Thursday, August 5, 2010

Family Food

Evelyn eating table food leads to new challenges.  Now, when making meals I need to think about saving food for her.  This was surprisingly easy with my first attempt: Fiesta Potatoes!

For those of you who haven’t had Fiesta Potatoes, basically, it’s nachos but instead of chips you use a baked potato.

So to start dinner, I brown beef and bake potatoes.

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IMG_1940Once the beef is browned, I set aside some of it in a small container for Evelyn.  There is enough for 2 or 3 meals for her.

I made sure to pull the meat out before I season it, as Evelyn does not quite need to eat taco seasoning just yet.  I also use lean ground beef (97/3).


Meanwhile, Evelyn has music playtime on the kitchen floor by using a spoon to drum on pots, pans, and lids. The bottom cabinets all have plastic or metal items so that she can pull out and play with them.  I normally will pull out one thing for her to experiment with.  I sing all the time with her, so she makes music and dances while we sing songs about cooking!

Back to the meal -

I pull out all of the add on items we will use on our potatoes tonight. IMG_1938

Evelyn can eat cheese, but should probably hold off on jalapeños and salsa (for at least a little bit).

So now, I make my Fiesta Potato, and Evelyn’s Fiesta Potato.


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Evelyn mixed her foods up as she ate them, but enjoyed her meal thoroughly.  The day care has tons of fresh fruits and veggies during the day, so I’m ok that she doesn’t have a “real vegetable” tonight.  If she needed one, I would have probably added black beans and corn since it works well with the meal too!


  1. We make those too! We call them Taco Potatoes! :) Yummy! Mexican food is always quick, easy, and tastes even better with fresh veggies and salsa!

  2. :) I think this is what we're gonna have to do with Bella. She still refuses to eat anything with a mushy texture. Time to share the food!