Recipe #1) Sweet Potato Bites
What you’ll need:
- sweet potatoes (1-3 medium potatoes)
- non-stick spray
- two cups of water
- a cookie sheet with a one inch lip (a casserole pan works too)
Step 1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Step 2) Spray the pan with non-stick and poor the water into the pan.
Step 3) Slice the sweet potatoes in half (the long way) and pierce the skin with a knife 3-4 times. Place them face down on the cookie sheet, and bake for 50 minutes. The potatoes should be tender but not mushy.
Step 4) Let the potatoes cool. Remove the skin and cut into 1/4 inch cubes.
Recipe #2) Frozen Yogurt Dots (I first saw this idea here.)
What you’ll need:
- yogurt (any kind will work as long as it’s not too chunky)
- a sandwich bag
- wax paper (I use the linings from inside cereal boxes)
- a cookie sheet
Step 1) Line the cookie sheet with the wax paper.
Step 2) Fill the sandwich bag with yogurt and snip a 1/4 inch corner off.
Step 3) Squeeze the yogurt onto the wax paper in little rows of dots and freeze.
A tasty snack from Mom and Baby.
Finger Food Meal Plan:
Since I’m feeding two toddlers, I mass produce finger foods. At meal time I follow this formula:
Cereals (pick one)
- 1/2 a piece of whole wheat bread torn into little pieces
- 1/2 cup of dry cereal like Cheerios
- 1/2 cup of bite size cooked pasta
- 1/2 cup brown rice
Fruits and Veggies (2 Tbl worth, pick one)
- banana slices
- grapes (I used to quarter them, but my girls eat them whole now)
- berries: strawberries, blue, black, rasp…
- canned fruit is nice and soft (but it’s not as nutrient rich as fresh)
- sweet potato bites
- cooked carrot circles
- sugar snap peas
- lettuce pieces (they still mostly move these around their tray)
- cooked broccoli
Dairy or Protein (2 oz, pick one)
- grated cheese or one cheese slice
- frozen yogurt dots
- cottage cheese
- browned hamburger (no chunks)
- shredded chicken (small pieces)
Of course, I give them other options, too. And they usually have a little of whatever the family is having for dinner. I try to lead with the vegetables. Otherwise they fill up on bread and fruit.
Note: I give my sixteen-month-old twins three meals and two snacks every day. This is just a guide. Talk to your pediatrician if you have concerns about your child’s food readiness/nutrition needs.