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Toddler Meal Ideas for busy moms

41 Tried and Tested Toddler Meal Ideas

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Nurturing your toddler’s taste buds is no easy task. Just ask any parent with a child between the ages of one and three, and they’ll regale you with tales of thrown food and a flat out refusal to eat the very thing they loved yesterday. It can be SO frustrating, especially when so much of your time is invested in coming up with ideas for what they’ll actually eat.

My toddler happens to be an enthusiastic and happy eater, and although he just turned two, we’ve had very few food issues to deal with. The same cannot be said for one of his older brothers though, and I’ve spent years trying to feed someone with a picky palate. My best advice is this: just relax, know they won’t allow themselves to starve, and make the dining table a place they want to gather. Also, be sure you have a solid rotation of easy meals tucked in your back pocket. Sometimes half the battle of feeding kids comes from never knowing what to make.

Here are 41 meal ideas for busy moms. While I suggest these are for feeding toddlers, quite frankly anyone in the house can consume them. I’ve made each of these in my own house with great success, and use leftovers when possible (batch cooking, for the win!) to make getting a meal on the table an easy endeavour. Don’t hesitate to swap out some of the fruit and veggie suggestions for something you know your kids like, just in case your pint-sized tablemate is feeling particularly choosy one day.

  1. Fish cakes with frozen sweet potato fries and peas
  2. Homemade pancakes or waffles with nut/seed butter and berries
  3. Soft tortillas filled with lightly seasoned beans/meat and shredded cheddar
  4. Yogurt marinated fish with avocado mango ‘salsa’
  5. Split pea soup with whole grain roll
  6. Baby Bolognese
  7. Mini shells with peas, ricotta and lemon
  8. Curly kale, corn and tomato fusilli
  9. Chicken meatballs in tomato sauce with rice
  10. Pasta with tuna and peas
  11. Toast with assorted toppings like Nutella and strawberries, cream cheese and cucumbers, peanut butter and bananas
  12. Ham and pineapple English muffin pizzas
  13. Chia chicken strips with roasted sweet potatoes and cauliflower
  14. Hummus on toast with sliced avocado
  15. Grilled cheese with strawberry jam
  16. Scrambled eggs, rice and broccoli
  17. Meatballs, orzo, cherry tomatoes
  18. Toddler antipasto platter: cheese, turkey slices, crackers and grapes
  19. Tuna and apple stuffed pitas
  20. Tomato alphabet soup and a slice of toast
  21. Turkey sausages, roasted broccoli with Parmesan.
  22. Roast chicken with mashed potatoes and carrots
  23. Black bean quesadillas with avocado and cheddar cheese
  24. Spinach, feta and cherry tomato frittata
  25. Shrimp with couscous with frozen vegetables
  26. Salmon, green beans and boiled potatoes
  27. Chickpea patties with tzatziki and grapes
  28. Rotisserie chicken pitas with avocado tzatziki
  29. Baked sweet potato poppers with pesto dipping sauce
  30. Shepherd’s pie and seasoned kale chips
  31. Pasta shells with creamy cauliflower sauce
  32. Gnocchi with pea pesto and green beans
  33. Tiny turkey sliders, apple chips, pickles
  34. Lamb burgers, mashed sweet potato, peas
  35. Potato and leek frittata, kale chips, roasted potatoes
  36. Baked salmon, rainbow salad, roasted broccoli
  37. Turkey rice soup, whole grain bun, roasted chickpeas
  38. Baked mac and cheese with little white beans, roasted veggies, dried cranberries
  39. Pulled pork pita, sweet potato wedges, steamed veggies
  40. Turkey, apple, and cheddar hand pies, oven-roasted beet chips
  41. Apple, cheddar and bacon pita pizzas

We’d love to know… what are you feeding your toddlers these days? Do you have any tales from the dining room trenches you’d love to share?

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