Hidden Veggie Alfredo Sauce

My kids are relatively decent eaters but some days they won’t eat all the veggies on their plate. It’s probably because I serve some type of vegetable at every meal. Like adults though, they get bored too! By the way, if you’re wondering, they will only eat a select number of vegetables so trust me I have some battles too. I’m now hooked after making this hidden veggie alfredo sauce.

I gave this a try thinking it may not turn out so great, but I was so pleasantly surprised. I now personally won’t have alfredo sauce any other way, at least at home anyway. The cauliflower flavor is definitely there so if you have a super picky eater, i suggest blending the floral shaped veggie into regular alfredo sauce.  Give this a try, my family loved it!

Top it on some fettuccini, spaghetti or whatever pasta your pint sized dictator wants! You can even add chicken.

 

Hidden Veggie Alfredo Sauce

Ingredients

  • 10 oz. cauliflower florets (about 1.5 c. raw)
  • 1tbs. butter
  • 1/4 tsp. salt (to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 3/4 c. whole milk

Instructions

  1. Steam or boil cauliflower florets until soft
  2. While still hot, blend in butter, salt, garlic, and onion powder
  3. Add milk, and blend until smooth
  4. Serve on pasta.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste
  6. Add chicken optional
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2018/01/hidden-veggie-alfredo-sauce/

Turkey Cranberry Sliders With Veggies

T’was the day after Christmas, when all through the house a tired mom was… Okay, poetry is not my strong suit. Time to get to the point like I always do. After weeks of hustle and bustle including travelling on planes and unpacking suitcases, I was exhausted. It was lunchtime after the holidays and I opened my refrigerator to find no food in sight.  All I had left in the fridge was some unopened organic turkey meat, some dinner rolls, left over cranberry and some cheese. And that folks, is how i came up with this turkey cranberry sliders veggie recipe!

Did I mention it takes about 10 minutes to make!? Ok, now I hope I’ve sold you, because it’s a piece of cake to make.

It was a hit at my house and I’m sure your kids with love it. You can chop up the spinach in small pieces if they aren’t fan of green veggies. Or let them try it because you can’t even taste it!

Turkey Cranberry Sliders With Veggies

Ingredients

  • 6 Hawaiian dinner rolls
  • 4-6 turkey deli meat slices
  • 4-6 slices swiss cheese
  • spinach, chopped
  • 2 tbs. melted butter
  • 2-3 tbs. cranberry sauce (to taste)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 350F
  2. Cut dinner rolls in half (see video for reference)
  3. Layer turkey meat then chopped spinach
  4. Add cheese on top of spinach
  5. Spread cranberry sauce to your taste
  6. Replace dinner roll half on top of cut half
  7. Add melted butter on top of prepared rolls
  8. Bake for 7-10 min.
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2017/12/turkey-cranberry-sliders-veggies/

Christmas Tree Pizzas

I’ve never met a child who didn’t like pizza, let alone a cute one. Tis ‘the season for all things holidays! This Christmas Tree Pizzas recipe is fun for both kids and parents to make. It takes a minimum of 2 ingredients and whatever other toppings you would like to add.

One serving also has carbohydrates, proteins, and vegetables. You know how I feel about complete meals! Serve it with a side of fruit and call it a Monday, or a lazy Sunday. Plus, there’s something always fun about incorporating fun cookie cutters in everyday meals. While we don’t do it all the time, it makes food that much more enticing to eat.

You can use other cutters like stockings or candy canes too!

Christmas Tree Pizzas

Ingredients

  • Pizza Dough (store bought, or homemade)
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (we use Horizon Organic)
  • Red Bell Pepper (sliced, chopped)
  • Green Bell Pepper (sliced, chopped)
  • Additional toppings desired

Instructions

  1. Roll out pizza dough
  2. Use a cookie cutter to "cut out" tree shapes
  3. Grease a baking sheet with cooking spray
  4. Place trees on sheet
  5. Add pizza sauce onto each tree
  6. Add cheese
  7. Decorate as desired
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2017/12/christmas-tree-pizzas/

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Stuffing Muffins

At our home, Thanksgiving means lots and lots of leftover food. Either we cook too much or we eat too little. I like to believe we eat too little, but that’s not likely the case. So what to do with all that stuffing and turkey? It’s always nice to have turkey and all the fixings for another day, but I can’t eat three times in a row.  That said, if I change-up how it’s served, a few more days of turkey and stuffing is a-ok in my book. This stuffing muffins recipe is perfect for leftovers and is a big hit with the kids.

Stuffing Muffins

It’s like Thanksgiving all in one bite and is perfect for little fingers. These are also great for snacks on the go especially for those kiddos who love muffins. The cranberry adds the perfect sweetness to every bite and it’s simply delicious.

It’s easy.  First you mix the egg and a little milk in a bowl.

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In another bowl, mix your left over stuffing, cooked turkey, and spinach. We had creamed corn on our menu, and we ate it all. Since I always like to serve veggies whenever I can, I decided to add some chopped spinach.  We love spinach because it’s relatively tasteless and isn’t bitter. You can add leftover chopped green beans or Brussels sprouts too.

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Next it’s time to bring out your handy-dandy muffin tin. We use our muffin tin a lot around here. Don’t forget to grease it with cooking spray before filling  I repeat, don’t forget to grease it. Or you will have to scrub and soak the tin for days. Trust me, I’ve learned my lesson. One time I had to throw the tin away!

Fill each circle with the stuffing mixture to about 3/4 full. You don’t want to fill it all the way because you need to leave a little room for the egg. You also want to loosely fill the tin.  Don’t smash the filling in because you want the egg to get in between the stuffing.

