If you’re reading this, you’re in the same boat as we are… certainly not sitting on your own personal island, sipping tropical drinks, and eating an endless buffet of Filet Mignon, lobster tail, crab, and just about every delicious food you can imagine, without having to choose just one. Nope, we didn’t win the Powerball Jackpot either, and I’ve decided to spend my time writing instead of making dinner. I guess we’ll figure out something when I get to it, but I can tell you, it definitely won’t be steak and seafood or a several course Italian meal. Instead I’ve been thinking of different budget-friendly, kid-friendly meals for all of those of us who didn’t win the Powerball Jackpot last night.
The bright, pretty color and the expected sweetness and delightful flavors of fruit make it easy to overbuy, especially with toddler in tow. She wants strawberries at the store, but then you get home and she only wants the apples that you already had. You picked up blueberries with the intention of making muffins, or pancakes even, but there’s just never enough time. Uneaten, old fruit just keeps piling up. Not to fret, though. Even if the fruit is a little past its prime, looking just a wee bit sadder, it’s still in many cases totally fine to bake or whip into another recipe. Here are my favorite 15 ways to use fruit that’s past its prime.
Most fruits and vegetables tend to be extremely colorful. Their colorful nature makes them attractive to young kids, which is great since they are such healthy choices for toddler meals and snacking. Creating a rainbow fruit tray with your kids is a great way to ensure your children get the right amount of healthy, juicy fruits. It is also a fun activity to try with food as St. Patrick’s Day approaches! Making a rainbow fruit design can also be a lot of fun for the whole family to enjoy. Mom or Dad can cut up the fruit and the kids, with a little help, can make the rainbow shape on a special plate. This activity is enjoyable for all ages and encourages healthier eating for your family.
If my daughter gets in one good meal per day, it’s usually breakfast. I’m not sure if it’s the variety or just the types of food customarily served at breakfast, but she tends to do well eating at breakfast time. I find that toddler breakfast ideas come fairly naturally to me, so I decided to write a post specifically about making a creative breakfast for toddler aged children. From eggs and pancakes to fruit or cereal, hopefully you can find something here in this list of toddler breakfast ideas to entice your kiddos to enjoy the most important meal of the day!
Having a toddler is a lot of fun! You basically get to be a kid all over again, doing fun things and playing with the stuff you loved as a kid and buying the toys for your own kid that you never got as a child. One of the fun summer activities I decided to try with my daughter held a close plate to my tummy, or place in my heart, something like that. We picked black raspberries on a sweltering hot day in July this summer and came home with an entire bucket for eating, baking, and freezing. Black raspberry chocolate chip pancakes became the highlight of our recent cooking endeavors! Continue reading Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Pancakes… Maybe Not Healthy, But Soooo Good!
Cooking for kids can be a lot of fun, especially when you have cool kitchen gadgets to make the process a little more creative. I have found that my daughter really enjoys eggs—fried, scrambled, hardboiled, on sandwiches, just on her plate, in a cup—she’s a big fan. I’ve tried to keep mealtimes interesting and exciting for her so that she is more inclined to eat appropriate amounts of food. (She’s only in the fifth percentile for her age, so the pediatrician wants us to keep getting her to eat more and higher fatty content foods.)
I’ve found some fun kitchen gadgets to make my life a bit easier when it comes to cooking for my toddler. I really enjoy using the pancake and egg molds as well as cookie cutters to keep the process and the meals fun and exciting. Continue reading Shaped Food for Kids: Fried Egg Flowers, Pancake Hearts, Bears and More…
Everyone has his or her own way of doing things in life. Some take the easy way out, others live their lives by Pinterest boards, and some, like me, find themselves comfortably navigating through life somewhere in the middle. I have vivid memories from my childhood of many things, but the younger I was at the time, the less I remember now. Still, I feel like the fondest and most poignant memories are often the ones I try to recreate with my daughter. It’s a special bond we can share that ties back to my own childhood and my family when I was a little girl.