I want to share a new recipe I tried and adapted for our family. As I have mentioned previously, I have been having some difficulty with my now 1 year old’s (Ahh, I can’t believe he’s one!) eating.
Although, I haven’t had to deal with concerns about Isaac’s weight gain, it has been very stressful for me as a mom. I have had to give myself little occupational therapy pep talks every day. Things like, “You can’t feed him pizza every night for dinner.”
I am very grateful and pleased to say that Isaac’s eating has been steadily improving. If you’ve got a picky eater, or just wish your child would eat a wider range of foods, I’d highly recommend checking out our free picky eating workshop. In it I teach you what I’ve done to help Isaac eat more foods, so it’s a combo of my mom and OT experience!
When I was at my wits end about a week or two ago, I knew I had to sit down and do a meal plan for the whole family that would challenge Isaac just enough, but not too much that he would refuse to eat.
I love to do meal plans, but with all the chaos of moving, it just hasn’t been happening a lot lately. I finally got it together but was nervous about one dinner in particular — Asian night.
I had planned on making egg rolls (store-bought), brown rice, and shrimp stir-fry. There wasn’t any preferred food in this meal for Isaac and I wasn’t sure how to incorporate one, especially since he only had a few foods I would consider preferred.
Then it dawned on me to make a sauce, separately. I wasn’t sure if he would respond better to the dry rice or a wet texture.
Isaac likes a lot of flavor and peanut butter (see my note below on feeding peanut butter to kids under 2) so I thought I would try an Asian peanut sauce, problem is they are virtually all spicy, really spicy. So it was time for me to experiment with a non spicy peanut sauce
I adapted a recipe I found on Good Earth Peanuts. This recipe is extremely forgiving, so feel free to experiment and use what you have on hand. It turned out to be a perfect kid friendly peanut sauce.
As for our dinner, Isaac devoured the sauce mixed in with his brown rice, and even ate some shrimp. It was a good night for him (and me too)! I do have to admit, Sam struggled through this dinner and didn’t care for the peanut sauce very much, despite his love of peanut butter.
He ate enough though. You never know how it’s going to go, until you try!
I know people might question me on giving Isaac peanut butter before the age of 2. In a nutshell, (sorry, can’t pass up the pun) I have given peanut butter to my boys before the age of 1 because we don’t have a family history of food allergies. This peanut sauce recipe for kids is a great way to get the consistency you want while exposing your child to a new flavor packed with lots of nutrients and versatility.
I introduced it slowly and am careful to how thick it is when they are young because it can be a choking hazard. Some research shows that there is no evidence of reduced risk to allergies by waiting to introduce foods when a child is older.
Of course, you should always discuss these concerns and any questions you may have with your child’s doctor.
Asian Peanut Sauce
Non-Spicy Homemade Peanut Sauce
- 3/4 cup Peanut Butter
- 3 tbsp Low Sodium Soy Sauce
- 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
- 1/4 cup Rice Wine Vinegar
- 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Hoisin Sauce (Optional)
- 1/3 cup Water
Whisk all ingredients together and heat slowly over low heat. Stir frequently.
Add more water or vinegar if you like a thinner consistency.
If you use a sugar free peanut butter, you may want to add 1-2 tbsp of brown sugar.
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Alisha Grogan is a licensed occupational therapist and founder of Your Kid’s Table. She has over 19 years experience with expertise in sensory processing and feeding development in babies, toddlers, and children. Alisha also has 3 boys of her own at home. Learn more about her here.