Becoming a Mom in a town of less than 5,000 has been by far my greatest challenge. The nearest city is over an hour away. And we only have one grocery store in town.
And I have had to change my lifelong mentality of doing what is best for me to doing what is best for my family. Although tricky at times, I have so enjoyed making all of Ella's food from scratch. And if trying to achieve a balanced diet for your toddler wasn't hard enough, the nutrients your baby needs is continually changing.
Since most babies love their carbs I've started making baby food as a veggie-protein combo and then add a carbohydrate at meal time. This method also allows for your little one to have a more versatile diet.
Some of her favorite "main dishes" are:
- Tomato Tofu Pasta
- Broccoli Mac 'n Cheese
- Mushroom Spinach Quinoa with Parmesan
- Southwestern Chicken with Rice
- Beginner Quesadillas like my Peas 'n Cheese Quesadilla
- Carrot and Banana Puree
- Chunky Sweet Pea Puree
- Chunky Sweet Corn Puree
Awesome Breakfast Fruit Combos:
Yummy peach and banana puree.
- prune, banana, and apple
- peach, banana, and tofu
- mixed berry and apple
- strawberry and mango
- blueberry and pear
There are two basic types of tofu out there: silken and extra firm. I prefer using silken tofu because it is easy to blend. Try pureeing it into a red sauce next time you have pasta. Or blend it with berries and/or banana for a nutrient-packed breakfast for you and your little one!
- high in fiber and great at relieving constipation.
- good for brain function; it's anti-inflammatory; and it's great for bone health. Spinach is packed with nutrients, including high amounts of vitamin K, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, magnesium, and iron.