Just when I thought I had it all locked up – Just when I thought I had a pretty thorough batch of recipes I could pull out at any time to give my little guy the meals he liked – Just when I thought I finally had a handle on getting him the nutrition he needed – he changed the rules.
A long day at work, unbelievably heavy traffic coming home, late into the house and I’d hummed the whole time, because I’d known I’d be able to fire up the stove and fix Little Dude’s favourite meal in no time at all. So, we got home, we got settled, I cooked and WHAM – he didn’t want to touch a bite. Neither of us was happy.
It didn’t end there. Over the course of the week, the same thing applied for just about everything I had come to rely on. It was like I’d become a bumbling idiot all of a sudden – once again, my baby had thrown me for a loop. Green veggies? Not a chance. Old Faithful, mac and cheese? Blech.
Just to provide some perspective, let’s couple this with the fact that earlier in the week, in a colossal playtime fail, baby’s head butt resulted in my broken nose and hubby was working nights that week. Alone, riding the Ibuprofen train (broken noses hurt!), I was stuck with a hungry, but picky baby.
After lots of cajoling, he ate what I’d given him, but I knew I had to find some new choices. That weekend, because things were so busy, I’d fixed Baby something to eat and popped a homemade pizza in the oven for the adults, coupled with the fastest-prepared salad ever. Did Baby want the delicious chicken, tomato and cheese dish? No. In a bold move, he snatched a slice of pizza off my plate and began eating it, smiling smug satisfaction.
Well, the joke’s on you, kid, because you gave me an idea. I can hide things in your food now, and you won’t even know it. You see, said pizza was rife with chicken, tomatoes, broccoli and cheese.
Thus began the hunt for ways to introduce new foods. So far, the biggest success has been quesadillas. Here’s what I used – try it, vary up the ingredients.
- 2 small whole wheat tortillas (I found some super flax ones)
- 1 Tbsp cream cheese
- 3 Tbsp salsa
- 4 grape tomatoes, diced
- ½ cup chicken fillets, seasoned with tex-mex spices, baked and diced (I’d done this in advance)
- 2 Tbsp cooked black beans
- ½ cup grated cheese
Spread the cream cheese on both tortillas, then spread the salsa on both as well. Sprinkle the tomatoes, chicken and black beans all over the surface of one tortilla and top with cheese. Layer on the other tortilla. Place on indoor grill or skillet. Cook until one side is golden and crisp, then flip, doing the same for the other side. Let rest for a few minutes, then use a pizza cutter to slice into wedges or strips.
Serve with a little bowl of sour cream for dipping and, voila! Sneaky nutrition!
Problem? My husband complained that he wanted some quesadillas, too. Thankfully, they are a snap to make and soon, we were all enjoying them.
Listen, I hope we can get to the point where His Highness eats a serving of something, with a side of veggies, etc. And right now, he’s just too little to be faced with the “you’ll eat what you’re given and you’ll be glad for it” approach (I don’t know if I even agree with that approach).
But, in the meantime…whatever works!