Make or Buy :: Toddler Meals

I know what you're thinking.

Just feed them what you're eating. What's so hard about that?

Here's the thing. I don't always eat dinner. Sometimes I'm running around trying to get ready for the next day, or packing diaper bags, or playing, or I get home late from work. And I'm never home for lunch. Even if I were, would Weight Watchers zero-point soup and pretzels be a very good meal for the iToddler?

So I have to think ahead and make big meals that I can portion out and have ready to go with just a few seconds in the microwave.

Note: when the munchkin first started eating more mature non-baby food, we were crazy busy and I was buying Graduates meals. First, have you ever tasted those things? She ate them, but YUCK! And second...the price on those things is outrageous! If you're a mama buying those things, read're gonna LOVE this!

Anyway, over the past few weeks, I've found a few really great little meals that have been huge hits with the tiniest member of the family. Some of the recipes seem a little long in the ingredients list and time-consuming, but I do think it has been totally worth it. Meals are pennies on the dollar now, and I'm slowly building a freezer stash to sustain us though those weeks when I just don't have the time or energy to make a casserole a week. What I've found so far is that each of these recipes make between 20-28 meals a piece. Since my little one only eats lunch like this (breakfast is usually an egg and a banana with some Activia), one casserole can last up to a month. Make one each week for a month and you have some variety to keep you for several weeks.

That's what I call ROI.

Here are the iToddler-tested and approved dishes I've made so far:

Tonight I also whipped up a yummy little recipe from Weight Watchers' new book, Eat! Move! Play! My kiddo scarfed it up and begged for more.

And tomorrow, I'll post the recipe AND will be giving away a copy of the book to one lucky reader. So stay tuned, k?

Review + Giveaway :: Eat! Move! Play!

Toddlerville :: Do Not Read This While Eating

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