simple ways to cook with your toddler

Breakfast Fig and Nut “Cookies”

These oversized cookies are more like muffin tops, but calling them cookies makes them seem more fun. These healthy treats make a great breakfast or snack when they’re paired with a glass of milk. Unprocessed bran is usually found near the hot cereals in the grocery; if you can’t find it, substitute oat bran or crushed bran-flake cereal.
Let your toddler help by:
• Pouring the measured figs and cranberries into a bowl.
• Stirring the ingredients in Step 3 of the recipe.
• Pouring the measured almonds into the batter.

Maple-Almond Granola

It’s impossible to predict what your 2-year-old will want for breakfast each morning, which is why granola can be a great option. Serve it with yogurt or milk for breakfast, or take it along for a tasty snack on the go.
Let your toddler help by:
• Looking for and gathering the ingredients.
• Pouring the measured oats and almonds into a mixing bowl.
• Spooning the cooled granola into a storage container.

Black Bean Quesadillas with Warm Corn Salsa

Quesadillas are fun finger food and a great way to get your toddler to eat veggies. Offer him a small spoonful of the salsa—he might surprise you and like it!
Let your toddler help by:
• Helping rinse the beans in a colander.
• Placing the tortillas on the baking sheet.
• Sprinkling the cheese on the tortillas and bean mixture.