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May 15, 2008

Healthy Options for Seedlings

By Worker Bee

SeedlingsAs promised, we’re back with more on healthy ways to feed the seedlings. Depending on where you are on the desperation scale with your kids, some items will be options for tonight’s dinner and some may offer targets for future progress. In any case, here are few ideas for real life meals your kids will at least try.

We don’t sell this as the perfect MDA meal plan, hence the faint of heart warning in last week’s post. If your kids eat what Mark eats, more power to you! For the rest of us, here are some decent compromises that can keep the peace. They might just inspire the parental units of the house as well!

And we can’t help but add our bit of commentary to the veggie controversy floating around out there. We’re all for using familiar foods to get kids on the right track, but as for the latest surreptitious “trend” of hiding veggies in kid’s food? We have this to say about vegetables: love them, applaud them, and shamelessly flaunt them to your kids and rest of the world while you’re at it. It’s a much more sustainable approach, and (let’s face it) it’s also less work.

Don’t forget to check out our past MDA recipes for options that might pique your children’s interest! “Hey, Mikey, he likes it!”


Fruit and Cheese Plate (Good for light eaters)

Fruit and Cheese Plate

Omelet (Add nitrate/nitrite free ham or bacon, cheese and veggies of choice)


Breadless Egg Benedict

Breadless Eggs Benedict

Huevos Rancheros (Cut out the tortillas altogether if you can manage it. But, especially for those trying to wean kids off of toast or oatmeal, you can reduce the tortillas to one, and exchange the beans for more avocado and veggies.)

Huevos Rancheros


Chicken Tortilla Soup (Cut out the chips.)

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Cobb Salad (Bacon will get most kids to eat a lot of things. As always, make it nitrate/nitrite free.)

Cobb Salad

Fresh Spinach Salad (Add hardboiled egg, crumbled cauliflower, diced tomato, peas, bacon, pine nuts, parmesan, and basil pesto.)

Spinach Salad

Thai Beef Salad

Thai Beef Salad

Side Dishes/Snacks:

Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs

Waldorf Salad (Great as a side dish or as meal with a little turkey or chicken.)

Waldorf Salad

Apples with Almond Butter (Add a dash of honey for the truly tough customers.)

Apples and Almond Butter

Cottage Cheese with Berries

Cottage Cheese with Berries

Cut Veggies with Veggie-Loaded Cream Cheese Whip (Send a few select veggies like carrots and peppers as well as herbs like chive or parsley through the food processor until they’re a chunky “near-puree,” and add to whipped brick of cream cheese.)



Meatloaf (Skip the breadcrumbs and add some pureed veggies instead. Serve with veggie sides of choice including glazed carrots made with butter and ginger instead of brown sugar.)


Veggie-loaded Chili (You can increase the veggies over time.)

Veggie Chili

Gluten-Free Caribbean Pork Roast with Cinnamon Apples

Pork Roast

Chicken Stew or Coq Au Vin

Chicken Stew

Roasted Root Vegetable Salad (Substitute parsnips for white potatoes.)

Roasted Root Vegetables

Baked Salmon with Coconut Crust

Baked Salmon with Coconut Crust

Salad Adventure (See our previous Choose Your Own Salad Adventure post for ideas on setting up your own salad mini-bar.)

Salad Adventure

This is, thankfully, just the tip of the iceberg. We’d love to hear from you and learn what healthy foods (both familiar and unusual fare) you serve the seedlings in your life.

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11 Comments on "Healthy Options for Seedlings"


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8 years 5 months ago

Even though these recipes may be tailored for younglings they have my mouth watering. Great recipes, thanks!

8 years 5 months ago
Love the veggie bird photo, though I would never, ever, take the time to assemble something like that, cute as it is. I have one of those kids with a constant appetite on “go”. From day one, he has never suffered hunger well. If he is well-fed, he is happy. So that too-late-to-snack time while I am preparing dinner has been challenging at times. If he snacks on nuts, he fills up too much for dinner. Or he starts asking for really inappropriate pre-dinner things, like chocolate, which annoys me. What has been successful lately is I have been making… Read more »
8 years 5 months ago

Thanx for featuring my baked salmon photo!!! =)

DaveC - DaveGetsFit
8 years 5 months ago

Wow! Vindication! My post-workout snack at work everyday consist of attacking a Fuji with one of those apple wedge slicers and then smearing the pieces with Wild Oats Organic Almond Butter. People look at me like I’m nuts. Wait’ll they see this! 🙂

8 years 5 months ago

I’ve become totally addicted to the apple/almond butter combination.. Seriously, don’t even try it- you won’t be able to stop!
And Dave, just make people taste it. They’ll see(taste) the light and stop thinking you’re nuts 😉

8 years 5 months ago
DaveC, I can’t believe people think that an apple with almond butter is weird, it’s no different than apples & peanut butter. Which I thought everyone had eaten at some point in their childhood. I do the same thing with cashew butter, it’s so yum! Thanks for the great suggestions in this post. I don’t have kids, but they’re good ideas for everyone. I would also add sliced tomatoes with mozzarella & basil, I devoured that stuff when I was little. My mom would pick fresh tomatoes & basil from the garden, and she used the good mozzarella that comes… Read more »

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6 years 11 months ago

my toddler loves the baked omelettes from this month’s recipes-brocollli and all!

6 years 6 months ago

We do “crunchy apples”. apple slices with almond butter, dusted with ground flax. I’m wondering if I could try dustings of other paleo things!
The rest of this, my kids won’t eat!!!

4 years 8 months ago

We have 3 boys and 1 girl, and we homeschool so we eat all meals at home.We do hardboiled eggs A LOT. We try to be dairy free. We eat kipper snacks, boneless skinless sardines, canned tuna, and canned salmon. Apples, carrots, bananas and peanut butter (I know pb not primal) also almond butter and celery. Bananas not for me but are a “treat” to the kids. We use lettuce as our sandwich wrap.

6 months 9 days ago

Thanks for sharing it…. i realy liked it… Always success.. Best regards, Supriadi