Toddler Chia Pudding + Product Review

Some days, I don’t know if it’s worse raising a picky eater or being married to one. My McNugget is not adventurous with new foods…at all. We really have to dramatize each bite of our own food to get him to try the smallest piece of something. Strangely enough, he loves chicken, smoothies, and chia pudding. I really didn’t expect for him to like it when he shoved my spoon in his mouth one night, but he did. Now, he signs for it whenever I eat it. 

Since I am not always in a sharing mood, I began giving him his own pudding. This also allows me to sneak in some of his least favorite foods. Here’s a basic recipe I’ve been following, along with some mix-ins/toppings I add for him.

 

Toddler chia pudding recipe:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup chia seeds

1/2 pureed banana for sweetener

2 cups milk of your choice. We use breastmilk or whatever non-dairy milk we have.

 

-Add the chia seeds and pureed banana to a bowl. Mix well.  Add the cinnamon, vanilla and sweetener and mix again

-Add the milk and mix again.

-Add any additional ingredients (listed below) and mix well.

-Cover and refrigerate for at least three hours.

 

Optional serving suggestions:

Add 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice & 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Add an extra 1/2 pureed banana and frozen strawberries

Omit pureed banana and add pureed vegetables with seasoning of your choice

 

a188d6b746eec53601957f12fbfc6468d96c0defSince my family is always moving, we needed a to-go option for his pudding and smoothies. When we received* the Cutielunch Reusable Squeeze Pouches, they were right on time. First, they are indeed cute! I love the little cartoon fruit on the package. While these pouches are made to be reusable, we treat them like disposables. They are very durable and are super easy to use. There was a bit of a learning curve figuring out how much the pouches could actually hold, but it was a breeze once we got used to it. My son LOVES showing off his big kid skills with food pouches, so I love that he can eat directly from them. Although this product was sent to us for free, it is a product my husband and I plan to repurchase and keep on our Amazon shopping list. If you’re looking for durable food storage pouches for your homemade baby food, you can purchase a 4-pack here.

 

 

 

 

Dinner Tonight: Marmalade Curry Chicken and Other Slow Cooker Meals

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For dinner tonight (and the next few weeks) I have prepped several slow cooker meals. I was able to get all of the ingredients for these recipes for $80 (mostly organic, too). My husband and I spend way above that when buying groceries and ordering food, so I am excited to see my money stretch. I’m also excited for two vegan/vegetarian meals on the list. I’ve prepared nine different meals for now, but I’ll be making a few more tonight. I expect to get at least two nights worth of food from each recipe. Here are the meal ideas with links to their respective recipes.

Marmalade Curry Chicken 

Chicken Tikka Masala

Beef Pot Roast

Chicken Chili

Tomato Basil Chicken Stew

I prepped this recipe as outlined. Instead of simmering on the stove, I will cook it in my slow cooker for four hours on high.

Thai Chicken

Creamy Cauliflower Dill Soup

I modified this recipe to make it slow cooker friendly. Simply dump all of the ingredients into your crock pot and cook on high for four hours or on low for 8 hours. twenty minutes before serving, blend ingredients for five minutes. Place the soup back in your crockpot to warm.

Spinach Marinara and Pasta

Swiss Steak

Tonight’s Dinner: Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

675660656 I had a long to-do list today, so I decided to do a crock pot dinner. I have been craving Indian food for weeks, so I settled on making this awesome chicken tikka masala. I thought I had everything I needed, but I didn’t have any garam masala or any ginger. Thinking on my toes, I mixed equal parts of Trader Joe’s pumpkin pie spice and curry powder. I got something that was very close to garam masala AND a bit of ginger flavoring. I also added diced tomatoes, onion and green pepper. Other than that, I followed the recipe. I also decided to make roti instead of naan because I was out of yeast. I also served the meal with vegetables. Try the recipe and let me know what you think.