T.S. asks from Mayfield, KY on March 18, 2008
Looking for Quick and Easy Lunch Ideas for Sahm and One Year Old!
Title says it all!! I am a stay at home mom of a just turning one year old. He is still taking bottles (ACK) but drinking milk and not formula. Some days he has a hearty appetite and some days he only wants the bottle. I'm not too worried about that tho, the dr says he willl eat when hungry. What I am wanting some help with is quick and easy things to eat for lunch that are not prepackaged and full of sodium, preservatives and so on! Any ideas?!
J.C. answers from Charlotte on March 19, 2008
R.H. answers from Raleigh on March 19, 2008
Perennial peanut butter on bread, crackers, celery and carrots (when older); yogurt with veggies or fruit; good chicken dogs; cheese toast/bread/biscuits; fruit with cheese; homemade soup or left overs from dinner the day before; toasted tortillas made into chips with different dips; scrambled/hardcooked eggs... My 3 year old granddaughters don't like a lot of variety, so I have to urge them to eat anything but hot dogs. They like some surprises though, and will eat yogurt with almost anything. R.
V.M. answers from Nashville on March 19, 2008
I have a one yr. old and this is what i do-it is simple and healthy.
Buy fresh or frozen (i do organic because they taste better) steam the veggies and (re)freeze in small containers or ice cube trays. Put them in freezer bags when frozen. Just pull out whenever. The uneaten portions can be saved for the next day and mixed with something else. I use, summer squash, green beans, peas, corn, sweet potato, carrots.....He loves them. He eats better than i do. I also freeze apples. blueberries, bananas... this way. Just blend everything to the best consistance for your child. If you take a hour or so and just do a bunch you are set. I add in cheese, yogurt, pasta, bread......with everything to balance it out. You barely have to think about it-just pull it out, heat it up, and your little one is eating healthy- not salty, preservative, processed junk.
W.F. answers from Clarksville on March 19, 2008
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V.C. answers from Wheeling on March 19, 2008
Little kids eat so little, that 'snack foods' are almost a meal for them. Low-salt cooked vegetables are good (carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, etc). Applesauce (and other canned fruits), raisins, cheese, fresh fruits (apples, bananas, grapes -maybe cut grapes in half to reduce choking hazard). Peanut butter and low-salt or graham crackers. Cottage cheese (it's high in salt, tho) Yogurt. Dry cheerios are cool, too. No need to buy specialized 'baby foods' all the time!
M.H. answers from Lexington on May 12, 2008
I usually cook two meals during the week and freeze them in individual containers for lunches. I work full time outside the home so I am super crunched for time but I cook these meals after I put her to bed. It's so worth the time and effort because you know they are getting good food without preservatives! She loves homemade whole wheat mac and cheese with broccoli, lentil and brown rice casserole (with cheese on top), squash casserole with cheese, rice & broccoli & carrot soup (I strain it). These are super easy to make and I make a lot so I can freeze a bunch and just take it out the night before. You can sneak in a bunch of veggies in these casseroles and know they are getting a good healthy meal. If I don't have anything ready I usually send cottage cheese, slices of baked sweet potatoe and a fruit. A good way to get "good protein and fat" is to stir in some ground nuts (like almonds or walnuts) into applesauce. Another quick meal is to scramble up some eggs and put in parmesean cheese and spinach, it's one of our favorites! Hope this helps!
A.F. answers from Knoxville on March 19, 2008
i like to go through the grocery store (especially the kids isle) and get ideas of differnt foods to fix from boxed / convenience meals. it's a great way to add variety to your child's meals and when you make them at home, it is healthier and saves you money. i take advantage of the crock pot and i make regular sized meals and store the leftovers (some in the frige and some in the freezer). i love the spinach tortelini. buy it dried and it lasts a long time. there's also alphabet pasta and risoto and small shells and another small pasta (can't think of the name). since these come in whole wheat now, they are great to use and you can just varry the sauce. i love to do breakfast for lunch and fix oatmeal or eggs with fresh fruit and whole grain toast. you can buy turkey breasts, wrap them in foil, and cook them in the oven and use the turkey for many things. when i cook ground beef, i rinse it off in hot water to get rid of a lot of fat. my secret spaghetti sauce receipe is this: 1 small can of tomato sauce (no salt added), 1 sm can of tomato paste, 1 can petite diced tomatoes, 1 can condensed tomato soup. you can add salt, pepper, italian seasoning, garlic, onion, and cooked ground beef/turkey (if preferred). you can also add frozen veggies. cook it in the crock pot on low for at least 5 hrs. it's a great sauce and very easy to make and it makes a lot and can be frozen.
C.H. answers from Fort Smith on March 19, 2008
I have a son that just turned one, too. He is the same way. He will eat something up one day and not want anything to do with it the next. Or he will eat something, I give him a bite of something else and then he refuses the first thing for the rest of the meal. We have a lot of cheerios, pb crackers, and yo baby yogurt when nothing else works. He LOVES fruit and rarely eats veggies, which drives me crazy. I am glad you posted this, atleast I know we are not alone. I haven't been to the pediatrician yet for his year appointment. We had a lot of trouble getting in since we just moved here. So I hadn't been able to talk to anyone about this really.