Posts tagged easy dinner
Getting Started with Your Child in the Kitchen

One of my favorite recommendations to families that may have a picky or selective eater is to get them helping in the kitchen, which can assist to encourage them to try new foods. Creating food is a sensory experience: we are touching, smelling and tasting - which are all beneficial to trying new foods! There have been so many times my daughters have surprised me by trying something new (check out the picture of my 4 year old eating raw spinach).

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Sheet pan broccoli and tofu

Sheet pan meals have been gaining in popularity, and it’s no surprise why. Place everything you need on a sheet pan, bake, and you are done. These meals are easy to make, usually delicious and have minimal clean up. I typically follow a recipe, but decided to create my own when I had broccoli and tofu on hand.

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Black Bean and Mushroom Burgers

I have been making a lot of burger/patty style foods for dinner lately.  I have found they are easy for my 9 month old to grasp, and my toddler enjoys eating them as well.  Most of these ingredients I already had on hand, so it was easy to cook up these black bean and mushroom burgers.  If you want more of a lumpy texture, mash the bean mixture with a potato masher or fork rather than using a food processor.

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Baked Shrimp Patties

My daughter Alex is 9 months old and the only highly allergenic food we had not tried at this point was shell fish.  No particular reason, other than it was a bit more difficult to prepare than some of the others.  New research recommends that the top eight allergens (milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, soy and wheat) be introduced early as babies start on solid foods.  I had a bag of frozen shrimp and decided to try my hand at these patties.

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