Savory Veggie Waffles

Coming up with breakfast ideas is one of the most difficult in my house.  It takes me some time to wake up from my 6:30 am wake up call, aka my toddler smiling at my face and saying mommy mommy mommy? Most days I’m dragging my feet to the kitchen trying to scramble and fix something to eat. I actually came up with this at night! I’ve been trying to think ahead or make things the night before in preparation for the back to school rush.   These savory veggie waffles are so tasty.  It brings a different dynamic to the traditional waffle.

I always try to add veggies to a recipe and I was pleasantly surprised how wonderful these turned out.   I was actually going to make these as patties, but  I didn’t want to wake up the kiddos one late evening with noise in the kitchen. I made these in my office with a waffle maker instead of a pan and it turned out wonderful!

This recipe is packed with fiber from cauliflower , protein from the milk, eggs, and cheese and more vitamins from the sweet potato. You can easily find riced veggies in your frozen aisle at most grocery stores. I’ve also made these with just riced cauliflower and it tastes great too! The sweet potato however, adds a bit of sweetness to it that makes it so delicious.

Savory Veggie Waffles

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen riced sweet potato/cauliflower
  • 1 c. shredded cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper (to taste)
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • Olive oil spray

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine frozen riced sweet potato/cauliflower, cheese, eggs, salt and pepper, and milk
  2. Heat a waffle maker
  3. Grease waffle maker and add mixture
  4. Cook until browned
  5. Serve with ketchup or sour cream
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2017/08/savory-veggie-waffles/

P.S. I have a few in the freezer, I’ll update this if they keep well in the freezer!

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Veggie Cheese Poppers

Fried foods are always a craving at my house. But we all know how unhealthy it is for you.As usual, I came up with a way to make a family favorite a little healthier. These veggie cheese poppers  are packed with vegetables and is a better alternative to your restaurant bought mozzarella stick. It’s an easy way to get veggies in!

It’s not deep fried, and you can also bake them at 375F for about 15-20 minutes. Just make sure you grease your muffin tin and spray olive oil over them before baking. I personally prefer browning in  a pan with a little olive oil. The texture is great for younger kids too!

And when you bite into it, you get a pleasant surprise. The kids at them all!

Veggie Cheese Poppers

Ingredients

  • 1/2 sweet potato (peeled and steamed)
  • 1/2 c. broccoli (measured raw, steamed)
  • 1/4 c. baby carrots (measured raw, steamed)
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. bread crumbs
  • String cheese
  • 2 tbs. Olive oil

Instructions

  1. Steam all vegetables
  2. Using a blender, blend vegetables, egg, and seasonings until smooth
  3. Mix in bread crumbs. Note: depending on breadcrumbs used, you may have to add a little more until pasty consistency
  4. Cut string cheeses into one inch pieces
  5. Using a cooking scooper, place sweet potato mixture onto palm of hand
  6. Add cut string cheese in the middle and form into a ball
  7. In a pan, add about 2 tbs. of olive oil
  8. Brown on all sides, on LOW heat
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2017/07/veggie-cheese-poppers/

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Cream Cheese Veggie Shrimp Baked Wontons

During a recent trip to the grocery store, I came across wonton wrappers. The flour wrapping paper may be foreign to you, but  it’s very similar to an egg roll.  I mean even my spell checker is seeing it as a typo. ;).

Most Asian restaurants like Panda Express or others use it to make crab rangoons.  The best way to describe it is a crispy stuffed ravioli. Since most kids love anything crunchy. I  wanted to make a healthier version and as always I try to add all the food groups in one bite.

Give this recipe a try it only takes about 15 minutes. The video includes several ways to shape and fill your wonton. The easiest way is to just fill it and form a triangle. Use water or egg to seal the ends.

Take a closer look at the inside.. there’s vegetables in there, but you can’t hardly taste it or even see it.

This recipe makes about 10, depending on how much you fill it. Don’t overfill you may not be able to close it.  Double it for a larger batch!

Cream Cheese Veggie Shrimp Baked Wontons

Ingredients

  • 1/4 C. Grated Zucchini
  • 1 Tbs. Mayonaisse
  • 1 C. Cooked wild caught shrimp
  • 2 Oz. Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 Tsp. Onion Powder (To Taste)
  • Wonton wrappers
  • Olive Oil Cooking Spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Peel, grate, and drain zucchini using a paper towel to squeeze excess liquid
  3. In a bowl mix all ingredients
  4. Peel Individual wonton and place on a clean surface
  5. Add combined filling on the middle of the wrapper
  6. Fill and shape to desired wonton shape (see video)
  7. Grease a baking sheet or muffin tin
  8. Place prepared wontons on sheet and spray cooking spray over the wontons
  9. Bake for 10-15 minutes (until golden brown) I'd check it around 12 min since ovens vary
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2017/07/cream-cheese-veggie-shrimp-baked-wontons/

 

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Build Your Own Muffin

Ever since we got back from vacation my son has been a little more picky than usual.  It’s probably because I gave him a lot of snacks and treats on our 15 hour plane ride.

