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Undercover Hot Dog {Toddler Friendly Recipe}

This little trick of hiding healthy food inside a hot dog bun got my toddler eating chicken & carrots!

First boil your chicken.  Add shredded carrots and boil alongside the chicken so that they become soft and pick up some of the chicken flavor.

Once chicken is cooked, about 30 mins, take it out of the pot and shred it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add the shredded carrot on top of the shredded chicken.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Into the chicken & carrot mix, pour either ketchup, BBQ sauce or both (whatever your toddler prefers).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, open up your hot dog bun and scoop out the insides.  This allows the bun to close properly and hide the contents and it also helps the insides from being squeezed out by little toddler hands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scoop in the chicken mixture and close the bun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ta da!   If your toddler likes hot dogs, they’ll take a bite into this appealing lunch and will be surprised by what’s inside.  What’s even more surprising is that they will like it and actually eat it!

You can serve it with a side of fruit, chips or fries.

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Fresh Tomato Egg Scramble {Toddler Friendly}

Getting toddlers to eat their vegetables is pretty tricky but getting them to eat their fruit is a breeze, or at least my toddler is this way.  One vegetable in particular can fall into both categories.  This vegetable is the tomato, or should I say fruit?  Either way you choose to look at it, tomato’s are rich in lycopene which is a powerful antioxidant.  Just wanted to point out that it is also Gluten Free friendly for tots with allergies.   So whichever it is, it is a good thing to try and get your toddler to eat it.  One way to make it look less intimidating is by including it in an already toddler friendly dish…the scrambled egg!

Ingredients

– 1/4 tomato, chopped into mini-cubes

– 1/4 onion, chopped into mini-cubes

– 1 egg

– 1-2 tablespoons cheese (optional) to add some calcium to the dish

Directions:

– In small saucepan, saute tomato and onion until onion looks opaque and soft.  Cooked onions help add a sweetness to the egg.  They become unnoticable and blends easily into the egg scramble.

– Add the egg and scramble inside the pan.  I do it this way to avoid using another bowl to scramble the bowl.  Cuts down on the dishes I have to wash later.

– When the egg has cooked for about a minute, sprinkle some cheese into it and fold it into the egg.

– Once throughly cooked, spoon it into your toddlers bowl and watch them eat some nutritious tomatos. 🙂

Sweet Potato Soft Chips {Toddler Friendly}

This little snack is so yummy and even you will want to gobble some up.  Remember to leave some for your toddler though 🙂

Sweet potatoes are the perfect snack.  They are packed with fiber, protein, vitamins A & C, iron and calcium. The sweet potato ranks highest in nutritional value.  So feel free to eat or have your toddler eat as many as they’d like, they are a super food!

Ingredients:

1 sweet potato (organic is best)

Olive oil (for brushing onto chips)

Brown sugar or cinnamon/sugar mix

How to make:

-Preheat your oven or toaster oven to 350 degrees. 

-Peel the sweet potato and cut into thin disks. 

-Place disks un ungreased cookie sheets, laying flat and not overlapping.

 

 

 

 

 

-Brush olive oil on top of the disks.  My basting brush went M.I.A. so I opted to drop a bit of oil on each disk and then spread it around with the tip of a papertowel using my finger.  It’s a good alternative to using the basting brush if you don’t have one.

-Place in oven or toaster oven for 30 mins or until tender.

 

 

 

 

-Sprinkle either brown sugar or a cinnamon/sugar mix if you’d like.

They should come out firm but soft to chew.

Bananas Foster Toast {Toddler-Friendly}

It’s a given, as a parent you are always trying to figure out how to get your child to eat more and eat healthy.  The best way I’ve discovered is by making their meals sweet or salty depending on their taste buds.  This recipe caters to the sweet tooth your toddler may have.  I’ve created the recipe with some nutrition in mind.  It’s almost dessert for breakfast!

These are the ingredients you’ll need:

2 slices whole wheat toast

4 oz Vanilla or Banana yogurt

2 tspns brown sugar

a pinch of cinnamon

butter to spread on toast

 

This is how you make it:

– Toast the bread, spread butter and set aside.

– In a blender, throw in the banana*, yogurt, brown sugar and cinnamon.  Blend until well mixed.

– Spread banana mix onto the toast.

Sit back and relax, knowing they are getting potassium, fiber and calcium in each bite.

*Note: If your little one likes to see the banana, leave the banana out of the blender and instead slice it and fold into the yogurt mixture OR spread the yogurt mixture on top of the toast and add the sliced bananas on top.  These alternatives come from my understanding of how picky these littles one can be and if seeing the actual banana gets them to eat then let them see it. 

Let me know how it turns out for you and if your little one gobble it up or it just ended up on the floor 😦     I’ll cross my fingers it doesn’t end up on the floor 🙂