Need a dairy-free option?
Calling all dairy-free peeps (and even those who love dairy)! Have you tried nutritional yeast? This deactivated yeast has a nutty or cheesy flavor and is highly nutritive (hence its name). One tablespoon contains 3 grams of protein, 180% of your adult daily value for thiamine, 140% of your daily value for vitamin B6 and 160% of your daily value for niacin, all important B vitamins. Dairy-free peeps like that it resembles cheese in flavor. It can be found at most health food stores and grocery stores.
Here are some fun ways to use it:
Quick and easy!
Ready for another simple Instant Pot recipe? We LOVED using the Trader Joe's Marsala Sauce. We dumped 2 jars over 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs (more tender and cheaper than chicken breasts) and cooked it on high for 10 minutes. That's it!
For an easy veggie idea, roast broccoli and cauliflower in olive oil, oregano, salt and pepper and serve it with Organic Super Grains from Whole Foods (basically a combo of white and red quinoa, millet and buckwheat).
Add an easy side dish: Throw together a tomato, basil and burrata salad with balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper! YUM!
We are ALL about fast, easy, tasty, filling and nourishing meals that don’t take forever!
Let your kids help too!
We tried the Sprouted Whole Grain Pizza Crust from Trader Joe's today and it was a HIT! I like that the crust is made from whole grain sprouted flour, which is usually easier to digest than regular four, and contains a blend of various whole grains. Pro tip: bake it without toppings for 5 minutes at 400F before topping it and putting it back in the oven. The crust will be a perfect thin crust crispiness. The package has 2 crusts so makes a TON of food!
Top with your favorite sauce and toppings. I love to top it with simple homemade pizza sauce (see below), riced cauliflower and shredded Italian blend cheese on top. No hiding the cauli - your kids will catch on and won’t trust new foods if you’re hiding things! My girls even sprinkle on the riced cauliflower themselves.
For the simple sauce:
Dump the tomato paste into a medium bowl. Slowly add water and mix until you achieve desired consistency - not too thick, but not so thin that it’s watery. Add a drizzle of olive oil if desired, then stir in Italian spices, salt and pepper to taste. This is a very modifiable and inexpensive way to make sauce for 2 pizzas!
Try the Butternut Squash Pizza Crust to make it gluten-free!
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:
Y'all know how much we adore Trader Joe's Bruschetta Sauce - you can literally pour it over everything! It's blends small-chopped tomatoes with olive oil, garlic, basil and other spices for a perfect sauce, dressing or dip. Sometimes I just eat it with a spoon! See below for our favorite ways to use it. What are yours?
You asked, and we're bringing it to you! Each month (or..,you know...every so often) we hope to put some of the lunch ideas we share on our Instagram stories into a printable, downloadable format that you can keep on your fridge (or your phone) and access when you need lunch inspiration! Need more help? Our toddler course contains over 100 meal and snack ideas plus a grocery list, and our infant course contains a month-by-month meal plan and a grocery list.
Download the PDF document by clicking the link below!
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!