I thought I would dedicate my Tuesday blogs to toddler food. Feeding a toddler is a challenging task as their taste memories are so short. One day Meghan will LOVE, LOVE, LOVE a certain food, and the next day act like she has never tasted something so disgusting. Since I am always looking for new ideas, I thought I would put out there some of the healthy meal or snack options that have worked for us.
I only cook meat once a week (at the most) so that is how often Meghan is offered meat. She often refuses it when I offer, so it is not unusual for her to go weeks without any meat. Because of this I am careful to prepare foods for her that provide the nutrients she would normally get from meat, such as protein and iron. I try to include a variety of whole grains, vegetables, beans, legumes, and fruit in her diet. For dinner she typically eats what we are eating.
This was her lunch yesterday.
Toddler Tuesday: Cheesy Broccoli, Rice, and Beans
- Total Time: 2 1/2 minutes
- Yield: 1 - 4 toddler servings 1x
A quick toddler friendly lunch
- 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
- 1/4 cup steamed broccoli florets, chopped to toddler size bites
- 2 tablespoons cooked white beans (I used canned organic navy beans. If you use canned, organic usually has less salt)
- 2 tablespoons shredded mild cheddar cheese
- Place rice, broccoli, and beans in a small microwavable bowl. Top with cheddar cheese. Microwave for 10-30 seconds, until cheese is lightly melted.
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 seconds
- Category: Toddler Meals
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: whole recipe
- Calories: 301
- Sugar: 0g
- Sodium: 398mg
- Fat: 11g
- Carbohydrates: 38g
- Protein: 16g
Keywords: kid friendly lunch
Than you! It looks an easy recipient for my toddle that wound probably eat it but personally I wouldn’t consider a healthy meal something that is cooked in a microwave!
It’s not cooked in a microwave. Everything is cooked separate and prior. The microwaving is to melt the cheese. But if assembled while hot cheese would melt without the aid of a microwave.
I totally agree, I wouldn’t even use microwave to melt the cheese but the stove… defeats the purpose of a healthy meal
For long time I coated Meghan's avocado in crushed Cheerios because she didn't like the texture–maybe you could try that. I don't know if Ava does sandwiches yet, but now I also give Meghan mashed avocado sandwiches sometimes to switch things up. Good luck. 🙂
Sarah Hubert says
This is a great idea! I am trying out some new things for Ava and really enjoy getting recipes from others that have worked. I tried some avocado today for part of Ava's dinner b/c of your past blog…she wasn't to excited about it but we will try again tomorrow! 🙂 Thanks for toddler Tuesdays!