Curried Quinoa with Chicken and Peas – New on OneDishDinners.com

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 11, 2011

Tyler, Tyler, Tyler.

As I’ve mentioned here before, we have been struggling with Tyler’s weight gain since he was about 9 months old.  There are a number of factors involved, including food sensitivities, GERD and low muscle tone in his mouth. So it can be tough to find something that he will eat and enjoy!

He is not at all a picky eater. He just doesn’t eat much in terms of quantity.

Until I presented him with this Curried Chicken Quinoa with Peas.

I normally give him small portions, about 1-2 Tbsps in size, at a time. As if I were to give him more, he’d end up dumping it in his chair, spreading it all over the table, dropping it on the floor. Ya know, typical 16 month old table behavior.

So I gave him a bit. He ate it. I gave him another little portion. He ate that.

I checked the floor. None there.

I checked in his chair. None there.

And this continued. He was eating it!

And I’d see him doing this…

…so I’d give him another scoop.

…and then he’d get desperate!!!

I don’t know if it was the spice level that he enjoyed, or the fact that it didn’t really fall off his spoon as he fed himself.  Doesn’t matter to me…I was just thrilled that he ate so much of it! (Yeah, calories!)

And now if you’d like to go and print this what turned out to be quite the toddler friendly recipe, that the rest of the family enjoyed as well, head on over to OneDishDinners.com!

($5 Dinner Challenge will be back next Monday!)

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Kim Karstetter April 11, 2011 at 7:18 pm

I love those pics!! I have some quinoa that I’ve been wanting to make something fun with, and this recipe looks like a winner! I heart curry! And I might just eat it Tyler style!

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom April 11, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Just make sure no one is looking first Kim! ;)

I hope you enjoy it!

E

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Christina April 11, 2011 at 9:21 pm

That is cute my Tyler had the same issues now 9 but he is a picky eater. Now my 2yr old is the same but this one allergic to all dairy. His therapist suggested foods with different flavor curry, spicy just to see if he likes it. The bold flavors the kids with low muscle tone love. I can’t wait for more Tyler approved recipes. :)

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Food on the Table April 11, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Face in bowl? Now that’s the way to eat! (But I’m guessing the photo would lose its appeal if I were to try a similar self-portrait…) Tyler is absolutely adorable!

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TheGourmetCoffeeGuy April 13, 2011 at 10:48 pm

You definitely have a beautiful child. Our family enjoyed your photos.
Quinoa is delicious and can be cooked and consumed in so many ways! We started eating Quinoa a few months ago and have learned what a great source of vitamins and minerals it is: iron, magnesium, Vitamin E, potassium, amino acids, fiber.

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Alicia April 14, 2011 at 6:52 am

This is perfect timing, I just tried quinoa for the first time and didnt really realize what it was- but I soaked it overnight and then it had tails so I thought what in the world am I cooking! Then I read that it is a seed, so it made more sense, Lol. Anyway so tickled to find a way to use it in a recipe that I think I’ll really like. Thanks!!

Alicia

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EFT Tapping April 22, 2011 at 8:58 am

Cute Tyler! I have been following your blog and most of the posts are both informative and helpful! Thank you for sharing the recipe! I will surely be trying it one of these nights!

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Carissa April 28, 2011 at 10:21 pm

I made this recipe tonight mainly because I was inspired by the photos of your darling little boy licking out his bowl! I have an 11-month-old who gobbled up his dinner tonight, not to mention a husband who went back for seconds! Thanks for the great recipe and for sharing a little insight into your family – the personal touch makes all the difference!

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sheila May 4, 2011 at 8:52 am

can’t wait to try this—btw my son, Aidan, who is now 11 and just 54 pounds, was born with ACC (agenesis of the corpus callosum), MR, hypotonia (low tone) also had prob. gaining weight. I remember the speech therapist, who came to our home, would do “french fry” therapy (now he can’t eat potatoes). He loved them but we noticed he couldn’t chew very well nor moved his tongue to move the food. Anyway she would bring french fries with her take the fry and put in his mouth, then she would rub it across his tongue to each side of the mouth, we also used apples in a mesh, it worked. Due to his teeth being malformed he still has prob. with closing mouth properly or chewing, but he can move move around in his mouth instead of it being push to the top of his mouth.

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