7 Nutritious Finger Foods for Babies (the Whole Family Loves, Too)

nutritious finger foods for babies the whole family loves

HEALTHY BABY FOOD DOESN’T HAVE TO BE PUREED. And it can be part of a meal you’re making anyway. When it comes to great finger foods for babies, here are 7 of my favorites–which happen to be elements of family favorites as well. 1. CRUSTY BREAD (OR TOAST). We serve a loaf of crusty bread with… 

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Lemon Yogurt Cakes with Blueberries

lemon yogurt cakes with blueberries

{SPONSORED POST} THERE’S A SECRET TO MAKING A CAKE MOIST. Add yogurt. This time, it was Yoplait Greek 100 Whips and the result was delicious. I learned about yogurt cake when we lived in Italy. Estelle was about a month old when we took a weekend trip to Umbria and did all sorts of things I… 

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slow cooker shredded pork with fresh apples

slow cooker shredded pork with fresh apples, foodlets

THIS IS THE JUICIEST SLOW COOKER PORK I’VE EVER HAD. We have another awesome (and simpler) recipe for slow cooker pork here but this one, inspired by Real Simple, works even harder. If you’re worried that picky eaters won’t try it, this pulled pork uses two strategies for serving kids new foods: Bridge foods, serving a new food… 

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Mini Broccoli & Cheese Patties (“Broccoli Cookies”)

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PSSST. THESE ARE NOT COOKIES. But my kindergartener insists these broccoli & cheese patties are. Because of the shape. Obviously I did nothing to deter the automatic adoration that came with the name. I just got out the Ranch dressing and continued to mind my own business. Yes, I totally believe in Ranch dressing as a… 

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Enchilada Casserole with Quinoa & Black Beans

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THIS WEEK I PREPPED 5 KID-FRIENDLY DINNERS IN 1 HOUR. It’s the first time I’ve tackled something so organized. What I learned from the whole crazy process is a whole other post, but this recipe for a meatless make-ahead dinner was one of them and it’s an unexpected keeper. Filed under It’s Always Gotta Be Something,… 

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No-Bake Chocolate, Fruit & Nut Bars

rascals poking chocolate bars

WE’VE MADE A LOT OF THINGS LIKE THESE. Homemade Lara Bars, DIY Kind Bars, Oat & Chocolate Balls and more…but these are the easiest. And the least expensive. They’re also the lowest in sugar, without any sweetener at all. One more thing. They’re the yummiest too. The formula for these healthy no-bake bars is simple: 2 cups… 

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Make-Ahead Egg McMuffins, a Freeze & Serve Breakfast

make-ahead egg mcmuffins, foodlets

JUST LIKE OUR 4 KIDS INSIST ON DINNER EVERY NIGHT, breakfast is practically the first word on their lips when they wake. Sure there’s cereal and oatmeal. We make one zillion muffins, rotate through our share of yogurt parfaits and smoothies but more often than not, it seems like we end up on toast. Enter the higher protein, all-you-do-is-heat-it-up… 

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Thumbs Up “All the Way to Heaven” Fish Stew

thumbs up fish stew, foodlets

I’M JUST AS SURPRISED AS YOU ARE. When I mentioned fish stew to my husband that afternoon, it was with this instruction, “So you might want to go to the store and get yourself some burritos or something.” He’s not a fish person. That much I knew. Then, bracing myself for a round of complaints, I… 

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Cheeseburger Hand Pies with Puff Pastry

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GOT PICKY EATERS? One of the (bazillion) lessons I’ve learned about feeding my tribe is about spin-offs. Keep your eyes open for flavors and ingredients the kids like, and make those things again. Differently. Well, it turns out that a big part of teaching kids to love food, to be adventurous eaters who know how to nourish themselves… 

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A Heart-Shaped Strawberries, Cheese & Crackers Board 3 (Easy) Ways: Healthy Valentine’s Day Snacks for Kids

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I WARNED YOU. If you follow Foodlets on Facebook (and I hope you do), you’ll see that I posted a strawberry, cheese & crackers board for Valentine’s Day…and vowed to do it again. Here’s the first one. But first, one quick note about the ups and downs of fresh strawberries. It’s not strawberry season in… 

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Make-Ahead Sweet Potato “Cottage Pie” with Ground Beef (and Why It Isn’t Shepherd’s Pie)

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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN shepherd’s pie and cottage pie? Lamb. This is what I just learned from Food 52. Shepherd’s pie is traditionally made with lamb, which makes sense when you think of a shepherd’s job. Cottage pie, however, is made with ground beef. That’s what we used here when we made our own even simpler version…. 

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Say It with Strawberries (and Cheese): A Fresh Valentine’s Day Treat for Kids

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YOU COULD SAY IT WITH CHOCOLATE. Or smoothies. Even tiny cream puffs would be sweet. But today’s treat is a little healthier, a lot heartier and a great choice to bring to school as well. We used Mini Triscuits which I learned a while ago have two ingredients: wheat and salt. (Ditto for regular Triscuits, of… 

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One-Pot Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

slow cooker chicken tikka masala, foodlets

THIS IS BEGINNER CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA. That’s because my kids don’t do spicy. Actually, I don’t even like a lot of spice myself. I remember growing up and thinking most toothpaste was “too hot”. But man, do I love a nice bowl of Tikka Masala. The mild kind. Now because this was a new dish… 

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chocolate-covered mini pretzel sticks with sprinkles

chocolate covered pretzels

ON A JUNK SCALE, THESE chocolate-covered mini pretzel sticks are surprisingly low. That’s because of their size. When it comes to dessert–and there’s no mistaking these chocolate bombs for “snacks”–it’s all about portion size. To be clear, I don’t think babies or toddlers need a lot of sugar, so I always go for low sugar… 

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strawberry hearts: a healthy valentine’s day snack for kids

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IT’S EASY TO IMPRESS THE RASCALS. And if you have an extra 35 seconds, you too can ta da your way to the cutest little snack with these strawberry hearts. It’s already time for Florida strawberries here in North Carolina but I’m betting you can get your hands on a few California beauties just about anywhere. And… 

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How to Turn a Bag of Frozen Spinach into Your Kids’ Favorite: Skillet Spinach with Garlic

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TODAY I FOUND OUT I WAS A POOPCUP. And before you think my two-year-old was name calling (he wasn’t), or I started some sort of expensive cleanse on GOOP (I wouldn’t), know that I really deserved it. Deeply. Maybe more than anyone. When Phoebe was first born, and let’s face it, even after Estelle joined her a year and a… 

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Toasted Turkey, Salami & Cheese Sandwiches: Homemade Mini-Grinders

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THERE WERE TWO STOPLIGHTS in the town where I grew up. And in between them was Rome Pizza. I told you about how much I loved their Hawaiian pizza when I was a kid but they also made something so mouthwatering I still remember it, all these years later. Grinders. But here’s the thing: I only… 

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DIY “Kind” Bars

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CONFESSION: SOMETIMES I HIDE THE GOOD STUFF FROM MY KIDS. No, I don’t mean the chocolate. Because that’s OBVIOUS. My stash is in the freezer where I can get to it the moment nap time begins. No, I mean those delightful but expensive Kind bars. Usually I buy granola bars for the kids. The nice ones. Low… 

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