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15 May

Healthy Options for Seedlings

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)


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


Breadless Egg 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.)



Chicken Tortilla Soup (Cut out the chips.)


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


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


Thai Beef Salad


Side Dishes/Snacks:

Deviled Eggs


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


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


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.)


Gluten-Free Caribbean Pork Roast with Cinnamon Apples


Chicken Stew or Coq Au Vin


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


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.)


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

    Moe wrote on May 15th, 2008
  2. 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 sure to cut up extra carrots sticks, celery, etc., as a “quick grab” item (either for storage in the fridge or right as I start dinner prep) for when the “seedling” shows up super-hungry while I am preparing dinner. Putting him to work in the kitchen hasn’t taken off yet (I’m still hopeful), but having something sitting there ready to eat (that won’t spoil his appetite) has been very useful. If it is already on the table or in the fridge, he often doesn’t even ask for anything or complain about hunger, he just helps himself and bides the time quietly until dinner. Peace to my ears.

    Anna wrote on May 15th, 2008
  3. Thanx for featuring my baked salmon photo!!! =)

    wEnDy wrote on May 15th, 2008
  4. 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! :-)

    DaveC - DaveGetsFit wrote on May 16th, 2008
  5. 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 ;)

    Naomi wrote on May 16th, 2008
  6. 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 in water, and a flavored olive oil with herbs in it to drizzle over top. I thought it was super fancy.

    Heather wrote on May 16th, 2008
  7. my toddler loves the baked omelettes from this month’s recipes-brocollli and all!

    Liz wrote on November 17th, 2009
  8. 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!!!

    lisa wrote on April 10th, 2010
  9. 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.

    Hope wrote on February 8th, 2012

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