If you have a younger toddler, he or she has probably outgrown the mushy baby food stage, leaving a few jars of mashed carrots or squash taking up space on the shelves.
Or, you're like Candice2010, who continued to stock up on jarred baby food, even though her two boys, 13 months and 3 years, refused to eat it. She thought they'd come around, but they never did, so Candice began to mix it into their regular food.
If you've ever tried it, baby food is basically tasteless because it's devoid of much of the added salt and sugar we're accustomed to in adult food products.
"I use it in their scrambled eggs," Candice explains. "I omit the milk and add a jar of carrots or squash. You can barley taste the veggies, but it does turn the eggs orange. The funny thing is that now my sons think that scrambled eggs are supposed to be orange!"
Okay, so orange eggs may not sit well with your toddlers, but here's a less colorful idea:
"Instead of using mayonnaise in tuna salad sandwiches, I use about a tablespoon of plain yogurt mixed with a jar of some kind of veggie baby food. My kids don't notice it, and you can't taste it. Banana and peach baby food goes great in pancakes, oatmeal, and yogurt," Candice says. "All of the veggie baby foods go well in red pasta sauces."
Some processed baby food is fairly high in water content, so the food alone is not enough to sustain the nutritional needs of bean sprout toddlers. But using it to supplement regular food now and again is a good way to sneak in some vitamins and minerals.
Just check to make sure the jars haven't expired first, and watch the sodium and sugar content, too.
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