Curry Pasta Salad for Baby + Toddler (great for Baby-Led Weaning)

Bite sized pasta, broccoli, carrots and chickpeas get tossed in a tasty mild curry sauce that will delight any baby or toddler’s growing taste buds! This finger food salad is a fun way to introduce curry to baby. Perfect for baby-led weaning and the finger food stage!

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This Curry Pasta Salad for Baby + Toddler is so good that it is about to get completely gobbled up by your little one - one tiny piece at a time.

We toss bite size pieces of pasta, broccoli, carrots and cut chickpeas in a creamy and mild curry sauce that is made with yogurt, apple cider vinegar, a mild curry powder, turmeric, ginger and garlic.

It might seem exotic - curry! turmeric! ginger!

But when you mix those somewhat bold and exotic flavors with a mild and creamy yogurt, everything mellows out a bit. Don’t get me wrong, the earthy flavor of the curry is still there. But it is presented in a much more approachable way for baby’s growing taste buds.

The curry sauce has just the right amount of spiced up yumminess that your baby or toddler will love.

This finger food salad is going to bring a whole new level of worldliness to your baby or toddler’s weeknight dinner:)

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With this delicious dish, getting maximum nutrients into your baby or toddler during the finger food stage is easy!

Pasta - I used an organic shell pasta. But you can use whatever type of pasta your family likes best - whole wheat, rice, lentil, etc. Just make sure you are using small-medium sized shaped pasta, as spaghetti is seriously the hardest pasta for any baby and toddler to pick up and eat.

Broccoli - is great for improving eye, teeth, gums, bone and brain health!

Carrots - helps improve eye sight, eases digestion and boosts immunity

Chickpeas - great source of plant-based protein

Mild Curry Powder - protects heart health, improves bone health and has antibacterial activity

Turmeric - is a power spice that improves brain function, helps reduce inflammation and boosts skin health.

How to make Baby-Led Weaning Curry Pasta Salad -


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Curry Pasta Salad for Baby + Toddler (great for Baby-Led Weaning)

Curry Pasta Salad for Baby + Toddler

Age: 7 months and up
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4-6 servings
Storage: store in air-tight contain in the fridge for one week

For Pasta Salad
1 cup dry pasta (small to medium shaped pasta works best)
1/3 cup carrots, peeled and finely chopped
1/3 cup broccoli, finely chopped
1/3 cup chick peas, skins removed and cut in half

For Curry Dressing
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp agave nectar (optional)
1/2 tsp mild curry powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ginger powder (or 1/8 tsp freshly grated ginger)
pinch of pink Himalayan salt

Instructions
1. In a medium saucepan, cook pasta according to directions on package. When you have 2 minutes left on the timer, add in the chopped carrots, broccoli and chick peas and let cook for the remaining time. 
2. Drain pasta, carrots, broccoli and chick peas and let cool slightly. 
3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, add the yogurt, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, agave nectar (if using), curry, turmeric, garlic, ginger and salt and mix well.
4. Transfer the pasta, carrots, broccoli and chick peas to a medium bowl. 
5. Add in the curry dressing 1 tablespoon at a time until you have your desired sauce-to-pasta ratio. You will probably not use the entire batch of curry dressing. I used a little over 2 tablespoons in the recipe above. You can save the rest of the curry dressing. I love using my left over curry dressing as a dip for my kids alongside an assortment offresh or roasted veggies. 
6. Serve and enjoy. 

Other Fun Foods to Add to this Pasta Salad
1/2 cup chicken, cooked and chopped/shredded
1/4 cup celery, chopped
1/3 cup zucchini, chopped (cook in pasta water)
1/4 cup golden raisins, chopped (for toddlers)
2 tablespoons parsley, freshly chopped


 

Easy Watermelon Slush for Toddlers + Kids (refined sugar-free)

This 3-Ingredient Easy Watermelon Slush is naturally refined sugar-free and is the perfect cold and sweet treat for any toddler, kid or even adult this summer!

Easy Watermelon Slush for Toddlers + Kids (refined sugar-free)

If there is one thing that you still need to put on your summer bucket list - it's to make this Easy Watermelon Slush!

I know it's somewhat late in the game to be adding more to what is probably an already overpacked summer to-do list for your family, and by no means do I want to add anything to your already hectic summer life, but I promise this easy watermelon dessert is going to be worth the last-minute addition. 

