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  1. #1
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    Sep 2012
    Los Angeles

    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 [all things crockpot-related] [the basics:] Five Ingredient Recipes
    dinneralovestory [slowcookers]

    Child-Friendly Cookbooks
    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
    Nigel Slater
    River Cottage Baby and Toddler Cookbook
    Tessa Kiros: Apples for Jam
    Sophie Dahl
    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
    String cheese
    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
    frozen empanadas
    pre-breaded chicken fingers
    carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, cucumber cubes, cheese, sultanas, dried apricots, crackers, sliced strawberry, apple or melon
    turkey sausage
    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.

    Hardboiled eggs
    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
    vegetable soup
    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
    Spaghetti bolognese

    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)
    French toast
    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

    Bean enchiladas:

    Spag bog:

    Apricot chicken:

    Beef stroganoff:


    Minestrone soup:
    Last edited by blade; April 3rd, 2013 at 02:01 PM. Reason: edited for more recipe goodness
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  2. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Wow, great resource! I'm saving this for when I have a toddler! Well done
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  3. #5
    Join Date
    May 2012
    This is amazing, thank you. We have been feeling stuck on new ideas!!

  4. #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!

  5. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Fantastic thread, I've saved this to my desktop for future use. Thanks, Blade!

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