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April 3rd, 2013 02:32 AM #1
Toddler Food Ideas, Multisourced
Thanks all who suggested websites, cookbooks and tried-n-true recipes for feeding a young toddler (the 10months - 2years age group, roughly). There were so many fantastic suggestions I have collated them into this admittedly enormous post-- what a great community resource.
Websites, Blogs and Online Recipe Banks
http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2009...-in-order.html [all things crockpot-related]
www.epicurious.com/ [the basics: http://www.epicurious.com/articlesgu...tocook/primers]
http://www.foodnetwork.com/5-ingredient-fix/index.html: Five Ingredient Recipes
Mark Bittman: "How to Cook Everything"
Joy of Cooking
Alice Waters: The Art of Simple Food/ In the Green Kitchen
Jamie Oliver: 30 minutes meals / 15 minute Meals / Dinner
Nigella Lawson: Express / Kitchen
River Cottage Baby and Toddler Cookbook
Tessa Kiros: Apples for Jam
Annabel Carmel (mainly focused on weaning)
The One Armed Cookbook
101 Things to Do With A Slow Cooker
101 More Things To Do With A Slow Cooker
Tyler Florence: Start Fresh: Your Child's Jump Start to Lifelong Healthy Eating
The Everything Organic Cooking for Baby and Toddler Book: 300 naturally delicious recipes to get your child off to a healthy start
One Pot of the Day (Williams-Sonoma): 365 recipes for every day of the year
Baby and Toddler Meals For Dummies
Edmonds Sure to Rise
Super Baby Foods
Miko Shino: Smart Baby Foods
Canadian Cook Book - Nellie Lyle Pattinson
Raw Food for Everyone - Alissa Cohen
Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond
Snacks/ No-prep foods
Plain or lightly sweetened yogurt
Whole canned beans
Whole wheat cereal
Bite-sized fruit pieces
plain yogurt, fresh strawberries / blueberries / grapes / mandarins, Cheerios/Kix, pureed fruit, cereal bar, a few Ritz crackers, Goldfish, Gerber Graduates Lil' Crunchies or Yogurt Bites
cheese cut into small cubes
rice crackers, cereal bars, string cheese, full fat plain yogurt, cottage cheese, Amy's soups, organic frozen waffles, avocadoes, frozen peas, canned beans, canned diced carrots, canned refried beans
porridge, muesli, wheat toast
cucumber, peppers, yoghurt, bread
pre-breaded chicken fingers
carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, cucumber cubes, cheese, sultanas, dried apricots, crackers, sliced strawberry, apple or melon
chicken gyozas, potato pancakes, chicken nuggets, frozen mini tacos
Frozen French toast, frozen waffles
Steamed veggies with chunks of meat: steam vegetables in steamer/rice cooker. Fill a large pot with water; completely submerse the chicken. Add a small handful of kosher salt, seasoning. Simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off heat, cover, and let sit for 30 minutes. Chop into large chunks and store.
Kidney beans with a little chili powder
Annie's organic Mac and Cheese
brown rice with butter
Amy's tomato soup with Goldfish crackers
frozen sweet potato fries
tuna or chicken salad
scrambled egg on wholegrain toast
baked beans in tomato sauce
Pasta with tomato sauce, an assortment of veggies and shredded chicken
cottage cheese covered with cinnamon, with grapes, peaches and pears
Oatmeal with honey, cinnamon, raisins and either almond shavings or walnut pieces
Carrot Sticks, grape tomatoes, or broccoli with Paul Newman Ranch dressing
Omelets: toppings including corn, grated cheese, mushrooms or even toddler food in a jar as a filling- eg beef pasta; stir fry Chinese veg or shredded chicken; tomato diced, ham/deli meat cut up, grated carrot.
Boiled small pasta- add some frozen small pre mixed veg (eg carrot cubes, peas and corn) in the last 5 minutes- drain & add some grated cheese. Alternatively, a tin of baby/toddler veggie based food could make a sauce to mix onto pasta- eg a pumpkin puree or a turkey and veg meal.
2 minute noodles (don't use the flavour sachet as they're too salty) with toppings of choice added and some cheese.
Baked beans on toast
A bought roast chicken pulled apart and diced- freeze leftovers for another meal in portions. Add as a filling or serve with a finger food meal.
