We’ve had great success with baby-led weaning with Baby Markers. She almost exclusively feeds herself, which is great for keeping her busy when we go out to eat, and it allows me to be hands-free during meal times at home. She’s independent by nature, so even when we try to give her things like applesauce and yogurt, she wants to do it herself!
She has just recently started to get picky. She no longer likes vegetables in their plain, natural state, but she will eat them when they’re served as a part of something else (like in a muffin or meatball). She prefers carbs (bread, waffles, pizza) and chicken or turkey over anything else, so I’ve had to get creative to get her to eat her veggies.
I usually give her some variation of what we’re eating for dinner, but I’ve also taken the time to make meals ahead of time for her. The following recipes have held up great in the freezer, and they are perfect to quickly defrost for a last minute lunch or dinner.
You do need one item for all three of these recipes – a mini muffin tin! Perfect portion size for the little one.
Broccoli-Cauliflower Quinoa Bites
- 1 cup broccoli
- 1 cup cauliflower
- 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup shredded cheese
- dash of a few spices: garlic powder, onion powder, mustard powder
Steam broccoli and cauliflower until they are soft. Mix together all ingredients in a bowl. Press into mini muffin tin. Bake for 15 minutes or until tops are golden brown. I froze 3 bites in individual ziplock bags so they are portioned and ready to go.
Butternut Squash, Apple & Chicken Bites
- 1 cup butternut squash, roasted or steamed
- 1 cup finely diced apple
- 1 cup cooked and shredded chicken
- 1 egg white
- 3 T. bread crumbs
- dash of garlic powder, dash of thyme
Mix up all ingredients, press into mini muffin tin. Cook for 15 minutes or so, until the tops are golden brown.
Banana Oat Mini Muffins
- 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
- 1/4 cup skim milk
- 2 ripe bananas
- dash of cinnamon
Same drill – mix all ingredients up, scoop into mini muffin tin. Bake for 10 minutes or until muffins are set.
These are just a few of our favorites; I have a few more to share that have been a big hit with Baby Markers.
What are your go-to recipes for your little one?