If your toddler is as picky as mine, you know it can be really hard to get them to actually eat AND enjoy their dinner. My daughter will eat fruits all day long, but nothing else really makes her just enjoy what she is eating mike fruits do. Until I found the following recipe: Moroccan Style Lamb & Chickpeas.
As I mentioned in a previous post, our dietitian stressed the importance of zinc and iron in a child’s diet who has as many dietary limitations as my daughter does and she thus recommended adding lamb to her diet. Well, my daughter does not really like meat… unless it’s bacon, or turkey in broth smothered in Tony Chachares. So I wanted to try something new with the lamb; something sweet.
This recipe is much different than anything I would normally cook for myself because it is a sweet type of meal, but sweet is what toddlers usually like, right? Not to mention, it’s packed with nutrition. It’s a complete meal (just add a grain, like rice). And it’s actually really easy to make.
So I tried it. The only differences were that I used:
Avocado oil instead of olive oil to add some extra fat
Sliced grapes instead of raisins (I was out of raisins)
Regular chicken broth instead of fat-free
And I cooked it a little longer at the end so the cilantro would cook down and not be a noticeable texture
Here is how mine looked:
After I made this dish mostly according to the recipe, I mixed in a little bit of white rice, and served it to my one and a half year old, and sure enough, she LOVED it! She ate this dinner like it was the best dinner she has ever had! Of course, I was gleaming at this point with utter excitement because this NEVER happens!
So, for those parents whose kids have food allergies–that have as hard a time trying to find good, enjoyable food for your little ones as I do; try this recipe! It’s easy to make, and I hope your child will enjoy it as much as mine did!
Thanks for visiting, and if you need more ideas on what to make for that sensitive little one, please check out my recipes and ideas tabs to the right. Thanks!