Whining and Dining: What to feed your discerning gourmet

Filed under: Babies, Toddlers Preschoolers, Preschoolers, Big Kids, Nutrition: Health

Based on feedback we got from our readers a while ago, it's clear that many parents are looking for ideas on what to feed those most discerning gourmets -- kids. As a result, we've created a Whining and Dining category. Our goal is to help you find easy, nutritious meals and have a place to share funny food stories. So far we have one very alert taste-tester (see photo, right) who will try things on three separate occasions (just for laughs) before the results are published here. Hopefully our suggestions will be exciting enough to keep your kids from falling asleep at the dinner table.

Our first recipe has been tried and tested with varying results. It's my simple Go-To Toddler Pizza. This is what I pull out when I haven't had time to properly plan a meal and I need to feed Nate fast.

Take one tortilla. (Whole wheat or whole grain is preferable.) Spread a thin layer of tomato paste on it. Cover with grated mozzerella cheese. Add whatever bits and bobs you've got in the fridge. Any of the following (chopped finely) will do: ham, bell pepper, zucchini, tomato, mushrooms, pitted olives, sun-dried tomato, broccoli -- just about anything you would put on your own pizza. Think of it as a step up from grilled cheese.

Put it in your oven or toaster oven at 350 C until the cheese melts. (You can also do this in a pan on the stove, but you'll have to use oil -- sparingly.) Let it cool and then cut it into mini bites (or age-appropriate size.) Most of the time some part of this pizza gets eaten. Some days it's only the cheese, others it's only the tortilla crust. At his age (22 months) he can't handle more than a third of the pizza. (We use the large tortillas.) Whatever doesn't get eaten by him gets eaten by me.

What works for your household? Got recipe suggestions? Contact us. We'll test your recipe and credit you if your recipe is chosen.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.