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Toddler Food 18+ Month February 2012 Menu

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You have before you the second toddler food menu which is filled with some great recipes to make your breakfasts and lunches a little easier.  Some of my toddler’s favorites are the granola bars, the smoothies, and poptarts for breakfast.  For lunch mac-n-cheese and spaghetti are perennial favorites.  Of the snacks, my son Jaden’s personal favorite was the brownies which he calls “chocolate cake.”  Again, like the 12-18 month menu, I did not include dinner items because I assume that most families tend to prepare one meal for the whole family for dinner.  I hope your toddlers enjoy these recipes as much as mine did!

The Baby & Toddler Food menus are designed for you to make life feeding your baby/toddler homemade food a little easier. We are not pediatricians, please seek counsel from them on timing, allergies and food sensitivities. These menus are simply designed for ease of parents and not necessarily adhere to dietary guidelines. If you are new and not sure how to get started we have a wonderful series starting with 5 easy steps to get you on your way to once a month cooking. Good luck!

The links below are just so you can see which recipes are included in this month's menu. WE DO THE WORK FOR YOU! To see freezer instructions and adapt recipes to your family size see the DOCUMENTS below.

Mini Veggie Frittatas

Breakfasts

Lunches

Snacks

Update: This menu is now available in Menu Builder in addition to the Google Docs below!  As you can see we have a NEW way of getting and printing your monthly menu documents.  As part of that change, we have also changed the type/size of labels we use. The below labels in Menu Builder will print four to a page and line up with Avery 8168/5168 labels or equivalent.

Recipe Cards

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Grocery List

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Instructions

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Labels

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Pinterest:

Are you a person that likes to see the menus visually? Perhaps you should check out the Toddler Food 18+ Month February 2012 Toddler Food Menu via Pinterest to see the yummy goodness you will be cooking up on this menu. Not sure what Pinterest is all about, check out what Once A Month Mom has to say about it.

Facebook Fan Party:

OAMM Facebook Fan Page Party – February 12th 2012, 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm EST – We will be able to chat via video AND messaging during the event through FACEBOOK! How cool is that? We will be talking about the current month’s menus, answer your burning questions about freezer cooking and have fun getting to know one another. You can also see other past recordings from that tab as well. This is a great way to meet fellow Once A Month Mom’s or get your questions answered as you get started.

Instructions for viewing live-stream:

  • Go to the Once A Month Mom Facebook Fan Page.
  • Click on the “FB Fan Night” Tab on the left side margin.
  • Hit “view live recording” – If I am live streaming it will show you what is happening in progress. If I am not live streaming at the time, you will have the option to click through other videos that I have recorded in the past.
  • Enjoy!

Test Cooks

Each month we have some wonderful volunteers who “test” out the menu prior to publication. They do an amazing job of helping to eliminate confusion and mistakes. They may not catch everything but they sure do catch A LOT! If you are interested in test cooking, feel free to volunteer. Here is a little bit about this month’s test cooks:

  • Jennifer Jordan – I’m an RN married to an Air Force dentist living in San Antonio TX. I’ve taken some time off work to be at home with my 2 year old son. Since staying at home, I’ve turned to cooking and baking as my nap time hobbies and enjoy trying new recipes and new ingredients!
  • Kelli Sanders – I am wife, working mama to 4, and a quilter. School, sports, and church activities keep us very busy. High school sports and rec league sports keep us running during dinner time, so I am on the hunt for simplifying meal times. I love the ‘thaw, heat and eat’ approach… it gives me more time to spend with the kids, and more quilting time is never a bad thing! Happy MOM is the key to life, right!

Get Started

Are you new to Once A Month Mom or once a month cooking (oamc) in general? If so, you might want to spend a few minutes (or hours) on the Get Started Series. If you are in a real hurry to catch on we have written some simple steps for getting started. Welcome!

If this time frame doesn’t match up with your child, please check out our other baby and toddler food menus.

 

9 Responses to “Toddler Food 18+ Month February 2012 Menu”

  1. Cami says:

    Thank you so much for a menu for this age group! I have a 2 year old that can be picky. Everything on this menu looks perfect! I like to have her try things that are a little different. I don’t want her stuck on thinking the only acceptable meals are chicken nuggets, PB&Js, and cereal (which I give her more than I would like because I have a hard time coming up with different ideas for breakfast and lunch each day).

  2. Amber says:

    Are these portioned specifically for toddlers? If preparing for older kids or adults do you think it is best to double or triple the recipie per person? As a homeschooling mom of 4 I need more breakfasts and lunches than what is available with the other menus.

    • Tricia says:

      These are portioned for toddlers I believe. You can look at the first page of the printable recipe documents and it will give you figures for how much each recipe makes for 1 serving. As you add servings it will change the number to help you plan.

  3. Michelle says:

    Thank you so much for these menus! I have such a hard time thinking of things to cook for my daughter!

  4. Rachel Darnes says:

    This is awesome! I have been using your site for the last two months and been very happy. Browsing your site and found this! AMAZING!

    Thanks for all your do!

  5. Jaclyn says:

    Thanks so much for these! I’m halfway through the February menu, hoping my kiddo is as excited about these as I am. I’m struggling a bit with the meat dishes though- why would I want to freeze a bag of raw chicken sticks and then have to cook them all when I want to serve them? Wouldn’t it be easier to cook them before freezing so I only have to take a few out and reheat them? Or am I missing something? I’m having a similar issue with the spaghetti & meatballs idea. I would never cook up spaghetti for just my toddler- that would be a waste of energy and time consuming to boil noodles for just him for one lunch. Is there a way to prepare this meal ahead of time? Finally, I realized I froze my Chicken Pot Pie Bundles in the muffin tin (against your instructions) is there any way to get them out without destroying what I’ve created? They aren’t totally solid yet but are totally stuck. I tapped out about five, but the other 10 (I managed to make 15) aren’t budging. If I thaw them to pop them out will they have to remain thawed?
    thanks!

    • Tricia says:

      This is a lot of questions at once:
      1. Cooking Nuggets – you can cook them first and freeze them, that would work just fine. In this particular menu we made a decision to not so that it best fit with not having too many items that were baked on the cooking day. You could bake and freeze.
      2. Same, you can cook them before if you would like. You can also cook pasta up to al dente and freeze it in single servings, or put them together for freezing.
      3. You might try running warm water over the bottoms of the muffin tins to see if they break away from the sides a little better and will come out.

  6. Karen says:

    I am so thrilled to see this menu! In fact, it’s one of the main reasons I became a member. I just completed the free “mini” menu, and it was great! Since I have a 3-month-old and a 22-month-old, it’s hard (read: impossible!) to find 12 hours straight to have a cooking day. I was thinking I’d do all of the basic prep – chopping, browning, etc – on one day, then divide the rest of the steps up over two days. Is there anything on this menu that would be inappropriate for this kind of schedule?

    • Yolanda Albers says:

      Hi Karen,

      I’m so glad you liked the mini menu! They are great for getting your feet wet! Typically this process is done over two days; prep day (chopping, browning meat, etc) and cooking day. So you will definitely be fine:)

      Happy Cooking!

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