-Tortilla filled with soft cheese and some ham/ other fillings
-Homemade soup: use a vegetable or chicken stock cube and water. Fry some onion in oil as a base. Cook whatever vegetable you want to use in your soup and blend it all together; serve it with bread.
Breaded chicken/fish strips: Slice chicken breasts or fish fillets into strips and dip them in flour and then into a mixture of egg/milk and salt and pepper and then into some bread crumbs; then fry them in oil or oven bake them. Serve them with a tomato salsa and some mash.
Tacos/fajitas: chop up onions, peppers, sometimes cauliflower. Saute meat or tofu, add the veggies and keep stir-frying until they are softer. Then add taco seasoning pouches. Serve it on rice or in a tortilla and top with salsa, sour cream, cheese.
Organic smoothies via power blender (add flax, wheat germ)
Meat & cheese roll up (in a tortilla)
wheat tortilla spread with peanut butter (or almond or sunflower seed butter if allergic)
Oven roasted veggies: slice them, add some olive oil and spices, and stick them in the oven until they are tender/crispy)
quesadillas (cheese with beans/salsa/chicken/etc.)
ravioli -cheese/spinach/pumpkin and so on
pizza (toppings -maybe feta and spinach, maybe fresh mozzarella and veggies, maybe with bbq sauce and bacon and onions)
Hobo bags: add cut up veggies and meat (fish or chicken are great) into a a foil pouch; season; drizzle some olive oil. Bake at 375 for 35 minutes or so.
Fried rice with egg, chopped carrots, tomatoes, anything!
Grilled cheese or grilled ham/turkey and cheese
Add Store-bought bottles of alfredo sauce to shredded chicken and veggies, with or without pasta
Also any of the still-too-hard veggies can be steamed: Baby carrots, zucchini, turnips, or potatoes quickly peeled and cut into managable strips.
Fish "en papillotte," wrapped in parchment or tin foil: choose halibut or monk fish, cut into serving sizes, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper (possibly lemon slices, garlic, rosemary OR sesame oil, scallions, soy sauce, ginger), wrap up and roast at 400 for 20 minutes or so.
Broil salmon: drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and broil for 10 minutes or so; serve with lemon caper butter sauce
Add to crockpot: 4 frozen chicken breasts or thighs, or approximately browned ground beef or ground turkey; 2 cans vegetable soup; 2 cans black beans; 2 cans original rotel. Keep is on low approximately 8 hours.
Muchaca: 2-3 lbs of a tougher hunk of beef, one large jar of salsa, a bottle of BBQ sauce, and a splash of apple cider vinegar. Slow cook until tender (hours) and serve on rice or with tortillas.
Oven-roasted veggies #2. Cut up French-fry sized sticks of carrots or zucchini, halve Brussel sprouts, chop 1" cubes of roots veggies--anything and then bake drizzle in olive oil, salt, and pepper at 400 degrees until they're fork tender and the edges are burning a little.
Homemade meatballs from ground turkey with shredded carrots, zucchini, bread crumbs and egg: shape into balls, bake
Zucchini Slice http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/5546/zucchini+slice
Bean enchiladas: http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/2256...n+enchiladas
Spag bog: http://www.bestrecipes.com.au/recipe...ese-L5081.html
Apricot chicken: http://www.bestrecipes.com.au/recipe...ken-L1401.html
Beef stroganoff: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/campbel...ef-stroganoff/
Minestrone soup: http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/12013/minestrone+soup
Last edited by blade; April 3rd, 2013 at 02:01 PM. Reason: edited for more recipe goodnessBlade, MD
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April 3rd, 2013 02:53 AM #3
Wow, great resource! I'm saving this for when I have a toddler! Well doneAudrey - Beatrice - Clara - Daphne - Flora - Jane - Mabel - Susannah
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April 3rd, 2013 07:45 AM #5Senior Member
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This is amazing, thank you. We have been feeling stuck on new ideas!!
April 3rd, 2013 08:13 AM #7
I just printed this out and put it with my stash of future baby stuff. This is great! You can't pay for this kind of varied advice. Thank you for putting all of this together!
April 3rd, 2013 01:02 PM #9Senior Member
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Fantastic thread, I've saved this to my desktop for future use. Thanks, Blade!
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