as I'm hauled away in cuffs.
So, to keep myself sane, I've decided to get OCD about the things I can control, like what outfit he'll wear and what he'll eat during his first lunchtime without Mommy. Fortunately, Will isn't old enough to be heckled by his peers for his fancy lunch. The heckling comes much later when I try to move into his college dorm ;) Here is Will's Toddler Taster Menu Day One:
Toddler Taster Menu - Organic Baby Bento Box:
Cumin-dusted Sprouted Corn Tortillas with Refried Beans, Rice, Turkey, Cheese & Fig Puree
Roasted Fall Veggies
Butternut Squash Blossoms & Stars
Sweet Potato Dolphins, Cats
Melon-choly Mommy Hearts
Watermelon & Cantaloupe
Tiny Tot Tid-Bits
Banana-Mango Yogurt Dots
Gluten-Free Chocolate-Chip Cookie Bites
Today, I did a dry run to make sure my preparations and packing materials would hold up for a few hours of non-refrigeration. I had fun preparing tiny versions of some of Will's healthy favorites. Everything I made is really easy, just kicked up with a little whimsy (for Will, of course). I packed the food in a kiddie Bento Box (Yumbox), placed the box in his Lunch Cooler and surrounded it with some Cool Coolers Ice Packs. These coolers are so cute, shaped like sunglasses! They are also available in cars and penguins.
I let his lunchbox sit on the counter for four hours just to see how cold it would stay, and voila! The Cool Coolers worked (2 on the bottom, 2 on the top).
If you're the parent of a pint-sized person, stay tuned for the Kids page on my website. I'll be posting more Toddler Taster Menus as well as kid-friendly recipes and ideas for busy parents who want to keep it interesting and healthy.
I also welcome comments, recipes and ideas from you, which I will post. I KNOW there are Moms and Dads out there with great, creative ideas from which other parents can benefit.