Valentine's Day School Lunch (can be made GF, DF + NF)

This Valentine’s Day School Lunch is a fun and healthy way to help your kid celebrate the holiday of love❤️! This lunch can easily be made gluten, dairy and nut free!

Valentine's Day School Lunch (can be made GF, DF + NF)

There is nothing like spreading a little love during Valentine’s Day ♥️

One of the ways I love to share my love, is through food - delicious and healthy food!

And that means, I get up extra early and make my girls a special school lunch on Valentine’s Day (I completely acknowledge that I am that type of crazy mom, but I’m just rolling with it:).

I try to make these lunches as healthy as I can, because somewhere between when I was in elementary school and now (if you asked my girls that would be a 1 million years ago), Valentine’s Day has now become the new Halloween - soooooooo much candy!

For this lunch, I packed it full of healthy fruits, veggies, complex carbs and some protein to keep my girls full and satisfied for their afternoon Valentine’s Day parties. I’m hoping the naturally sweet fruit will curb their desire to eat too many cupcakes, cookies and candy during their parties, but I have a feeling they will eat those as well. Oh well, there is only so much I can control in life.. school parties is just not one of those things.

Hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day full of love, happiness and chocolate!

REASON I LOVE THIS VALENTINE’S DAY SCHOOL LUNCH -

  • it’s filled with healthy and wholesome foods that also happen to be yummy

  • it is nut-free

  • it can easily be made into a gluten or dairy-free lunch

  • is filled with love and will make your little one smile

  • can be made in 10 minutes

Valentine's Day School Lunch (can be made GF, DF + NF)

Heart Shaped Pizza - I made this pizza by cutting out a heart shape (with a cookie cutter from this set) out of gluten-free pita bread. You can use any pita bread or flatbread you prefer. I then topped it with tomato sauce and cheese (using dairy-free cheese for Parker who is DF) and then topping with organic pepperoni that I cut out in small heart shapes (from this cutter). I then baked the pizza in a 425F oven for 8-10 minutes before cooling completely on a cutting board and then placing in the bento box.

Heart Strawberries + Raspberries - I lined the bottom of the container with raspberries and then cut 2 strawberries into heart shapes before laying them on top of the raspberries.

Heart Melons - I used the same heart shaped cutter that I used on the pepperoni on a variety of melon - honeydew, cantaloupe and watermelon. I bought a variety pack of pre-cut melon at the grocery store and then just cut the melon into 1/4” thick slices before cutting them up with a heart shaped cutter.

Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers - I chopped the stems off of mini red sweet peppers and then spooned some whipped cream cheese inside. I used dairy-free cream cheese for Parker’s lunch.

Dye-Free Gummy - For the treat section - I used a dye-free red gummy, but you can use whatever candy or small treat you like. A little Valentine card would be cute as well.


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Easy Chocolate Fondue for Toddlers + Kids (Dairy-Free)

This Easy Chocolate Fondue for Toddlers + Kids is a healthy dessert that the entire family will enjoy! This fun fondue (or ‘fun-due’ as I like to call it;) is made with only 3-ingreidents and is dairy and gluten-free!

Easy Chocolate Fondue for Toddler + Kids (Dairy-Free)

This easy dessert is a staple in our house!

Mostly because it ✔️’s all of my kid-friendly dessert boxes -

✔️it’s easy to make (less then 5 minutes from recipe to table)
✔️I always have the ingredients on hand to make this recipe
✔️low in sugar, but high in taste
✔️you can always find plenty of fun dippers in your pantry or fridge
✔️it’s warm chocolate.. so obviously that’s a win in my book
✔️it always blows my kids minds when I serve this.. melted chocolate.. can use hands to eat.. must lick plate right now

The first time I made this dessert, was on a whim.

After having a healthy salad for dinner, I needed chocolate in my life - STAT!

I reached for my normal sad handful of chocolate chips for dessert, but they just weren’t going to cut it.

I wanted something decadent but made in approximately zero seconds.

So I poured the chocolate chips into a small saucepan added a small spoonful of coconut oil and a pinch of cinnamon and let it melt away. Then I rummaged around the fridge and pantry for some healthy and fun dipping materials before calling my family back to the dinner table.

