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Sometimes you just need some inspiration when it comes to meal ideas for your 1 year old. If you are in a meal time rut, I hope this gives you some great inspiration to try some new meals with your little one!

When my son started eating real food instead of baby food, I was overwhelmed with all the possibilities and worried about what to feed him.

But I was really just over complicating it. I ended up creating a list of go-to toddler food ideas and then picking 2-3 foods from each food category.

That’s what you’ll see in all of these meals. Instead of 2 grains, it might be 1 grain and 1 fruit. I hope this gives you some great inspiration.

If you are a stay at home mom feeling overwhelmed, make sure you grab the Stay at Home Mom Checklist.

Meal Ideas for 1 Year Old

Breakfast Meal Ideas:

1) English muffin and nut butter, applesauce

2) oatmeal with cinnamon and raisins and grapes

3) biscuit with jelly, turkey bacon, and apple slices

4) Nutrigrain bar, yogurt, blueberries

5) scrambled egg, toast, peach slices

6) mini bagel with cream cheese, sliced pear

7) bacon, cinnamon raisin toast, mango

8) French toast, yogurt, strawberries

Food Ideas for 1 year old. Meal Ideas for One Year Olds | Toddler Meal Ideas | Food Lists for One Year Olds
Meal Ideas for 1 Year Old | Toddler Meal Ideas | Food Lists for 1 Year Old

Lunch Meal Ideas:

1) cheese slices, crackers, strawberries, sweet potatoes

2) mini pizza on bread and cooked broccoli

3) baked beans, roasted potato slices, blueberries

4) grilled cheese, applesauce, cucumber slices

5) PB and banana sandwich, jello, peas

6) ham and cheese roll up sliced like pinwheels, corn, blueberries

7) avocado toast, watermelon, cheese slices

8) roasted chicken, rice, tomato, cheese

Meal Ideas for 1 Year Old | Toddler Meal Ideas | Food Lists for 1 Year Old
Meal Ideas for 1 Year Old | Toddler Meal Ideas | Food Lists for 1 Year Old
Meal Ideas for 1 Year Old | Toddler Meal Ideas | Food Lists for 1 Year Old

Dinner Meal Ideas: 

1) hummus with cucumber slices and crackers, pear slices

2) rice bowl with cooked carrots, corn, and shredded cheese

3) chicken quesadilla, grapes, roasted green beans

4) chicken pot pie

5) shredded chicken, rice, peas, diced carrots, and shredded cheeses mixed together

6) Mac n cheese, broccoli, pears

7) beef stew with diced potatoes, carrots, and peas

8) quiche with spinach and peppers plus a fruit

Meal Ideas for 1 Year Old | Toddler Meal Ideas | Food Lists for 1 Year Old
Meal Ideas for 1 Year Old | Toddler Meal Ideas | Food Lists for 1 Year Olds

It’s super helpful to have a list of toddler friendly foods to refer to.

Instead of digging through the pantry and fridge trying to figure out what to feed your hungry 1 year old, you can easily refer to a printable list of ideas!

Purchase the helpful list here:  Feeding Your Toddler Printable. 


These divided plates*  are durable and the right size for portions!

When we go out to eat, we use this reusable place mat*. It is easy to wipe off.

These short, chubby spoons* are easy for toddlers to hold on to. 

Affordable sippy cups that don’t spill are a must have! We love these Take and Toss ones*!

We love these Munchkin bowls* because they are sturdy, dishwasher safe, and perfect for meals and snack time! 

30 Meal ideas to feed your toddler for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Plus tips for feeding them like the best affordable sippy cup and tabletop mat. #toddler #mealideas

Serving Vegetables and Fruit:

Use soft fruits and veggies that are in season and on sale.

An alternative to fresh veggies is canned and frozen. These are very easy to prepare, and you can purchase unsalted canned vegetables to save on sodium.

Likewise, canned fruit and applesauce are easy alternatives to fresh fruit. You can buy fruit in its juice with no sugar added.

Fresh veggies that aren’t soft like broccoli, sweet potato, cauliflower, and carrots are great roasted or steamed.


For soft meat, you can cut up slices of lunch meat.

However, I like to limit these since it has so much sodium in it.

As an alternative to lunch meat, I like to cook whole chickens, pork roast, and turkey in my crock-pot, shred the meat, and divide it into pint size freezer bags, and store in the freezer.

Then just pull out a small portion for the week. The meat can be served alone or mixed in with pasta, rice, or vegetables.


If your child doesn’t like a food the first time he tries it, don’t give up!

Try it a few days or weeks later. It may take several times before they decide that they like it.

It took about 4-5 tries before my son started liking carrots and broccoli. It also took him FOUR months before he decided that his sippy cup was not a toy but rather something to drink out of!

  • Don’t give up! Try again in a few days or weeks.
  • Use seasonings (cinnamon, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper)
  • Prepare it differently 
  • Add it to rice or pasta
  • Give your one year two healthy choices: green beans or carrots

Being a mom to a 1 year old means lots of messes, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to settle for a dirty house!

Before you go, be sure to get the Stay at Home Mom Checklist. I’ll show you what to do to balance a clean house, supper on the table, and being a mom.

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  1. My girl will turn 1 in a week and a half! She pretty much eats what we do. Her current favorites include black beans and rice, pears, mandarin oranges, and anything that has pasta in it.
    She's also a pretty big fan of broccoli and cauliflower, which kind of surprised me. I steam some fresh or frozen broccoli and cauliflower. I then mash this a bit and place it on her highchair tray. She picks up handfuls of it and shovels it into her mouth!

    1. Ha! My son shovels his food into his mouth too. He can't eat it fast enough. 🙂 It sounds like your daughter eats a really good variety of food. I was surprised that my son liked broccoli too.

  2. These are good ideas! I ought to do the pre-cooked meat in the freezer thing. I forget about frozen veggies too… and I ought to do that more, as they're already soft and cut into good size portions!!!

  3. Thank you for sharing this. It is helpful when you have a picky eater on your hands. My son is 18months now and all he wants to eat is potatoes. Smashed, tot’s,french fries or potatoe pancakes. When he was 6months old and started baby foods, he would scarf it down like it was his last meal! Veggies were his absolute fav. But now he wants nothing but potatoes or munchy foods. Hoping the older he gets he will learn to enjoy other things. The peds sidekick drinks are a good supplement to help fill in the gaps also

    1. You’re welcome, Michelle! I know it can be hard when you have a picky eater. My son has gone through phases where he loves a certain food and then decided he didn’t want it anymore. Toddlers! 😉 I hope your little one is able to enjoy more foods soon!

  4. Thank you so much for this article! My daughter was just diagnosed with an egg allergy and turned one last week. I’m trying to figure out the best meals/foods to make for her. Thanks again!

  5. Hi! I’m pretty excited I found this post. My daughter is 19 mos and has an egg allergy. I’m happy to see practical and easy meal plans for her I can use here. She is struggling with eating some of our table food and transitioning from formula now, late… I know 😥. But she is slowly eating more n more. Won’t drink milk either… still trying everyday though. Any ideas on more meal plans or egg free recipes, keep em comin!

    1. Thank you so much for leaving me this comment. Yes, I’m all about practical and easy! Egg allergies make meal time much more complicated, so I know what you are going through. My son is 3 now, and it is probably time to share an updated meal plan. I’ll add that to my schedule of posts! I hope your daughter’s eating continues to improve!

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