Toddlers go from liking one food one day and hating it the next. Not only does taste come into play but appearance and texture have a role in whether your toddler even tries the food. Many parents feed their toddlers the same things they eat but sometimes the food everyone else in the family is eating is not toddler appropriate. Parents can make simple meals for their toddler as an alternative to the main course.
Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese is a simple meal to make for your toddler. Mix elbow macaroni with fresh cheese such as cheddar or Colby jack for homemade macaroni and cheese as an alternate to boxed and processed meals. You can make it a bit more filling by adding chunks of ham to it or tossing in vegetable pieces, such as broccoli or corn, into the mix. With different vegetables and types of cheeses, you can create a new dish every time. Macaroni and cheese doesn't have too many colours, flavours or textures that many toddlers refuse.
Pita or Tortilla Wiches
Making a simple sandwich out of lunch meat and cheese or peanut butter and jelly is a simple process that takes only a few minutes. Switch it up a bit by using a tortilla or pita instead of plain bread. Add your child's favourite type of meat such as ham or turkey in with some shredded cheese to make a quick, simple dinner or lunch. For some more colour, add in lettuce and some fat-free dressing or sandwich spread. Serve it next to some fresh berries or another fresh fruit such as melon or an apple.
Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day. Instead of mixing some cereal and milk together, make breakfast interesting by toasting a piece of bread and then cutting holes in it for the eyes and mouth. Melt some butter or margarine in a pan, place the bread in the pan, then break the egg inside the holes. Put some cheese along the top of the egg for hair for a fun breakfast idea.
Your child may be more willing to try new foods or eat his meal if he helped make it. Try making cheese logs together. Mix together 1/2 cup of flour with 1/4 cup butter, 1/2 cup cheese and an egg. Add spices such as salt and pepper. Roll the "dough" you created, then cook for 10 to 15 minutes at 191 degrees Celsius. Your child will relish in the fact that he helped create his dinner or lunch.
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