We've been doing a lot of traveling lately and often we take our little one with us but this time it's a grown-ups-only trip and Annabelle is staying with Grandma and Grandpa. In order to make what is sure to be a hectic weekend slightly easier, I'm making a few of her favorite dinners ahead of time.
In addition to a whole lot of diapers, wipes, and a giant bag of toys we're sending two of my favorite make-ahead dinners for toddlers:
Kid-Friendly Turkey Meatballs with Spinach and Carrots
1 Organic Egg
1/2 Cup Shredded Carrots
1/2 Cup Chopped Spinach
1 lb. Ground Turkey Breast
Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or brush with olive oil. In a large mixing bowl, lightly beat egg. Add shredded carrots, spinach, ground turkey breast, and salt and mix together. Form into 1 inch balls and place on baking sheet (makes about 12 meatballs). Bake for 30 - 35 minutes or until they feel firm to the touch and the internal temperature reads 165 or higher. These can also be frozen for up to a month and defrosted as needed.
Kid-Friendly Macaroni and Cheese with Spinach
2 Cups cooked whole wheat elbow macaroni (or any pasta you like, sometimes I use brown rice or quinoa pasta if I want a gluten free option)
1/2 Cup Shredded Organic Cheese (I use the 365 Organic Mild Cheddar)
2 TBSP Organic Milk
2 Cups Chopped Spinach
Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside. Add cheese and milk to a large pot and cook over a low heat until melted. Add pasta, spinach and 1 TBSP water. Stir thoroughly and cover, continuing to stir and add a little water until the spinach wilts and the pasta is fully covered in the cheese sauce.
What are some of your favorite make-ahead meals for kids?