Toddler Recipes That Your Little One Will Really Enjoy
Do you find yourself struggling to get your toddler to eat properly? Do they just seem to not want to eat what you make for them? Are you running out of ideas for tasty but nutritious toddler meals? So where to get some toddler recipes advice?
Well all is not lost with the Internet these days you can find lots of websites that can give tips and advice on all things related to toddler mealtimes and delicious and interesting toddler recipes. You can print these off and have a go yourself. I have put some pointers about what to look for in toddler recipes.
Tips on toddler diets and eating habits The first thing to remember is that a toddlers diet is not the same as for an adult. Where we often are trying to avoid fats and sugars in our meals. It is not always the case for growing toddlers. They need a certain amount of fats and sugars to enable them to develop properly.
Toddlers daily calorie intake The average toddler needs a calorie intake of around 1,300 calories a day. Often over looked is that toddlers can and do get a lot of calories from drinks they consume. So if you find your toddler is not eating very much at mealtimes. Then check that they are not drinking too much during the day. If you think they are then change some of their drinks to water. This way you will cut down on the calories while still letting them drink when they want.
Is your toddler just not eating? If you find your toddler is not eating much. You can also try different foods with different textures and tastes. Children also go for brightly colored foods. So tomatoes and cucumber are a big favorite for toddlers. Believe it or not but chicken curry is popular with toddlers. Obviously a very mild curry for young children. So the moral of the story is to experiment a little with the kinds of foods you give your little one and how it is presented can have an impact on how successful mealtime can be.
Try these toddler friendly recipes below for starters. They are very simple to make and nutritious.
crusty bread pizza recipe
crusty bread pizza Ingredients:
1 Ciabatta bread or 1 thick french stick
2 Cloves of garlic
2 table spoon of Olive oil
400g (14oz) Can of chopped tomatoes
Half a teaspoon of dried mixed herbs
Salt and ground black pepper
250g (9oz) Mozzarella Cheese
2 table spoon of grated Parmesan cheese
Method for making:
Cut the top and bottom of the onion and peel. Then cut it in half and slice it up. Then peel the garlic cloves and crush them.
Heat 2 table spoon of oil in a frying pan and gently cook The onions and garlic in to L the are soft.
Now add the can of chopped tomatoes, salt, pepper and herbs. turn up the heat until it boils.
Next turn the heat down to medium and let the topping cook for around 10 minutes until most of the liquid has boiled off.
Take the pan off the heat and leave it to cool for 10 to 15 minutes. Now turn on your oven to 200 c, 400 f, Gas mark 6.
Next put your bread on a chopping board and carefully cut in half along the length. Put each half onto a baking tray cut side up.
Now spread the topping sauce onto the bread on your tray. then slice the mozzarella cheese as thinly as you can and lay the slices on top.
Now sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top of ever thing and put in the oven to bake for around 15 minutes until the cheese is bubbling.
Take the baking tray out of your oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Now cut into smaller pieces ready to eat.
Crusty bread pizza is a really tasty toddler meal that is simple to make and the kids will love.
Lamb casserole with mash potato Ingredients:
Remember to leave for a few minutes to cool
20oz (600g) Diced lamb
1 Large onion
7oz (200g) Broccoli florets
7oz (200g) Baby carrots
1 Lamb stock cube (oxo)
1 Table spoon Olive oil
2 1/4 lbs (1kg) Potatoes
4fl oz (100ml) Milk
1oz (20oz) butter
A pinch of salt and pepper to taste
Pre heat your oven to 220 Celsius, 425 Fahrenheit gas mark 7
Slice the onion and carrots into bite size pieces. Also chop the broccoli and place all into an oven proof dish
Now you need to brown off the lamb cubes in a pan with a table spoon of olive oil.
Then lift the lamb cubes into the oven proof dish leaving the juice in the bottom of the pan.
Now prepare the lamb stock I cheat and use a lamb stock cube (such as oxo). mix with 1/2 pint of water then add the meat juices from the pan.
Now pour your prepared lamb stock over the vegetable and diced lamb in the casserole dish.
Now put the casserole dish with lid on into your pre heated oven for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Leave longer for a more tender finish.
Half an hour before the casserole is cooked you need to boil 1kg of peeled potatoes.
Boil your potatoes for 20 to 25 minutes until soft. Then Add 4fl oz of milk and 1g of butter and mash all together to a creamy finish.
Finally place the mashed potato on to the center of your plate and then ladle on a generous helping of the lamb casserole right over the top of the potato. Now it is ready to serve, for toddlers leave to cool for a few minutes.