Quick & Healthy Toddler Meals: #1 Pan Seared Beef Tenderloin with Garlic Green Beans

Beef Tenderloin with Garlic Green Beans

A healthy toddler meal in under 15 minutes

Multiple times a week I am faced with trying to create a healthy meal for Faye in less than 15 minutes. Sadly, I’ve been hesitant to share because the limited time I have before a meltdown (from hunger, exhaustion, or a combo of both) occurs doesn’t allow for me to set up for a nice photo shoot.

After coming to my senses, I decided that a non-ideal photo was a ridiculous reason to not share these ideas and recipes with other time-crunched caregivers.

Last night’s dinner is a pretty good example of what Faye gets when I am cramped for time: a well seasoned protein and a flavorful vegetable. (I limit non-nutritious carb heavy foods like pasta and rice, and sugar in every form except whole fruit is never offered.) She sits right up against the table in a Stokke Tripp Trapp highchair, a dishtowel secured around her neck with one of these clips, and serves herself from main dishes.

This is the first recipe in the series, but I’ll try my best to load it up as often as possible. Please let me know if you find recipes like these to be helpful!

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Healthy Baby: Beef Tenderloin with Red Beets, Onions, and Ginger

Beef Tenderloin with Red Beets Onions Ginger

Not Your Average Baby Food: Beef Tenderloin with Red Beets, Onions, and Ginger

We’ve been doing baby led weaning since introducing solids at 7 months (although she wasn’t interested until 8 months). Although it was quite messy in the beginning and required a bath after almost every meal for the first few months, I’m glad it’s the route we chose. Now, at a little over 14 months, I can plop Faye into the Stokke Tripp Trapp, wrap a dish towel around her neck (yep, dish towels secured with a rubber band are my go-to because they catch way more bits, pieces, and juices than any bib I’ve ever come across), hand her a fork and spoon, and place her food and glass of water down on her silicone mat and she is good to go. With 12 teeth and a strong independent streak, Faye is one self sufficient little champion of an eater.

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Smoky Beef Chili with Winter Squash

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Smoky Beef Chili with Winter Squash topped with sour cream, cheddar cheese, and pickled red onions and jalapeno peppers.

Most people’s prep list for severe weather conditions consists of candles, batteries, blankets, canned goods and flashlights. My mind was on blizzard food. Really tasty blizzard food. That’s what my house needed.

My husband offered to head to the food store late Monday afternoon to grab some groceries before the blizzard hit. Even though my lists are thoroughly nerdy (I list the items in the order he will happen upon them in the store to cut down on shopping time), the poor man ended up being stuck in a line an hour deep. We both agree it was worth the pain after tasting this chili. Smoky, spicy, full of depth with just a touch of sweetness from the squash and garlic, this recipe will be at the forefront of my mind the next time I happen to be stuck in snow two feet deep.

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