Every morning when I ask him what he wants for breakfast he’s asked for a muffin. One morning, I made his wish come true. When he asks for something I can make at home in a healthier way, I do it!

This build your own muffin recipe is so simple to make and it only takes 15 minutes to bake! Best of all your kids can help in the kitchen  by adding in  their favorite toppings. It’s summer time for most folks and this makes for a fun activity. This is also flourless,  refined sugar free  (depending on toppings used), and is protein rich.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re wondering if it has an egg like consistency, it does not! You may have a hard time believing it has no flour. This easy healthy muffin is now my go to recipe for sure. Here’s how to make it:

Easy Healthy Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 C. rolled oats
  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. yogurt
  • 3-4 tbs. agave syrup or honey
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • Toppings: chocolate chips, dried cranberries, raisins , or even nuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. In a blender, blend all ingredients except toppings until smooth
  3. Grease muffin tin and pour mix
  4. Mix in desired toppings in each individual circle (this is a perfect kids activity)
  5. Top with more toppings
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, or until toothpick comes out smooth
  7. Enjoy!
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2017/06/buildyourownmuffin/

Recipe adapted from Well Plated.

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No Cook Veggie Marinara Dip

The art of dipping. I think my three-year old could win a medal if dipping t was a sport. He, like so many other kids,  loves to dip everything and anything into anything and everything. Why not make their dipping sauce a bit more healthy and veggie packed? This no cook veggie marinara is especially great for picky eaters.

The sauce is homemade, and doesn’t need cooking. It doesn’t get easier than that!

We paired it with one of our favorite breads, Brazi Bites. It’s a cheesy bread made  with simple wholesome ingredients. It’s also gluten free. Best of all, it tastes great. and goes from freezer to your table in 20 minutes. Huge disclaimer friends, you can’t eat just one! It’s that good.

Veggie Packed Marinara Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 grated zucchini
  • 1 grated carrot
  • 1 slice bell pepper (add more to taste if desired)
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. thyme
  • 1 pitted date

Instructions

  1. Prepare all ingredients
  2. Blend and serve
  3. Enjoy!
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2017/05/no-cook-veggie-marinara-dip/

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Corn Dog Donuts

My oldest son recently discovered corn dogs at Disneyland. I considered it a fun treat for him to have. Problem is, he wanted two and then when we got home, he wanted more! I decided to make my own and made them healthier by baking it. I also chose no nitrate hot dogs and organic corn bread mix.

Furthermore, did you know corn dogs are choking hazards? By cutting it thinly or in small pieces, you can make it safer. There is a way to cut it (lengthwise), that you can easily google.

Hope you enjoy this recipe. Remember if you don’t have a donut pan, you can always make corn dog  muffins. Also, for those of you not wanting to buy box cornbread mix (recipe below homemade mix), here’s a homemade recipe.

HOMEMADE CORNBREAD

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tbs agave nectar (you can use sugar, or honey)
  • 3 tbs melted unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 2 hot dogs (we used nitrate free organic)
  • Olive oil spray

1. Preheat oven to 375F

2. In a bowl whisk butter, agave, and egg

3. In the same bowl add milk, sour cream, salt and baking soda and mix

4. Add flour and corn meal last and combine well.

 

Corn Dog Donuts

Ingredients

  • 1 Box Cornbread mix (we used organic)
  • Ingredients per box instructions
  • 1-2 hot dogs, sliced thin slices or small tiny pieces
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Per box instructions, mix corn bread mix with recommended ingredients
  2. Grease pan
  3. Either fold in hot dog in mix or save to place on top
  4. Fill pan with corn bread mix, top with hot dog
  5. Bake per box instructions
  6. Serve with mustard and/or ketchup
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2017/05/corn-dog-donuts/

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Easy Mini Bird Nests

Just 15 minutes is all you need to make these super cute easy mini bird nests.  I came up with this recipe because my kids are a little bored of eggs. I always try to offer protein rich foods in the borning.  Since most breakfast choices have so much carbohydrates, I had to think outside of the box.  We all know most kids including my sons love toast and anything with bread. Who am I kidding, adults love bread too. This is perfect for the upcoming Easter holiday.

You can also just make these without the coconut and just add just fruit on top for an everyday meal or snack.

