We are in the fussy toddler stage. Which means meals can be a challenge with my 15 month old daughter. I refuse to make dinner a war so if she’s not happy with what’s on the menu after a few attempts I’ll give in to a PBJ. But these dishes were all toddler approved. I mean I’m not the most excited about cooking but having a plan makes it a bit easier. The key here is they require little time, are healthy and all use simple ingredients too. So hey…see if they work in your camp! What I like about these dishes is that they can all be easily deconstructed for picky toddlers.
So here are the best recipes we’ve had at Casa Guynes over the last few weeks. Hope you enjoy them as much as we did.
SLOW COOKER GARLIC PARMESAN CHICKEN AND POTATOES (recipe via damn delicious)
This was an easy peasy meal. I took about 15-20 minutes to prep then I set it in the crockpot for 4 hours on high. What I loved most about this was the potatoes and chicken had such yummy flavor. Definitely don’t skimp and use fresh parmesan cheese. My little one was able to dig into this too since the potatoes where easy for her to baby handle and the chicken was super tender. We stuck with the chicken thighs as the recipe suggested. You can play around with chicken breasts if you prefer.
SLOW COOKER CARNE ASADA (recipe via This Mama Cooks)
Talk about tender meat. This was so yummy and I couldn’t help having leftovers for lunch. Top with whatever you like. I had some leftover corn and peppers that I grilled so that’s what we used. Spicy is my middle name so jalapeños are must. But trust me this was a really great treat and who knew adding orange juice to your meat could make it so interesting. We also had it over salad for lunch. Another great dish you can deconstruct for picky toddlers to handle.
PAN-SEARED SALMON WITH ARUGULA-MINT PESTO, QUINOA SALAD AND SNAP PEAS (recipe via Hello Fresh)
Okay this might of the three recipes the one that takes a bit longer but I think it’s safe to say 30 minutes should be enough for this. The trick for me was to bake the salmon instead of pan sear. The flavors were so good the mint and pesto so interesting. If you are feeding a toddler the couscous might be a bit hard for them to handle since it’s so grainy. But she found a way to get it in her mouth so that was a WIN!! We got this recipe from Hello Fresh which was a god send the first few months postpartum. They send you a box with three recipes and all the ingredients you need to prepare the meal. We loved the variety and it gave my husband an opportunity to play chef. While I was nursing and being mommy.
Have a recipe you love? I’m always looking for new ones. Share it in the comments below.
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