Kid food: Cheddar-Pumpkin Rice



It’s been fun lately to make kid food that actually gets eaten… there’s only so many peanut butter sandwiches one mama can make before she rolls her eyes so far back in her head they come out her ears.

Pepper is on solids, and while she’s not wild about it, she does eat a little of what I give her most of the time. She’s never been overly interested, but she eats. I usually give her whole food to feed herself with as she seems to like that, but she’ll also have a few spoonfuls of stuff here and there as well. So I’ve dragged out some of the recipes I made for her sister (and never got around to blogging!) and they’re going down a treat. Like this cheesy pumpkin mix. Proof that Abby actually ate something other than yogurt at some point in her life:
cheddar-pumpkin-rice-2-copyOh boy she was cute. All big eyes and fat lips. She still is so devastatingly adorable that I can’t talk about her too much or you’ll all fall alseep from sheer boredom. I try not to be “that” mum, but I could eat her cheeks every day for a week! wanna hear about it?!

Miss Pepper is thoroughly enjoying a bit of cheddar-pumpkin rice these days, and I hope your little guys do too :)

Kid Food: Cheddar-pumpkin rice


  • 1 cup cooked rice (brown or white)
  • 1 heaped tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup grated cheese
  • 1 cup cooked mashed pumpkin


Step 1
Melt the butter in a small saucepan and add the flour. Stir for about a minute over medium heat.
Step 2
Turn the heat to low and add the milk, whisking constantly until it starts to thicken (I turn up the heat a little bit because I'm a rebel, but do be careful it doesn't go lumpy - stir a lot!)
Step 3
Stir in the cheese so it melts, then stir in the rice and pumpkin. Let cool a little before serving to your munchkin.


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  • Jay – Moodie Foodie

    I do wanna hear about it! They’re both beautiful Stacey and if you want to talk about them we’re all listening:)

    • Veggie Mama

      Bless you, I will take this as permission! I think they’re divine and terribly clever, of course. :)

      • Jay – Moodie Foodie

        Absolutely! Your girls sound like mine – they could be sisters:) xo

  • Lila Wolff

    I like hearing about it, it’s nice to see/ hear mama love! I might have to try mixing some tofutti in with mashed pumpkin just because!

    • Veggie Mama

      I agree! I like hearing about it too. You put whatever you like in your pumpkin, my darling! Pumpkin is the best in the world.

  • Mushroom Enthusiast

    You do make me laugh. Love the photo. May have to try the Cheddar Pumpkin Rice with my teenage girls!

    • Veggie Mama

      who knows, it could be a thing!

  • Smaggle

    Oh my little Pepper girl! She’s so gorgeous.

  • Peta

    you’re allowed to brag – she is adorable. I’ve started another blog about first time parenting – wish me luck!


    • Veggie Mama

      Ooh fun! Off to have a squiz….

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    Nope I won’t get bored promise they both are adorable ,those eyes! You have really gorgeous little girls so talk away hon,and I am glad Pepper likes your cooking.

    • Veggie Mama

      Me too, glad finally someone does! Well, besides me and the husband, of course, haha x

  • Chantelle : Fat Mum Slim

    I am saving this for my one day, which is pretty much about 8 months from now. Thank you.

    And harp on about Abby {and Pepper for that matter}, I’m all for a bit of baby eating and gushing. x

  • Jordan | Berlin by the Bay

    She is just so adorable! I just made a pumpkin dish for my 10 month old yesterday and she gobbled it up-but there isn’t much she doesn’t like really…