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.
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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
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
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
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.
EXTRA TIPS FOR FEEDING YOUR 1 YEAR OLD:
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!
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.
DEALING WITH PICKY EATERS:
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.