I recently challenged myself to be a bit more adventurous with what I make for my 18-month-old, Finlay at lunch time. I tend to opt for foods that he can feed himself, as it buys me 15 minutes so I can enjoy my lunch too! Below is what we had last week…
Monday: One of Finlay’s favourite lunches is parma ham piadines, which we’ve modelled on the ones served at this great Italian deli in Edinburgh. Although, I tend to use tortillas as piadines can be tricky to find.
Simply spread some cream cheese onto a tortilla and add your parma ham (cut up into small pieces) and a sprinkle of parmesan (if you have it). I tend to cook them on a griddle pan for 1 minute on each side, served straightaway with some tomato rice cakes and tangerine slices.
Tuesday: Pumpkin & pine nut fiorelli served with hummus, cheese crackers and cucumber slices (I saved the rest of the pasta and gave it to Finlay for dinner the following evening.)
Wednesday: Annabel Karmel’s sweetcorn fritters, which took around 10 minutes to prep and cook. So easy! I served them with avocado and a boiled egg. I froze the extra fritters for future lunches.
Thursday: I made use of the remaining tortillas by making us some ham wraps with spinach and cream cheese, along with popcorn and strawberry slices. Yum!
Friday: Leftover quinoa mac & cheese with broccoli and cauliflower (I Quit Sugar cookbook) from dinner the night before – Finlay loves this! For a nutritional boost I whipped us up some green monster smoothies using: (yesterdays left over) spinach, avocado, strawberries, banana, almond milk and chia seeds. *Be careful, Finlay wouldn’t let me take this smoothie away so it’s best served after lunch.
Saturday: Peanut butter and banana grilled sandwiches served with tangerine slices, wholemeal cheese fish crackers and raisins.
Sunday: An easy Sunday frittata that takes 10 minutes – I added cheese (I used feta but any will do), peas and spring onion. It slices up really well, so great for small eaters.
I’d love to hear what you feed your toddlers at lunch time. What’s their favourite meal? – Steph x
P.S Finaly’s plates are from the lovely online store Buddy & Bear