Sometimes we take a break from meat.
by Mandy from Oklahoma
My son can be pretty picky at times, and I have noticed that there are times when he is just not interested in eating meat.
I totally get it, sometimes I get that way too. I feel like my body needs a break from the meat and is craving lighter foods. So during these times I like to offer my two-and-a-half-year-old hummus and veggie straws for lunch or a snack. He loves hummus, and I was so happy to discover this because I was worrying about his protein intake at times.
Other options I offer are green smoothies with almond or peanut butter for the protein. He loves smoothies, and I also find this to be a win-win because I can sneak some greens in there too without him noticing.
For a non-meat dinner option I have made pan fried tofu bites with rice and veggies. He has liked this in the past, but being the picky guy he is, it's not always a winner with him, but I try. For the tofu recipe, I just cut the tofu into small bite size squares, heat up a little oil in a skillet, and fry them up until they are crispy. I make some rice on the side, and after the tofu bites are nice and crispy, you can set those aside and stir fry some veggies in the same pan.
This blog was written by one of our guest bloggers, Mandy.
About Mandy. . .
My name is Mandy, I am a stay at home mom with two toddlers, a 2 year old named Finn and a 1 year old named Willow. I love to cook, write, sing, and go on adventures with my husband Isaac.
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