Toddler’s Stew

Toddler Stew

This stew recipe cooks quickly, requires little fuss, and is easily adaptable to suit your toddler’s tastes and finicky preferences – hence the recipe title!


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 package Gardein beefless tips
  • 1 peeled and chopped onion
  • 1 peeled and chopped sweet potato
  • 6 ounces chopped baby carrots
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 rosemary sprigs
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a saucepan and add the beefless tips; cook for about 8 minutes, until warmed and browned; remove from the pan and set aside.
  2. Heat the remaining tablespoon olive oil in the pan and add the onions, sweet potatoes, carrots, diced tomatoes, water, and rosemary. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, until the vegetables are tender. In the last 10 minutes of cooking, return the beef to the pan. Remove the rosemary sprigs before serving.
  3. Ladle into bowls and serve alongside your favorite crusty bread.

Note: For toddlers who don’t like foods mixed together, I drain the excess liquid off and plate this with the beefless tips on one side of a plate and the vegetables on the other.

Stamps and Watercolors

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This mixed media project was perfect for a lazy Sunday morning – no special equipment required, very hands on, and with a neat little twist that kids will love.

It started when Travis requested his set of stamps, so first we simply dotted them all over a piece of watercolor paper.

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Our ink is running out just a tad, but this almost made it more interesting – Travis was quite intrigued that some stamps came out “full” and some only “half” if the ink had faded.

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Then I asked him if he wanted to use watercolors over the stamps, which received an enthusiastic yes! He’s very deliberate about choosing colors lately, and loved selecting which watercolor to use before applying to the paper.

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The twist is that the watercolor will run off the stamped areas quite quickly – the same effect as when you paint over waxy crayon – which had him so excited he was nearly shaking with enjoyment.

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He proceeded to choose which color should go over which stamp for some time.

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The end result is a bit messy and haphazard, but still a delight!

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