Thursday, February 4, 2010

Nutritious, Delicious Kid Friendly Food

Is anyone else sick and tired of feeding their kids, how do I put this, well, CRAP! Miss H seems to subsist on hot dogs, chicken nuggets, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and "cheesy noodles." I try to get her to eat what we eat for dinner, but that doesn't usually go over well.

I know, I know. She is a toddler. She is too busy to eat. Pick your battles, etc., etc.

But guess what? I feel guilty about letting her eat that stuff. So I got a little motivated today to try out some kid-friendly nutritious recipes to try to get some vitamins in the little lady.

(Did I mention she has a hacking cough and a fever? This could be the reason for my motivation....)

I found these recipes in my baby cookbook, Baby Bites by Bridget Swinney.

First up I decided to try a Maui smoothie. Whenever I purchase a smoothie for my enjoyment, Miss H inevitably ends up drinking some all of it.

    • 1/2 Cup pineapple packed in juice, frozen (I used one bowl of Dole Pineapple tidbits)
    • 1/2 Frozen banana (I cut a whole banana up into slices and put it in a ziploc bag in the freezer)
    • 1 cup plain yogurt (I used Vanilla flavored)
    • Honey to taste (for babies older than 1 year)
    • Blend all ingredients and serve.

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Perfection! It was thin enough to sip through a straw, which Miss H loves. Chock full of Vitamin C, B12, B6, Riboflavin, and Zinc. How much did she eat? Two sips...

Next up, Oven-Fried Zucchini Sticks. When we lived in Colorado, I used to go to this restaurant that served Fried Zucchini. I am normally not a fan, but they were de-lish! So I decided to give this a try.

    • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
    • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
    • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
    • 3 medium zucchini
    • Milk or beaten egg yolk
    1. Slice zucchini into rounds or long sticks. Preheat oven to 450. Spray cooking sheet with cooking spray.
    2. Mix bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, and cheese together in large zipper bag.
    3. Dip each zucchini slice in milk or egg, then drop into bag and shake until coated with crumbs.
    4. Bake 10 to 15 minutes until tender and brown.
    5. Serve with warm marinara sauce or ranch dressing.

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They really tasted a lot better than they look! But how much did Miss H eat? None...

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She fell asleep on the couch!

Maybe I'll have more luck when she isn't sick....

Erin

6 comments:

Shell said...

Hang in there! Keep offering heatlthy choices and she'll eventually eat. We have our moments of serving crap around here, but my kids will eat anything.

Kmama said...

Both sound delicious! LOL at her not having any of it. Figures!!

Melissa B. said...

My kids are all about the junk food, too, but there is one saving grace...they LOVE fruits and veggies! I feel so fortunate that at least one of the tracks they're headed down is a good one. SITs sent me by, and I'm glad they did!

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Confessions From A Working Mom said...

Please send the leftover zucchini sticks to my house-- even if my daughter won't eat them, I will!!!! I love zucchini.

You asked me about the new sleep toy... Actually, it's for a product I'm reviewing for my blog next week. SO COOL. I'll post the review (and a great discount for my readers) next Saturday, so make sure you stop by!

~Elizabeth
Confessions From A Working Mom

KatherineAnne said...

Sounds delicious! I'm sorry that she didn't eat anything maybe when she is feeling better she'll enjoy the deliciousness :)

I hope you're having a very blessed day!
xo,
KA

Kat @ www.TodaysCliche.com said...

Just loved this post... coming from SITS. Random, but are you going to Bloggy Boot Camp in Baltimore?