Our lives were about to be changed forever!

A little dramatic, I know. But we are talking about chocolate here!

This beyond-easy fondue blew our minds that night! There was no going back. Once we knew this chocolate fondue served with cut strawberries, sliced bananas, graham crackers and orange segments was an on the table, there really wasn’t any other dessert options for us.. certainly not a handful of sad little chocolate chips.

I kid you not, I probably make this dessert at least once a week, mostly because I want all-the-melted chocolate in my life:). I mix up the dippers depending on what I have on hand and what my girls request.

So yes, you can serve this fondue for dessert at your next date night, Valentine’s day dinner or special meal with the kiddos. Or you can just serve it on a random Tuesday because you deserve this easy and delicious dessert every night of the week.

Chocolate "Fun-due" for Toddler + Kids

Reasons to Love This Easy Chocolate Fondue for Toddler + Kids:

  • easy to make - can be made in under 5 minutes

  • dairy-free

  • gluten-free (if using gluten-free dippers)

  • family favorite

  • fun and interactive for kids of all ages

  • can be served with any dippers you have on hand - fruit, crackers, pretzels, marshmallows, etc



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Easy Chocolate Fondue for Toddler + Kids (Dairy-Free)

This Easy Chocolate Fondue for Toddler + Kids is a healthy dessert the entire family will enjoy! This easy fondue is made with only 3-ingreidents and is dairy and gluten-free!

prep time: 1 minscook time: 3 minstotal time: 4 mins

ingredients:

  • 1 cup chocolate chips 
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1/8 teaspoon pink salt (optional)
  • Dippers - strawberries, pineapple chunks, kiwi, apples, pears, mango, marshmallows, graham crackers, pretzels, etc
  • **this is our favorite brand of Diary-Free chocolate chips

instructions

Stovetop Method
  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil together, stirring the entire time. I have never had a problem with the enjoy life brand of chocolate chips clumping or getting weird by not using the double boiler method, but if you are more comfortable doing it that way, then please do so. 
  2. Add in the cinnamon and salt and stir together. 
  3. Pour fondue into small bowls and serve with dippers of your choice. 
Microwave Method
  1. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, add in all of the ingredients and heat in 30 seconds increments until melted, stirring between times.
  2. Pour fondue into small bowls and serve with dippers of your choice.
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Easy Chocolate Fondue for Toddler + Kids (Dairy-Free)
 
Easy Chocolate Fondue for Toddler + Kids (Dairy-Free)
 

12 Vegetable Only Baby Food Purees

These 12 Vegetable Only Baby Food Purees are a great way to introduce baby to the delicious flavors of vegetables from the very first bite!

12 Vegetable Only Baby Food Purees

These homemade vegetable ONLY baby food purees are going to rock your little one’s world!

Don’t let vegetable only purees scare you (or your baby) off, these purees are beyond delicious and so easy to eat.

When just starting to feed baby, you can serve these vegetable only purees by themselves or along with your favorite baby cereal (this and this one are my favorite homemade baby cereal recipes).

These 12 Vegetable Only Purees are:

  • Creamy

  • Delicious

  • Cooked in a way to enhance the veggies natural flavor

  • Have added spices and herbs to compliment the vegetables flavor

  • Nutrient dense

  • Taste-tested and approved by my own kiddos

These purees are easy to make, freeze and defrost! But if you need more information on these topics then check this post - The Ultimate Guide on How to Make and Serve Homemade Baby Food.



New to making baby purees? Then check of my guide on which kitchen tools you actually are going to need. Hint, it's not many!

 

Sweet Potato Baby Puree - 3 Delicious Ways

Sweet Potato Baby Puree - 3 Delicious Ways! By using sweet potatoes as the base ingredient, you can easily add in a couple of other simple ingredients to the sweet potatoes to get 3 different homemade purees for baby.

Sweet Potato Baby Puree - 3 Delicious Ways

A few months ago, I did an Apple Baby Puree - 3 Delicious Ways post, and you guys love it!

So I finally got around to doing another version of that popular post - this time I’m bringing on the Sweet Potatoes!

Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite vegetables to make into scrumptious purees for baby.

