If your tot is anything like my little guy, fiercely independent and loves to eat, then these toddler bites will be perfect for you both!
I find myself always steaming veggies for him, then he doesn’t finish some of it, so today I took that extra steamed veggies, made a quick small batch of mashed potatoes (not too runny, a bit drier is better) and mashed them all together, and put into the fridge to chill while I got my little guy cleaned up and ready for his next adventure.
A bit later, I came back to my concoction and thinly diced up some ham and cheese, added that to the batch and rolled out small toddler sized balls. I rolled these little guys in some bread crumbs and stuck it into the toaster oven for 15 mins at 350°.
I’m not kidding you, he ate them all!!! And of course, all by himself. Score!!! I’ll def be making these again and thought I’d share. 🙂
You could also dip the potato balls into a scrambled egg before rolling into bread crumbs, but my little guy might have an egg allergy so I shied away from that option.
First things first, I recruited some help because I think it’s uber important to include the kids with fun things like learning to cook. 🙂 Meet our son, Alex. He’s 9 and he’s such a sweet gentleman, an awesome big brother and an amazing special helper. Little Silar is in the background supervising as usual.
We got all the ingredients put together for this meal. I’ll list what we used since we made this batch in a smaller portion size than the original post:
2 ripe avocados (soft),
1 TBSP lemon juice,
2 cloves garlic,
1/3 cup oil,
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil,
1/2 TBSP Italian Seasoning
Salt to taste,
Grating of parmesan.
After we combined all the ingredients into the blender, I was starting to get real excited! I got the water boiling for the pasta and Alex pureed the ingredients.
During this process, I chopped up about a 1/2 cup onion and some more garlic and sauteed them on the skillet with some olive oil. We threw in some ground chicken and seasoned with adobo and let that cook. (I didn’t turn my chicken as often after I got the adobo mixed in well. I like my ground chicken chunky!)
Now here comes the fun part, SPIRALIZING the squash! You can easily use another veggie like zuchinni. I bought this veggie spiralizer from Amazon. Totally worth the cost, I use it all the time when I want to substitute veggies for pasta. You just stick the veggie onto the spikes and the blade and start spinning. Alex especially loved spiralizing the veggies.
Next thing you know, you’ve got a plate full of amazing healthy veggie noodles!
So after all this was done, our noodles were started since they don’t take too long to cook. Next, we threw some fresh spinach on top of the cooked ground chicken, then covered it and let it steam for a few minutes.
All we had left to do was to quickly sauté the veggie noodles, and combine the ingredients. I plated the veggie noodles separately since I am the main person who likes veggie noodles here in the house, but everything else I just tossed together in a big bowl and added the pureed avocado to and sprinkled some grated parmesan cheese on top.
And then, we got down to business!
I’m telling you, this meal was insanely good. Avocados are not only good for you but they are so yummy. Try this out and let me know how you like it!