Menu Plan: 6/5 – Homemade Ravioli

I attempted homemade ravioli (with homemade ricotta!) about a month ago and it was a huge success.  The version I made then had a ground beef based filling in it.  This week?  I’m whipping up a batch with spinach and cheese stuffed in there.  Topped with a fresh, simmered marinara, I think it will be delicious… and also easy enough to eat for my husband’s and my tender teeth!  We’re  both having dental issues, so softer foods are certainly welcome.  :)

B-Cereal, Applesauce, Milk
L-Hazelnut French Toast, Sausage Links, Fruit
D-Chicken and Brown Rice Enchiladas
B-Strawberry White Chocolate Oatmeal, Milk
L-P, B, & J Sandwiches, Jello, Pretzels, Water
D-Fish Tacos, Lettuce (from my garden… woo hoo!)
B-Strawberry Wheat Muffins, Cheese, Water
L-Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders, Oranges, Milk
D-Homemade Spinach Ravioli Marinara, Salad
B-Strawberry Wheat Muffins, Applesauce, Milk
L-Buttered Noodles w/ Peas, Water
D-Poor Man’s Chicken Parm Sandwiches, Green Beans
B-PB Raisin Toast, Milk
L-Pizza Paninis, Apples, Water
D-Pigs in Blankets, Carrot Sticks, Water (all to-go… baseball practice)
B-Smoothies, Toast
L-Cheesy Beans & Rice, Water
B-Pancakes, Apples
L-Ramen Noodles, Oranges (Yeah, yeah, I know they’re not healthy… they delight my husband.  That’s enough for me.)
D-Grilled Chicken Kebabs, Corn on the Cob, Salad 

I had to take my son in to the pediatrician last week to have his eye looked at– he caught a baseball there and split his lower lid.  (Ouch!) He was a trooper and headed right back out to play short-stop, but I wanted to be sure it was healing properly.  While there, the doctor (not our usual) grilled him on what he’d had for breakfast.  She gave me the stink-eye when he listed coffee cake along with strawberries and milk.  Should I have defended myself?  Should I have pointed out that I made it with wheat flour and plain yogurt?  Does it matter?  I was slightly irked, but let it ride…


Curious to hear your thoughts!

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16 comments to Menu Plan: 6/5 – Homemade Ravioli

  • Theresa

    I am a big believer in looking at the big picture when it comes to nutrition. Coffee cake one morning, pigs in blankets one evening – what does the WEEK look like as far as nutrition? I think you knocked it out of the ballpark!

    • Aw, thanks, Theresa. I agree- it’s the whole picture that counts! Our beloved pediatrician in Indiana used to always make that point. He wasn’t a bit concerned if a child didn’t eat a single veggie one day… as long as they were eating a wide array over the course of the week. :)

  • Kelley

    It does feel a little “indulgent” but my husband LOVES Ramen as well. All 3 of my children love it too! I rotate it in and out on a monthly basis but they wish we would have weekly! It made me smile to see it on your menu.

    You ALWAYS know what is best for your children above and beyond the pediatrition. feel good that you smiled and never felt the urge to “defend” yourself!

    • It had been a LONG time since we had had ramen around here, but then I remembered how much my guy loves it. It’s still a rare meal in these parts, but I see no reason to deny him such a small pleasure. :) (And, hey, it IS super cheap!)

  • Shirnell

    I wouldn’t worry too much about it. If your usual doctor had an issue with their nutrition, I’m sure it would have been brought up by now.

    Maybe she was just jealous because his breakfast was better than hers.

    • Ha! Coffee cake IS a tasty breakfast. :) Our usual doctor is always very impressed with my kids’ vast and healthy diets… this is the first time we’ve seen this lady. And may be the last…

  • Homemade coffee cake has got to trump fruit loops. I would think instead of stink eying you she would’ve discussed more appropriate options. But I wouldn’t have bothered to explain anything to a substitute doc.

  • No reason to defend what you are feeding your kids. I’m with Shirnell; if nutrition was an issue, your regular doctor would have brought it up. This doctor probably heard coffee cake = childhood obesity waiting to happen. I wouldn’t be concerned AT ALL. Your family eats very healthy!

    Your week looks great! I’m off to check out your pizza recipe!

  • Mary

    I would have been especially annoyed with the doctor since it was a “sick” visit. If you want to discuss my child’s nutrition at a well check, that’s great. But if I bring the kid in because something’s wrong, let’s focus on that, ok? At least your kid didn’t say “a Sausage McMuffin and a large Coke”. :-)

  • Celine

    Seriously let her “stink eye” roll right off your back. Who in the world is she to be giving you such a look. It would be one thing if your son said he had eaten donuts and fruit loops and coffee cake all week. She has no idea if it was a special treat for a special reason / accomplishment. The fact that he had strawberries and milk speaks volumes about how you feed your children. Most parents who do not feed their children healthy diets over-all would not have even served the other two components.

    I love your menu plans and they definitely provide a nutritious set of meals over the course of the week.

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  • That is annoying. The last time I took Libbie to the doctor our power was out and we had Dunkin Donuts for breakfast. I was a little ashamed that she had a bag from there in the office, even thought she was eating egg biscuit, not donut. When I defended myself, the nurse said if I could get her to eat anything I should go for it. I guess she’s a little on the skinny side! Hehe.

    Your meals are very well balanced and I know you have the confidence to roll with it.

    • Thanks, Jessie. Honestly, I think it mostly threw me for a loop since it wasn’t a “well child visit.” At the end of the day, my home-baked coffee cake is most certainly not going to sabotage my kid’s diet. (But I admit that I was irked… ;))

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