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What are some meals you make for your 12-18 month old (that don't come out of a box)??

Elise is now 13 months old and I've switched her from formula to whole milk and she is down to 2 and 1/2 cups of milk per day.I do give her liquid vitamins with Iron,b/c I'm paranoid.Ideally she would eat what I make for myself but I don't eat much.I try to give her moslty things she can feed herself, but do occasionally spoon feed her things I think are important (oatmeal,cooked spinach, and beans-every cuban baby needs their black beans lol).So basically she is eating a whole lot of wheat pastas (i usually make her a meat sauce), chicken cut into small pieces, sweet potato, squash,snacks on cheese,veggies,fruits throughout day,she LOVES scrambled eggs with cheese,wheat toast with peanut butter or melted cheese.When I'm really lazy I'll make boxed maccaroni and cheese or bake the earth's best chicken nuggets or boil some frozen beef ravioli.The organic pasta pickups are ok, but the others have so much sodium.Ideas?

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LovelyElise

Asked by LovelyElise at 4:26 PM on Jan. 11, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • every meal :~) Lets see . . . Im getting creative this week, so I decided to cook all new recipes. Im making pulled pork sandwiches with potato salad as a side (potato salad has olives, carrots, celery, onions, peas, and pickles for some extra nutrients) for tomorrows lunch. I also made some pasta fagioli soup entirely from scratch (that will last us several meals). From the chicken I roasted for the stock, Ive made homemade chicken alfredo and a Bbq chicken sandwich. I made banana bread this morning for breakfast. I plan on making chicken pot pie later this week, as well as a sweet potato pie. Tomorrow's dinner will be meatloaf, green beans, and baked potatoes with cheese . . . pm me if you need some recipes :~) I spend most of my days cooking, and my 14 mo old eats it all!
    epoh

    Answer by epoh at 4:34 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

  • also wanted to say, it sounds like youre feeding her well! Im glad to find another mama that doesn't feed her baby the Gerber graduates! So good job, and just keep doing what youre doing :~)
    epoh

    Answer by epoh at 4:35 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

  • my daughter (18months old) loves scrambled eggs too.. but our pediactrician told u to not give her more than 2 eggs/week.

    if you wont cook for yourself, then i guess u gotta stick with the things u feed her now.

    i cook almost every day. so since our daughter is on actual real food (since she is around 10months old) i will feed her everything we eat... when she couldnt chew it all yet i just threw it in the blender.

    veggies, taters/pasta, different meats and our daughter LOVES rice. so i cook her rice almost every other day. and every day i cook her different veggies. for snacks she usually has fruits. at my parents she will get cookies ect. but we dont feed her any of this "crap"... hehe...
    m.robertson811

    Answer by m.robertson811 at 4:36 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

  • our dd also doesnt like any of the pre-cooked or frozen meats and/or meals. but thats because she is "spoiled". fresh food every day. when it has to go fast, then i usually make her some rice with turkey and carrots.. or any other veggies we have in the fridge
    m.robertson811

    Answer by m.robertson811 at 4:36 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

  • I picked up some frozen nuggets from Publix the other day and the girls go wild for those. I like them too. ;)
    Also try cooking something for her (or having Andrew do it) but cook it in bulk andget some of those cheap storage containers from Publix and freeze individual portions.
    I keep a lot of the frozen stuff from Greenwise in the house, then I can just pull a portion out, heat it up and eat it. Even frozen veggies work well that way. Andri loves the peas and broccoli. She likes to eat the peas frozen when she's teething. ;)
    http://www.publix.com/aprons/meals/SimpleMeals.do
    http://www.momswhothink.com/easy-recipes/easy-recipes.html
    Someone else shared this site with me, I haven't tried it yet:
    http://www.wholesometoddlerfood.com/
    AndrisMom

    Answer by AndrisMom at 4:47 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

  • thanks ladies! yeah i really don't eat much besides salads and very lean chicken (i'm obsessed with my weight) so i find myself cooking just for her. which isn't a bad thing. my hubby is actually a gourmet chef at a very fancy fine dining restaurant, but he doesn't get home until very late (she is usually asleep by then).

    i just want to learn some recipes that i can make just for her. i don't want to gain any weight eating what she eats. LOL.
    LovelyElise

    Answer by LovelyElise at 4:48 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

  • I make her bread sticks and pizza! :) Send me a message if you want the recipe
    Autumn22

    Answer by Autumn22 at 5:01 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

  • My kids loved chicken salad. I would boil a boneless, skinless chicken breast, shred it, add cooked frozen peas (they won't touch canned peas), celery, carrots, rice or couscous, spinach, and sometimes broccoli or cauliflower, never mayo or anything like that. It would make a pretty big batch that would last a couple of days (as long as I didn't get into it, too, since it was pretty good!) I'd give them that with crackers and a little kid fork and they'd eat it up. I've also done the same dish but substituted lean hamburger for the chicken. They're both easy to turn into pot pies, too. You just make up your favorite biscuit mix and drop on top and bake.
    debra_benge

    Answer by debra_benge at 5:05 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

  • Geez...they've eaten what we eat since they were 9 months....

    Breakfasts: french toast, waffles, pancakes (all from scratch)...other stuff from boxes lol poptarts once in a while, cereal...then toast and fruit if they want more.

    Lunches...sandwiches, crackers, lunches around here are light...or some left overs

    Suppers: some sort of meat, vegetable and starch (pasta, potato or rice)...chicken, beef, pork, turkey, ham, fish

    The meat has been fried, roasted, baked, broiled, slow cooked, etc with some herbs and spices. (oh, and grilled!)
    TiccledBlue

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 6:59 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

  • Sounds to me like you're already giving her all kinds of nutrients! I wish too I could get more creative with my sons foods...but we don't have a lot of money to buy a lot of ingredients...I feel like I feed him the same things a lot...and the only fruit he likes is bananas. He likes vegetables...so thats good :)
    AustinR3MySon

    Answer by AustinR3MySon at 9:48 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

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