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Weekly Meal Plan for 8 Month Old Olivia + Fam

8 month old Olivia eating cottage cheese
At 8 months, Liv is ready to eat! She has a cute little pincer grasp and can pick up lots of food! Here is a week in our home with what we ate, the recipes, grocery list and modifications for Olivia.

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What’s new? 

Two big things happened in our house this month.

First, Olivia started daycare. That means I now pack lunch and snacks in addition to making dinner. Our daycare provides snacks, but not until 10 months. (Can’t wait for that!)

Second, we’re trying family meals for everybody, meaning Olivia eats what we eat. To pull that off, dinner has to be ready when it’s time for her to eat around 6:15. The adults wait to eat our dinner until after she is down for bed, but the food has to be ready early.

The intersection of these two things mean I have to be super organized. Consequently, I’ve been less concerned about what she is eating and I care more about the execution of meals. It’s a lot!

Here was our plan for this past week

Hopefully it can provide you with some inspiration! Some days it’s nice not to think and just do. 

BreakfastLunch / SnacksDinner
MondayScrambled egg with cheese
Raspberries
Blueberries
Turkey
Pouch
Avocado w/ Hemp Seeds
Puffs
Peppers and Sausage in the Dutch Oven
TuesdayCottage cheeseBison Pouch
Steamed Baby Carrots
Blueberries
Chickpea and Red Lentil Pasta
Puffs
Chicken, Broccoli, Udon Noodles, Miso dressing
Kimchi
Daikon Radish
WednesdayRed lentil and chickpea Pasta
Puffs
Pouch
Sausage, Peppers
‘Deconstructed’ Lentil Soup
Green lentils, carrots, onion, celery, cilantro, ham
ThursdaySteamed apples, cinamon, greek yogurtChicken Turmeric Pouch
Ham strips
Blueberries 
Raspberries
Banana with flax meal
Salmon
Asparagus
Tomato
FridayChia pudding (Chia seeds, almond milk, peanut butter, banana)Pouch
Chicken, Broccoli and Udon noodles
Puffs
Chicken Fingers
Tomato
Steamed sweet potato 
Adults are getting take out!

Two meal execution hacks to share

Prep food at night 

Life is easier when I can get dinner done in 15 minutes and have less to clean up. So prepping food and cleaning up needs to happen at a different time. This week I tried prepping food after daycare drop off and after Liv was in bed. I preferred getting that done at night. This is just one addition to the long list of things I do each night while I watch Law & Order SVU- pumping, cleaning bottle parts, cleaning up, etc.  Chopping veggies relaxes me so this fits my life and doesn’t feel overwhelming. 

Have dinner ready (or close to it) before daycare pickup

It’s easier for me to cook dinner when Liv is not around. Shocking. 

  • For crockpot meals I get that going when I get home from daycare drop off. 
  • For stove top meals, I cook quickly around 5. That’s why I need the cooking step to be 15 minutes or less! 
  • For baked meals, I plan ahead to make sure the oven is preheated, food is baked and there is time for it to cool.

Grocery lists, recipes, + modifications for an 8 month old

Here’s some more details on our week. 

Grocery List:

  • Eggs
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Avocado
  • 4 Bell Peppers
  • 2 Onions
  • Baby Carrots
  • Celery
  • 2 Apples
  • 2 Bananas
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli 
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Sweet Potato
  • Tomato
  • 2 Packages Precooked Sausage
  • Salmon
  • Package Chicken Breasts
  • Ham
  • Miso Marinade Sauce
  • Chicken Fingers
  • Almond Milk
  • Greek Yogurt (Fage 5%)
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Cottage Cheese

Pantry

  • Green Lentils
  • Flax Meal
  • Hemp Hearts
  • Red Lentil Pasta
  • Chickpea Pasta
  • Udon Noodles
  • Peanut Butter
  • Chia Seeds
  • Cinamon
  • 5 Baby Food Pouches
  • Puffs

Peppers and Sausage Recipe 

Need a quick and easy meal? This is it. It is so easy, and so yummy. 

Time: 

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages precooked sausage
  • 4 bell peppers (every color, if you can find them!)
  • 1 onion
  • Olive oil

Prep work:

  • Modify these foods so they are not choking hazards for your little one:
  • Sausage: In ovals. Round sausages (and hot dogs) are choking hazards so be careful. (When I sent leftovers to daycare I chopped up the sausage into pea size pieces and removed the skin). 
  • Red Peppers + Onions: Sliced in thin strips

Cook:

  • In a dutch oven, add olive oil and sausage. Saute sausage until it starts to brown. 
  • Remove sausage from the dutch oven
  • Add veggies and cook until soft, 5-8 minutes

For 8 month Olivia:

This was Liv’s favorite meal of the week. She loved sucking on the sausage and also the bell peppers! Save this recipe, it was so easy and yummy for all of us. 

8 month old Olivia eating sausage and pepper dinner

Chicken, Broccoli, Udon Noodles and Miso Broth Recipe

Time:

Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 30 mins

Steps:

  • Chop 1 head of broccoli into florets and steam 
  • Cook Udon noodles per package instructions
  • Cook the chicken (I cooked the chicken in my instant pot with a cup of water on the meat setting)
  • Mix it all together

For 8 month Olivia:

When I served Liv I put everything on her tray. I served her big trees of soft broccoli and pieces of chicken that were about the size of my finger. The noodles got stuck to her hands and she didn’t like that. I’d say this was her least favorite meal of the week. 

8 month old Olivia eating Miso Noodles and broccoli

Lentil Soup Recipe

Time:

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 7 hours in a crock pot

Ingredients / Prep Work:

  • 6 cups water
  • 1 bag of green lentils (12 oz)
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 tsp better than bouillon chicken stock
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 cups diced ham

Steps:

Put everything in the slow cooker and cook on low for 7 hours.

For 8 month Olivia:

I scooped out some soup in a bowl and then put the pieces (no broth) on her tray. I also spoon fed her some of the soup and she liked that more. 

8 month old Olivia eating lentil soup

Baked Salmon and Asparagus Recipe

Time:

Prep: <10 mins

Bake: 12-15 mins

Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 450
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Put salmon down on the parchment paper and drizzle with olive oil
  • Break off the hard ends of the asparagus. In a bowl drizzle with olive oil and stir around to coat. Add a pinch of Mortens seasoning Salt 
  • Put asparagus on the tray
  • Bake for 12 – 15 minutes or until everything is cooked

For 8 month Olivia:

To serve Liv, I break up the salmon into small pieces and let her go for it. I give her the full stalk of asparagus. 

Was this helpful?

Writing everything out made me feel proud about feeding my family this week. It’s a lot of work! If this is helpful, if you have any questions or if you want to recommend a recipe shoot me and Olivia a note at [email protected]

Happy feeding!

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