Wanna guess what one of my 2013 goals was? It was to blog at least twice a week. You wouldn’t have known that though, because I never blogged about it. Oh the irony…
I’ve been thinking about it the past couple weeks and have decided for the first time in my blogging life, to attempt a weekly series. I figure having a specific topic to write about on a specific day of the week adds some accountability and structure to my very unstructured, non-topic focused blog. Therefore, I give you: Tips And Tricks Tuesdays… which does abbreviate to TATT, but will not (at least regularly) have anything at all to do with body art or the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago either. No, Tuesdays will now be me sharing things that make my life a little simpler, easier, and more organized. (And for that large percentage of my readership who sticks around strictly for pictures of the girls, I’ll try to sneak some of those in there too, okay?)
Hang on now, because here we go!
TIPS AND TRICKS TUESDAYS: A Simple Toddler Lunch
As the mother of two toddlers, I’m always searching for easy, healthy lunches to put on the table, because too often we get stuck in a rut alternating between PB&J and chicken nuggets when the lunch hour rolls around. Most of my attempts at being creative have encountered resistance from my little connoisseurs, but we’ve had one resounding success: The Ice Cube Tray Sampler
I take two ice cube trays (I found our pair at the grocery store for $1) and fill each square up with whatever finger foods I can find in the kitchen, trying to get a rainbow of colors and a variety of textures. At first I thought it might be challenging to find stuff to fill 12 squares, but it’s surprisingly easy.
We love crackers, croutons, pretzels sticks, cheese, lunch meat, bits of chicken or hamburger, frozen peas and corn, apple, orange, kiwi, banana and mango slices, pickles, cherry tomatoes, berries, carrot and celery sticks, ranch dip, raisins or other dried fruit, grapes, snow peas, etc, etc, etc.
I love whipping this out on days when I have zero mental energy and nothing in the cupboard seems to go with anything else. It exposes the girls to the idea of trying lots of different foods and they think it’s so much fun. They will keep me updated the whole meal through on how many empty squares they have, so it’s great for the counting skills too!
Okay, now it’s your turn! What are your go to toddler meals? Any tips or tricks to share? I’d love some new ideas, so please leave yours in the comments!