7 Meatless Meals That Make Great Toddler Finger Food

I’m linking up with Kelly at This Aint the Lyceum for 7QTs. This week’s 7QTs are all about the toddler kitchen!

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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!

Baby pasta shells1. 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

giant couscous7. 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!

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7QTs: Surviving My First Year of Motherhood

7qts surviving my first year of motherhood talking about family blogWhile my baby will always be my baby, she will turn one and officially become a toddler tomorrow. Where does the time go? Here are seven quick takes on a few things that have helped get me through this first year as a new mum!

  1. Spiritual Life

Since I became pregnant, I turn to Mother Mary a lot more. She’s my role model in a whole new way.  When my little one was born, taking her to Mass seemed like a big deal. It was huge. And stressful! But, we’ve never had a huge drama and have only had to leave the pew a few times! Deo Gratias! Phew!

  1. Post-natal Pilates

After pregnancy and giving birth, I wondered if my body would ever be the same. Thanks to post-natal Pilates, my body feels a lot stronger. I would definitely recommend it to any new mum!

  1. Couch 2 5k

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My couck 2 5k programme

Baby weight falls off some women. Not me. I had to work. Very hard. I decided to do a couch 2 5k programme, because it’s easy to get up and out, and I could do it with baby. I bought a second hand jogger buggy, so I wouldn’t have to wait until my husband came home, and wouldn’t be able to use ‘it’s dark/ cold/ wet’ as an excuse. It’s worked really well and I am hoping to do my first race this summer!

  1. Not stressing

As a FTM (first time mom), there is a lot to learn, and a lot to worry about. In addition, people like to chime in with their opinions and unsolicited advice, often conflicting the books / the professionals / the internet / each other. It can be so confusing! I am learning to not worry about things to the nth degree, and am learning to trust myself!

  1. Meal planning and batch cooking

Even having a huge bowl of salad or prepared veggies in the fridge is a big help!

Even having a huge bowl of salad or prepared veggies in the fridge is a big help!

Motherhood has made me be more organised. Time is a luxury! I am learning to meal plan and have started experimenting with batch cooking. It’s definitely the way forward!

  1. Cheating

Take shortcuts! For example, if time is of the essence at meal time, don’t worry about cooking something fresh or defrosting something pronto. Use store-bought baby food. It’s not the end of the world!

  1. Groups

It took me a while to get connected to some local toddler groups. Some mums swear by them, and go to a group every day of the week. I am not one of those mums, but I do know which group is on which day, and that I can drop in whenever I like.  That works for us.

I could have made a longer, better thought-out list, but these are my quick takes! Do you have any tips for new mums? What would be top of your list?

Thanks to Kelly for hosting 7QTs! For more quick takes, hop on over to This Aint the Lyceum!