Need a little extra protein?
We love using unsweetened whole Greek yogurt! The possibilities are endless! One of our favorite brands is Maple Hill Creamery because of its creamy, smooth texture. (As always, this post is not sponsored - we just enjoy their products!)
Here are some of our favorite ways to use it:
Note: It's Important that you buy unsweetened/unflavored Greek yogurt if using it in savory dishes or as a sour cream replacement.
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You're going to want to try this one!
Y’all went nuts on Instagram for our Lentil Pasta Tuna Noodle Casserole, so we’re finally posting the full recipe! This recipe is awesome because it feeds a lot of people and stores in the fridge/freezer well. It's also gluten-free for those who need it.
This casserole tastes best when reheated in the toaster oven, conventional oven or on the stove. It’s crazy high in fiber and protein plus has anti-inflammatory CLA (a type of fat), some omega-3s (more if you use salmon), and lots of calcium and iron! Plus, it’s CHEAP for how many it serves. My kids shovel this in, and it’s a nice comfort food on a cold winter night. I cook by taste, so follow your instincts on this one! Add more or less cheese, paprika, etc. depending on your family’s preferences. Enjoy!
Preheat oven to 375F. Cook pasta per directions on the box and drain. Place pasta in a large bowl and combine all remaining ingredients, leaving 1 cup of shredded cheese for the top. Press into 9x13 casserole dish. Sprinkle with cheese. Cook for 25-35 minutes or until cheese starts to brown and bubble. Let it cool, then eat and enjoy!
Give it some veggies and protein.
Do you sometimes use boxed mac and cheese for your kids or yourself? Yes, homemade mac and cheese is great, but sometimes we need convenient options! If you're a boxed mac fan, you're going to love this!
Here's how we like to modify boxed mac and cheese:
Trader Joe's Organic Mac and Cheese or Annie's Homegrown brand are some of our favorites,
Try this early with your young toddler so that they are used to their mac looking a little different each time! Have an older toddler set in their ways and will only eat the mac and cheese from the blue box? Use the strategies in step 7 of our Toddler Course to slowly graduate away from foods presented the same way each time.
Additional tips to try:
Needing some extra protein?
Hard boiled eggs are a great way to pack some protein into your snacks and meals without taking too much time. Here are a few ways you can serve them to your little ones, or even for yourself, on those really busy days.
There's no wrong way to use hard boiled eggs. You can make a batch over the weekend and use them throughout the week for the whole family.
PS: There’s not much difference between brown and white eggs besides the type of chicken they come from.
You know those nights when you need something fast, filling and tasty? Bonus points if it's high in protein, omega-3s, calcium and veggies, right! BOOM! Enter our super simple Salmon Noodle Casserole. We're all about balance here at Feeding Littles, and we know that sometimes moms just need easy recipes that their kids (and husbands) are excited to try. This is a spin on an old classic that many of us grew up eating, but it's gluten-free for those who need it and is a great way to incorporate more fatty fish into your diet. You can prep it all the night before and keep it covered in the fridge before baking the next day as well. Once it's cooked, keep leftovers in the fridge for 3-4 days or freeze individual servings for fast meal prep. As you can see, I often use the leftovers in my preschooler's lunch since it makes a really big batch.
I prefer Pacific brand cream of mushroom soup over your typical canned brand because it has ingredients you can pronounce and the box is BPA-free. Feel free to sub out other types of pasta, veggies, or even fish.
Megan and Judy, co-owners of Feeding Littles, bring you helpful info on food, nutrition, picky eating, and feeding young children. Megan McNamee MPH, RDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Judy Delaware, OTR/L is an Occupational Therapist specializing in feeding therapy with children 3 and under in Boulder, Colorado. Megan and Judy are both moms of two and love helping families develop a healthy appetite for all foods!