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Next comes the best part. Sprinkle some dried cranberries over the top to add a little sweetness.

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Pour the egg mixture into the muffin tin leaving some room for it to expand.
Bake at 375F for 20 minutes or so and enjoy!

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Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs

I’ve talked to so many moms who tell me teriyaki “anything” is their kid’s favorite.  If only there were a drive through teriyaki place where I could pick up healthy Asian food. There’s nothing around my area anyway, I’m all about packing in as much good nutrients into one bite as possible. This is a classic Easy Toddler Meals recipe plus video!  This chicken teriyaki meatballs recipe  is packed with veggies and fruit too! It’s also refined sugar free.

Without further ado.. here it is! Enjoy~

 

  • Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs

    Ingredients

    • 1 lb ground chicken
    • 1 grated apple
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1/2 tsp. pepper
    • 1 tsp. dijon mustard
    • 1/4 c. chopped spinach
    • 1 c. panko breadcrumbs
    • Sauce:
    • 2-3 tbs. honey (to taste)
    • 1 tbs cornstarch
    • 1/2 tsp chopped garlic
    • dash of ground ginger (optional)
    • 3/4 c. water (reduce if you'd like a thicker sauce)
    • 1/4 c. low sodium soy sauce

    Instructions

    1. Meatball
    2. Preheat oven to 350F
    3. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl
    4. Using an ice cream scooper, mold into a ball shape
    5. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes. Use an internal meat thermometer to prevent dry meatballs. It's a game changer.
    6. Sauce
    7. Mix all sauce ingredients in a sauce pan
    8. Cook in medium to high heat
    9. Remove from heat when thickened
    10. Serve on top of meatballs, over rice.
    http://easytoddlermeals.com/2017/09/chicken-teriyaki-meatballs-2/

 

 

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/

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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Asian Glazed Salmon

Frozen to the dinner table in less than 30 minutes! That’s my kind of dinner. This Asian glazed salmon is perfect for busy days and last minute meals. Pair it with some steamed veggies and brown rice and it’s a perfect meal. The slightly sweet and salty flavor makes it also appealing for kids. If your family likes the teriyaki,  you must give this dish a try. Put it this way, if you can mix a cup of coffee, you can definitely mix this easy marinade!

P.S. For the perfect salmon, I would highly suggest buying a meat thermometer. The recipe says 15-20 minutes, but the best gauge is its internal temperature, since ovens vary.

Asian Glazed Salmon

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs. soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c. maple syrup
  • 2 tbs. butter, melted
  • 4 frozen salmon filets, wildcaught

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 400F
  2. In a bowl, mix soy sauce, salt, pepper, garlic, maple syrup, and butter
  3. Line a baking sheet with foil and place frozen salmon filets
  4. Brush each filet with olive oil on both sides, place back skin side down on prepared sheet
  5. Pour soy sauce mixture over salmon
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until internal temperature is 145F
  7. Pair with steamed vegetables and brown rice for a perfect meal
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2017/02/asian-glazed-salmon/

 

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Avocado Pasta

Is red pasta sauce getting old? I’m always trying to find other sauces for my pasta monsters, aka my two boys. Now that my second son is eating quite a bit, I try to make homemade as much as I can. This avocado pasta sauce is easy and tasty, with just a few ingredients. It doesn’t require cooking either so it’s perfect for leftover pasta.  I don’t know about you, but I make enough pasta for an army. It never fails, I always have leftover.

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Tip: if your avocado isn’t really ripe try adding some olive oil. Also, my video says 2 garlic cloves, but half of one or one small one should be plenty.

Avocado Pasta Su

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 garlic clove (small, or half)
  • 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 c. basil leaves
  • 1/2 c. spinach leaves
  • 2 tbs. lemon (or less depending on taste)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

Instructions

  1. Blend everything!
  2. Top on cooked pasta
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/11/avocado-pasta-sauce/

Recipe adapted from Jo Cooks

Zucchini Broccoli Tater Tots

When I talk to moms about food and picky eating, veggies are always a struggle. There’s no surprise there! Halloween is fast approaching. This holiday is a great time to introduce green foods.Many kids won’t touch anything green let alone eat it. Sometimes it’s a little more convincing to call things green monsters, incredible hulk juice, etc.  If you make your meals a little fun and festive, they may just give it a try. Once they’ve tasted it they just might realize it’s not that bad. These zucchini broccoli tater tots recipe is super tasty, even my husband and I enjoyed them.

I made these tots just a little more fun by putting candy eyes on them. I called them little green monsters. Fortunately, my son eats broccoli on its own, but no more than three or four stalks. He gobbled up about 10 of these. Dipped it in some “blood” (ketchup) and he thought it was so cool. Kinda gross to me, but hey.. we aim to please.

I packed it in a  Yumbox for a quick lunch while we went to an indoor playground. It was a perfect complete healthy meal. Also a quick tip: coat your avocado slices in olive oil and it will stay nice and green, no browning.

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Give this a whirl, it has protein, grains, and veggies all in one.

 

Zucchini Broccoli Tater Tots

Ingredients

  • 1.5 C. steamed broccoli
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 small zucchini, grated
  • 1/2 c. bread crumbs
  • 1/4 c. cheddar cheese/Mexican cheese blend
  • 1/4 tsp. 21 seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp. salt

Instructions

  1. Steam broccoli
  2. In a blender, add all ingredients and blend until pasty
  3. Form tater tot shapes
  4. In a pan, cook in a little olive oil, flip so all sides are brown
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/10/zucchini-broccoli-tater-tots/

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