Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Toddler Bites (food that is...)

Hi there. It's me, 'that lady with the food'. At least I'm pretty sure that's my new name based off my sons recent behavior. Mr. Oscar has turned into a ravenous little food monster, constantly wanting to eat. Ok, maybe thats a bit much, but this kid can seriously eat.

It was bound to happen, my husband and I love food. I mean, we really love food. I'm not fond of the word 'foodie' but if it could mean: two fairly broke people who love cooking and making crazy delicious food, I'd be willing to reconsider. We're the type of 'foodies' who find decadence in a small, somewhat shady looking, hole in the wall on the West Side of Chicago that makes mind-blowing chicken tacos. Mmm...now I'm obsessing over those tacos...

ANYWAY, when we found out we were pregnant, we had most of the normal conversations about what our baby would look like, and what kind of parents we wanted to be. But maybe unlike some, one of the top 5 things we were excited about, was hitting the point where our little boy ate real food. But when that time came, I completely froze. I spent hours on google looking for new mushy meal ideas, with only a few purees to show for it. I found it really helpful seeing recipes to inspire a dish (like I normally do), but found it really difficult to find straight forward daily meal plans that seemed practical. Now I'm not saying they're not out there, I just think there should be more examples.

So, after figuring a few things out, here I am. I've decided to jot down what we're feeding our sweet little food vacuum, not only for my own reference, but to hopefully help out some Mama's that feel a little burnt out on the same old dishes.

My disclaimer:

  • I'm not a nutritionist or a doctor. I'm just a Mama hoping to avoid a 'chicken nuggets or death' situation with my kid. We'll see what happens...
  •  Oscar's 13 months, so some of the food I list may not be ideal for your babe if they're younger or have special dietary needs. 
  • You'll notice, you wont see much gluten. It's not that I'm keeping Oscar away from it, I just keep a gluten free kitchen at home after being labeled Celiac four years ago. If we're out, he eats it. If we're home, not so much. Believe me, I'm 100% for people eating gluten when they can eat gluten, so this boy isn't missing out. 
  • All of the food I list usually takes 10 minutes or less. I've been trying to prep some things the night before to make things easier for lunch and dinner the next day, and it's really helped. It's amazing what a difference cutting up some veggies or shredding cheese ahead of time makes. 


Breakfast: Greek Yogurt with clementines, Organic Mum Mums with peanut butter.
Lunch: Blueberries and mozzarella, sweet potatoes, Ella's Kitchen tomato and cheese puffs
Dinner: Pasta with Pesto and sauteed spinach, feta and kalamata olives, and Mum Mums with roasted red pepper hummus. 


Breakfast: 1 scrambled egg, 1 clementine, and almond butter on Mum Mums
Lunch: Shredded Sharp Cheddar, Tofu sauteed with broccoli, zucchini, and squash (seasoned with a little soy sauce and cumin), and a package of Ella's Kitchen banana Nibbly Fingers. 
Dinner: Steamed sweet potato (he's in love with them) , Mum Mums with red pepper hummus, Happy Baby food pouch.


Breakfast: Oatmeal, a banana and a little pear
Lunch: Chili (I made a big batch for all of us yesterday), shredded sharp cheddar, and yogurt with applesauce.
Dinner: 3/4 tilapia filet, and sweet potato with sauteed spinach.

Breakfast: A banana and yogurt with applesauce, and an Ella's Kitchen cranberry and acai Nibbly Fingers.
Lunch: Pasta with oregano and garlic, Mum Mums with almond butter.
Dinner: Scrambled eggs (with ham and kale), and Shredded mozzarella.

Have some ideas? What do you feed your little one? I'd love to hear!


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