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  • Writer's pictureBrittany Hartgrove Mahoney

Avie's been eating....

...very weird things for a toddler. I just love my good little eater! Here's a list of foods she's chowed down on over the last week:

Salmon and broccoli

This is a simple meal and isn't THAT strange, but she loves pan-seared salmon. I use butter and then when the salmon is done, I toss in some broccoli and garlic powder in the pan to warm up.

Bowl O' Leftovers

This bowl of leftovers included baked beans, pulled chicken i had made as a taco filling, steamed cauliflower and cheese.... everything is better with cheese.

Vegetable beef soup

No big surprise here, Avie loves soup. But this one has a TON of vegetables in it and she hasn't been complaining. It's a recipe from Jennifer Robins cookbook: Paleo Cooking With Your Instant Pot. I can't find a link to the recipe but you should scope out her website: In addition to grass fed beef, it calls for onion, squash, carrots, sweet potato, mushrooms, bell peppers and green beans. Wowza, that's a lot of veggies for a supposed-to-be-picky-toddler.

I found the trick for this was to cut all the veggies into tiny bites... like TINY. That way she just chows down on a big mouthful of yumminess and doesn't get an individual taste of any "unpleasant" veggie. Except for broccoli, she isn't a fan of things that taste green.

Also, I added extra salt. Always for a CFer, but especially with Pressure Cookers.

Humus and Asparagus

I tricked her. I know she digs humus and she loves to 'dip' things... so I steamed some asparagus and showed her how to dip it in the humus. It actually worked, but I think it was a one-time thing. I'll just have to keep exposing her to those glorious little green sticks until she decides they are good.

Moroccan Chickpeas, with broccoli and leftover pasta

I'm 0 for 2 on linking recipes for this post, BUT the chickpeas are from the Plan Simple Meals book I love so much and all mommies need to get this book anyway. The recipe calls for eggplant, onion, garlic, ginger, kale, chickpeas and other seasonings... again, I cut the vegetables into small, small pieces (this is a habit that is sure to irritate my husband soon). On it's own, this recipe is DELICIOUS but I had some items in the fridge that needed to be eaten.

One of those items was leftover pasta that I tossed with a "quick marinara" sauce I made up from a 1/2 can of tomato paste, water and garlic. Avalyn didn't mind the cheap sauce.... but I threw what was left of that in a bowl and put some chickpea amazingness on top. Then I added some broccoli for kicks.

She ate it all, and then asked for more. Twice.

Eggplant is in it.

Hashtag: toddlervegetablewin

Stoked on an asparagus stalk

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