Does your mind go blank when coming up with meal ideas for your toddler?
When my toddler started eating real food, I had no idea what to serve him.
I also stressed more than I should have about whether or not he was getting a well rounded diet.
After feeling lost for way too long, I finally came up with a simple way to make sure he was getting a well rounded diet of foods he could actually eat.
A master list of meal ideas for toddlers!
Instead of haphazardly pulling out something from the pantry or fridge, I was able to refer to my lists of food and meal ideas.
I divided my food lists into breakfast, lunch/dinner, and snacks. Then under each meal I created categories:
Pick items from 3-4 categories for each meal to create a well rounded diet for your toddler.
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. 🙂
BREAKFAST MEAL IDEAS FOR TODDLERS:
1: pumpkin muffin and yogurt
2: cheerios and banana
3: toast with avocado and sausage link
4: waffle with PB and mandarin oranges
5: pancake, scrambled egg, and strawberries
6: yogurt parfait with fresh fruit and granola
7: mini quiche, blueberries
8: English muffin and nut butter, applesauce
9: oatmeal with cinnamon and raisins and grapes
10: biscuit with jelly, turkey bacon, and apple slices
BREAKFAST FOOD IDEAS FOR A TODDLER:
For breakfast, it’s best to keep it super simple because it just makes mornings a whole lot easier!
Simply choose from 2-3 of the food categories below.
You can make ahead and freeze things like muffins, quick breads, mini quiches, pancakes, waffles, bacon, and sausage.
Just pull the food out of the freezer the night before and put it in the refrigerator. It will be thawed the next morning and read to serve to your toddler.
See my tips for a simple stay at home mom morning routine!
Breakfast Starch Ideas:
- waffles (with PB or peanut substitute)
- toast (with PB or substitute, avocado, or jelly)
- baked bread (pumpkin, banana)
- muffin (pumkin, blueberry, banana, carrot)
- oatmeal (add cinnamon, brown sugar, honey, fresh fruit, or dried fruit)
Breakfast Protein Ideas:
- scrambled egg
- fried egg
- hard boiled egg
- sausage links or patties
- mini quiche cups
- turkey bacon
- Peanut butter, sunbutter, almond butter on toast or waffle
Breakfast Fruit Ideas:
- apple slices
- mandarin oranges
- pear slices
- grapes (cut in 1/4)
Breakfast Dairy Ideas:
- cream cheese
- yogurt cup
- cup of milk
|1/2 biscuit, applesauce, strawberry yogurt|
|strawberry yogurt, blueberries, buttered toast|
LUNCH MEAL IDEAS FOR TODDLERS:
1: chicken tenders, mandarin orange, green beans
2: rice, black beans, corn mixed together and pear slices
3: turkey and cheese sandwich, apple slices
4: cheese and bean quesadilla, cooked carrots, and grapes
5: pasta with parmesan cheese and cooked veggies (carrots, peas, green beans) and applesauce
6: hummus and cucumber wrap and pear slices
7. cottage cheese, pineapple, peas
8. cheese slices, crackers, strawberries, sweet potatoes
9. mini pizza on bread and cooked broccoli
10. baked beans, roasted potato slices, blueberries
LUNCH FOOD IDEAS FOR TODDLERS
For lunch, choose 3-4 different foods (one from each category) to make a complete meal.
Sometimes we like to keep it super simple and have leftovers from the night before. A lot of times it is the same thing I am having for lunch!
Lunch Starch Ideas:
- Pasta (spaghetti, mac n’ cheese)
- potato (mashed, baked, roasted, boiled)
Lunch Fruit Ideas:
- mandarin oranges
- grapes (cut into ¼ pieces)
- apple slices
Lunch Vegetable Ideas:
- green beans
- cauliflower (frozen)
- sweet potato fries or slices
- squash (roasted)
Lunch Protein Ideas:
- black beans
- baked beans
- cooked and shredded meat
- lunch meat
- chicken nuggets/tenders
- fish sticks
Lunch Dairy Ideas:
- cottage cheese
- glass of milk
- cheese slices
Dinner Meal Ideas for Toddlers:
1: pizza, cucumber slices
2: rotisserie chicken, peas and corn, cottage cheese
3: fish sticks, sweet potato fries, strawberries
4: meatloaf, baked potato slices, peas
5: spaghetti and meatball, steamed broccoli
6: bean and cheese taco with tomato and avocado
7. tortellini with pasta sauce, roasted squash
8. hummus with cucumber slices and crackers, pear slices
9. rice bowl with cooked carrots, corn, and shredded cheese
10. chicken quesadilla, grapes, roasted green beans
Supper is pretty similar to lunch. Choose 3-4 foods from each dinner category. Toddlers will be able to eat mostly what you eat as long as it is cut up into small bite size pieces and is soft to chew.
However sometimes you may have to make something different if dinner isn’t a toddler friendly meal.
DINNER IDEAS FOR TODDLERS:
- BBQ meatballs
- rice Dishes (add protein and veggie altogether)
- shredded, soft meat – chicken, pulled pork, fish
|cheese, 1/2 banana, canned peas, cucumber|
|turkey lunch meat, watermelon, canned carrots|
|cheese, green beans, pineapple|
|meatballs, pear, peas|
|chicken tender, half an orange, peas|