Spinach Cheese Dip with Roasted Carrot Sticks
As mentioned, Ansley has become obsessed with french fries. She has also learned the word "dip" and wants to dip her food into sauce (bbq, ranch, ketchup, salsa, etc.) if she sees us doing it. I thought this recipe might resemble sweet potato fries and dip enough to win her over.
Spinach cheese dip (modified from the "Cooking For Baby" cookbook)
1 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp flour
1.25 cups milk
1/2 cup cheese
It's a basic cheese sauce (makes enough for multiple servings, about 1.5 cups) which I figured isn't much worse then when she gets straight cheese as a snack, but has the pureed spinach added
Roasted carrot sticks
Halved baby carrots roasted in oven with olive oil and sea salt until desired mushiness
I thought this would be a hit because she actually likes roasted carrots. Instead, she just dipped the carrots into the sauce and sucked the cheese off. She repeated this until the carrot became too mushy and then discarded it to the side of her tray, starting again with a fresh one. I may try again with whole grain tortilla pieces instead of carrots. I was happy that she got some spinach from the deal, although it was pretty marginal.
1/2 cup of milk
3/4 cup of yogurt (I accidentally bought vanilla instead of plain so I'm sure it added to the sweetness)
Little over a cup frozen cherries
Handful of ice cubes
1 Tbsp ground flax seed
This was almost enough for the both of us. Ansley would have totally eaten the ingredients on their own too. She loves fruit and yogurt. The only problem is it's messy for her to feed herself and takes time for me to spoon feed her. She LOVED it in the smoothie and giggled with joy at every sip. I accidentally bought a sippy cup without the spill saver a few months ago, but have discovered it's perfect for thick drinks. Lately during breakfast Ansley will eat all of her fruit and leave whatever grain or protein is there. She drank all of this though, which definitely had some protein in it. I wish I could add a little more, but I'm pretty sure you can't give protein powder to a one year old. Maybe ground almonds or peanut butter? I'm going to be making this again so I can experiment. It was a yummy breakfast for Ans and me, especially now that the weather is getting warmer.