kid’s lunch ideas

St. Patrick’s Day Food for Kids!

St. Patrick's Day Food

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

Sawyer and I have our green on today and it is the most beautiful day here! It’s 82 degrees and sunny out now so we are definitely going outside as soon as Sawyer is up from his nap! I absolutely love holidays! For many reasons, but for one I love to really get into it even when it comes to food! Having kids is the perfect excuse to go all out even more! So today for St. Patty’s Day we have already had a very fun and festive breakfast and lunch! This morning I made green Shamrock pancakes, which were a huge hit! Then for lunch we went all out green! Luckily, with green there are tons of healthy options! Making green yummy and desirable for kiddos is a whole other story! Check out what I did ūüôā

 

Green Spinach Shamrock Pancakes

What? Spinach? I didn’t say spinach! Psst…don’t even mention the spinach part because you don’t even know it’s in there! I added quite a lot even and you could hardly tell!

 

 

Shamrock Pancakes

Shamrock Pancakes

How to make:

(I quartered a Bisquick recipe since I was only making pancakes for my 1 year old. This made 2 good sized pancakes for me).

-1/2 C Bisquick

-1/4 C milk

-1/2 tsp Baking Powder

-A few spinach leaves chopped real fine

-Green food coloring

Mix everything together thoroughly and pour onto a skillet over medium heat. I attempted to make shamrock shapes but wow, that is way harder than it looks! I’ve seen people make some real elaborate things with pancakes and I am now giving them more props than ever because I could hardly make a shamrock shape! No biggie…all tastes the same!

Yum! Like I said, a huge hit with my son! He was begging for more after every bite!

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day Lunch

Everything Green!! I knew that veggie macaroni and cheese would be perfect for today! Plus, my son gobbles it up every time!

St. Patrick's Day Food

St. Patrick's Day Food

 

Veggie Macaroni & Cheese:

-Elbow macaroni

-Veggie Puree ( I used broccoli/cauliflower/spinach puree. Find out how to make broccoli/cauliflower puree on my Homemade Baby Purees page.)

-Small amount of Velveeta cheese

-Avocado oil

Boil pasta per the package instructions. Drain and pour back into pot while still on a low heat. Add veggie puree, cheese and avocado oil. Let everything heat up while stirring until everything melts together. That’s it!

 

I also used peas, shamrock shaped kiwi slices, cucumber and crackers.

St. Patrick's Day Food

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

 

St. Patrick's Day Food

Whippersnappers

 

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The Art of Hiding Vegetables in Kid’s Food

The Art of Hiding Vegetables

My son is actually a surprisingly good eater for being 11 months old. However, he has become more and more questioning when it comes to vegetables lately. I think the most frustrating thing is that one day he will LOVE peas! Love them! Eat them like blueberries (his current favorite!)! And then the next day completely refuses peas. Not only spit them out, but shakes his head back and forth crazily until they fling out of his mouth. Which he thinks is so funny by the way. For being only 11 months old this child is smart and I mean smart! He will take a pea and pretend to put it to his mouth with his eyes on me the whole time. Then slowly reach back and drop the pea down his shirt.

So yes, that’s what I have been dealing with. While it usually just makes me laugh I’ve also realized that I really need to get some vegetables in his diet more regularly instead of just when he feels like he is in the mood for them. With some experimentation I have come up with some ways to get veggies into my little guy’s diet without him even noticing!

 

Here are some ideas for hiding vegetables into some other favorite foods:

 

Veggie Baby Cereal

This one is obviously just for babies rather than toddlers or older children. But for those babies still eating baby cereal, this is an awesome way to add some veggies. Simply prepare the baby cereal as directed and then add some veggie puree! For some homemade baby food ideas check out my baby food puree page HERE.

There are certain things like carrots or squash that my son used to love but now absolutely will not eat it. So I will add it to his cereal in the morning and he gobbles it right up. I also like to mix in fruit purees a lot of the time in his cereal but when he is needing some more veggies or to just mix things up the veggies are great too.

Some good veggie purees to add to baby cereal are:

-carrots

-pea/spinach

-broccoli/kale

-sweet potato

-asparagus

 

Pea-Spinach Macaroni & Cheese

Pea-Spinach Macaroni & Cheese

Veggie Macaroni & Cheese

I like to make a very simple macaroni and cheese using velveeta and it is super simple and quick to whip up on a moments notice. The only thing is that macaroni and cheese is not really the healthiest option. So I figured I would try adding some veggies to make a really yummy food healthy too! What I didn’t expect was for it to actually taste so great! For my first time trying this for my son this is what I made:

Pea – Spinach Macaroni & Cheese

-pea/spinach puree

-elbow macaroni

-1 Tbsp coconut oil

-velveeta cheese

 

To make the pea/spinach puree, steam desired amount of peas (I used frozen this time) for 20 minutes. Add a handful of spinach and steam for about 10 more minutes. Rinse after steaming and let it cool for a bit. Add it all to the blender and blend well. Add water to smooth out if needed. You can make as much as you want. I like to make veggie purees in bulk and freeze the extra in glass jars.

Cook elbow macaroni as directed. Drain macaroni and put it back in the pan and back on the stove on a lower heat. Add desired amount of velvet cheese (depends on how much cheese you like), 1 Tbsp coconut oil and about 4oz of pea/spinach puree (I had frozen my puree into 4oz jars). Let warm until cheese and everything is all melted together and stir well.

That’s it! It was so good! I’m not even kidding, I was even sitting there eating it! My son devoured this without even giving a thought as to there being peas and spinach in this!

You could use other veggie purees too. Broccoli puree or butternut squash puree would work especially nicely. Again, you could check my baby food purees page for recipe ideas.

 

Spinach - Grilled Cheese

 

Spinach - Grilled Cheese

Spinach Grilled Cheese

This one is pretty self explanatory. My son loves grilled cheese sandwiches so one day I just tried adding some spinach to it and he didn’t even seem to notice. This goes for other sandwiches as well such as deli meat sanwhiches, tuna or paninis.

 

Oranges & Greens Smoothie

Blueberry-Banana & Greens Smoothie

Fruit & Greens Smoothies

Smoothies are the perfect way to get some greens into their diet without them even noticing! I even do this myself! I am not a super huge fan or spinach or kale but I add them to almost every smoothie I make because you can’t even taste it and yet it adds so much nutrients!

HERE is a recipe for my Oranges & Greens baby smoothie.

HERE is another great baby smoothie recipe – Blueberry/Banana & Greens.

 

I hope these ideas help you as much as they helped me!

ENJOY!

 

Whippersnappers