Even when you’re raising a non-picky eater, mealtimes and toddlers often go together like Taylor and Kanye. You may think you’ve finally found an approach that totally works, when suddenly there’s a total meltdown on your hands. To say that toddlers can take hangry to a whole new level would be an understatement. Meal prep can help take some of the pressure off, but some days just don’t swing that way. For those moments, it’s good to have a couple of go-to recipes that can be made lickety-split without defaulting to buttered noodles or grilled cheese. Here are five simple and quick recipes to throw into rotation for the busier days in your week.
1. Turkey and Bean Burrito: Simple burritos require zero prep and are easy for toddlers of any age to eat. Pack in a healthier punch by adding shredded zucchini or chopped leafy greens. (via Better Homes & Gardens)
2. English Muffin Pizzas: Little pizzas built on English muffins are the perfect size for toddler tummies and require almost no prep to make. If you’re working on severely limited time and can’t wait for the oven to preheat, simply toast the muffins, assemble the pizza, and zap it in the microwave until the cheese is melted (about 20 seconds). Let cool and serve! (via A Crafty Spoonful)
3. Chicken Veggie Patties: Buy a rotisserie chicken, riced broccoli, and zucchini “zoodles” to save time on chopping veggies. If these pre-prepped items aren’t available in your local store, use a food processor and cheese grater or mandolin to speed up the prep. (via Easy Toddler Meals)
4. Corn and Zucchini With Cilantro: You’ll have to chop some zucchini and cilantro, but that’s the bulk of the effort in making this dish. Serve as a side, or upgrade it to a main dish with some protein like black beans or ground meat mixed in. This might become your go-to recipe for BBQs and potlucks too! (via My Recipes)
5. Four Step Panko Crusted Cod: It may look a little complicated to make, but in reality, the process is a cinch. The prep work includes a quick mix of dry ingredients, spreading a little mayo on fish, and sprinkling on the panko mix. (via Homemakers Habitat)
What quickie recipes does your toddler gobble up? Tweet us your faves @BritandCo!
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