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Avie's been eating....

February 2, 2017


...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



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