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!

A 1 Year Old’s Schedule: Eat, Sleep, Play, Repeat

eat sleep play repeat sample schedule 12 month 1 year old talking about family blogEver wondered what a one year old does all day? Here’s a typical day for Teresa. She’s just turned 12 months old and has always had a baby-led schedule!

7:30        I wake up, usually in my cot, ready to start the day

8              Breakfast time talking about familyDaddy gives me milk while he has his breakfast. I nibble his toast, Weetabix or fruit too, depending on how hungry I am. Then Mummy changes me and dresses me for the day

10           If the weather is good, we sometimes walk to Mass. I fall asleep in my pram. Otherwise, we play at home. I am good at independent play in the mornings. I also like to crawl about, pull myself onto my feet and flick through some of my favourite books. This is when Mummy gets jobs done, like tidying up, doing the laundry and sometimes cooking the dinner in advance, if she’s really organised!

11           Milk time again! I often have a little snack too, especially if I didn’t eat much at breakfast.

11:30     If we stayed home, I tend to have a nap now, and wake up just in time for lunch! If I have already had a nap, I play play play!

1              Lunchtime! Mummy sings grace, which makes me smile. Sometimes I put my hands together. I am a pescatarian, which means I eat fish but I don’t eat meat, just like my Mummy. Now that I have 7 teeth, I usually have what she’s having; salmon, broccoli and cous-cous, Spanish omelette, vegetables…. I like to be able to feed myself, so finger food is the best! I have a little drink of water with my lunch, and sip it throughout the afternoon. I like to have fruit for dessert too. My favourite fruit are blueberries, grapes and apple slices. They make good snacks too.

2              We are often out and about in the afternoon. Sometimes we run errands, and sometimes we meet Daddy during his lunch break. It is nice to see him during the day, and sometimes he shares a little bit of his lunch with me!

3:30        Nap time again! I sometimes nap in my pram, but prefer to nap in Mummy’s bed. She is studying and has a lot of books to read, so I snuggle next to her.

annabel karmel sweetcorn fritter talking about family blog5:30        Dinner time. I eat what Mummy and Daddy are eating… tuna pasta (I like a bit of garlic bread too!), lentils, fish fingers, vegetables and a few chips. My new favourite food is Annabel Karmel’s sweetcorn fritters. After dinner, we say our prayers together.

6:30        I play with Daddy. He is so much fun! We build blocks, roll a ball back and forth, go through my activity book, ride on my pink horse. We also do walking practise! I can’t wait to get moving on my own! I usually have a bath in the evening too.

7:30        I have my last milk feed of the day. I have been drinking cow’s milk for a month and I love it! I am usually in my pyjamas at this stage. If I have lots of energy, I play a bit longer and sometimes have an extra drop of milk

8              It’s almost bed time. Recently, Daddy has been reading me bedtime stories. I like to help by turning the pages.

8:45        Off to the land of nod. I dream about the adventures tomorrow will bring!