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Healthy Toddler Meals

  • June 13, 2016
  • By Brittany
  • 4 Comments
Healthy Toddler Meals

Hello and happy Monday!  I’m so excited for this week because summer vacation officially starts for us.  On Wednesday we leave for Florida and then off to Cape Cod.  Whoop whoop!  

Although I don’t know if I can really ever say I’m on vacation any more.  Have you seen that Modern Family episode where they go to Hawaii and Claire says something to the effect of “Vacation!?! I’m a stay-at-home mom, this is a business trip!”  

It’s true, caring for a little one all day even when you are on “vacation” is not an easy task.  One thing that I have found that makes it easier is to keep our little two foot monster well fed. 

When he was a baby, it was pretty easy to force him to eat pretty much anything I wanted but these days I have to be a little more creative in what I present to him.  It’s all about sneaking in the veggies.  Here are a few healthy toddler meals that are go-tos in my house.

Pumpkin Soup

I love this one because he thinks it is just a creamy delicious soup instead of what it really is–pureed vegetable mom heaven.  For this recipe, you need a butternut squash or pumpkin of your choosing cut up into squares.  If you can find one at the grocery store pre-cut, I suggest you go that route!  Spread the pumpkin on a baking sheet and top with olive oil, salt and a little bit of honey.  You then need to roast the pumpkin in the oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until the pumpkin is soft.  Then transfer to a food processor and process until smooth.  Add pumpkin to a pot over medium heat and add 2 1/2 cups of vegetable both.  Heat though and serve!

Mini Pizzas

Mini PIzzas

This one can be a bit labor intensive if you make the crust from scratch like I did.  You don’t have to but I had a hard time finding a truly mini crust that I was satisfied with to use in this recipe.  A good alternative though would be mini whole wheat English muffins if you can find those.  On the flip side, you can make a big batch and then freeze each pizza wrapped individually in aluminum foil so you have something already made on hand.

Once you have a crust made (or bought) simply spread low-salt tomato sauce of your choice on the pizzas, chopped pineapple (I cut up a pineapple and used chunks but you could also buy canned), small pieces of ham and mozzarella cheese.  bake in the oven for about 10 minutes or until cheese is melty.  And of course, this works well with a variety of toppings!

Rice & Broccoli

Rice and Broccoli

This one is my favorite because it is so so easy to make.  It is simply a combination of steamed and pureed broccoli, cooked rice and melted cheese.  Yet the entire bowl is gone every time.  I use a version of this baby cooker to steam and puree the broccoli all in one.  I cannot recommend this product highly enough.  It is great for pureeing your own baby food and for toddler meals as well.  I simply don’t puree the food as much so he has to chew it a bit more now that he is older.  It is so easy to use and well worth the money.  

Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

An oldie but a goodie.  This is simply cooked pasta (I found a version that has vegetables in the pasta for kids) and steamed and pureed cauliflower (see above) plus cheese (the main ingredient in every toddler meal).  Cook the pasta according to directions and then add in the cauliflower to the cooked pasta.  I find a bit of olive oil can be helpful in creating an even coating.  While the pasta is still warm, add shredded cheese and combine.  Voila!  Cauliflower is now a staple veggie.

Meatballs

Meatballs

Meatballs are great because you can disguise almost anything in here.  I rotate between steamed broccoli, shredded carrots and mushrooms for my meatballs.  Simply place ground beef in a bowl and add favorite veggies.  In another small bowl, add 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs and 1/2 cup of milk and allow to absorb.  Whisk together 1 egg, salt, pepper and some grated parmesan.  Combine egg with ground meat.  Then add breadcrumbs.  Form balls and place on a lined baking sheet.  Top with tomato sauce and bake in oven until done about 30 minutes.  Serve and enjoy!

Readers, do you have favorite go-to recipes?  Do you find a need to hide veggies in your food?

By Brittany, June 13, 2016
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  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    June 13, 2016

    I love that you’re into sneaking in those veggies for the little guy! I have a feeling that I’ll be the same way as a mom (one day that is!) 🙂

    So awesome that you’re heading back to the States for the summer! Woohoo! Is the hubby coming to Cape Cod and then traveling for work from there, or will he be mostly staying Brazil?

  • Holly
    June 14, 2016

    Well presented, well disguised, well prepared, Well Done! I only hide veggies on my husband who finds them 95% of the time. He hasn’t found the garlic yet, tho😆

  • Nellie
    June 16, 2016

    This is awesome!! I don’t need to hide veggies but I should! Anyway that I can get them in there is a plus. You always share the best recipes 🙂

  • Marielle
    June 20, 2016

    Oh I love this post! I’m on the search for some healthy meals now that I officially have a toddler! She’s super picky which makes it tough but I always like having more options!!

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