 

Easy Mini Bird Nests

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbs butter, melted
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. coconut, shredded
  • 10-15 drops green food coloring (optional for grass)
  • yogurt covered raisins
  • Coconut oil spray, or any other spray for greasing tin

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. In a blender, add eggs, butter, milk, salt, and flour
  3. Blend
  4. Grease mini muffin tin with coconut oil spray
  5. Pour egg mixture into tin halfway full
  6. Bake for 10 minutes
  7. Remove, from tin and let cool, the nests will sink down
  8. In a bowl, add shredded coconut
  9. Add drops of food coloring into coconut until desired color is reached
  10. Assemble nests with grass, and yogurt covered raisins
  11. Enjoy!
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2017/04/easy-mini-easter-nests/

 

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Veggie Apple Chicken Meatballs

This is a complete meal in one bite! As many of you have noticed, I love meals that incorporate almost all the food groups. This has carbs, protein, fruit, and veggies too. Best of all, it’s moist and tastes great.

Give it a try. I’ve also included an optional sweet and sour sauce below.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Meatballs

The meatballs by itself is great to eat too. It also might be a great option for younger babies. Plus, it’s a great hide the veggies dish!


Chicken Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 grated sweet apple
  • 1/2 grated pear (optional)
  • 1 lightly beaten egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup chopped spinach
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs / quinoa if you want to go #glutenfree
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onion (if you like less onion then reduce)

Instructions

  1. 1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl
  2. 2. Shape and mold. I use an ice cream scooper and placed it in a greased muffin tin for convinience
  3. 3. Bake at 350F until 165F, about 20-25 minutes, but it really depends on the oven so I use a leave-in thermometer.
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2017/04/veggie-apple-chicken-meatballs/

Sweet and Sour Sauce

  • 2 tbs water
  • 2 tbs ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbs corn starch
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar, add more if you like it more sour

Sweet and Sour Sauce Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients except for the corn starch and water into a pot, wait for a boil
  2. Mix water and cornstarch in a bowl
  3. Add into bowling mixture and whisk
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Overnight Chia Oatmeal

Waking up in the morning and thinking about what to fix for breakfast can often be difficult. Some nights I think ahead and make this. It’s nutritious, delicious and easy! You’ll need just a few ingredients and all you’ll have to do i s grab it from your fridge in the am and enjoy.

There are so many benefits of chia seeds. It’s definitely a super food.  It has fiber, protein, fat, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, Vitamin B3, potassium, Vitamin B1, and vitamin B2. I won’t get into why all those are good, but I’m sure you can do a google search if you’re interested!

We served it in our Num Num bowl and also spoon. It’s a great starter spoon because it’s flat and there’s really no way to use it. the open ridged hole makes it easier for food to stay on and promotes self feeding. Check out the video of my baby using it!

Overnight Chia Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 c. rolled oats
  • 1/2 c. milk of choice
  • 1 tsp. agave or honey (more if you like it sweet)
  • 1 tbs. chia seed
  • Fruit (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a jar or bowl, add all ingredients together
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight
  3. Enjoy!
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2017/03/overnight-chia-oatmeal/

*Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the product for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.**If you decide to make a purchase through the  affiliate link, Amazon will pay me a very small commission for it. This does not cost you anything additional. These commissions help to keep the rest of my content free. Thank you!

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Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream

I love chocolate. I’m not going to lie, to me it’s the best thing since sliced bread. While we do have the occasional real ice cream treat, it’s always nice to eat something guilt free. It’s also nice to be able to share something with both my kids without thinking about the sugar content and what’s in it. That said, I’m all about balance! So do what you do.

This has a lot of healthy fat including avocado and coconut oil. The hardest part about this recipe is remembering to put some ripe bananas in the freezer the night before. That’s it super easy and clean.

Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 3 frozen bananas (sliced)
  • 1 tbs. Cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1 tbs. agave
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla

Instructions

  1. Slice bananas and freeze in a ziplock bag
  2. In a food processor combine all ingredients, and blend until desired consistency
  3. You can either freeze it for later or enjoy immediately
  4. If you freeze it for later, let it sit in room temperature for a a few minutes before serving for easy scooping, and a little bit creamier texture
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2017/03/healthy-chocolate-ice-cream/

Also, if you are ready for self feeding, or do Baby Led Weaning like us, you have to try out these Num Num spoons! There’s no wrong way to use because it’s flat. The innovative design requires no scooping or balancing.  My baby gets so excited to use it because it gives him independence. Better yet, you my friend, can eat YOUR food and not tend to your baby for at least 5 minutes. Now you know that’s priceless.  The non slip bowl is also top notch. The No-Slip,  No-Tip Design, facilitates learning to self=feed.

*Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the product for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.**If you decide to make a purchase through the  affiliate link, Amazon will pay me a very small commission for it. This does not cost you anything additional. These commissions help to keep the rest of my content free. Thank you!

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