As Little Miss graduates from infancy to toddlerhood, her meals, thankfully, do too. My Guy and I are fans of bold and spicy flavors and while our daughter already has an adventurous palate, we really don't want to deal with the aftermath of shrimp vindaloo on her delicate belly.
On those days, I make Little Miss her own dish, which takes no more than an additional 10 minutes of my time, usually using ingredients that appear in the "adult meals" as well. With barely enough time for sleep, good food fast is a motto I've adopted in the kitchen (thanks, Nigella). And yes, healthy is important too. In fact, it is the driving factor of why I take that extra effort. At least that way I get to control and know exactly what she consumes. I also try to use all natural ingredients with no preservatives, and if possible, organic. If I can't, I don't beat myself up over it. She'll live.
This past weekend, when we stayed home for all three meals, this was what I made for her (or poured into the bowl, as the first case may be).
(Favorite adult weekend cereal, so Little Miss got a few bites too, sans the sugary Charms - all things in moderation right?)
(Udon noodles in miso broth with broccoli and carrots)
(Rice with spinach and egg, garnished with fried shallots)
DESSERT (for both meals)
(Her favorite: Blueberries)
Judging from the above, it's no wonder she can say the word "bowl". And "hot" because the Chinese in me believe in serving food while it's warm from the stove. We're working on "delicious" next - not so much for her vocabulary as it is for my ego. Sure, I'm raising a healthy kid with all this good-for-the-body food, but really, what's in it for me?
What's your favorite meal to make for your family? Or just for your kids? If you have something that will help me expand my repertoire, I'd love to hear it. So would Little Miss.