Dairy free toddler food ideas
* This post is brought to you by Heinz Infant.
My formerly game-to-try-anything toddler seems to be following in his big sister’s footsteps and turning into a sniff-it-then-throw-it-on-the-floor toddler. Add in the painful arrival of some nasty molars, and some days I feel like my two year old survives purely on a diet of dirt, boogers and vegemite sandwiches.
There are few things I find more frustrating in life than spending hours in the kitchen preparing food for toddlers, only to have my healthy, balanced and tasty dish wholeheartedly rejected. Often with a bellow of “YUCK! DON’T WANNIT” thrown in just in case I had any doubts about their feelings towards it. No wonder mums need wine o’clock to get through dinner time!
While I am generally a cook-from-scratch kind of mum, at times like these – fussiness, teething, illness – I’m totally happy to bust out the big guns and offer him something premade, like the Heinz Infant range.
Quick, easy & just the good stuff
Sometimes when you’re sick of coming up with toddler food ideas your kiddies might actually eat, it’s good to know you can reach for something off the shelf that is nutritious, comes in loads of different flavours, and only contains the good stuff. The Heinz jar and pouch recipes are steam cooked and heat sealed, locking in the flavours without needing any preservatives, and are prepared in a factory in country Victoria. .
Knowing that the Heinz Infant recipes are approved by nutritionist mums who understand the importance of developing healthy eating habits early on makes me happy, and the fact that the little bugger will actually eat it makes me even happier!
Dairy free toddler food
Finding premade food to feed a toddler who is intolerant to dairy can be a real pain in the bum. Quite literally sometimes! Although it’s his poor bum that suffers, not mine ;). Luckily for us the Heinz Infant range has quite a few different products that don’t contain any dairy, so they make my life easier and I know he’s getting a nutritious meal.
Some of the Heinz products we use that do not contain dairy ingredients include:
- Little Kids Chicken and Pumpkin Rice
- Little Kids Tender Beef and Vegetable
- Little Kids Fruit and Veg Shredz Peach Apple & Veg
Not just ‘Baby Food’
If we’re pushed for time of an evening, one thing I know the Stuntman will eat is freshly cooked pasta with some Heinz Little Kids Tender Beef and Vegetable stirred through it. It’s literally just beef, vegetables and water – just the good stuff, no preservatives or other junk. I also sometimes mix a jar of Heinz through some freshly cooked rice or quinoa, transforming what you might think of as ‘baby food’ into a balanced toddler meal. The Little Kids range has loads of different recipes for toddlers, and is suitable from 12 months up.
The Stuntman also loves the Banana, Mango and Berries fruit pouches for his dessert, when his sister has a yoghurt pouch.
Simple recipes for toddlers
Chicken and vegie sausage rolls
Mix 200g chicken mince with a jar of Heinz Chicken, Vegetables and Quinoa, then wrap in a sheet of puff pastry, brush with beaten egg, and bake in a hot oven for around 25 minutes.
Tuna and rice balls
Combine a tin of tuna, one grated zucchini (squeeze all the moisture out), one cup of cooked rice and a beaten egg in a large bowl. If your toddler doesn’t need to be dairy free you could add in a handful of grated cheese as well. Shape the mixture into balls about the size of a golf ball, roll in panko breadcrumbs, spray with olive oil and bake in a medium oven for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.
Beef and veg meatballs
Mix 200g lean beef mince with a jar of Little Kids Tender Beef and Vegetable, roll into balls and place on an oven tray lined with baking paper. Bake in a medium oven for around 20 minutes.
You can find loads more info about the Heinz Infant range on the Heinz for Baby Facebook page.
What are some of your winning toddler recipes?