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Tuesday Timesaver: 15 New Quick & Easy Finger Food Combos

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Best for Babies 12+ Months Old

It’s been four months since Mason started eating finger foods. When he’s not pulling his food camel act he’s digging into some pretty interesting foods, both at home and in restaurants in New York City and Washington, DC. It’s more challenging now to take him to restaurants–he loves to throw food, which is frustrating at home and downright embarrassing in public–so I imagine we’ll be cooking at home even more than usual until we get that little habit under control.

At 14-months-old Mason can eat pretty much anything, but he hasn’t tried peanut butter yet due to my irrational fear of peanut allergies. He still doesn’t have very many teeth (only four right now), but he didn’t have any teeth when he started eating finger foods and I was amazed by all of the foods that he managed to gum up.  Bug still loves the list of finger food combos that we shared with you back in June, and we still rely on this go-to list of finger foods when we fly, but now he has some new faves.

Check ‘em out — and share what your babe’s faves are, too!

1. Pumpkin-filled ravioli and zucchini (pictured above)
(Disclaimer: I buy the ravioli packaged, I haven’t made it yet.)

2. Roasted salmon and blueberries

3. Zucchini-oat bread with raisins and cheddar cheese

4. French toast and orange slices

5. Roast chicken with roasted red pepper hummus and Fuji apple

6. Chicken-apple sausage and Anjou pear

7. Fruit pockets and Canadian bacon

8. Penne with meat sauce and cantaloupe

9. Filled pasta shells and banana

10. Garden veggie mac ‘n’ cheese and pineapple

11. Honey-baked ham and red grapes
(I use high-quality, thinly sliced ham from the deli)

12.  Cinnamon-raisin bagel with low-fat cream cheese and peaches

13.  Organic pepperoni and cantaloupe

14. Roasted red peppers, kalamata olives, and feta cheese

15. Oatmeal-blueberry muffin and Swiss cheese

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Tuesday Timesaver: Make-Ahead Muffins Even Picky Eaters Love

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

No matter how picky he’s feeling, my Little Food Camel can’t resist a good quick bread. Of course he could suddenly decide he dislikes quick breads tomorrow, but this morning he couldn’t eat his oatmeal-blueberry muffin fast enough. His other favorites, which I make without seeds or nuts, are pumpkin muffins, zucchini-oat bread with raisins (which I had a major craving for the morning he was born), and banana muffins. I love that I can make these quick breads ahead — all of the recipes I linked to here require 20 minutes or less of prep — and serve them for breakfast, as an afternoon snack, or a dinner side dish. And I can fill them with nutritious ingredients such as whole-wheat flour, oats, fruits, and veggies, which is HUGE because Bug tends to spit out only the most nutritious foods these days, except when they’re tucked away in a fluffy, delicious carb.

One caveat, particularly if your kid is as messy as mine is: The stuff is messy. In fact, the mess that Mason managed to make with his muffin this morning was stunning. By the time he was finished, his little face and hands were coated in blueberry-colored crumbs, and he had somehow managed to rub the mess into the tiny blonde curls in the back of his head. (I ended up trapping him on the floor between my ankles and scrubbing his hair with a wet washcloth.)  Oddly and thankfully, none of it got on his clothes. Despite the fact that I was crawling around on the floor with a dustpan and broom in a skirt and heels, the mess was absolutely worth it — Bug ate almost the entire muffin, including all the fruit in it, which delighted us both.

It seems too good to be true, but Mason smiled AND ate his breakfast this morning — no negotiating, pleading, or bribing required.


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Tuesday Timesaver: 12 Easy Sauces & Dippers for Roast Chicken

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Cool, creamy Cucumber-Yogurt Dip is delish on plain roasted chicken — and it’s rich in calcium.

Best for Babies 10+ Months Old

Mason is still in his Mr. Picky phase, which means mealtime is always a gamble. It’s either super fun or super miserable, depending on Bug’s mood. Last night I was hoping for super fun. It was a Monday, after all, and I had just started my (awesome) new job, so I was pretty tapped out. I turned to an old stand-by — store-bought, free-range rotisserie chicken, one of his faves — and served it with mashed butternut squash (roasted the night before and mashed with whole milk, a little butter, and a dash of nutmeg), and chunks of cooked apple. Bug dug in but quickly got bored with his chicken. On a whim, I gave him some Roasted Red Pepper Hummus to dip it in; he loves hummus almost as much as he loves cheese.  That chicken disappeared from his tray fast! Guess Dr. Sears was right when he said dips are a great way to inspire 1-year-olds to eat.

