Lately, I’ve been using this super simple lunch when we are low on food and time. This is one of those recipes you can make even when your kid is fussing and you’re scrambling to throw something together in as little time as possible! I know because I’ve done it many times! Early postpartum? Great for eating with one hand! Pregnant? This burrito is full of iron, fiber and folate. Best of all, it’s delish and if your child is eating solids, s/he can enjoy it right along with you. Enjoy!
- 1 cup Quinoa
- 2 cups Water
- 1 can Black Beans
- 1 cup Frozen Butternut Squash
- 1 cup Fresh Spinach
- 3 oz Goat, Feta or Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- 4 Tortillas or Pita
- Optional: Avocado, Chicken, Almonds
- Combine quinoa and water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until all water is absorbed.
- Cook black beans and frozen butternut squash in a second sauce pan. Stir often.
- Spoon quinoa, beans and butternut squash onto tortilla (pita would work great too). Add cheese and spinach.
If your child is new to solids – offer well-mashed butternut squash, black beans and goat cheese. Doing baby-led weaning? – I would not recommend offering quinoa at early stages unless it was pureed. A young baby is not going to be able to manage the teeny grains.
Older baby/toddler – offer all components with tortilla or pita on the side until child is developmentally ready to start practicing with a burrito or full pita. When I consulted for Head Start, we would offer our 18-24 month olds sandwiches, burritos, etc… fully intact and then let them decide how they wanted to eat them. Some would try to pick them up and others would take them apart. All versions are A-OK.