I have had a variety of questions over time about what my “staples” are when I refer to them. I try to keep stuff in the house that I can always whip together. Say we are having a really spicy meal that I don’t think he will enjoy or we just walked in the door for lunch on a weekend. I need something to throw on a plate in 5 minutes tops. This also includes fillers to other meals.
Entree Back Up Plans:
Frozen chicken nuggets – shit, I’m not super woman. I know he will eat them. If he is already in a bad mood, why provoke it with something new? Honestly I don’t use them that much. I think I have had the package I have for like 2 months but I always have them.
Trader Joe’s mini ravioli (or any dried pasta) – They come in a bag of dry pasta in the pasta isle. I can heat up a handful or 2 in about 10 minutes and fridge the leftovers. He loves them
Hot dogs – I stick to turkey hot dogs. He doesn’t seem to like the beef ones. Yeah they aren’t a super food but they are protein and get the job done.
PB&J – I mean DUH. Granted wouldn’t work with peanut allergies but sandwiches are always easy. I even have a bread cutter to make dinosaurs. Also? cut into small squares and stab with pretzels = sandwich dippers.
Eggs – He likes them scrambled. Pretty easy to whip up. Good protein.
Yogurt – Vanilla greek yogurt. I find the thicker yogurt, while healthier and more protein packed, is way less messy. We add fruit and/or granola. Loves the stuff.
Tortillas – Make quesadillas. Another way to smuggle veggies in.
Carrots – Baby carrots. About once or twice a week I steam a handful of them and keep them in the fridge. I just steam them enough to soften them. He doesn’t like them just straight raw. Add hummus for dip…DONE.
Bell peppers – I always keep peppers on hand for my own eating (salads, pizzas, etc) so he gets them. They are sweet and crunchy. They also keep pretty well vs other produce. I just slice a few slivers off and voila.
Frozen broccoli – Kid loves it. I steam it in a little Pampered chef steamer I have in small batches and boom.
Canned green beans – These really are a last resort. I keep them so that day when all my produce went to shit, I have something give him. He likes them fine. We move on.
Cucumbers – Get 1 slicing cucumber and I have pieces for a week or more.
Frozen mangoes – from Trader Joes. Pop them in them mircowave for about 15 seconds to soften them up.
Frozen blueberries – likes them this way. I do nothing but pour them from the bag.
Dried tart cherries – K and I like these so he gets them too.
Raisins – Like the child’s crack. Also have them in yogurt covered form.
Apple sauce – We are in love with the little resealable applesauce pouches. You can get them with veggies in there too. This is usually “dessert” for Landon. He likes the control of holding it himself. Also? Less mess.
Apple/Pears – Just sliced.
Mac & cheese
I am sure there is more but alas…I can’t think. Anyways, Here is our week in toddler meals. Remember to follow the hashtag #toddlerdinners on Instagram throughout the week! This week, breakfasts!