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How to Make Frittata Fingers. Toddler Friendly Meals Part II

My youngest daughter, Willow, started to self wean at 9 months. By 11 months old she wouldn’t nurse or take formula. I was desperate to find nutrition packed foods for her to eat. I found that frittatas fit that need.

Once you know how to make these (and they are fast AND easy to make) you can play around with the fillings. I have used ham, zucchini, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, parsnips, and onion in various combinations. Really, whatever you have in your fridge will work.

You absolutely MUST have parchment paper to bake these with. My husband once tried to make them in my loaf pan without the parchment paper and I had to throw the pan out. I could not get it clean. So…line an 8X8 pan with parchment paper first.

You will need about 1 1/2 cups of fillings. The veggies should be grated or finely chopped and then slightly cooked to make them soft. I usually just steam them in the microwave to save time.

Then mix 4 eggs, 1 tbsp. flour, 1/3 cup grated cheese, some salt, pepper and the fillings together in a large bowl. Pour the mixture into the parchment lined pan.

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Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until set. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes.

For the kids, I cut the frittata into fingers. I freeze half by sealing them in press n seal plastic. Lay down one sheet of press n seal, sticky side up. Then place the fingers on top about 2 inches apart. Put a second sheet, sticky side down overtop and press down in between fingers to seal. The frittata fingers reheat well in the microwave.

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The whole family enjoys frittata, not only the toddlers so ENJOY!

Frittata Fingers
Ingredients
  • 4 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1/3 cup grated cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups filling grated or finely chopped. Carrots, zucchini, onion, parsnips, ham
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Lightly steam or saute the vegetables to soften them.

  3. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.

  4. Line an 8X8 pan with parchment paper.

  5. Pour egg mixture into parchment lined pan.

  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until set.

  7. Remove from oven and cool.

  8. Cut into fingers for the kids and enjoy!

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Homemade Granola Bars and Toddler Peanut Butter Bites

I’ve been debating on whether I should write this recipe as gourmet granola bars or toddler bites. You can easily adjust this recipe to make either. I couldn’t decide, so I’m going to explain how to make both versions of this So whether you’re a mom of toddlers, teenagers, or just like granola, this recipe will work for you.

I’m actually eating one of these granola bars right now. They are sweet, salty and tart all at the same time. I worked on this recipe for quite awhile. First the bars were too soft, then too hard, then not enough peanut butter et cetera, et cetera. Feel free to play with it a bit yourself to get it exactly right for you. You can switch up the ingredients and the boiling time of the sugars to change the taste and consistency.

First, in a large bowl combine the rolled oats, dried cherries (you can substitute in raisins for toddlers) and whole almonds. Leave out the almonds if making toddler bites. They are a choking hazard.

Then line an 8X8 pan with parchment paper. It doesn’t need to be perfectly lined. The bars will push the paper flat.

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Now mix your honey and brown sugar together in a medium sized saucepan.

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Heat on medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar, until boiling. (To get a firmer consistency boil for 30-60 seconds).

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Turn off the heat, but leave the saucepan on the element.

Stir in the salt and peanut butter until smooth. (I leave out the salt for toddler bites.)

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Pour the sugar/peanut butter mixture into the bowl with the rolled oats. Mix well.

Press the mixture into the parchment lined pan. Don’t panic, the mixture takes several minutes to set, so you have time to press it down evenly.

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Let the bars cool slightly and then sprinkle the chocolate chips on top. Press the chips firmly into the mixture.

Place the pan immediately into the fridge to prevent the chips from melting.

After about 30 minutes you can remove the pan from the fridge and cut into bars or 1 inch toddler bites. Enjoy!

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Note: you cannot give honey (even cooked) to a child younger than a year.

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Homemade Granola Bars and Peanut Butter Toddler Bites
Ingredients
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries may sub raisins
  • 1/2 cup whole almonds
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 4 tbsp chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the rolled oats, dried cherries or raisins and almonds. Do not use the almonds if making toddler bites - they are a choking hazard.

  2. On medium heat, mix together the honey and brown sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and turn heat off, but leave saucepan on the element.

  3. Mix in the salt and peanut butter until smooth.

  4. Add the peanut butter/honey mixture to the bowl with rolled oats. Mix well to evenly combine.

  5. Press mixture evenly into a parchment lined 8X8 pan. Allow to cool slightly.

  6. Sprinkle chocolate chips overtop and press firmly into the mixture.

  7. Immediately place the pan in the fridge to prevent the chocolate chips from melting.

  8. After 30 minutes in the fridge, remove the pan and cut into bars or 1 inch X 1 inch bites.

Recipe Notes

Toddler bites: sub out cherries for raisins. Eliminate almonds. Cut into 1 inch squares.

Consistency: if bars are too soft for your liking, boil the honey/sugar mixture for 30-60 seconds.

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Mommy Hides Veggies in the Meatloaf. Toddler Friendly Recipes Part I

 

I just returned from a week’s vacation at the Jersey Shore. With all four kids….

The Jersey shore, for those unfamiliar, is mile upon mile of sandy beaches interspersed with boardwalks featuring amusement parks, water parks, restaurants and shops. We had a blast. But… the baby didn’t sleep, my newly potty trained toddler was afraid of the toilet, the teenagers were moody and I got tendonitis in both wrists from wrestling with two beach carts and a double stroller everyday on the beach.  So when we got home, I asked my eldest daughter what she would like for dinner, with the caveat that it was simple to make. She requested my meatloaf.

My meatloaf is incredibly easy and quick to make. In fact, my husband thinks I’m making it right now so he’s watching the little ones for me. But I’m already done. Shh…

Yes, I hide veggies in my meatloaf. I can’t get either of my little ones to eat vegetables. As a granola and veggie loving mom, this makes me feel like a huge failure. So I hide them.

First mix up your ground beef and ground turkey (or use meatloaf mix).

Add a shredded small zucchini, 3 shredded carrots, 1 egg, salt, pepper, and seasoned breadcrumbs. Mix well. (Optional: add 1/2 small onion, chopped and sautéed).

Place in a 4 quart casserole dish. By the way, that’s TWO veggies!

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Yes, I know you can still see the veggies. Don’t worry, I have another trick up my sleeve.

Pour 20 ounces of marinara sauce over the top. I count this as a vegetable. So now you have THREE veggies.

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And voila! They’ll think they’re eating a hamburger with ketchup. I serve it with corn (FOUR veggies!) and mashed potatoes. Are potatoes a vegetable? I think in the case of toddlers it is. So FIVE veggies! Did I say I was a failing, granola and veggie crunching mom? I take it back. I should get a red SuperVeggie cape and change into it in the bathroom when I’m hiding from all my kids.

Oh yeah, the meatloaf. Bake it at 350 for about one hour. Enjoy!

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Hidden Veggie Meatloaf
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small zucchini shredded
  • 3 carrots shredded
  • 3/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 20 oz marinara sauce
  • 1/2 small onion chopped fine and sauteed (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef and turkey (You can substitute 2 lbs meatloaf mix).

  3. Add remaining ingredients, except for the marinara sauce, and mix well.

  4. Place in 4 qt casserole dish. Cover with marinara sauce.

  5. Cook for 60 minutes or until center cooked through.

  6. Put on your SuperMom cape and enjoy!