Thursday, December 16, 2010

Baby Bento - Taco Angels

My husband and I wanted tacos, but Senorcito doesn't have a safe taco shell that we can buy pre-made. I decided to make something tortilla-esque for the little guy so he could have a meal like mom and dad. His tortillas are simply made of rice and water, cooked like pancakes in a pan. My mother-in-law makes authentic soft corn tortillas this way, so I may want to ask for some pointers when she's here for Christmas. They were very plain, but the boy loved his special "tacos" none the less.

This bento contains two meals:
  • Breakfast - Blueberry Bottom Rice Muffins, Clementine, Cherries
  • Lunch - "Angel" Rice Tortillas, Ground Beef w/ Avocado "Trees", Roasted Orange Bell Pepper, Cucumber, Romaine Lettuce

Monday, December 13, 2010

Baby Bento - Sweet Potato Men

We'll be eating at home again, as usual, but I recently came across some holiday themed mini cookie cutters and can't resist the urge to make cute little food shapes for Senorcito. They are just the perfect size for him right now. The boy loves just about every vegetable on this planet with the exception of broccoli. He just doesn't care for the texture. Every once in awhile I put some on his plate and he will try it ... It just doesn't stay in his mouth for long. Tomorrow, we are trying the dreaded veggie once again. Maybe one of these days, he'll eat it.

This bento contains two meals and one snack for my 18month old son ...
  • Breakfast - Banana Rice Pancakes, Red & Green Apple sticks
  • Lunch - Stacks of Sweet Potato Men (scraps under chicken), Broccoli, Roasted Chicken, Banana and Blueberries
  • Snack - Clementine and Rice Chex Cereal

ETA - Senorcito ate all of his broccoli! The trick was using a fork. He refused to touch it with his hands, but happily consumed the veggie pre-stabbed.

Baby Bento - Snowy Day

Yesterday, we got our first snow of the season followed by bitter winds and single digit temps. It was perfect soup weather. I haven't yet found a brand of bouillon or pre-made broth that I'm comfortable with for the very allergic Senorcito. I decided this was the ideal opportunity to discover how to make broth from scratch. Essentially, I just chopped an onion and some carrots and tossed it in a pot with water, garlic, salt, thyme, oregano, and parsley. Then I added rice noodles to cook and pre-cooked cubed chicken to re-heat. It turned out pretty well. Senorcito, along with my husband and I, happily ate it all.

Today's bento contains two meals plus an afternoon snack:
  • Breakfast - "Snowflake" Tapioca EnerG Bread (w/ a drizzle of olive oil, not shown), Grapes, and a Clementine.
  • Lunch - Chicken Noodle Soup w/ "Tree" Cucumbers, Okra
  • Snack - Enjoy Life Snickerdoodle Cookie, Apple Sticks

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Baby Bento - Acorn Squash and Quinoa

It's hard to believe it's already December! My son is already 18 months old! He's so curious and alert, we're looking forward to a fun holiday with him this year. I'm hoping Santa will bring me a new computer as this one seems to be in pain.

My son continues to eat just about everything we put in front of him. The challenge is still just finding a variety of foods that are safe for his allergy set. Since we are limited on grain choices, I was happy to find another way to make quinoa toddler friendly. I smash baked acorn squash with cooked quinoa and Senorcito will just scoop it up with his hands. Yes, it's messy, but what would toddlerhood be without a mess? He loves this stuff.
Baby Bento
  • Zucchini Hamburger

  • Baked Acorn Squash w/ Quinoa

  • Apple

  • Asparagus, Orange Bell Pepper, Zucchini, Yellow Squash

Also Posted at What's For Lunch Wednesday