your baby is a few years too young for “ants on a log,” - she might not have the teeth for it, for one thing - but she also might be coming up on the age where she is starting to ask for a little more variety from her food, just to keep things interesting. The days are passing when she will be happy with a brownish-orangish-green mush when the rest of the family is munching on a plate full of bright colors and interesting new shapes. What your baby needs, at this point, is something in the middle.
It’s entirely possible that you already know how good of finger-food large, interestingly shaped noodles make for new self-feeders, and if the rest of the family is having spaghetti, there’s no reason for your baby not to join in on the fun. Just make some larger, easily grip-able noodles, like elbows, wagon wheels, or bow ties, and toss them in the spaghetti sauce the rest of the family is eating, as long as it’s fairly low in sodium. That way, your baby will be getting the same flavors as everyone else, but without quite the same opportunity for mess that a whole bowl-full of sauce would provide - she’ll probably only get her face coated bright red. Well, face and hands. Face, hands, clothes, and maybe a little bit of the floor. But that’s all. Probably.
You can add a little protein to the meal by sauteing a few teeny tiny meatballs out of ground beef or turkey to go with your baby’s pasta dish.
Who in the world doesn’t like pancakes? Well, besides your baby, maybe, but that’s just because she hasn’t had the chance to try them yet! And right now, when she hasn’t had the chance to try them with syrup yet, may be the only time you’ll be able to get away with giving her a relatively healthy version.
Combine dry and then wet ingredients, then cook the batter in quarter-sized cakes in a skillet over a medium heat.
Coconut rice tends to be a little stickier than regular rice, which means it’s easier to serve on your baby-sized silverware. Adding coconut milk to rice adds vitamin C, Iron, and a little calcium into what is still a deceptively bland-looking meal, if your baby happens to be in one of those phases. If she is longing for color instead, it’s easy to add a splash of bright orange by serving the rice with mango. It’s also a great way to start exposing your baby to different flavor palates which could make it easier to bring her on more daring adventures in eating out as she gets older.
Combine the ingredients in a saucepan, put them on a medium high heat, and stir until they come to a boil. When it’s boiling, turn the heat down to low, cover with a lid, and let simmer 20 to 30 minutes, until no more liquid is visible. Then leave the rice to stand for 10 minutes, and serve with mango if desired.