My reasons are simple -

  • Sweet potatoes are a nutrient dense root vegetable

  • Sweet potatoes always blend into a super creamy and smooth puree

  • Sweet potatoes are tasty enough to hold their own yet they are flexible enough to be able to play well with other fruits and vegetables so you can make countless combination purees with them

  • Sweet potatoes are cheap and easy to find at almost any grocery store

Sweet potatoes are loaded with important nutrients to help baby thrive - fiber, manganese, calcium, iron and vitamin A and C which help boost brain function, vision health and helps develop a strong immunity.

Below you will find 3 of my all-time favorite sweet potato purees for baby!

You can make each of these baby purees in roughly 15 minutes and if you make them all, you will have over 60 ounces of delicious baby purees to last you through the month.

Feeling overwhelmed - If you are just starting out on your baby food making journey, here is The Ultimate Guide on How to Make and Serve Homemade Baby Food to help you get started. 

 
Yield: roughly 16 ounces

Sweet Potato + Banana and Cinnamon Baby Food Puree

prep time: 2 minscook time: 15 minstotal time: 17 mins

ingredients:

  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring 2 inches of water to a boil. In a steamer basket, add in the sweet potato cubes, place basket over boiling water and cover. Steam for 12-15 minutes or until all ingredients are tender when pricked with a fork. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Reserve steamer water. 
  2. Transfer the sweet potatoes to a blender or food processor and add in the banana and cinnamon. Add in 1/4 cup liquid (steamer water, breast milk, formula, stock or water). 
  3. Puree all of the ingredient at high speed for 1-2 minutes or until you reach your desired consistency. Add in additional liquid in 1/4 cup increments if puree is too thick. I had to add in 1/2 cup of reserved steamer water to the puree pictured above.

NOTES:

Age: 6 months and up
Storage: store in an air-tight container in fridge for 4 days or in freezer for 3 months
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Yield: roughly 26 ounces

Sweet Potato + White Beans and Beets Baby Food Puree

prep time: 5 minscook time: 15 minstotal time: 20 mins

ingredients:

  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 medium red beet, peeled and chopped
  • 3/4 cup white beans

instructions

  1.  In a medium saucepan, bring 2 inches of water to a boil. In a steamer basket, add in the sweet potato, beet and beans, place basket over boiling water and cover. Steam for 12-15 minutes or until all ingredients are tender when pricked with a fork. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Reserve steamer water. 
  2. Transfer all ingredients to a blender or food processor. Add in 1/4 cup liquid (steamer water, breast milk, formula, stock or water). 
  3. Puree all of the ingredient at high speed for 1-2 minutes or until you reach your desired consistency. Add in additional liquid in 1/4 cup increments if puree is too thick. I had to add in 1/2 cup of reserved steamer water to the puree pictured above.

NOTES:

Age: 6 months and up
Storage: store in an air-tight container in fridge for 4 days or in freezer for 3 months
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Yield: roughly 28 ounces

Sweet Potato + Carrots + Cauliflower with Chia Seeds Baby Food Puree

prep time: 5 minscook time: 15 minstotal time: 20 mins

ingredients:

  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1/4 teaspoon chia seeds

instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring 2 inches of water to a boil. In a steamer basket, add in the sweet potato, carrot and cauliflower, place basket over boiling water and cover. Steam for 12-15 minutes or until all ingredients are tender when pricked with a fork. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Reserve steamer water. 
  2. Transfer the sweet potatoes, carrots and cauliflower to a blender or food processor and add in the chia seeds. Add in 1/2 cup liquid (steamer water, breast milk, formula, stock or water). 
  3. Puree all of the ingredient at high speed for 1-2 minutes or until you reach your desired consistency. Add in additional liquid in 1/4 cup increments if puree is too thick. I had to add in 1 cup of reserved steamer water to the puree pictured above.

NOTES:

Age: 6 months and up
Storage: store in an air-tight container in fridge for 4 days or in freezer for 3 months
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New to making purees? Then check of my guide on which kitchen tools you actually are going to need. Hint, it's not many!