A refreshingly cold and sweet treat that will hit the spot on any hot summer day. 

This Easy Watermelon Slush is made with only 3 ingredients - 

  • watermelon 
  • honey (you can also use maple syrup)
  • a lime

This Easy Watermelon Slush takes only a couple of minutes to get started - you combine watermelon, lime juice and honey in a blender before pouring the watermelon mixture into a baking dish. Then you simply place the baking dish into the freezer. 

Then comes the hard part.. waiting for it to freeze.

After the hard part comes the fun part.. scraping the new watermelon ice into slush with a fork.

There is something so satisfying about scraping the frozen ice into slush - I'm calling it my summer stress releaser. 

Easy Watermelon Slush for Toddlers + Kids (refined sugar-free)

This watermelon slush is also a great recipe to make alongside your kiddos. The kids can help blend, pour or scrap. There's lots of scraping to be done so everyone will get a turn. Just be warned that when I let me girls help with the scraping part, they tend to scrap, eat, scrap, eat and by the time they are done 'helping' the slush is about half way gone. But seriously, how can I get mad, they are certainly living their best summer lives. 

And lastly, I probably shouldn't be giving you any ideas on how to drink more during the summer months because I have a feeling that your Rosé game has been strong this summer. But my hubby poured a shot of vodka over the top of his bowl of watermelon slush and you bet I ate more then half of his slush when he wasn't looking. It was more amazing then I will ever have words for. 

From kid-friendly to adult-only this Easy Watermelon Slush is a must-make this summer!


Easy Watermelon Slush for Toddlers + Kids 

1/2 medium watermelon, peel removed and chopped (roughly 8 cups)
1/3 cup honey
1 lime, juiced

Instructions
1. Place the watermelon chunks, honey and lime juice in a blender and blend for 30 seconds on medium-high or until completely blended. 
2. Pour watermelon mixture into a 9x9 or 9x13 baking dish. Place in freezer for 1 hour. Take the baking dish out of the freezer and using a fork, scrape the frozen areas of the slush until broken apart. Continue scraping the slush with a fork every couple hours. The watermelon mixture needs to be frozen for a total 4-6 hours before serving. 
3. Before serving, scrape the frozen mixture again with a fork, spoon into bowls and enjoy. 

Age: 1 year and up
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Freeze Time: 4-6 hours
Servings: 10 servings
Storage: keep baking dish in freezer for up to 2 weeks


Easy Watermelon Slush for Toddlers + Kids (refined sugar-free)
 

Glitter Ice Pack for Toddlers + Kids

This easy-to-make Glitter Ice Pack for Toddlers + Kids are a fun way to soothe small owies, bumps and bruises from active kiddos. Made with 3 ingredients, that you most likely have on hand, this glittery ice pack will put a smile on any sad face. 

Glitter Ice Pack for Toddlers + Kids

I'm taking a quick break from food this week, because this glitter ice pack is blowing my girl's minds right now!

They don't even pretend anymore to be hurt when they reach into the freezer and pull out this amazingly glittery ice pack, they just love seeing and playing with it on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis. 

My father-in-law was out visiting us a couple of months ago and told me this easy ratio of water and rubbing alcohol he was using as an ice pack for an injury he was healing from. 

My girls are very active, and often klutzes, so they are always needing an ice pack to help ease the pain of minor bumps they get from playing. I find that we also use ice packs to help ease emotional owies as well. So when my father-in-law told me about this easy and practically FREE ice pack recipe, I jumped at making a couple packs for my girls. 

But then I had to go and add glitter to the recipe ✨

Glitter - the magical ingredient to make any kid art or craft project a total winner
Glitter - the magical ingredient that makes slime even more fun, if that is even possible
Glitter - the magical ingredient that once is in your house, will never leave
Glitter - the magical ingredient that will turn any sad face into a happy face in the matter of seconds

Glitter can sometimes be so painful to work with (why doesn't it ever come off of anything??), but in this case, I am 100% sold on using it. Glitter is what takes these ice packs from boring to pretty much the happiest things on the planet. 

Besides being amazing to look at, I love these ice packs because

  • they are reusable
  • they are pliable and can easily bend to your kids leg, arm, tummy, etc
  • they are not clumpy like ice cubes, they lay flat on the body
  • are cold but not too cold where they burn the skin
  • they have glitter and make even the saddest face happy again 

And pro-tip, these ice packs are a great thing to pop into a cooler to both keep your food cool and also to use in case your kiddo gets a bump on your next outing. 

