Thursday, August 24, 2017

Recipe - Toddler Food

Q has finished eating purées and mostly eats what we are having ourselves.  Sometimes though, what we are eating doesn't really work for him, so I wanted to make some things that would be ready in the freezer in case he needed something just for him.  These recipes also worked in cleaning up some of the frozen purées I had in the freezer.  I used the Baby Bullet to make all of Q's food (and E's when he was a baby).  It was great, but it's now time to move on.

Toddler Pancakes

2 bananas
1/2 cup applesauce (although this time I used puréed peaches)
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup oatmeal (quick oats)
1/2 whole wheat flour

Mash the bananas and add the applesauce, eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon.  Mix until smooth.  Stir in the oatmeal and flour.  Mix until combined.

Spoon out onto a preheated pan or griddle in small amounts. You may need to use cooking spray or butter depending on how non-stick your pan is.

Make them fairly small for little hands. I got about 18 out of this batch.

Chicken Bites

3/4 cups puréed cooked chicken (I used my leftover baby food but you could also just cook up some ground chicken or turkey)
1/2 cup puréed pear
1/2 cup puréed apple
1/2 cup grated carrot
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp paprika
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 egg

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until fully combined.  Scoop into greased mini-muffin tins (or just roll into a meatball shape and place on a cookie sheet).

Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 15 to 18 minutes until firm.  Makes approximately 18.

Q is a pro at eating these meatballs now.  The other day I made them with chopped spinach instead of the zucchini and they were just as good.

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