This easy one pan meal comes together in under 30 minutes and is packed with vegetables, protein, fat, and all the essential nutrients for your little ones and your family.
Turkey and Quinoa Marinara Skillet
What I’ve found through toddlerhood with my son and my friends is that meats can be tough at this age. It’s a consistency thing, mostly, and they tend to refuse most meats. Then, you’re left worrying, “Well, what about protein?” There are so many non-animal sources of protein (beans, lentils, quinoa for starters), but if you want to incorporate more meat into your child’s diet to make sure they’re getting enough iron, I have a new recipe that may be a winner in your house!
This easy, one pan meal has a 80-90% success rate with my son, so whenever I feel like he’s been low on protein, I whip this up and I’m always amazed by how much of it he can actually eat. I always say to my husband, “He eats an adult portion!” Seriously, though, almost! Luca will easily eat almost a full cup, especially now that we switched over to these Kiddobloom utensils that he’s loving.
The key here is that the quinoa (a complete protein!) helps the turkey and peas bind together with the marinara sauce, so that the meal is easy to spoon. Typically, I use very finely chopped broccoli, but I was out of broccoli and tried peas here and Luca gobbled them right up (you can see the before and after here!)
You can switch up the ground meat here – chicken or beef will do fine as well, if those are meats you want to incorporate more of. As for the marinara sauce, I usually heat up frozen cubes of the sauce, because I always have a batch in the freezer. You can grab that recipe here or use your go-to marinara sauce.
The quinoa can be subbed in for brown rice, millet, or couscous. This is a truly customizable meal, based on your family’s preferences!