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Meal Ideas for One Year Olds

When my son turned one, I had no idea what I was supposed to feed him. And what not to feed him!

Often my mind would go blank whenever I tried to figure what to serve him. I needed a list of meal ideas for one year olds that was easy to refer to.

I also stressed more than I should have about whether or not he was getting a well rounded diet.

Was he getting enough dairy or enough fruits and veggies?

A master list of meal ideas was my answer!

Instead of haphazardly pulling out something from the pantry or fridge, I was able to refer to my lists. I divided my list up into breakfast, lunch/dinner, and snacks. Then under each meal I created categories: starches, protein, dairy, fruit, and vegetables.

That way I was able to easily pick out one item from 2-3 categories and give him a well rounded meal. In this post I’ve shared what I came up with. Feel free to use my ideas to create your own master list!

This is the same concept I use for my Easy Peasy Meal Planning when creating the meal plan for the rest of the family!

By the way, I’m NOT a pediatrician or a nutritionist. I’m just a mom trying to keep things simple and help other moms out. 🙂

If you want a doctor’s advice, check out the book Feeding Toddlers: A Pediatrician’s Guide to Happy and Healthy Mealtimes by Dr. Orlena Kerek*. I learned lots of practical tips on feeding my son a well balanced diet from her book!

 

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Breakfast Foods for One Year Olds

For breakfast, I keep it super simple because A) I’m still half asleep and B) My one year old is a raging beast until he has food in his mouth!

Since he is allergic to eggs, his breakfast options are limited. Of course he can’t have scrambled eggs or French toast. For breakfast I have made him muffins and pancakes with some alternatives to eggs. (1/4 cup applesauce, mashed banana, or pumpkin puree)

Starches:
  • Toast
  • cheerios
  • biscuit
  • muffin
  • pancake
  • baked bread
  • waffles
Fruit:
  • banana
  • strawberry
  • blueberry
  • applesauce
Dairy:
  • yogurt
  • cheese

 

Simple Meal Ideas for One Year Olds
1/2 biscuit, applesauce, strawberry yogurt
Simple Meal Ideas for One Year Olds
strawberry yogurt, blueberries, buttered toast

 

Lunch Food Ideas for One Year Olds

For lunch I choose 3-4 foods. Sometimes they are leftovers from the night before. A lot of times it is the same thing I am having for lunch.

Starch:
  • Pasta (spaghetti, mac n’ cheese)
  • potato (mashed, baked, roasted, boiled)
  • bread
  • rice
  • pizza
  • quesadilla
  • grilled cheese
Fruit:
  • applesauce
  • peach
  • pear
  • orange
  • mandarin oranges
  • pineapple
  • grapes (cut into ¼ pieces)
Veggies:
  • green beans
  • peas (canned)
  • carrots
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower (frozen)
  • carrots
  • sweet potato
  • squash (roasted)
Protein:
  • beans
  • cooked and shredded meat
  • lunch meat
  • chicken nuggets/tenders
Dairy:
  • cheese
  • yogurt

 

Simple Meal Ideas for One Year Olds
cheese, 1/2 banana, canned peas, cucumber
Simple Meal Ideas for One Year Olds
turkey lunch meat, watermelon, canned carrots
Simple Meal Ideas for One Year Olds
cheese, green beans, pineapple

 

If you want to feel confident knowing what to feed your one year old, grab your copy of meal ideas and sample menu plan via my Etsy shop!

 

Ideas for Supper 

Supper is pretty similar to lunch. I choose 3-4 foods. He mostly eats what we eat, but sometimes I make something different for him if I know he won’t like the meal we are having.

Simple Meal Ideas for One Year Olds
meatballs, pear, peas
Simple Meal Ideas for One Year Olds
chicken tender, half an orange, peas

 

Extra Tips for Feeding Your One Year Old:

  • 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.
  • 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 decid 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!
  • These divided plates* are the perfect size for one year old meals. They are durable and the right size for portions!
  • When we go out to eat, we don’t like to put his food on the table so we use this reusable place mat*. It is easy to wipe off at the restaurant and then wash clean at home.

Even More Help

Do you want easy, ready to-go meal ideas for your one year old? You’ll have everything you need to create an effortless meal plan with my printable download of over 90 food ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.

Get your copy via my Etsy shop!

Toddler Food Ideas

 

Having a master list of meal ideas has been one of the best decisions I ever made when it comes to feeding my one year old! I know it will help you out as well because really we shouldn’t over complicate things even when it comes to feeding our little ones. 🙂

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14 Comments


  1. //

    Love your food choices for him! We still feed sophie a lot of finger food and she's getting close to 2 now. We've been mainly focusing on veggies and fruits with lots of carbs. Definitely keep it up 🙂

    liz jo @ sundays with sophie


    1. //

      Yay for fruits and veggies! I was afraid Caleb wouldn't like them, but he seems to like pretty much anything. 🙂


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      Avocados! I always forget about them, but I know a lot of moms who feed them to their toddlers.


  2. //

    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!


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      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.


  3. //

    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!!!


    1. //

      Frozen veggies are super convenient! And I feel better about giving my son those than the canned veggies all the time.


  4. //

    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!


  5. //

    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!


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      You’re welcome, Elise! Egg allergies are tough, but not impossible. 🙂 I can totally relate to you since my son has an egg allergy too.


  6. //

    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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