Sneaky Baking: How to Get Your Toddler to Eat Veggies

I’ve recently had trouble getting Austin to eat different veggies. I will usually resort to those veggie/fruit pouches to get him some vegetables in his diet. A little while ago I figured out that I can combine something he loves with something he isn’t too fond of. I made veggie quick bread! His love of carbs masked the fact that there was veggies in his snack. The first thing I made was butternut squash quick bread. It was SOOOOOO yummy. Unfortunately, I almost chopped off a finger in the process of making it. Whoops!

I give credit to Daily Garnish. I’ve been following her blog since Austin was born. Both our toddlers were born around the same time. She is a vegetarian chef/blogger. I get a lot of good ideas from her blog (parenting & food-wise).

Daily Garnish: http://www.dailygarnish.com/

Here is the link to the Butternut Squash Quick Bread recipe: http://www.dailygarnish.com/recipes?recipe_id=6038005

Today, while Austin and Justin were napping, I decided to put my ripe banana to good use. I decided to create a Banana Carrot Quick Bread. I looked up different quick bread recipes to see what was standard in them.

Here are the ingredients I used:

  • 3/4 C. vegetable oil
  • 1/4 C. honey
  • 1/2 C. brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 C. flour (sifted with a fork)
  • 1 C. whole wheat flour (sifted with a fork)
  • 1/2 C. oatmeal
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 + 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 C. mashed bananas (about 3 bananas)

I didn’t have 3 bananas, so I mashed 1 banana and squeezed in an apple and strawberry pouch.

  • 1 + 1/2 C. grated carrot (3 large)
  • 1/2 C. raisins

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease your muffin tins
2. Whisk together flour, oatmeal, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in medium mixing bowl; set aside.
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3. In a large mixing bowl whisk the oil, brown sugar, honey, eggs, and vanilla. Mix well.
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4. Add 1/4 of the flour mixture at a time and stir in – alternating with the banana and ending with the flour mixture. Scrap down sides and just mix until incorporated; don’t over mix.
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5. Add grated carrot and raisins. Fold into mixture until mixed throughout.
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6. Spoon into mini or regular sized muffin tins.
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7. Bake mini muffins 12 minutes and then check until a toothpick comes out clean. Regular muffins should take about 5 minutes longer. Ovens may vary the times a big. Just make sure to check your muffins. Cool for 15-20 minutes. Remove from pan and continue cooling on wire rack.
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I had my best judge taste the muffins. I think I got the toddler stamp of approval!
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Scrumptious!

Our New Adventure

BRAND NEW BLOG — Two Under Two is now finished. >>> and on to better things {A NEW BLOG!}
It was a lovely learning experience.
I realized that our family will be growing at some point and I want my blog title to stay current and applicable. I will still have similar posts as well as a few new* topics. Please follow along on this new journey with me as I take flight — all while LOVING my growing nest. XoXo

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Happy Birthday GiGi

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My grandma (Austin’s GiGi) is amazing and deserves the best. With our looming move and being so busy packing and getting ready, we decided to do a nice little get together at my house. initially, Justin and I wanted to have everyone over to go through our stuff and pick out what they wanted to take home. However, my brother and his girlfriend were out of town, my cousin and his girlfriend were working, and Justin’s brother and girlfriend were unavailable. So much for that idea. Haha.

Anyways, for her birthday I made these yummy Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes & a crafty frame idea I found on Pinterest.

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The recipe initially came from Brown Eyed Baker, but it required a couple tablespoons of Limóncello liqueur and I didn’t want to buy a whole bottle of that for just a couple tablespoons. Instead, I opted for blueberries since they were on sale for a dollar! I’ll post my recipe later (when we aren’t in the middle of a move). I used the blueberry juice as a substitute for Limoncello.

I learned a couple of things baking these cupcakes:

1.) Allow your muffins to cool COMPLETELY before frosting (I always get so impatient)

2.) I am NOT good at making smooth lemon curd (any suggestions would be greatly appreciated)

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I used the back of a frosting tip to pop holes out of the cupcakes and filled them with the lemon curd then covered them with frosting. Delish!

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4 candles because GiGi loves the number four and her age can be converted into a 4. GiGi wanted to celebrate Austin being 22 months as well, so we sang to Austin too.

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Here is the present that I made for GiGi. Austin likes coloring and the artwork behind her name was done while they were together. The picture of Austin is her current favorite. 🙂

Thanks Pinterest for providing me with yet ANOTHER gift idea.

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It was fairly simple to make. I just bought a pretty frame and cardstock from Michael’s. I used a craft knife to cut out the letters and placed various pieces of his artwork behind the cutouts. Easy Peezy!

Unfortunately, I also learned a few things while doing this craft:

1.) Always practice first on scratch paper to get your technique down.

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2.) Never turn your back on a toddler

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Apparently, face coloring is cooler than coloring on paper.

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& he took a break for some Tummy Time!

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I love you GiGi! Thanks for all that you do. We really appreciate you coming over everyday to watch the boys and make moving a lot less stressful. I don’t know what we would do without you. We will all be sad to be moving so far away from the amazing GiGi.

Cake Mix Peanut Butter Cookies

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So, apparently this method of baking isn’t quite new, but it was ALL over Pinterest recently. CAKE MIX cookies! This is the EASIEST cookie recipe ever (besides the premade dough you can buy at the grocery store).

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Simply follow the directions on the cake mix box and add 1 cup of peanut butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes and BOOM you’ve got cookies!

Cake Mix Peanut Butter Cookies

pbCOOKIES

So, apparently this method of baking isn’t quite new, but it was ALL over Pinterest recently. CAKE MIX cookies! This is the EASIEST cookie recipe ever (besides the premade dough you can buy at the grocery store).

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Simply follow the directions on the cake mix box and add 1 cup of peanut butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes and BOOM you’ve got cookies!