Frozen veggies and the protein question...

The kids cookbook blog is coming soon, I swear! It is taking a little longer than I thought to gather all the research and write it in my spare time :) But I didn't want too long to go by before I posted here is what we are up to:

A couple people have expressed concern with running out of ideas for what to make for their babies/toddlers (around 1 year old), especially when it comes to figuring out how to get protein into their diet. I have been trying to give Karina some of what we eat (chicken, lean well cooked steak, beans, eggs, morningstar veggie patties, tofu, and ground turkey). From my reading on nutrition and talking to others, our little toddlers are not going to eat everything from all the food groups they need to everyday, but as long as it evens out over the week or two weeks then we shouldn't worry about trying to get everything in every day. (Of course always talk to your pediatrician if you have worries that your child is not getting the nutrients they need). I found a good website with some pointers:

My new time saving tip for getting veggies into Karina's diet. A friend recently gave me this tip, buy frozen veggies (they have organic ones in most grocery stores too) and just steam/heat in the microwave for a minute or two (depending on how much) and serve! The other night I cooked the last steak that my parents' brought from Nebraska, mashed potatoes and some frozen cauliflower. The steak just had some salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce on it and pan seared it (3-4 min on each side) and then put into a 425 degree oven for 8 minutes). The mashed potatoes - bake the potatoes in the microwave (after putting wholes in them with a fork), throw them in the kitchenaid mixer with a little butter, neufchatel cheese, milk, salt and pepper. The cauliflower - put 1/4 of bag in glass bowl with an inch or two of water and cover with plastic wrap and put in the microwave for 2 minutes. Karina really enjoyed the mashed potatoes...She wasn't too sure about the cauliflower, but mixing it in with the mashed potatoes, she gobbled it up!

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