How to Cook Healthy Recipes for Toddlers

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Make these toddler-friendly recipes that are delicious and healthy.

Step 1: Make a BLT hamburger
Make a BLT turkey burgers. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Mix 1 tablespoon mustard, 1/4 cup ketchup, and 1/4 cup light mayonnaise in a small bowl and set aside. Form 1 1/4 pounds of ground turkey into four 3/4-inch burgers. Wrap each burger with two slices of turkey bacon.

Step 2: Grill and serve
Grill until cooked through, about 6 minutes on each side. During the last 2 minutes of cooking, toast the buns on the grill. Put the burger on the bun, drizzle with mustard sauce, and top with tomato, onion and lettuce.

Tip
Make mini burgers for a kid-sized meal.

Step 3: Make fruit salad with couscous
Make fruit salad with couscous. Whisk 1 tablespoon vinegar, 2 teaspoons of finely-chopped shallots, 2 tablespoons orange juice, 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Fold in 1 cup blueberries and raspberries, 1 cup chopped nectarines, 2 tablespoons chopped almonds, and 2 cups whole-wheat couscous. Kids will love it for lunch or as a side dish.

Step 4: Make healthy chicken fingers
Make healthy chicken fingers. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix 1 cup flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon baking powder in a shallow bowl. Beat an egg in another shallow bowl. Dredge 1 pound of chicken breast in flour, then in the egg, and back in the flour. Be sure to shake off excess flour.

Step 5: Bake for 15 minutes
Place on a baking sheet and lightly spray with cooking spray. Bake for 15 minutes, turn them over, spray, and bake for five more minutes. Make dipping sauce by combining the 1/4 cup spicy brown mustard and 1/4 cup honey in a small bowl. Dip and enjoy.

Did You Know?
A toddler should get between 1,000 and 1,400 calories a day, depending on size, activity level, and age.