BLW Toast Ideas
I recently bought the cutest set of cookie cutters on Amazon (and for only $6.99!) and have used them to make even cuter meals for Sloane. Although I can definitely use these for vegetables, fruit, or meat (they come in a variety of sizes) my first attempts have been various forms of toast. The bread is really easy to cut before it is toasted and it is always a great vehicle for whatever other food I want Sloane to eat. As an added bonus, all of the meals besides #1 took five minutes or less. You can follow us on Instagram for more - we post meal ideas in our stories daily. Here are some toast ideas featuring my new shape techniques!
1. Toast with Organic Skyr, Baked Eggplant, and Red Peppers with Jalapeño Hummus
- Toast with probiotic skyr - I always use whole grain toast when I can (but check for honey on babies under one, I was shocked by how many breads have honey in them). If you're using shapes, cut before you toast and then use the excess/crusts for snacks! I topped the toasted bread with skyr, which is essentially even healthier Greek yogurt. I got this with my Misfits Market order and thought I would give it a try. Then I sprinkled with flax seed.
- Steamed red peppers - I sliced the peppers to remove any pith and seeds, then steamed them over boiling water for about ten minutes. You can also roast in the oven until soft, but then peel off the outer skin, especially for younger babies. I topped with a jalapeño hummus (another Misfits Market find) although it was more herb-y than spicy!
- Eggplant - I sliced the eggplant into rounds like the picture and blotted with a paper towel to absorb some moisture (they can get very soggy). I lightly rubbed the slices with olive oil and baked in the oven at 350 until golden brown. I could have made a shape from this one, too, but was already worried about them being mushy and didn't want to complicate things.
- Avocado toast - I cut the bread, toasted in the toaster oven, and topped with mashed avocado. (I mashed this in a bowl with garlic powder, black pepper, and a little lemon juice). Then, I sprinkled with some nutritional yeast and it was ready to go.
- Red grapes - I was really nervous to ever serve grapes, but finally started at 10 months. Solid Starts recommends quartering; so I cut the grapes in half long-ways and then cut that in half again long-ways. So you should have long, skinny quarters.
- Greek yogurt - I am a big fan of Stonyfield Plain Organic Greek Yogurt for Sloane; I simply topped with some very thin banana slices and sprinkled with cinnamon.
- Peanut butter and raspberry toast - Admittedly, I tried to be a little extra with this one...after toasting, I topped with peanut butter (easy enough) and then took it a step further by mashing some raspberries in a bowl with Greek yogurt to put as the center of my flower. You can skip this step to save a minute or two but it's just sooooo cute!
- Peas - I am not even sure if they sell fresh peas...I have only ever found frozen, despite checking. Regardless, this made cooking them really easy. I added a cup of water to the contents of the bag and boiled for 3-5 minutes. It made a TON of peas, so I had to come up with some other recipes. Here, I simply added them to the plate and then smashed them with the back of the spoon after the picture. As always, the Instagram aesthetic demands smashing come after the photo.
- Pears - I cooked these essentially the same way I do apple slices; I peeled and sliced the pear and added the slices to a pot with a little butter. I covered and stirred occasionally until the slices were soft, then sprinkled with flax seed. You can also cut these into bite-sized pieces for babies 9+ months.
- Hummus with toast - Another very quick meal; after toasting, I topped with hummus and sprinkled with a few chia seeds. I would avoid with younger babies unless the chia seeds were soaked/softened prior to this, but Sloane is old enough to handle a few on toast at this point.
- Squash - This does involved some cooking, but it's really easy. I washed the squash and cut it in half longways. I rubbed some EVOO on the open halves and cooked in the oven at 350 for about 10-15 minutes while I got everything else together. Once soft, I cut into strips.
- Dragonfruit - This was a great Walmart find; I believe these are meant for smoothies, but they are essentially frozen dragonfruit cubes already perfectly cut. I put a few on the plate and let them thaw for just a couple of minutes. Spoiler alert, they stain pink very easily.
- Peanut butter and banana toast - The circle is the least cute shape, but I still wanted to use it! All of the shapes come in three sizes, but even the big circle was kind of small in my opinion. Regardless, after toasted, I spread peanut butter on the circles and mashed up banana in a bowl to spread on top of that.
- Greek yogurt - I used the same Greek yogurt I always do and then sprinkled with chia seeds. If I know I plan to give this to her, I still let the seeds soak/soften for at least two hours before serving it.
- Avocado - I had some leftover avocado to use and cut it into long slices. Sloane can do smaller pieces, but I find avocado hard for her to pick up, so I stuck with strips and topped with seasonings.