*guest post from Kseniya Gershberg
My favorite recipes as a busy mom are always the ones that are simple and healthy for my little toddler.
Here are some easy recipes for toddlers I hope you enjoy!
What’s for Breakfast?
COTTAGE CHEESE PANCAKES (or if you would like dairy free then replace the cottage cheese with grated zucchini or apple)
½ of a 16 oz of Cottage cheese
If the cottage cheese is too chunky you can send it through the food processor. Blend 1 egg with 2 teaspoons of sugar, add a pinch of salt, and then mix with cottage cheese in a bowl. Add 3-4 flour tablespoons into the mixture and stir until it becomes uniform and thick. Add the batter in small shapes to resemble pancakes to a frying pan with coconut oil. Flip over when the edges start to brown.
Time: 15 minutes
GREEN BERRY SMOOTHIE
Blueberry pomegranate kefir (lactose free) or any type of milk (sometimes I will use goat milk)
Add into a mixer and blend! It’s a good way to get all the veggies in and kids love the taste! I like to prepare the ingredients at night so in the morning all I have to do is throw it in the mixer.
What’s for Lunch?
QUICK & SIMPLE BEET SALAD
1 regular size carrot
1 small potato
Boil the beet and the potato until soft. Cut the beet into small pieces once it is cooled down and chop up the carrot into a bowl. Cut up the potato into small pieces and add into the mix. Use 1 teaspoon of olive oil and mix it up. For older toddlers you can cut the beet into small pieces instead of grating it.
What’s For Dinner?
1 bell pepper
3 pieces of cauliflower
3 baby carrots
1 slice of boiled chicken breast
Boil the bell pepper for 5 minutes. Take it out and let it cool down. Meanwhile prepare the ingredients that will go inside. I like to mix steamed baby carrots, zucchini, cauliflower, celery, red pepper and boiled chicken in a blender and then add it inside the pepper. Makes a fun way to enjoy the vegetables for the kids!
CHICKEN LEGS WITH CINNAMON APPLES
Chicken legs sautéed on coconut oil
Sliced apples with a pinch of cinnamon sugar added to the pan when the chicken legs are cooked
Add 2 tablespoons of water, cover it, and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes until the apples turn soft and golden brown.
1 piece of salmon
1 sweet potato
Marinate the salmon with herbs such as turmeric, parsley, and oregano.
Add coconut oil to a counter top grill.
Boil water. Add sweet potatoes and boil until soft.
If possible, invest in a counter top grill and a steamer. These two kitchen items have been the most useful in cooking my toddler’s food in a fast, easy, healthy, and simple way.
Kseniya Gershberg recently graduated with a Doctorate of Chiropractic and is currently completing a post-certificate program specializing in pregnancy and pediatric Chiropractic. She is working at a prenatal Chiropractic office in Los Angeles as well as working as a doula to help mommies give birth. She is also a mom to an 18 month old and loves spending as much time as she can with him. In her free time she loves to write and post on her blog lalapregnancyhealthandwellness