Since the hummus and chicken combo went so well, I’m going to try serving lots of different sauces and dips with Mason’s roast chicken from now on so he can dip each piece before eating it. Check out my quick and easy picks below. I’ll make big batches ahead so we have plenty for the week. Stay tuned for great veggie and fruit dippers!

1. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

2. Peanut Sauce

3. Roasted Eggplant Dip

4. Easy Marinara Sauce

5. Cilantro Mint Sauce

6. Apricot BBQ Sauce

7. Classic Pesto Sauce

8. Mustard-Dill Sauce

9. Mint-Yogurt Sauce

10. Baby Cheese Sauce

11. Plum Sauce

12. Cucumber-Yogurt Dip

How do you spice up chicken for your toddler?

Photo courtesy of BHG.com

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Tuesday Timesaver: 8 Easy Mac ‘n’ Cheese Mix-Ins

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Garden-Veggie Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Best for Babies 10+ Months

Mason loves mac ‘n’ cheese. Loves it. He’d eat it every night if he could, especially since he’s on a cheese kick right now. I make a simple homemade mac ‘n’ cheese recipe often, but I mix in healthy veggies and fruits to add nutritional value. I love how quick and easy it is to turn mac ‘n’ cheese into a filling, well-rounded meal. In fact, the Garden Veggie Mac ‘n’ Cheese (above) saved us last night when our 30-minute commute took an hour and a half due to train trouble. After being trapped in his stroller for all that time, Bug was understandably starving and grouchy — and I had to come up with a dinner that would dazzle him fast.

My first Tuesday Timesaver post on mac ‘n’ cheese drew lots of comments, and I discovered that many of you have babes who enjoy mac ‘n’ cheese, too. I also learned that many of you try to mix in extras to spice it up and make it healthier, so I wanted to share some of the combos that Mason  enjoys. To save time, I often use frozen organic veggies that are quick to steam and don’t require prep. I also make a big batch of mac ‘n’ cheese ahead and freeze leftovers to help out in a pinch. I use a variety of noodles, including whole-wheat and brown rice. Try out our ideas — and share your babe’s fave mac ‘n’ cheese mix-ins.

1. Garden Veggie: Steamed broccoli, asparagus, and bell pepper

2. Chicken ‘n’ Noodles: Cooked chicken with tomato and steamed carrot and peas

3. Harvest Mac: Fresh, finely chopped sage and lightly steamed Gala apple

4. Meaty Mac: Cooked ground beef with tomato and steamed peas, carrot, and onion

5. Tuna Delight: Tuna with steamed celery, onion, and sweet red pepper

6. Mediterranean Mac: Tomato and kalamata olives with cooked onion

7. Italian Mac:  Cooked mushrooms, roasted red pepper, tomato, and organic pepperoni

8. Mac ‘n’ Greens: Cooked chicken sausage with steamed spinach and tomato

Photograph courtesy of BHG.com

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Tuesday Timesaver: 7 Toddler-Friendly Breakfasts in 15 Minutes or Less

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Best for 1-Years-Old & Up

Now that Mason’s been in daycare for two weeks, we’re settling into our new morning routine. We’re still working out the kinks: Should I wake up Mason if he sleeps past 7 or let him sleep and cut breakfast short? What’s the best time to give him breakfast so he poos before he’s strapped into the Ergo — not right after? Which is faster,  the bus or the subway?  I’ve learned that the more I can organize  the night before, from what we’ll each wear to what we need to take with us, the smoother our morning will go.  Breakfast requires the most foresight. I want Bug to get a good start to his day, but I don’t have much time to put the morning meal together. Here are his fave weekday breakfasts right now. They’re so quick I can put him in his high chair with some puffs and he’s entertained until his food is ready. What are your go-to breakfasts?

1. Omelet with cheese and veggies, sliced banana, and whole-wheat toast with fruit jam. (Hint: If your babe is spitting out cut up veggies, puree a few faves and spread a layer of the puree on top of the cheese in the omelet.)

2. Whole-grain strawberry-banana waffles, Greek yogurt, and chicken sausage.

3. Oatmeal mixed with peach puree and Greek yogurt and Canadian bacon.

4. Blueberry yogurt, granola, and fresh cantaloupe.

5. Scrambled eggs with tomato and spinach, applesauce, and whole-grain toast.

6. Toasted cinnamon-raisin bagel with low-fat cream cheese and fresh orange slices.

7. Pancakes topped with cinnamon-spiced fruit and chicken sausage.

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