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Easy meals for 11 month old(8 Posts)
My 11 month old DD's nursery are reopening next week but won't be providing food because they get it delivered by a nursery food place where they go in and out of different nurseries and they've decided that would be risking exposure.
So, we have to send in lunch and dinner and tbh I'm struggling for ideas. I'll admit part of this is not wanting to be judged for how often I give her bolognese, but part of it is that some of what I cook works best at the time rather than reheated and eaten later (scrambled eggs with toast for lunch would be an example).
DD only has two teeth, both on the bottom so we are a bit limited there with what she can handle as well. She chews reasonably solid stuff just between her gums but can't manage anything too hard.
So, does anyone have any good, easy to store and reheat recipe ideas? She loves tomato pasta based things like meatballs, bolognese etc but will also wolf down beef stew with potatoes and veg as long as the veg is nice and soft. But she seems to struggle with chicken, not sure if it's a bit harder to chew with no teeth perhaps. I'm a decent cook, just not a very interesting one.
Veggie shepherds pie
Tuna pasta bake
Thanks, she likes cauliflower cheese so can definitely do that.
Forgot to say, fish is the only thing she just will not have anything to do with, will not let it past her lips. I've tried it a dozen ways, bought some fish fingers because I thought they'd have the mildest fish taste and even when I peeled off the crispy coating and just gave her that she acted like I'd tried to poison her Obviously will keep offering it as we eat fish reasonably often but don't want to ask the nursery staff to try and get her to eat it.
Baby Led Weaning and What Mummy Makes on Instagram have some lovely easy recipes
Chicken breast is harder to chew. Try roasting chicken thighs and stripping that meat as it's much easier for them I've found. Can do big trays then freeze the meat in small portions.
I'd do big trays of chunks of roast veg eg carrots, potatoes, squash, parsnips, suede then freeze. Cook up a load of broccoli / runner beans etc and freeze.
Then you can easily have a small Tupperware and just put in some meat, roasted veg and normal veg for a no stress meal. Would defrost over the day.
Then have maybe a 2 week rotation for dinners - batch cook casseroles, pasta & sauce, bolognaise, no spice chilli, no spice curry etc.
Would involve a bit of extra work to get set up / started but once you're rolling you would only need to top up 1 or 2 batch cooks a week.
If she’s struggling with chewing, risotto would be good. This is such an easy recipe www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/toddler-recipe-microwave-courgette-and-pea-risotto-prawns and is easily halved
Omelette fingers www.nhs.uk/start4life/weaning/recipes-and-meal-ideas/omelette-fingers/
Cheese and mushroom cakes www.nhs.uk/start4life/weaning/recipes-and-meal-ideas/cheese-and-mushroom-cakes/
Falafel www.nhs.uk/start4life/weaning/recipes-and-meal-ideas/falafel/ I’d serve these in her packed lunch box with some cucumber batons and strips of pitta bread
Pea and ham pasta bake www.nhs.uk/start4life/weaning/recipes-and-meal-ideas/pea-and-ham-bake/
Burrito bowl - Mexican rice, refried beans, Shredded meat if you want, avocado, peppers.
Quiche or frittata
Pesto chicken pasta
Veggie curry (mild)
Roasted veg and dip
Savoury biscuits spread with soft cheese
I'm assuming they will reheat stuff, could they toast bread?
- Sandwiches (cheese, peanut butter, egg mayo, avocado..)& salads (cut into batons if easier)
- Baked beans - jacket potatoes with cheese and beans/ spaghetti hoops/ tinned spaghetti? Could have these with toast.
- Hard boiled eggs with the above
- Veg sticks and dips/pitta bread etc, any mezze type stuff
- Curries or pasta dishes can all be reheated fine
- Toddler ready meals occasionally?
Tbh I feel sorry for you! My DD has been at nursery throughout, but her usual nursery closed so she had to temporarily move to another one. Her usual nursery has an on site kitchen with two kitchen staff who make the meals there. The one she was at temporarily have their meals delivered like your DC's nursery but they didn't stop that at all. I doubt the delivery people even entered the nursery at all.
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