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I need meal ideas for my 15 month old. I want to keep it healthy and I feel like I keep resorting to pasta and those chef boyarde cans are starting to look mighty handy!!

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Emma - posted on 03/06/2009

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oh nd my klittle one absolutely loves different berries mixed with framaige fray!

Emma - posted on 03/06/2009

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shepards pie, corned beef hash, homemade mince beef and onion pie, homemade casserole jst throw potatoes, veg nd meat in with water nd a stock cube, egg noodles with meat and veg, tuna jacket, salmon, potato and brocili nd mix the salmon with sum philadelphia cream cheese, homemade burgers egg and beans. jst a few ideas! try a recipie book for babies and toddlers

Denise - posted on 03/03/2009

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well u can just try healthy finger foods, i usually gave my son strips of red pepper and carrots and apples and such. along with that just add some cooked meat strips on the side. most important kids tend to like their veggies raw and maybe add a little veggie dip on the side and some flavored yogurt as a fruit dip. hope this helps ood luck

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Jenna - posted on 03/06/2009

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my son loved pancakes for b/fast we added peanut butter to the batter, oats to the batter, strawberry jam, raisins we would do fun colors and sprinkles sometimes and i just used 2 or 3 tbsp of mix w/water if i didn't want pancakes too. u can also buy silicone shapes to pour the batter into and use syrup to dip instead of pouring it on or mix vanilla yogurt and pb for fun dip. SMOOTHIES are great too, we invested in a magic bullet for baby food and loved it now we make great smoothies daily we buy frozen berries and fresh when we can, bananas ice a little juice and vanilla yogurt. i truly believe my son would not eat all those fruits w/out the smoothie and you can sneek in things like wheat germ and veggies if you need to.

Rebekah - posted on 03/06/2009

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Make the foods fun for her... make a sandwich that's cut in different shapes.  Kraftfoods.com has loads of ideas on this type of stuff.



Other things you could do are finger foods - apples, carrots, celery, and make your own dips for them.



Cook up chicken nuggets, fish sticks, with fun dips.



Breakfast make pancakes, eggs, their fast and easy to do, plus your daughter can help mix the batter or mix the eggs with milk.

Ardra - posted on 03/06/2009

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Depending on how many teeth little on has this might help! We love a product made by nuby...it is a handle with a bottle lid and instead of a nipple there is a net that goes through!! So they learn to chew and you can put whatever you are eating it there. My son is not yet one and he already has all 4 molars. I think the chewing on skinned apple and stuff really helped him to cut his teeth!

Hilary - posted on 03/06/2009

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Instead of Chef Boyarde... soo salty they have Gerber little graduates they are for kids si are healthy!!!! Hope that helps!!!!! My son is 17 months and eats everything so i just feed him what we are eating but yes try those just much healthier then chef boyarde!!!!!

Shannon - posted on 03/06/2009

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hi i have a 7 yr old and a 4 yr old. what i did was gave them those gerber toddler foods like the string beans or peas or if i didn't have those i would just give them some out a can or is was cooking some i would give that to them. anything that they can pick up and feel i have learned seems to keep their interests. as far as meats mine started out with chicken pull it off the bone and they loved it. my four yr old thats all she says she wants now is chicken nuggets. but i can truefully say that they love thier veggies. my oldest absolutely loves a salad....but anyway thats my thought....hope it helps

Heather - posted on 03/05/2009

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I have a 20 month old that is allergic to everything so we have to get very creative. I usually give him freeze dried fruits and dry cereal for breakfast. The freeze dried fruits are great and no mess really. We also do lots of fresh fruits and vegs. Peanut Butter bread or crackers to get our protein since he does not eat meat. And lots of the Gerber finger foods, like lil crunchies, fruit chews, and things like that. A good website for the freeze dried fruits is: justtomatoes.com. I love the site.

Abegail - posted on 03/05/2009

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My daughter learned how to use her utensils when we roasted veggies and gave them to her in little peices.  It was really fun for her and she was so proud of herself for being able to feed herself.  We put zuccinni, squash, carrots, mixed with olive oit and a little bit of salt in the oven, 450* for about 45 min.  The veggies are so good when they're a bit brown on the tips, caramelized.  For a week that's all she would eat.  She loves her veggies.  She also loves pasta.  I guess anything she can feed herself with.  Right now they really want to feel independent so they like to do everything themselves.  I hope this helps.  Oh also my friend introduced my to healthy snacking.  She cut up turkey breasts, cheddar cheese and pickels for her son and my daughter loved it too.

