Rhys has entered the "I DO IT MYSELF!!!" phase of his early toddlerhood and nowhere is that more apparent than when he's in his high chair. I have liked, no LOVED, making Rhys' baby food for him using our Beaba . Things were easy . . . I made a few batches of food each weekend then pulled a few frozen portions out to pack each day for Rhys' breakfast, lunch and snack at daycare.
Now that Mr.IWANTYOURLETTUCE refuses to be spoonfed, packing his lunches for daycare has been a little bit trickier. Once I realized my weekly prep / freeze / defrost plan was shot, I had a bit of a panic. Rhys is a fantastic eater and will try anything, but I still have concerns about his chewing ability (he's got one molar, which emerged less than a week ago) and whether he's really eating enough if he misses his mouth 3/4 of the time.
Here's a typical day's packing:
a) Straw cup of water and 1/2 a homemade blueberry waffle (as a pre-breakfast, to entertain the monkey as he's getting dressed and being driven to daycare) (He also breastfeeds before we get out of bed every morning)
b) 2 cups of breast milk, 1 cup of whole cow's milk
c) Breakfast: Oatmeal mixed with applesauce, plain whole milk yogurt and cinnamon
d) Lunch: Mini pasta bowties with parmesan, butter, a bit of basil, steamed carrots and zucchini and halved kidney beans; a side of cubed mozzerella
e) Snack: A whole banana and 2 wheat crackers
Then dinner is whatever we're having. Favorites include sweet potato gnocchi and peas, ravioli and zucchini, stir fried tofu and veggies w/ brown rice, etc. And a boob. Or several, throughout the evening.
Rhys' other easy lunches inlcude: an avocado (to be cut into chunks at daycare) and a handful of black beans or spicy lentil and bean soup (homemade and with all the veg and beans cut small . . . I've been able to freeze portions of this, FTW!).
Other snacks include: cut up watermelon and blueberries, nutrigrain bars and yogurt (which he likes enough to consent to having it spoon fed to him).
Do you have any other toddler finger-food meal ideas? I would LOVE input!