Real Food Dinners for Babies-on-the-Go

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

 

Ingredients:

1 Organic Egg

1/2 Cup Shredded Carrots

1/2 Cup Chopped Spinach

1 lb. Ground Turkey Breast

Pinch of salt

Directions: 

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 

Directions:

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? 

 

 

Real Food Snacks for Babies On-The-Go

Tomorrow we're flying with our one year old for the first time and the hardest part of packing has been figuring out what to bring for the plane ride and the hotel.  Although we can technically feed her anything off a menu, I prefer to provide nutritious options whenever possible. 

Here's what we're packing in our cooler: 

Peas - Peas make an excellent snack.  Believe it or not green peas are packed with protein.  One cup contains about 7.9 grams, the same as a glass of milk.   Pack them frozen and use them as a secondary ice pack until snack time, or pack them cooked for younger children.  

Homemade Granola - Nuts, dried fruit, oats, yum.  A delicious and healthy alternative to sugary store bought versions.  Find the recipe I used here thanks to Elizabeth Rider. 

That's It barsHave you tried these yet?  They literally have two ingredients.  For example 1 apple and 1 pear.  No sugar added, no preservatives.  

Photo courtesy of That's It.  I do not have a relationship with That's It and I'm not paid to promote their products.  

Photo courtesy of That's It.  I do not have a relationship with That's It and I'm not paid to promote their products.  

Turkey - Organic Turkey breast.  Sometimes we make our own but this time I took a shortcut and purchased the minimally seasoned version that our Whole Foods location makes in house. 

Cheese - Look for organic to avoid antibiotics and growth hormones.  I went with Horizon Organic Mozzarella sticks.  They're packed individually so they're easy when traveling and only have a few ingredients.  

What healthy snacks do you pack when you're on the road?