I promise you these Glitter Ice Packs are going to blow your kid's minds as well!


Glitter Ice Pack for Toddlers + Kids

1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
1 1/2 cups water
1-2 tablespoons glitter (any color or shape will work)
1 quart size ziplock baggie

Instructions
1. Place all of the ingredient into the ziplock bag, shake until everything is mixed. Place flat in freezer for at least 3 hours or until frozen. 
2. You can reuse the ice pack over and over again. I find they work best if they are laying flat when freezing. 

Different Size Packs - you can use any size of ziplock bag you want, just follow a 1 part rubbing alcohol to 3 parts water ratio and you will be good. 


Glitter Ice Pack for Toddlers + Kids
 

Strawberry Lemonade Slushies for Toddlers + Kids (refined sugar-free)

These Strawberry Lemonade Slushies for Toddlers + Kids are a refreshing summer drink that the entire family will enjoy! Made with 5 simple ingredients - lemons, strawberries, honey, ice and water, these slushies will become your new favorite summer drink. 

These Strawberry Lemonade Slushies for Toddlers + Kids are a refreshing summer drink that the entire family will enjoy! Made with 5 simple ingredients - lemons, strawberries, honey, ice and water, these slushies will become your new favorite summer drink. #slushie #summer #kids #toddlers #healthykids #drinks

These strawberry lemonade slushies are winning at life right now 🍓🍋👊🏼

Filled with just enough natural sweetness to equal out the tartness of the freshly squeezed lemons, these slushies are refreshingly addicting on a hot summer day  And because we are only using natural sugar and real ingredients (no refined sugar or fake dyes here) in these slushies, there will be no #momguilt 🙅🏻 for how many cups your kiddos (and you) will drink. 

They Strawberry Lemonade Slushies are made with 5 simple ingredients -

  • Lemons
  • Strawberries
  • Honey or Maple Syrup
  • Ice
  • Water
Strawberry Lemonade Slushies for Toddler + Kids (refined sugar-free)

Because these slushies are so easy to make, I have been making them at least once a day for my crew. I can't tell you how many bags of lemons I have bought from Costco over the past few weeks 🙈. 

I make a batch of these slushies for when we hang out in the backyard and let the kids play in the sprinkler
I make a batch of these slushies, pour it into a  portable container and take it along with us to the pool, park, splash pad, movie at the park, etc, along with some extra cups for all our friends to have some
I make a batch of these slushies, serve some to the kids, add some Rum into the rest, blend it up again and serve the spiked version to the adults
I make a batch of these slushies, pack an easy picnic and head to our nearest park for a fun summer dinner alfresco style

Wait, did you catch the third one up there 👆🏼? I highly encourage you to serve some of the slushie to your kids and then add a generous pour of your favorite hard alcohol (Rum, Vodka, Gin, Tequila.. you know, whatever you have on hand will work after a long day with the kids), blend it up again and serve it to the adults. Just make sure to serve the spiked slushies in a different style cup than what the kiddos are drinking out of. Just saying. 

Anywhere and anyway you serve these Strawberry Lemonade Slushies, your kiddos (and you) will be in for an amazingly refreshing summer treat!


Strawberry Lemonade Slushies for Toddles + Kids

4-5 lemons, juiced
6 strawberries, greens removed
1/3 cup of honey or maple syrup (or to taste)
6-7 cups of ice
2-3 cups of water, sparking or plain

Instructions
1. Start by adding the juice of 4 lemons along with the rest of the ingredients to a blender and blend on high for 1 minute (you can also use the smoothie setting on your blender if you have one) or until you have the right slushy consistency. You may need adjust the ice vs water ratio to get the perfect thickness of slushy for your family. I used 7 cups of ice and 2 cups of sparkling water in my recipe above. You may also need to add the juice of one more lemon depending on how juicy and tart your lemons are. I made the above batch with 5 lemons but with other batches I used the juice of 4 lemons and that was plenty for us. 
2. Serve and enjoy! If your slushy gets too watery, just add some more ice and blend it up again. 

Age: 1 year and up
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Servings: 8 large servings
Storage: can store in fridge for 2-3 hours