Here are 28 Easy Toddler Meal Ideas from a Registered Dietitian mom. They’re quick, healthy and great for lunch or dinner.
Judging by how many of you downloaded the 50+ Toddler Meal Ideas PDF, I think it’s safe to say there are a lot of parents out there looking for quick, healthy meal ideas for their kids. So, I’ve decided to start a monthly series where I share some of the meals I’ve been feeding Squish.
A few things to keep in mind:
- First of all, the plates are from Re-Play Recycled. (affiliate link). They’re my favorite and everyone always asks about them!
- These are mostly lunch and dinner. We’re kinda creatures of habit when it comes to breakfast and he eats yogurt, fruit and either oatmeal or toast with peanut butter pretty much every day.
- Squish is currently 22 months old and BIG for his age. He eats A LOT so if this looks like a lot of food to you, keep in mind it may be more than your child is eating and that’s ok.
- I mentioned in this post about Healthy Fats For Kids that I do my best to include a healthy fat source at most meals…but sometimes I don’t, and that’s ok. I also sometimes forget to include a vegetable. We’re working on it!
- Like most people, we have our favorite brands. I’ll try to mention some of them in the first picture they show up in. Similarly, if the recipes are on my blog, I’ll link to them!
- If you’re intersted in my feeding philosophy, you can read about Why My Toddler Doesn’t Always Eat What I Eat.
Blueberries + Maple Hill Full Fat Plain Yogurt + Oatmeal w/ apples, pb & pumpkin seeds
Kiwi + Sweet potato with Annie’s Organic ketchup + pulled pork
Nectarine + Sweet Potato+ Avocado Chicken Burger with Sabra Original hummus
Blueberries + Maple Hill Full Fat Plain Yogurt + Dave’s Killer Bread (21 Grain) + Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter
Strawberries + Cucumber with hummus + Chicken & Black Bean Quesadilla
Strawberries + Peanut Butter Toast + Meijer brand Spinach & Mozzarella Chicken Sausage
Watermelon + Roasted Potatoes with ketchup + Avocado Chicken Burger
Avocado + Hard Boiled Egg + Strawberries + Turkey
Frozen Peas + Nectarine + Turmeric Yogurt Chicken with ketchup
Grandma’s mac and cheese + Blueberries + Cabbage Roll
Hard Boiled Egg + PB Banana Chia Pudding + Avocado Toast
Avocado + Cheese + Simple Mills Crackers + Turkey + Hummus
Avocado + Blueberries + Costco Cheese Tortellini + Pesto
Plum + Chicken Parmesan with zoodles
Raspberries + Daisy Cottage Cheese + Balsamic Chicken Caprese Pasta with marinara
Watermelon + Pesto Tortellini + Turmeric Chicken + Hummus and crackers
Hard boiled egg + Blueberries + Sweet Potato Bite + PB Banana Chia Pudding
Sweet Potato + Raspberries + Roasted Chicken + Holy Guacamole Guac + Garden of Eatin’ Chips
Grapes + Frozen Peas + BBQ Ribs
Watermelon + Corn + King Crab + Steak
Watermelon + pasta + cheese + ketchup + chicken
Raspberries + Simple Mills Cheddar crackers with hummus + steak with ketchup + string cheese
Green Beans with hummus and Italian dressing + peaches + turkey + guac & chips
Sweet Potato + blueberries + chicken sausage + baked beans
Blueberries + frozen peas + grilled chicken with ketchup + crackers
Watermelon + Squash yogurt dip + meatloaf
Butternut squash + grapes +avocado toast + turkey
Pumpkin Yogurt Bar + cottage cheese + avocado + cheeseburger
Reminder: the plates are from Re-Play Recycled. (affiliate link) and we love them!
Be sure to pin this post for later when you need some easy toddler meal ideas!
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If you liked this post, be sure to check out the follow-up post: 40 Toddler Meal Ideas.
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PS…the reason a lot of these meals are so easy are because of the food prep I do. Be sure to check out my Ultimate Guide To Food Prep Ebook if you haven’t already for more tips and tricks!
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Tara | Treble in the Kitchen says
Rockstar!! I know these are toddler meals, but can you make come to my house a make an adult meal for me? 😉
Fiona MacDonald says
Oh gosh , I can’t THANK you enough for these suggestions. We are in a huge rut and because I find it hard to cook meals for the whole family all at once I am running out options! Can’t wait to try each one of these, going to make meal prep that much easier! Thank you thank you thank you!
These suggestions are one word, AMAZING! I have a two year old that is very picky eater. Pretty sure he will love a few of these.
yay! I hope so!
Where did you get these sectional plates?
amazon! just search toddler plates
Babies r us has them $2.99. I just bought some
This is so awesome! I am not the healthiest of people (though I’ve been trying to become more healthy) so I am really nervous about what I should be feeding my son to make sure he’s getting what he needs and the right amount. Luckily, he’s only 3 months right now so i still have some time to worry about it but this provides me with a great starting point with these meal ideas! Thank you so much for sharing!
I was looking for new meal ideas for my 1 year old and found your blog. You do such a great job! I will be back!! 🙂
thanks! glad you found me!
thank you thank you thank you ! Healthiest and most balanced meals for toddlers I’ve seen, this will be huge inspiration right now that i’ve been in a cooking funk.
I noticed you give sweet potatoes and butter nut squash, how do you cook them for toddlers?
i usually just poke some holes in the sweet potatoes and microwave them for 5-6 minutes. For the squash I cut in half, drizzle with oil and roast at 425 for 20 minutes or so….then scoop it out, mash it and usually mix with some plain yogurt and a little maple syrup and cinnamon.
Hello! My 2 year old has become a super picky eater! She use to eat everything:( avocado even first food. Now, I’m struggling any advice? I love the recipes you posted and I actually use to make a lot of those for her. Now she won’t eat any.
keep trying! picky eating as toddlers is common and normal. continue to serve new foods, not just her favorites. limit snacks. serve new with familiar. continue to try different preparation methods, sauces, dips etc!
Are the pumpkin yogurt bars homemade or storebought? Can you provide the brand or recipe? Thank you!
Hi! Thank you for this post! Are the chicken sausages homemade or store bought?
storebought! i look for brands with simple ingredients and the lowest sodium i can find.
Love this post. Thank you for sharing. Question: when you serve butternut squash and sweet potato do you cook it first? And if so, how?
yeah. I either roast it in the oven or with sweet potato i just poke some holes in it and microwave for about 5 minutes.
Thank you! I will be referring to this often. It’s nice to see some healthy ideas!
Thank you so much— this is really helpful!