 

Healthy Gingerbread Waffles for Baby + Toddler

Healthy Gingerbread Waffles - made with white whole wheat flour, coconut oil, iron filled molasses and ground ginger are a perfect way to introduce the rich, comforting and festive flavor of gingerbread to baby and toddler.

These healthy gingerbread waffles are the perfect way to introduce the rich, comforting and festive flavor of gingerbread to baby and toddler. Dairy free, sugar free, and gluten free-friendly, these healthy waffles are the perfect seasonal breakfast to share with the entire family. Kid, toddler, and baby led weaning friendly too! #gingerbread #breakfast

These gingerbread waffles are going to make your little one’s Christmas morning!

Okay, you’re right.. that’s totally not true.

Playing with the boxes from the presents they just opened is what is going to make their morning;)

So let me rephrase, these gingerbread waffles are going to make your little one’s Christmas morning brunch!

As you can imagine, I usually do it up for Christmas brunch - mimosas, bloody mary’s, baked eggs, gluten-free cinnamon rolls, bacon, fruit salad, roasted potatoes and a waffle bar.

These waffles are SOOOO good that they totally made the cut - they will be part of my Christmas brunch table this year! Served with coconut whipped cream and chopped pears, of course.

Light, fluffy and filled with just enough gingerbread spice to make them a celebration in your mouth.

Perfect for 9 months - 100 years! These waffles are great for the entire crowd.

Here’s to a yummy and festive holiday season!

Healthy Gingerbread Waffles for Baby + Toddler

Reasons to Love These Healthy Gingerbread Waffles:

  • Has the perfect amount of gingerbread spices for babies - adults to enjoy

  • Can be made with White Whole Wheat or Gluten-Free Flour (both taste delicious)

  • Dairy-Free - can be made with any type of milk - cow, almond, coconut, hemp, etc

  • Nut-Free (perfect to send to preschool as a snack or in a school lunch)

  • Nutrient dense

  • Perfect for all ages 9 months and up

  • Freezer-Friendly for those crazy busy mornings

  • Filled with iron from the molasses

Ways to Serve these Healthy Gingerbread Waffles:

  • drizzled with a little maple syrup and sprinkled with hemp seeds

  • topped with raspberries. strawberries, pear chunks and a drizzle of honey

  • spread with cream cheese and your favorite jam and made into a sandwich

  • topped with coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon

  • dusted with powdered sugar

  • cut into strips and served with a small bowl of yogurt to dip them in



HOW TO MAKE GINGERBREAD WAFFLES FOR BABY + TODDLERS


These healthy gingerbread waffles are the perfect way to introduce the rich, comforting and festive flavor of gingerbread to baby and toddler. Dairy free, sugar free, and gluten free-friendly, these healthy waffles are the perfect seasonal breakfast to share with the entire family. Kid, toddler, and baby led weaning friendly too! #gingerbread #breakfast

Healthy Gingerbread Waffles for Baby + Toddler

Age: 9 months and up
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6-8 servings
Storage: store in air-tight contain in the fridge for one week or freezer for 2 months

2 cups white whole wheat flour (for gluten-free, see notes)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
3 tablespoons Blackstrap Molasses
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 cups milk of choice (cows, almond, coconut, hemp, etc)

Instructions
1. Heat a waffle iron on medium.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, coconut oil, molasses, maple syrup, vanilla and 1 cup of milk.
4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth. If your batter is too thick, add more milk in 1/4 cup increments until batter resembles cake batter. I have found that the gluten-free flour needs more milk then the white whole wheat flour.
5. Pour 1/4 cup of waffle batter onto each waffle mold and cook according to your waffle irons directions.
6. Let cool slightly and serve.

To make Gluten-Free - use a one-for-one gluten free mix, this is our favorite brand.

Freeze and Reheat - you can absolutely freeze any leftovers waffles. To reheat simply pop a frozen waffle into the toaster or toaster oven and toast until warm.


 

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These healthy gingerbread waffles are the perfect way to introduce the rich, comforting and festive flavor of gingerbread to baby and toddler. Dairy free, sugar free, and gluten free-friendly, these healthy waffles are the perfect seasonal breakfast to share with the entire family. Kid, toddler, and baby led weaning friendly too! #gingerbread #breakfast