One of the questions I get asked all the time is ‘how do you do it all?‘ and the reality is, I don’t.
There’s a lot of prioritorizing, and accepting the fact that I can’t do it all. All I can do is my best, and work smarter*. Which means a lot of pre-preparing – and a lot of sharing across my network of mums.
Everyone knows the saying – it takes a village to raise a child – but it’s hard to know what that means in today’s modern world. A Toddler Food Exchange is just one idea, that I’ve done a few times with my mothers group and close friends – and its a really easy way to share the burden, working together to make all us of feel like we are acing mumlife.
It’s so much easier to make a huge batch of one thing – portion it all up and then swap with other mums. Everyone ends up with a freezer full of home made, delicious, healthy goodies – with plenty of different options to keep it interesting for fussy toddlers.
I’ve done it for finger food and snacks, think – veggie nuggets, corn fritters, meatballs, zucchini slice, pork bites, mini quiches, risotto balls, piklets, chicken fingers, savory muffins… So many different ideas!
So everyone meets up with their frozen portions and swaps – however many you bring – that’s how many you take away, so there’s no pressure. If you make a huge batch and bring along lots of portions, then you come home with lots of portions… If you only have time to make a few, you come away with a few portions but every little bit of help counts!
The microwave is then my ‘man on the ground’ – I whip out a frozen portion – pop it into the Breville microwave on the defrost setting, it’s preprogrammed for frozen food and within a few seconds it’s ready to go! Easy, healthy food in minutes.
If I’ve had a hectic day of work, I’ll admit to whipping out a food-swap portion, adding some steam veg, and having pretty instant toddler dinner ready to go. After all, there nothing worse than a HANGRY toddler at the end of a long day.
It’s a simple idea, that’ll not only make your life easier, but make you feel like you’re doing a great job. That’s a win-win situation if I ever heard of one.
Here’s an awesome toddler Finger Food recipe to get you started, this is one of my faves – partly because they’re really tasty, but mainly because they are just jam-packed full of veggies.
Baked Cauliflower Slice
1 large Cauliflower (grated)
1 Carrot (grated)
1 Zucchini (grated)
1 bunch Spring Onion (finely sliced)
250g grated Cheese (I buy the ‘pizza’ mix with Tasty, Mozzarella and Parmesan)
6 large Eggs
1/4 cup Milk
- Preheat the oven to 180•c
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and season with salt and pepper if desired.
- Spread onto a lined baking tray.
- Bake for 30minutes until golden brown and crispy around edges.
- Cut when cool (and portion into zip-lock freezer bags)
This post is thanks to Breville – who are huge supporters of working smarter, not harder. The Smart Touch is a seriously awesome microwave if you’re in the market. There’s plenty of sensor settings with plenty of settings – so it’s completely dad-proof).
*Footnote credit must also be given to my amazing husband who I would be lost without.