well as faster cooking. All the meals are very easy. And I’ll let you in on a little secret that has helped me make my meal plans very appealing to my toddler: Apple sauce and apple cider. You’ll see on many of my meal plan days, I have either a Tree Top pouch of apple sauce as part of the meal or apple sauce in a recipe. I have found using apple sauce in baking in place of eggs or added sweetener helps make my baking moist, yet eliminates sugar (and bonus if you like licking the spoon with your baking, you can do it when your recipe is egg-free!). My daughter also loves having cute lunches in a bento box, with a Tree Top Apple Sauce on the side. She gets excited to eat it since, let’s be honest, kids and apple sauce go way back – they just love it! Tree Top even has different flavors of apple sauce, which my daughter likes to switch up each week. Another item you’ll find throughout my meal plan is the Tree Top 100% Pure Pressed Sweet & Tart Apple Cider.
This has been a great treat to compliment our healthy home cooked meals, since it ads the perfect amount of sweetness to compliment the meals, but the tartness of the cider helps make it not overly sweet tasting. It’s that perfect balance to go with an everyday meal!
Printable Shopping List, Plan and Recipes
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Meal Plan Breakdown
- Breakfast: Tree Top Apple Sauce pancakes
- Recipe: Whisk together 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt. Then add in 1 cup almond milk, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 Tbsp agave nectar or honey, and one pouch of Tree Top apple sauce in apple flavor. Whisk together, then heat up a pan of oil and pour batter. Cook until golden brown on each side (yield approx. 6 pancakes)
- Lunch: Bento box with sugar snap peas and carrots with Greek yogurt for dipping, and turkey & cheese wrapped in a whole grain tortilla.
- Dinner: Veggie and Noodle Soup
- Recipe: Place 4 diced baby potatoes, 1 diced zucchini, 1 diced carrot, 1 diced sweet onion in 16 oz of vegetable broth on the stove top. Once at a boil, simmer for 25 minutes (in the last 10 minutes, place in 1 cup of noodles).
- Breakfast: Scrambled eggs and cheese wrapped in a whole grain tortilla
- Lunch: Leftover veggie and noodle soup (it’s Monday after all, leftovers make for an easier start of the week!)
- Dinner: Peas and roasted chicken with baked sweet potato fries.
- Recipe for fries: Preheat oven to 475 F. Cut up sweet potatoes into strips, and lightly toss in grapeseed oil and salt. Bake for 25 minutes.
- Breakfast: Plain or Greek yogurt with berries and a dash of honey or agave nectar.
- Lunch: Bento box style lunch with apple slices, cheese, unsalted almonds, and baby carrots
- Dinner: Whole grain rotini pasta with peas drizzled in olive oil. Make it the perfect dinner paired with Tree Top’s 100% Pure Pressed Sweet & Tart Apple Cider to drink.
- Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with fruit salad on the side (this can be apples and strawberries, or whatever your little one’s favorite fruits are!)
- Lunch: Bento box with Tree Top Apple Sauce pouch with sugar snap peas, carrots, and turkey and cheese rolled in a whole grain tortilla.
- Dinner: Leftover pasta and peas, with Tree Top 100% Pure Pressed Sweet & Tart Apple Cider.
- Breakfast: Apple sauce banana bread. I love having this, since there’s no eggs you can enjoy licking the spoon when you’re done making it! Plus it ads more moistness to the bread to use apple sauce instead of eggs.
- Recipe: Preheat oven to 325 F. Whisk 1/3 cup vegetable oil and 1/2 honey or maple syrup together. Add in two pouches of your flavor choice of Tree Top Apple Sauce. This can be apple, or to get a little more creative you can use apple cinnamon or apple strawberry! Mix well, then add in two mashed bananas and 1/4 cup Tree Top 100% Pure Pressed Sweet & Tart Apple Cider and combined. Lastly, add in 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, a pinch of salt and cinnamon, and 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour. Bake for 60 minutes and enjoy!
- Lunch: Hard boiled eggs with apple slices, unsalted nuts and sugar snap peas and baby carrots.
- Dinner: Brown rice with diced sweet potatoes and crispy broccoli.
- Recipe: Preheat oven to 475 F, then place diced sweet potatoes and broccoli florets on a pan lightly coated in grapeseed oil, salt, and pepper, and bake for 20 minutes.
Friday (It’s Friday, which calls for an easy day!)
- Breakfast: Leftover Tree Top Apple Sauce banana bread.
- Lunch: Leftover brown rice, sweet potatoes, and broccoli
- Dinner: Diced potatoes sauteed on the stove or baked in the oven with steamed carrots and roasted chicken, paired with Tree Top 100% Pure Pressed Sweet & Tart Apple Cider.
- Breakfast: Yogurt with berries and a dash of honey
- Lunch: Tree Top Apple Sauce pouch flavor of choice, with cheese, unsalted nuts, and leftover veggies
- Dinner: Whole grain pasta with sauteed broccoli drizzled in olive oil.
And there you have it! A week long meal plan that the whole family can enjoy, so you can spend more time enjoying meals and bonding with your family, and less time having to cook different meals to satisfy everyone’s tastes! I hope you find that using apple sauce and the Tree Top 100% Pure Pressed Sweet & Tart Apple Cider will become great staples for the whole family. With the cider being a great meal pairing, and Tree Top’s apple sauces being great substitutes for baking and perfect for lunch boxes. You can learn more about their various products here.
Be sure to click the printable up top to get this meal plan, shopping list, and recipes in an easy way to use as reference throughout the week!