Now that I have a toddler, I can’t just whip up a salad and call it dinner. Crunchy raw veggies aren’t exactly baby-friendly, considering their limited number of teeth. But sometimes I don’t have time for anything more complex than salad, let alone time to make two separate dinners. And like many busy parents, I often haven’t planned ahead enough to have a variety of other appropriate foods on-hand.
So here’s how I improvise, in a way that allows Lucy to eat what we’re eating:
I make a “toddler salad,” which includes the soft components of our meal cut up into baby bite-sized pieces. It’s low maintenance, healthy, and I like that she sees the same foods on her own plate that are also on ours.
Since plain veggies are not always super appealing, I make sure she has some dip or dressing on the side for veggie-dunking.
And voila, dinner is served.
Of course, she doesn’t always gobble down every veggie on her plate. But she does try – and like – at least a few veggies each time we eat like this.
And even for older kids, this method may work. As long as you provide a few items you already know your kids like, and offer a few different dip options, you’re likely to have a successful meal.