When your baby first started on solid foods, it was a delight watching their faces change from surprise to enthusiasm, as their tastebuds savoured the different textures and flavours of foods offered to them. At that young age, they relished anything that was given to them. Food for children is an exploration and an important part of their growth and development. They will go through the fussy phase where they may refuse to eat anything, other than bread and butter or whatever else they may be focusing on at that time. This can be a particularly trying stage for stressed out parents or caregivers who are trying to coax a child to eat a healthy nourished filled diet. There are many ways to incorporate wholesome foodstuffs into meals without the little ones knowing what they are eating, other than something yummy!
Mini BurgersIngredients: Lean Mince, finely grated carrot, 1 egg, finely grated zucchini, Continental rissole recipe base, ½ cup grated cheese (optional). Method: Combine all ingredients, shape by hand into small burgers and cook on a lightly oiled pan. Serve on small dinner rolls and let the kids apply their own sauce and build their own burger with a selection of shredded lettuce, tomato, etc. Salad is optional, as they are getting veges in their burger patty, unknown to them!
Ingredients: Slices of bread, crusts removed, 6-8 eggs, can of corn kernels, ½ cup grated cheese, diced bacon or chicken or whatever filling you prefer, Continental cup a soup (mushroom or cream of chicken). Method: Grease an ovenproof dish and line with bread. Make sure to overlap bread and press flat. Beat eggs with cup a soup, mix in other ingredients and pour onto bread base. Sprinkle with extra cheese and bake in oven until set and lightly browned on top.
Ingredients: 250g kid friendly pasta shapes, Continental tuna mornay recipe base, can of tuna or finely diced chicken, grated cheese, can of corn kernels, milk. Method: Cook & drain pasta. Add all ingredients, mix lightly, bake in greased ovenproof dish until golden. Prior to baking, extra cheese can be sprinkled on top.
Good nutrition for children is very important. Growth, development and good health can all be linked back to nutrition. By ensuring children get a daily intake of necessary vitamins through food, this will build their immune system, build healthy tissue and bones and build a solid health foundation for their later life. This all good in theory but children are children and part of their development includes tantrums, sometimes refusal to eat and little mood swings. By having a look at contintental.com.au for tips on making ordinary food exciting, it is easy to entice even the fussiest little eater with some kid tempting recipes. It is important to remember that children’s tastebuds are developing, so if they reject a certain food this week, try it again in a few weeks. You might be surprised to find that they now like it.
Author Bio: Amanda is a stay-at-home mum with 2 children in primary school, in her past time she loves to garden, travel, cook and write blogs for other stay at home mums and anyone with similar interests.