How to compose a balanced toddler meal (and a Replay Giveaway!)

how to compose a balanced toddler meal

 

 

Feeding a toddler can be intimidating. You want to be sure your child eats, so you pull out every trick in the book to make eating more fun and you pray that they will get enough. Unfortunately, this is where many of us fall into the trap of feeding our children overly-processed foods, WAY too much added sugars, and empty calories. So, in order to break this trend of feeding our kids fun junk food, Id like to share my method for planning well balanced, toddler friendly meals that both you and your kids will enjoy. Then stick around for aΒ fun giveaway!…

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Grain free Cheddar Chive Waffles

Grain Free Cheddar Chive Waffles

Lettuce wraps are great…but they can get old. They can also get messy. I wanted a sandwich bread or bun that could hold up to the mess, but I don’t have the time to bake fresh bread every week. So I started using my waffles. The easiest grain-free sandwich solution. Waffles are crispy and moist and can hold up to the sloppiest of sandwich fillings. The little grooves are perfect for spreading mayo or almond butter. Life changed….

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Honey Lime Chicken Marinade

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Tis the season for grillin! I’ll be real with you, I haven’t ever really gotten into grilling until this year. I used to just leave it to the guys. But….my husband doesn’t seem to care too much for it. I have no clue why, since he is REALLY good at it. He made some BBQ bacon wrapped venison that was out of the park! And my skeptical yankee family members polished it off. That man can really throw down when he tries. Alas, I fear that I am the only one around here that truly loves cooking. I will proudly assume the role of grill master….

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Paleo Waffles

Paleo WafflesBefore I changed my eating habits, I was never really into breakfast. Growing up on cereal and poptarts and eggo waffles, it was embedded into my mind that breakfast was meant to be sweet, not savory. So I didn’t care too much for eggs and bacon and whatnot. And the previously mentioned breakfast junk food made me feel terrible. So when I had the option, I skipped breakfast. If we went out to Ihop or Cracker Barrel, I ordered lunch….

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Gluten Free Apple Pie Cookies

Gluten Free Apple Pie Cookie

I have a major sweet tooth. Admittedly, its nowhere near as bad as it used to be. I have completed the 21 day sugar detox with great success. But, there is just a power that dessert has over me. And being the only one in my family (other than my children) who eats only real, clean, and gluten-free foods, I have to be prepared. Not just for the monthly get-togethers at my Grandmother’s house, but for every single day that my husband eats little debbies in front of me. So I like to keep some clean treats available at all times. And you know what, these cookies beat the PANTS off of little debbies….

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Chimichurri Sauce Recipe

chimichurri sauce recipe

I am a sauce lover. I am never one to pass up the gravy, I always ladle an extra portion of sauce on my pasta, and i pour every last drip from the pan when I serve up our dinner. To me, the sauce is like the cherry on the cake. It was already good, but sauce just made it MAZIN!

This Chimichurri Sauce is one of my absolute favorites. I could just eat it with a spoon. It’s so versatile, you can put it on anything. Steak, chicken, fish, veggies. It’s glorious….

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Roasted Asparagus and Trout Hollandaise

trout hollandaiseMy husband just returned from one of his annual fishing trips yielding an abundance of this beautiful trout. Here in the south, fish is generally found battered and fried, and in my opinion, ruined. When I am blessed with fresh wild-caught seafood, I do not want to mask that beautiful flavor with anything. Just a few simple seasonings and a bright and zesty sauce are the perfect treatment for this catch of the day!…

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Creamy Jambalaya

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This Creamy Jambalaya is much like the traditional dish, with an original twist. The added cream tames the heat and adds depth of flavor while retaining just the right amount of spice. Perfect if you have little ones joining you, or if you just don’t care to set your mouth on fire.Β  If you can take the heat, leave out the cream!…

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Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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I like to keep something around that house that I can easily grab on the go. After burning out on Larabars within my first week going Paleo, my options were a bit limited. These Oatmeal Raisin cookies are quick and easy, and they are perfect for breakfast on the run, snacking, or dessert! I love a multifunctional health food. This recipe makes 2 dozen, so I can stay stocked up for a couple weeks!…

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