February 16, 2012

Toddler lunch ideas, part II


For Deborah:

This series is dedicated to pasta salad. Not the kind with mayo or oily dressing, but a kid friendly one, that is flexible to include whatever veggies you have leftover in your fridge. I got the idea from an article in Parenting magazine published about a year ago. They were actually discussing (er, advertising) products for a greener lunch, ie. reusable containers and cutlery, but they were displaying said hardware with food, and shared the recipes. I didn't like all the aspects of the pasta, so I made some modifications, and this week I had some extra veggies on hand that I steamed up and snuck in.
 My version is as follows:
2 c cooked whole wheat rotini
1/4 to 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 c cherry tomatoes (this week I swapped the tomatoes for red pepper and zucchini that I had leftover and steamed with the carrots below, then diced)
1/2 c frozen peas
1/2 c steamed baby carrots, sliced
salt and pepper as needed


I let the pasta cool in the broth for flavor (instead of the butter the original recipe called for), and then mix everything together. Voila. That's it. Then pair it with a protein and a fruit side, and you have lunch!
Monday -
Lunch: veggie pasta salad, hard boiled egg, strawberries and kiwi;
Snack: blueberries and apple cinnamon cereal bar (Sprouts market brand);
Snack: grape tomatoes + feta cheese


Tuesday -
Lunch: veggie pasta salad, leftover spanikopita burger (see below for recipe - we LOVE these... and its got sneaky spinach in it!), mango;
Snack: YoToddler yogurt;
Snack: Strawberries + blueberry yogurt

Lunch: veggie pasta salad (with some leftover quinoa mixed in), turkey lunch meat, half a slice of cheddar cheese, grape tomatoes;
Snack: YoToddler yogurt, blueberries;
Snack: fig cereal bar, strawberries


Thursday -
Lunch: veggie pasta salad, hard boiled egg, mango
Snack: apple cinnamon cereal bar, YoToddler yogurt
Snack: whole grain raspberry muffin (see our Valentine's day post for the recipe)

Rachel Ray's Spanikopita Burger (just zero in on the burger, we pair with our own sides... but don't forget the buns!!)

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