TV dinners for babies

Baby Boy still eats chunky purees of fruits and veggies, but he is ADAMANT that his meals contain lots of finger foods. All he wants to do is pick things up by himself — I can see a lot of shoe-tying and clothes-choosing fights in our Terrible Twos future.
Sometimes it’s a stretch to find something quick for him to eat for his main meal. If Darling Husband and I are eating something that Baby Boy can’t have — like spicy tacos — we need to make a separate dish for him. And boiling a tiny pot with a tiny amount of noodles? Um, annoying.
So the other day, I had some leftover spaghetti, and I decided to try making baby-sized “TV dinners” that I could freeze for easy re-heating …

I used my fave Pampered Chef Food Chopper (“Choppy-Chop” as I call it)
to get the spaghetti into little tiny pieces … 

… oh, and then used a knife to make sure it was reeeeeally small.
Like my awkward left-handed pretend-to-cut shot?

I’ve given Baby Boy spaghetti with butter in the past, but I thought I’d try sauce.
He LOVED it.


I scooped the servings into my super-awesome silicone muffin liners.

Five “Baby TV dinners” ready to go in the freezer!

Cute, right? I think they’re be really convenient. I mean, if we have quickie meals for us — like frozen french fries, mmmm — it makes sense that Baby Boy have some frozen meals that can be quickly prepared.

My genius didn’t stop here, though. I had some leftover spaghetti sauce, too, and got the brilliant (read: everyone else probably already does this) idea to freeze some in an ice-cube tray. I figured that I could nuke a cube and add it to chicken or fresh noodles or something else I was already making for Baby Boy.

Don’t judge my messy stove-top. I’m a passionate cook. And I had the heat too high.

Mmmm, garlic-y tomato sauce!

Tomato sauce cubes!

Is there anything more satisfying than freezing tiny portions of something?
No, I don’t think there is.

So what do you think?

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