From Lisa Barnes
Sometimes it’s hard to think of creative dips and spreads to excite your children. Don’t worry; whether you have an arsenal of dips or none at all, your child will use his imagination and come up with the craziest combinations.
Here are a few fun and easy suggestions that require no measuring or recipes.
Single Item Dips
Cream Cheese. Dip raw organic vegetables such as carrots and celery as well as fruit slices of apples and pears. Also a versatile spread on sandwiches, wraps, and crackers.
Fruit purees, such as apple, peach, and pear. Use for dunking chunks of fruits, pancakes, waffles, and chicken bites.
Mustards. These are very versatile. Honey mustard (do not give honey to babies under 1 year) is of course a favorite for chicken, meatloaf, broccoli, and cauliflower trees. For an Asian flair your child may enjoy mustard with soy sauce for dipping noodles, vegetables, and tofu sticks.
Naturally brewed soy sauce (tamari). Little ones can dunk meats and vegetable chips or pour the sauce over soba and rice dishes.
Organic ketchup. Have on hand for meats, fish sticks, polenta, potato fries, and vegetable chips.
Organic natural nut butters (peanuts are not recommended for children under 2 years). This is pure peanut taste without the trans fats and sugars. Use for dunking cheese sticks, apple slices, graham crackers, and bites of banana.
Vegetable purees, such as avocado, edamame, or spinach. Use as spreads on pitas, tortilla chips, and for dipping vegetable spears.
Yogurt. Serve with angel food cake pieces, toast points, waffles and pancakes, fruits, and vegetables.
Classic oil and vinegar dressing. Use for dipping pieces of bread or steamed vegetables.
Cottage or ricotta cheese plus any fruit or vegetable puree. Dunk fruit and vegetable pieces, noodles, pancakes, and French toast.
Plain yogurt or cream cheese mixed with spices or herbs. Try yogurt with cinnamon or cream cheese with fresh rosemary or thyme.
Plain yogurt plus any fruit or vegetable puree. Create your own flavors by adding fruit and vegetable purees. Fruit blends work with fruit chunks, vegetable spears, toast points, and waffle pieces. Veggie combos are good for dipping vegetable slices and chicken pieces.
Ideas from Kids
Dip grapes in ketchup.
Dip fingers in mustard.
Dip all food in glass of milk or water.
Lisa Barnes is author of The Petit Appetit Cookbook: Easy, Organic Recipes to Nurture Your Baby and Toddler and lives in Sausalito, California.
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