You may own myriads of recipes already, passed down through family members, or archived from multiple different sources. There are so many out there, and if I could, I’d try them all! However, not only can making toddler meals be time consuming, it can be disappointing when bub doesn’t like it after all the trouble you’ve gone through!
As referred to in my last post, mealtimes can be smooth sailing when you know how (probably more important than what bub likes) your toddler likes his food. In most cases, bub will enjoy his food better when mushy or saucy. The following recipes are helpful for the transition from toddler meals to adult meals. You know.. that period when you’re short on time and wish bub can eat chicken tikka masala with the rest of the family!
I try to buy organic where I can but if not, these meals are still be jam-packed with nutrition… and are pretty much one-pot-freeze-able-wonders. But best of all, bub will love them!
Risoni in Veggie Broth
3/4 cup risoni
1/2 zucchini, peeled and diced into 1cm cubes
50g sweet potato, peeled and diced into 1cm cubes
1tsp good quality stock (Vegetable or Chicken)
Sprinkle of parsley
Cook risoni in a pot of boiling water for 10-11 minutes
In another pot, cover zucchini and sweet potato with water and bring to boil. Cook until tender – cubes should fall apart with the press of a fork. Lower heat. Do not drain – the water is part of the nutrition!
Drain risoni and add to the cooked pot of veggies. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine and gently smash the vegetables (watch out for spatter!)
Stir in stock, parsley and a splash of water if required. The consistency should be soft, chunky with a bit of broth. Cool thoroughly prior to serving.
Easy Tuna Tomato Risotto
1 cup arborio rice
90g canned tuna in spring water, drained
1 clove crushed garlic
200g chopped tomatoes (canned or fresh)
50g frozen corn kernels
50g frozen peas or fresh broccoli
500ml vegetable stock (or water), heated
1tsp olive oil
Sprinkle of oregano
Parmesan for sprinkling
Heat olive oil and butter in a saucepan. Cook onions and garlic until soft. Add rice and stir to coat each grain. Add stock and cover. Cook for 12 minutes, but check after 10. Stir well and add more stock if required.
Once cooked, stir in the chopped tomatoes, corn and peas. Cook for a further 2-4 minutes, until veggies are soft. Stir in tuna and oregano and heat through.
You may wish to mash up the risotto if bub is a young toddler.
Serve with parmesan.
There you go – a couple of easy, nutritious meals for bub that’s yummy enough for the whole family and easy enough to whip up! Hope you enjoy them.