I’m linking up with Kelly at This Aint the Lyceum for 7QTs. This week’s 7QTs are all about the toddler kitchen!
So, we’ve been through the weaning process… we’ve blitzed the parsnip purée, mashed the sweet potato, served the lumpy lentils. Now our little baby is a a toddler she is only interested in feeding herself. Its great she’s so independent and enthusiastic about food, but sometimes its a challenge to cook one meal to suit everyone and that can be eaten without a spoon and with minimal mess. Here are a few meatless family meal ideas that suit everyone, even the little person who whats to eat with their fingers!
1. Pasta Finding really small pasta shells for babies at the supermarket can be hard. These Roma pasta shells to be the perfect size for everyone, and they cook quickly too. I make them up with a simple tomato-based sauce, usually mushroom or tuna, and add a sprinkling of cheese. Sometimes I serve them with garlic bread, which our little toddler enjoys!
2. Fish and vegetables My Dad cooks lovely salmon or white fish in a tomato sauce and serves it with steamed vegetables. Teresa loves sweet potato cubes, broccoli florets, carrot slices and green beans. Its super healthy and super yummy If you are not into cooking fish in a pan, you could easily steam, broil or oven cook it.
3. Cheese sandwich This is something Teresa has started to enjoy for lunch if we are out or on a picnic. Its as simple as it sounds. I just cut the sandwich up into bite size pieces and it disappears as quickly as you made it!
4. Omelette / Spanish Omelette / Scrambled Eggs Make your regular egg dish and throw in baby’s favourite vegetables. Teresa’s omelettes usually have a cheese and tomato theme. The great thing about Spanish omelette is that you can use up any leftover potato, and it tastes great cold, so you can keep it in the fridge and eat it the next day.
5. Fish fingers, vegetables and chips This is a quick, easy meal for when the cupboard is bare but there’s a few essentials in the freezer! Fish fingers, mixed frozen vegetables and oven chips! Peas and sweetcorn make great finger food.
6. Homemade pizza I love learning to make my own pizza. Teresa seems to enjoy it too, as she wolfs it down. Instead of making the dough from scratch, you could spread tomato purée on top of pitta bread and add your baby’s favourite toppings before cooking under the grill
7. Giant couscous Another quick and healthy meal. Just throw in a low salt stock cube and some broccoli, and any other veg you fancy. We often have this for lunch and flake some baked salmon on the couscous too. The size of the couscous means its a lot easier to eat as finger food in comparison to regular couscous!
What’s your toddler’s favourite finger food? What meatless dishes to you serve up to your little one? I’d love to hear your ideas!