E.B. asks from Portland, OR on April 02, 2007
Need Some More Lunch/dinner Ideas
Hey there moms!
I was wondering if anyone out there had some good ideas for lunch for a finicky 15 month old. He has no restrictions in his diet, actually, he is under weight, so the fattier the foods, the better. I am in need of some ideas outside of sandwiches. Going grocery shopping soon, so I would like to have an idea of what to buy while I am out. Thanks so much!
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Thank you all so much for your great ideas! We have been using Pediasure for a while now, so having the MAc-n-Cheese idea along with quesadillas was a helper. Thanks for the eggs at dinner idea as well. I guess I just keep thinking in th esame box, and needed to get out!
Again thanks so much!
H.M. answers from Indianapolis on April 04, 2007
I know this sounds crazy, but have you tried avacados or guacamole? One of my boys will eat guac but not avacados. The other thing that works for us is the easy mac and cheese that is prepared in the microwave. Also another favorite are the barilla tortalini. I don't even put sauce on it for the boys and it is great because it travels well.
I hope some of these help! I am also always looking for differnt things to make for lunch for my boys too.
M.A. answers from Chicago on April 03, 2007
T.S. answers from Chicago on April 02, 2007
If you are trying to make sure he gets the nutrients he needs, maybe try some Pediasure with his milk or the Carnation Instant Breakfasts.
I know for our son he goes through phases of eating everything and then nothing. Here are some things we've given him...avacados, eggplant parmesan, steamed broccoli/cauliflower (make it mushy), lots and lots of yogurt and throw some cheerios in there to give it some substance, hamburger helper, macaroni and cheese (you can hide a ton of good stuff in mac and cheese - broccoli, mushroom, green beans, peas, those meat sticks that gerber sells).
Sometimes, we let him have a bowl of healthy cereal for lunch along with a side of fruit. I used to be anal about only unsweetened cereal, but I've since opened up to letting him have lightly sweetened stuff. Nutri-grain makes some whole grain waffles and Aunt Jemima makes 100% whole wheat pancake mix. We don't put any syrup on, just apple sauce or if you mix cinnamon in the pancake mix, it tastes fine without it.
Good luck...and even if he's finicky keep offering him the healthy choices. All of a sudden, he'll eat those green beans or whatever (and then the next day he won't - LOL).
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J. answers from Chicago on April 02, 2007
It seems like kids are finicky in different ways, so you may have to do some experimentation. Here's some random thoughts of easy/fast selections.
My first son loved avocado at that age (lots of healthy fat) and all cured meats and sausages (get the nitrate-free undyed kind from Whole Foods if worried about that) - ham, sausage, bacon, corned beef. A lot of salt in them, but also high in fat. He also loved mandarin oranges.
My other son liked chicken breast cut up into little pieces, and cheese and bananas. Hot dogs (cut up.) Didn't like any other fruits/veggies. They both liked chicken nuggets (or the soy version), garden burgers, macaroni and cheese. They also like frozen (not canned) cheese ravioli that's been cooked, served with parmesan cheese, no sauce. Both kids will eat broccoli with some cheddar cheese sprinkled/melted on top (can you tell we have big cheese-eaters at our house?) They both love yogurt, especially the baby stuff that's full-fat. Apple chunks dipped in peanut butter are popular. Quesadillas made with flour tortillas and mozzarella cheese, dipped in sour cream. Refried beans with cheese melted on top and sour cream. Toaster waffles. Eggs. (my kids like them all ways but if you have time, soft-boiled with toast "soldiers" for dipping makes it special.)
We got son #2 to eat more food when we cut back his milk. He could live on milk, even now - we call him the "air fern" because it's hard to catch him eating anything. Also watch out for juice - if they aren't eating food, the juice fills them up with less-healthy calories.
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L.P. answers from Los Angeles on April 03, 2007
I havo found a winner in "pizza's" I split an english muffin, spread on some pasta sauce, maybe add some chopped deli meat, veggies, and lots of cheese. under the grill, cut into little squares, and my son gobbles them up. I also find pasta in any shape easy. I also needed to plump up my boy a little, so would puree some veggies with butter tomake an easy sauce....avo is another favourite; either on its own or mashedon toast. A good website to check out is wholesomebabyfood.com. they have lots of good menu suggestions.
hope this helps!
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E.B. answers from Chicago on April 03, 2007
Mac and Cheese is a great vehicle for getting other foods into your baby- I always add veggies like broccoli, peas, carrots, corn, etc. I like to make things from scratch to cut down on sodium and chemicals. The Laughing Cow cheese you can get in the gourmet cheese section of the grocery store makes great mac and cheese when you melt it with some milk. Also, just a side note, I noticed that some posters mentioned fish sticks and tuna. I've been told by doctors not to give babies fish (I think at least until they're 2 or 3) because of the mercury levels. Just a thought.
My son also loves quiche - you can get a good one at Trader Joe's. They're small and you just stick it in the microwave for a couple of minutes. And, although he's been offered real chicken nuggets, he actually prefers the meatless chicken nuggets that Boca and Morning Star Farms make. I really like them too. They taste just like chicken and are really crunchy.
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A.G. answers from Chicago on April 03, 2007
Sometime getting cookie cutters and making different shapes out of the sandwiches make it more fun, my mom taught me that trick :) Worked great. What about yogurt? Maybe have him dip "trees" into ranch dressing. Cheese and crackers with dried fruit? I hope this helps.
K.H. answers from Chicago on April 03, 2007
My picky 5 year old loves Kraft Mac & Cheese and would eat it every day if I let him. I usually make the big box and keep it in the refrigerator for a quick and easy lunch/dinner. It reheats easy in the microwave. You can also try Bagel pizzas, they are easy to make and your son can help. Toast the bagel, and let him squeeze on some pizza sauce and add a slice of his favorite cheese. My son enjoys eating what he makes. You can also try homemade smoothies- combine cup of milk with 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt in a container, add some shaved ice- you can either use a blender or just shake it up in your son's sippie cup and presto- a thick creamy smoothie- taste just like a vanilla shake.
L.E. answers from Chicago on April 03, 2007
I tried just using soup. I use Progresso, wild rice and chicken, vegetable and one other, it has spiral pastas with small (soft!) veggie chunks. These are cost effective and my daughter loves them.
K.G. answers from Chicago on April 09, 2007
My daughter is 23 mos old and also very picky! For lunch I usually give her hot dogs, chicken nuggets, or soup. She also loves the microwaveable mac n cheese with franks, spaghetti rings and soup from Hormel. They're small containers, so you don't waste much! I also use the pediasure drinks and granola bars since she doesn't always eat much! You can also try the stouffers dinners. She loves the chicken and mashed potatoes. I notice when I give her finger foods or stuff she can do on her own, it helps her to try new things. If you want to use breakfast foods, she loves the eggo toaster swirls and french toast sticks. Also quaker makes these new breakfast cookies and she loves the oatmeal choc. chip ones. Hope this helps! K. G