Toddler Meal: Peanut Noodles and Broccoli

Cynthia Dermody

noodles and broccoli in peanut sauceIf only toddlers would eat as well as babies! When kids are a year old, they can't wait to eat real people food and will test and devour everything. Then the toddler years hit and the finicky genes kick in.

07gradmom has three kids ages 15 months, 2, and 4 -- her littlest will eat anything, unlike the older two. Picky with a capital P. She was asking for kid-friendly meal suggestions in the Recipes group, and rkoloms answered with a really good one -- Noodles and Broccoli in Peanut Sauce. I know -- not for kids with allergies, but for them check out the long list of other toddler meals (many without nuts) in the links below ...

Noodles and Broccoli in Peanut Sauce

Prep time: 5 mins.

Cook time: 15 mins.

You'll need:

1/2 cup vegetable broth or water

1/4 cup chunky peanut butter (I use smooth)

1/4 cup soy sauce

3 tbsp. brown sugar (I use sucanat, or whatever I have)

2 tbsp. rice vinegar (I use apple cider vinegar)

2 tsp. grated peeled fresh ginger

2 tsp. chile paste with garlic (add this to taste, a little goes a long way)

4 garlic cloves, minced

8 ounces uncooked fettuccine

1 pound firm tofu, drained and cubed (or about 2 cups chopped broccoli)

1 cup (2-inch) sliced green onions

1 cup shredded carrot

Make it:

1. Combine the first eight ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat for five minutes or until smooth, stirring frequently (you can also do this in a glass bowl in the microwave, 10 or 15 seconds at a time).

2. Remove from heat. Cook pasta in boiling water eight minutes, omitting salt and fat. Add tofu, onions, and carrot; drain.

3. Place pasta mixture in a large bowl. Add peanut butter mixture; toss gently.

Tip: I usually leave out the tofu, though my spouse loves this with seitan. I use whole wheat angel hair pasta and steamed broccoli (usually frozen and heated in the microwave).

C'mon, don't make me come up with these toddler recipes all on my own. I want to know what YOU feed your toddler's for lunch and dinner. Send me a PM and share your recipes so I can feature them here!

Past Toddler Meals:

Savory Cheddar Bread

Whatever's-in-the-Fridge Smoothies

Israeli Couscous Salad

Oscar's Gross Green Popsicles

Turkey Burgers with Sneaky Veggies

Red Noodles from the Hillbilly Housewife

Confetti Potatoes

Mini Meatloaves

Alex Guarnaschelli's Homemade Granola

Happy Face Baked Pancakes

Yogurt Fruit Salad

Vegetarian Chili

Fruit Salsa With Cinnamon Crisps

Taco Cups

Sweet-and-Sour Chicken

Italian Goulash

Parmesan Risotto

Chicken Sausages

Easy Quesadillas

Barbecue Cups

Healthy Ketchup

Cinnamon Raisin Roll-Ups

Hot Dogs with Mashed Potatoes

Leftover Baby Food Idea

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