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.
If there’s one thing my daughter will eat on a regular basis, it’s chicken. Well, chicken or fruit. But let’s stick with chicken breast recipes for now. Chicken breast recipes are great ones to try for your toddlers because they’re often meals the entire family can enjoy. Easy chicken breast recipes can turn into great family dinner ideas, which in turn become extra easy lunch ideas for the next day. I’ve recently gotten my daughter, who is almost three now, to try a variety of different chicken dishes, and even turkey. It’s no longer just “chicken and fries, AGAIN” as she likes to say.
Enough with this winter already! If I see one more snowflake—or ice ball—falling from the sky, I am going to scream. I’ve given up hope on wishing for warmer temps for the time being and have instead focused myself on living vicariously through memories I have of tropical vacations before starting a family. (Who has tropical vacations anymore after starting a family?) Channeling the warmer, tropical state of mind, I’ve taken to making tropical themed food ideas for my little one. Consider these suggestions for tropical food for toddlers, featuring islands, palm trees, fish, dolphins, penguins, and more.
You may be wondering where we ever came up with Mickey and Minnie Mouse turkey burger sliders. So there’s no shortage of Minnie Mouse in my home, and Mickey is a fast second favorite. My two-and-a-half-year-old daughter simply can’t get enough. Unfortunately, she rarely gets enough to eat, either, because she much prefers to run around the house, read books, play with her toys, chase the dog, look at the floor, you know, anything but eat.
You know it as well as I do… If you’ve had the same leftovers day in, day out for the past three or four days, you’re going to be sick of whatever it is for a while. Toddlers get bored with food just like adults do, maybe even more so. Sometimes the preparation or the recipe can even be different, but if it’s still chicken, or pasta, or a sandwich, we can all easily get tired of the same kind of food over and over again. Continue reading
My daughter loves dogs more than any other animal. I’m sure I probably partially inspired it by getting her mostly dog stuffed animals, beginning from the time before she was even born, plus the fact that we have a truly wonderful canine companion. And, as you know by now, Natalie is a fairly picky eater. She does enjoy hotdogs but sometimes only eats a few small pieces. I am excited that I’ve found a pretty successful way to get her to eat her entire hotdog, and sometimes even asking for seconds! Continue reading