(Closed) 'toddler' dinners?

posted 5 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
Member
6010 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

My daughter is 2, and we’ve found that it’s generally easier to give her a bit of whatever we’re eating along with some of her favorite foods.  This way, she gets exposed to new foods but we also have something on her plate we know she’ll eat and can fill up on, if she doesn’t like the main component. 

My favorite thing to do is offer her raw fruits/veggies along with some kind of dairy product (cheese is her favorite, but she also loves yogurt).  I put her favorites along the outside edges of her plate and then, I put the main component in the middle of her plate. 

For lunches, though, I do regular “toddler” meals like:

  • pb&j
  • veggie and cheese quesadillas
  • oatmeal
  • mac & cheese
  • spaghetti
  • cracker, cheese, turkey stackables
  • hot dogs
  • soup

Post # 5
Member
6010 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@Missus_LLC:  Lol!  Maybe she’ll catch up and get all of them out of the way at same time?

I understand about not wanting to get in a rut; variety is essential to nutrition.  Can you try different types of soup or mixing up different foods with her pasta?  For example, I switch up the veggies I put in DD’s quesadillas so she gets exposed to a lot of different kinds.  Also, I know that there you can buy veggie pasta, so that might be an idea.

If she refuses other foods despite your best efforts, don’t wory about it too much.  Toddlers go through phases of only wanting/liking certain things; my daughter went through a pasta eating phase (she’d only eat it cold and plain, btw) for several weeks.  Eventually, she came out of it and started eating other things again.  The most important part is that you keep trying to introduce new foods, even if she doesn’t take you up on it.

Post # 6
Member
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We feed him what we are eating (he is 15 months old).  He is dairy and soy intollerant so no cheese for us.  We do hummus quesadillas and a lot of meat.  He loves meat.  He gets a lot of frozen peas and frozen fruit.  We just put a little bit of everything on his plate and he chooses what he wants to eat.  If he doesn’t finish him meal we will put it in his snack cup for later (or for lunch the next day). 

Breakfast: hummus on bagel, eggs and bacon OR breakfast smoothie with flax seed or almond butter, kale, avocado and fruits

Lunch: leftovers OR lunch meats/fish sticks/chicken nuggets, frozen veggies, fruit

Dinner: whatever we have.  Last night it was paleo pancakes.  Tonight it is going to be chicken and black bean enchiladas.  We will pull some of the chicken and beans out so he can eat them on his own.

Post # 7
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1128 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I would feed her what you are eating for dinner, and then add a fruit/veggie, cheese/yogurt…something like that on the side.

 

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