Melissa - posted on 03/05/2009

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My daughter is 12 months and I give her whatever I am having. Last night we had Shepard's Pie. Also likes mashed potatoes, cooked veggies, spaghetti, meatloaf, grilled cheese. If she won't eat what we are having I keep a couple jars of baby food on hand.. and also give her things like cheese, toast, fruit, cottage cheese, raisins.

Jenny - posted on 03/04/2009

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She does eat the foods that we eat for the most part but when we are eating foods such as salads and soup then she needs a different option. Thanks all for the ideas.

Jessica - posted on 03/03/2009

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Why are you eating any differently from your child?  You're not a short order cook and you'll never get paid to keep a full menu.



As soon as Caleb could chew we fed him what ever we were eating. We eat well and it works for us.



I was thrilled though when I heard about hiding veggies. I add squash to pasta sauce and zuccini to brownies...so good.



Jessica Seinfeld wrote the cook book



Good Luck!



 

Jen - posted on 03/03/2009

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I give my daughter the Gerber Graduate meals for lunch. They have a meat and then a veggie. She gets one everyday and I consider it healthy. We also stay away from fried and greasy food and too many sweets. We always try to make sure she gets at least one or 2 veggies and frutis a day. I usually send her to day care with a fruit cup as a morning snack and her gerber snacks (crackers, crunchies, fruit twists) as her afternoon snack.



Anyway here are a few examples of meal ideas that we do:



Breakfast: cream of wheat, oatmeal, cheerios and fruit cup, grits



Lunch: Gerber meal, or left overs, or she's had chicken salad sandwhich before on one slice of toast



Dinner: rice, pasta w/ veggies, chicken, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, pretty much whatever us or her grandparents (depending on where she is for dinner) are eating.



Hope that helps some. My daughter is also 15 months.

Katie - posted on 03/03/2009

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I have a 18 month old who will eat anything but his favourite is fish and cheese, struggles with meat but adores porridge oats with fruit for breakfast. I would say try what ever your comfortable with and add different things to the meals.*

Nikki - posted on 03/03/2009

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Fish sticks are quick and amazing. Grilled cheese also works well too. Alos look for grocery store forzen ham slices. you can cook them in the microwave in about 2 minutes.

Anna - posted on 03/03/2009

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I really like feeding my little one exactly what I'm having. So if I'm having roast beef, mashed potatos and carrots then that is what she will have. I do have to mush up the meat of course (I usually use a little bit of broth) then if we have left overs I freeze some of the meat and vegetables for another day. Actually if you freeze some  food all the time you will always have something ready and it gets eaten so its never in the freezer for a long time.



She also loves feeding herslf so I try to make her things that she can help herslf to like cut up soft cheeses, cut up toast with jam or cream cheese, cut up avocado, soft fruit like ripe mango, peach, banana, and pear. Sometimes she gets a mixture of things, but if she's eatin' it then I'm happy.



 

Erin - posted on 03/03/2009

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A friend of mine has a son who will only eat mashed potatoes....so they shred some chicken and mix it in with  the potatoes.  YOu can try that with other things to im sure...hope it helped give you some ideas alon gthose lines.

Doreen - posted on 03/03/2009

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Hello Jenny.

I have a 19 months old boy. For lunch I stews with brown rice. There are so many it's impossible to get bored. There are a few recipes that I make with barley. Or coucous, or quinoa. Soups are a good alternative too. vegetables and chicken soups. Please contact me to personalchef13@ymail.com. I will give you a few recipes free :))

Amber - posted on 03/03/2009

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I have a 16 month old and all she wants to eat is cookies ( Bear Paws) cereal, and pasta! oh and noodles, but will not eat meat! I find giving them the option like a few crackers, cheese, meat and a fruit or veggie for lunch, then breakfast a fruit with 2 kinds of dry cereal or a muffin (bran,blueberry) or a nutrigrain bar, then dinner i have no clue my daughter will not eat dinner. I Also find leting her eat herself is the only way she will eat. so good luck! i hope i helped a bit

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