I would like to start this entry by saying, I am sorry. I did say I was going to post in July but I failed that plan. I have no excuse. Anyway, I must move on.
The entirety of my July was full of big decisions and somewhat of an adventure for this mama. You see, I married a man four years my junior in 2014 and me being ahead, it is an obligation of his and mine to help our small family climb the ladder of success. To make a long story short, we have been in square one for a while. The big decision that led to us being together; Giving up my career to be with him. Sounds like a typical whirlwind romance story no? In reality I wanted to leave where I was because life felt lonely without him despite my career was blossoming.
Fast forward to this year 2017. With a toddler and three cats, I learned to take the days as they come. I have no income but I conquer with the allowance my husband provides. I can almost consider myself the Jackie Chan of SAHMs (Stay At Home Mom) because I make things work as I go. Like every other mamas out there, you feel me when you hear the saying : Whatever works. My child loves food as much as I do but her love for food is fueled by how it is prepared and seasoned. It isn’t exactly an innovation but I feel confident enough to mention it here and share my recipe. My child has been in love with vegetables for as long as she has been eating solids. Here it is, my child’s favorite meal: Beef Broccoli (Toddler friendly)
I know, I know, I know…It is based off a Chinese fast food take out. But one thing that makes this recipe different? I used ground beef. Because ground beef is so flexible and easy enough to chew for a toddler. The biggest plus of this? Simple and homemade.
Toddler Beef Broccoli
Serving: 2 Toddlers Cooking Time: 20 minutes
- Small non-stick skillet
- ¼ cup of ground beef
- ½ tbsp Butter (regular oil may also be used)
- ¼ cup carrots, roughly chopped (1/3 of a carrot roughly)
- ¼ tsp minced garlic (single clove approx.)
- 1/8 cup of minced onion
- 1 heaping cup of chopped broccoli (Frozen or fresh)
- 1 tbsp Soy sauce
- 1/8 tsp Parsley (Dried or fresh)
- Water (As needed)
Heat skillet to medium heat. Melt butter then place and loosen ground beef to brown for 2 to 6 minutes, depending.
When the beef is brown, make room in the skillet for the onions. Add onions and let it slightly brown and get translucent. Sprinkle the parsley and mix well.
Add the carrots and garlic and let it soften for about 3 to 5 minutes.
Add broccoli and about ¼ cup of water and soy sauce. Let it simmer uncovered until the broccoli can easily break apart with a spoon, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add more water if you want it to have sauce or if you find it dry.
Serve over warm rice or as is!
I have been making this for my daughter since we got the green light from her Pediatrician to eat table food. It is always a win for this mama. I get a simple pleasure just watching her eat vegetables. This recipe is simple, quick, easy, and toddler-friendly! And for those who are on WIC, this recipe should be easy for you. The rest of the ingredients are also affordable since it does not require so much. Lastly, for those who can afford organic ingredients, this recipe can be applied to organic and fresh ingredients as well!
See you all next post!