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May 20, 2009 11:03 AM

Toddler food ideas

I have 13 month old twins and have been making them home made food since day 1...One of the kids is rather picky and has been anti-green veggies lately, but loves carrots and other orange veggies. (The other, has the nickname of "garbage can"; he'll eat anything!)

I'm looking for ideas on how to get them to eat their green veggies. (Peas, Broccoli mostly) I'm trying to avoid smothering the veggies in cheese--they already eat lots of dairy products.

I'm also trying to avoid pasta overload. They like Quinoa.... They like food with flavor, and I'm not afraid to give them almost anything off of my plate... except that we're eating a lot of pasta lately!

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  1. MY 22 m/o DH loves Broccoli, but she really likes it when I put parm on it. You can say its 'snow'.

    Or how about chopping it up (not too fine) and mixing it with brown (stickier) rice.

    as for the peas, I would like the peas and put as many as I could get on a toddler fork, like three per tine and she liked that. I did that with cherrios too.

    I've also seen some spinach/egg/ricotta balls out there some where. Like lasagna w/o the noodle.

    I don't know 'how' but could you get the florets to stand up like little trees, maybe sitting in quinoa?

    My DH has always been a good eater, but lately we've had to start holding back the milk as a bribe to finish dinner.

    good luck


    1. Have you tried teriyaki style beef and broccoli? In the darker soy sauce - sauce, the brocoli is less conspicuous and the bitterness is toned down a lot by the sweetness.

      My kids liked smashed peas, and pea soup. Will he eat spinach? I put it into everything, and the 2 and 3 year olds love it. SPinach is healthier than peas, if that helps.

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      1. re: aforkcalledspoon

        I just remembered a way I can get even the husband to eat the peas. I make a thick omelette of sorts, seasoned with fish sauce and a pinch of sugar, add the peas, and then cut it into small squares.

      2. Frittatas, pizza toppings, or veggie patties bound with mashed potato have all worked for us.

        1. Maybe they'd like blanched broccoli and cauliflower with ranch. (I'm not speaking from experience - mine love plain steamed veggies, but won't touch condiments). Zucchini dredged in panko and baked might be a good one. zucchini muffins are good for breakfast. Snow peas or sugar snap peas are fun. Mainly, just keep serving them the veggies and don't remind them that they don't like them.

          1. Isn't there some sort of recipe for a mashed pea dip? Pea soup with ham is something kids might like.

            For broccoli, I would make mini quiches.

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            1. re: salsailsa

              Speaking of dips... dipping can be fun for kids. You could try giving them broccoli lightly steamed with a little bowl of dressing on the side for dipping. (Better yet, put the broccoli on a stick!) My son is a pretty decent veggie eater, but believe it or not, I had to resort to dipping to get him to eat pancakes. (Of course, then he started picking up the little bowl of syrup and drinking it.)