Mum’s NumNums: Cheesy Rice

Being a (working!) mom of a toddler often means life in the fast lane. While fun, this often leaves me wondering if Chazz is getting the proper nutrition on those kind of days.

This is when freezable meals make things a little easier.

My Cheesy Rice recipe is freezable, so you can just pop out a cube or two to thaw in the diaper bag just in time for lunch. The ingredients hit most of the food groups, so all I have to do is pack along a banana or papaya to chop up, and we are good to go!

The kid is fat and happy, and this mama knows her baby is getting just what he needs. Even on the go! Enjoy.

Ingredients:
1/4 C onion, chopped
1 C basmati rice
2 C boiling water
3/4 C butternut squash
1/2 C hard cheese such as cheddar or Monterey Jack
2 chopped tomatoes
EV Olive Oil

Preparation
Fry the onion in a little oil until soft. Stir in the basmati rice and sauté one minute. Add the boiling water. Cover and simmer for 8 mins. Scoop in the squash, cover and cook for about 12 mins more on a low. Stir until all the water is absorbed. As this is cooking, fry the chopped tomatoes for 2 mins then stir in the cheese and add mix to the rice.

You can scoop the cheesy rice mixture into ice cube trays and freeze into handy serving sizes. Transfer cubes into a labeled freezer bag for easy storage.

This makes about 8-10 cubes.

*I switch up this recipe and keep Chazz interested by adding or substituting ingredients. Try adding some ground hamburger or turkey. Or sub peas and/or steamed diced carrots for the squash.


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Mum’s NumNums: A Quick (Freezable!) Toddler Breakfast

Breakfast at my house is usually in a rush. We’re always go-go-go in the mornings. To have something on hand for Chazz to eat makes the morning a tad less hectic. A tad.

Mini pancakes are easy to make, easy to freeze, and even easier to prepare.

Make all of the varieties below in bulk on a lazy Sunday afternoon, and be set for a while!

You will need:
Whole Foods Organic Pancake Mix or your favorite mix or recipe.

Mix and match from the following to add variety:
-Grated Carrots
-Grated Apples or Pears
-Grated Potatoes or Sweet Potatoes
-Squash Puée
-Banana Purée
-Applesauce and Cinnamon
-Mixed Berries
-Apricot or Peach purée
-Pumpkin
-Flax seeds
-Tofu

Make the pancakes according to package directions. Quarter to silver dollar size works best, to fit your toddler’s needs. Chazz seems to like them quarter size right now, so I spoon about a 1 Tablespoon of batter at a time.


Make and freeze (up to 3 months.) To prepare after freezing, pull one or two out to thaw in the fridge overnight. Or in a pinch, you can wrap two in a paper towel (to keep them moist) and microwave for 15- 20 seconds. ALWAYS CHECK YOUR CHILD’S FOOD TEMPERATURE AFTER MICROWAVING! No need for burns.

Top with vanilla or plain yogurt, jelly, fresh fruit, or even cheese.



I usually cook up a 1/2 pound of lean ground turkey sausage as well, and freeze 1 oz servings in baggies to pull out as a side.

Scramble up an egg or dice up an avocado to keep your toddler guessing. Chazz loves avocado!

With just a little preparation and time, you can have a simple toddler breakfast ready for “those” mornings. Enjoy!

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Mum’s NumNums- Finger Foods

Chazz now has a total of EIGHT teeth, and is SO ready for some finer fair. He has almost mastered feeding himself little bits of food, and loves trying to get a spoon to his mouth. I usually give him an extra spoon with a dab of food on it while I feed him as well. I can make sure he is getting enough in, and he gets to be somewhat independent.

With all of this eating and snacking, it’s easy to fall into the habit of making him the same foods. Where is the variety??!
I stick to alternating colors of food every time, but we seem to be running out of ideas. So here I am, turning to my trusted Twitter and blogging mamas for help. What are you serving up these days for your little one?

And for the mamas who are just as stumped as me, here is a list of *finger foods* I have brainstormed so far:

• Broken up plain Cheerios

• Toasted bread spread with veggie puree

• Small chunks of soft fruit- mostly banana, mango, pear, peach, papaya, cantaloupe, and seedless watermelon

• Small cubes of tofu

• Pasta spirals, cut into pieces, with veggie purée for sauce

• Cut-up raisins. They help get things a-movin’, ya know?

• Small pieces of cooked veggies- like carrots, peas, squash, potato, or sweet potato

• Small pieces of cooked chicken and turkey carefully hidden in applesauce.

• Rice cakes broken into small pieces.

• Fruit purees mixed with oatmeal and rice cereal for more texture. The same with veggie purees and rice.

• Frui or veggies rolled in ground Cheerios or “Puff’s dust.”

• Ground up whatever-we’re-having, pre-spices.

Wow, eating may have just gotten interesting!!
This should keep Chazz’s taste buds on their toes for a while, but I would love any other ideas for some fun transitional foods. Thanks! ❤


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