Today I’m linking up with Kristin and another bunch of fabulous ladies for Baby Talk and the Kid Tested, Mom Approved Linkup!
Today’s topic is about family friendly food, and there are few things that occupy my thoughts as much as food…what can I say? I like to eat!
I plan our meals for the week before grocery shopping each Saturday. We try to change it up a little and try new recipes, but there are a few favorites always in the rotation. Luckily, Abbie is a great eater, and she eats pretty much anything we give her. Some of our favorite dinners are below, along with how I usually adapt it for Abbie. She usually gets some purees along with her table food.
Homemade Pizza: We usually use store bought dough, whatever veggies we have on hand (usually onions and bell peppers), a sauce (pesto is a favorite), fresh mozzarella, and whatever meats we have on hand (precooked sausage is a favorite, along with leftover chicken or burgers).
Abbie gets various cut up veggies (bell peppers are great – she can’t chew through them yet since she doesn’t have teeth, but she does suck on them), mozzarella (she LOVES this) cut into strips, along with strips of the completed baked pizza.
Pasta with Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce: This is a Cooking Light recipe we make a lot (I’ll try to post the actual recipe soon). It’s pasta with a sauce made of pureed roasted red peppers along with half and half and a few other things. You can also throw in additional veggies or meat to bulk it up.
Abbie gets pasta, along with whatever veggies or protein I throw in.
Fajitas: I season steak or chicken with cumin, sazon seasoning, coriander, a tiny tiny bit of cayenne (we’re so not spicy food people), salt, and pepper. I also cook up some peppers and onions with a little bit of olive oil, and serve with tortillas and avocados if I have them.
Abbie gets all of this! Since most of it is pretty soft, she can eat it all – she especially loves the chicken and avocado (girl after mom’s heart with that one)!
We’ve done pretty well with a lot of others too, but these are easy and generally pretty fast. Here’s hoping Abbie stays a great eater!
I want to eat that pizza NOW!!! Darn paleo. So when you make something like fajitas, she eats it with the spices and everything? Did she when she was first starting out, too? We make 95% of our food at home, but we spice everything up a lot. I haven’t given her any of our food (like from the plate) yet, because I’m afraid of the spices, so I give her a tamed down version. What did you do?
Hahaha, I guess it’s a good thing you’re not nearby, then? I might feed you pizza… And yep, she eats it with the spices and everything. We don’t usually eat things too spicy though, so it’s typically pretty tamed down anyway – I imagine most people do things spicier than we do. She definitely likes seasoned chicken better than plain – she gobbles it up!
Looks delicious!!! My little guy is almost 11 months old and eats just about everything but I have a hard time coming up with “family friendly” meals all the time… so thanks for this! I am seriously anxiously waiting for you to post that pasta with red pepper cream sauce recipe! Ummm sounds scrumptious! 🙂
Thanks Chelsea – I’m planning on posting it next week!
Chelsea – Wanted to let you know I FINALLY posted this today! Enjoy!