As I mentioned in my previous post, Pea is getting pretty tired of the whole spoon feeding thing and just wants to be feeding herself for the most part. So the last batch of puréed food I whipped up will likely be the last one. That said, she still needs age appropriate foods to eat, so I dedicated one afternoon to these awesome baby (and toddler) finger foods:
1. Banana Pancakes
These are hands down, the easiest recipe you can make! Mash 1 banana, whisk 2 eggs, mix together with a dash of cinnamon. Heat a non-stick pan and spoon 1-2 tbsp portions of batter out onto pan. Cook until browned, flip, cook other side.
I keep mine in the fridge in an airtight container and they will last for a week.
2. Mini Egg Muffins
Check out the recipe over at YummyMummy club. I used carrots and zucchini this time, but will make them again with different veggies. I also froze over half of this batch so I can take out a quick meal and defrost them whenever necessary.
4. Tofu Nuggets
Talk about a new obsession! I love including tofu in my diet every now and again just for some variety. It’s a great meat-free option as it is inexpensive, versatile (it will take on the flavours of whatever you are cooking it in), it is a complete protein, has no cholesterol or sodium, and is low in saturated fat.
It’s usually something I enjoy while out at a vegetarian/vegan restaurant because chefs are so creative with it, but finding some easy recipes that both myself and the kids can enjoy at home is a bonus. I used this recipe from the Tasty Kitchen and it worked perfectly. The next batch I make I will be adding some grated Parmesan cheese to the breading mix as well just for some added flavour.
5. Mini Meat and Veggie Balls
Not that I worry if Parker is getting enough iron in her diet, but it’s something I’m definitely conscious of. Thus, I made a batch of some good old fashioned beef meatballs. What’s great about these meatballs is they are also loaded with vegetables and oats so they work great as a well balanced snack just as well as they do as part of a meal.
I also found the recipe for these over at YummyMummy Club and I opted to use spinach, carrots, and zucchini as the veg and a lean ground beef for the meat.
They turned out great and again, the whole family can enjoy them!
As a testament to how much babies will love these things, here is Parker devouring her meatball on her EzPz Happy Mat 🙂
6. Smoothie Popsicles (for toddlers)
My oldest daughter, who’s almost 3, has been asking for Popsicles since returning from our sunny vacation this winter. Not that I’m against the store bought sugary Popsicles every once in awhile, but I figured I’d take the opportunity to make these desired “treats” into a healthy snack option. We have made a couple different varieties so far and the best part is it’s something we can do together!
All you need is 4 ingredients:
– 2 cups fruit (we chose frozen blueberries for the first batch and fresh strawberries for the second)
– 2 cups vanilla yogurt (Greek is best but use whatever you have on hand)
– 1/4 cup of milk (we use Skim)
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until well mixed. Pour into Popsicle moulds and freeze until firm.
Last step- ENJOY!!
What I love about the recipes I used is that they can all be modified to incorporate the vegetables and fruits you prefer. So, you can remake the same thing over and over and just switch up some components of the recipe to keep it interesting for yourself and your little one(s)!