Originally Answered: Is this a good meal for my 10 month old son and do you have any healthy meal ideas?
It sounds delicious! You're making me hungry! :o) I think it's a good meal idea sometimes. Not an everyday thing, but he can have it on occasion. It's due to the sodium content (which others have pointed out as well). Deli meat is high in sodium; I'm not so much worried about the canned gravy.
At 10 months, my son was eating mostly what we were eating (with a few exceptions). Here are some meal ideas and many of them my son still enjoys today...
- Meatballs in Swedish Sauce: Just throw the meatballs and sauce in a crockpot for a few hours.
- Quesadillas: Take a flour tortilla and put some Campbell's Nacho Cheese sauce on it (spread it around lightly), then add some cheese (just a little, you don't want it too gooey for a 10 month old) and then add tiny pieces of chicken breast, tiny pieces of spinach, and/or whatever else your son likes. Fold in half and stick in the oven for 7-10 minutes on 400 ('til toasted). Then, cut it up for your son (obviously, LoL).
- "Tacos": Well, it's not real tacos because my son doesn't eat it the shell/tortilla with it, but I brown some ground beef, add some refried beans, and add the taco seasoning mix. My son LOVES this combination. He eats it just like that, or sometimes I put cheese on top.
- Yogurt & Granola/Fruit: My son loves vanilla yogurt with either fruit in it or tiny pieces of granola. You can buy some that's not very hard, so if your son doesn't have a lot of teeth, it won't hurt him. He'd be able to chomp it up. :o)
- Grilled Cheese: Yes, either a plain grilled cheese, or if my son hasn't eaten enough veggies lately, I'll dice them up super small and hide them in there, LoL!
- Noodles & Chicken w/ Gravy (or, Beef w/ Gravy): Boil some noodles, after you brown some beef or cook a chicken breast in the oven. Cut the meat up small enough for your son, and add gravy.
- Beef Stew: Beef stew in a crockpot. Get the packet from the store, add water, some nice cuts of beef (there are some that are pre-cut already), add some potatoes, celery, carrots, etc. - whatever you like!
Just some ideas for you! But, don't sweat it that you gave your son deli meat. EVERYTHING these days has sodium. So, just try to limit it a little more from now on.
PS - We're having the meatballs tonight with rice and corn. Daddy and I will have salads too. Hayden is not too fond of lettuce, LoL.
EDIT: Also, for a snack, my son LOVES apple slices dipped in peanut butter (I buy natural peanut butter for him). He loves it and peanut butter has excellent protein in it.