Toddler-Friendly Meal Ideas

I’m SO excited for today’s post because we desperately needed some major inspiration for Owen’s meals. We’ve gotten in such a bad rut of feeding him the same thing over and over again which is a big no-no when you’re trying to raise an adventurous eater. But, so many days, it’s just not worth the fight and it’s easy when I know which things he’ll eat and which he won’t.

Starting earlier this week, I started following FeedingLittles on Instagram and realized how important it is that I do a better job of varying his food at every meal of the day. We’ve tried some new things, and some he’s loved, some he hasn’t, ha! But, I think that’s natural when I start introducing new things.

We tried hummus at lunch yesterday and his reaction was hilarious. He was like I kinda like it, but I don’t know what it is, so I’m gonna act like I don’t like it—ha!

Before we get into the 50+ meal ideas you guys all shared (seriously, you guys are amazing!), I just wanted to say thank you! I’m already feeling a huge sense of relief when it comes to meal time and I’m so happy to have a ton of new idea! Hopefully you guys find this super helpful too!

Owen’s Favorites

Breakfast: 365 Organic Apple Cinnamon waffles with almond butter and a little bit of syrup

Lunch/Dinner: Dr. Praeger’s veggie littles, steamed broccoli, Jovial brown rice pasta and meat sauce (I combine turkey or grassfed beef with veggies like zucchini, sweet potato, cauliflower and tomato sauce)

Breakfast

  1. healthy muffins that are easy to freeze (carrot oat)
  2. Vans whole wheat waffles with a smear of peanut butter and sliced banana
  3. Kodiak waffles w/ nut butter and berries
  4. Kitchfix frozen banana waffles with PB and almond butter
  5. avocado toast
  6. green smoothies
  7. banana 3 ingredient pancakes omelets paleo pancakes (1 banana, 2 eggs blended and cooked like pancakes)
  8. pancakes (1 ripe banana, 1/4 c oats, 1 egg, dash of cinnamon and dash of vanilla)

Lunch & Dinner

  1. sweet potatoes and black bean quesadillas
  2. easy spinach cheese pasta
  3. zucchini meatloaf
  4. fish or chicken soft tacos
  5. sweet potato mash with ground turkey, tomato and cheese
  6. grilled cheese
  7. turkey burgers from Liz Adams
  8. spaghetti with extra veggies in the sauce
  9. peanut butter pizza (peanut butter on a whole wheat tortilla with banana, strawberry and chia seeds
  10. spaghetti squash
  11. egg cups
  12. chicken soup with veggies
  13. black bean burger (California style protein blend by birds eye) and lots of berries
  14. meatloaf
  15. ground turkey and cous cous and salad with cucumber and tomatoes
  16. raviolis with veggies and sauce
  17. TJs frozen turkey meatballs, steamed broccoli, whole wheat pita and hummus
  18. avocado toast with everything but the bagel seasoning
  19. pre-made cauli or broccoli crust from TJs and topped with good stuff
  20. quesadillas on Siete tortillas with smashed avocado
  21. soup with fun pasta shapes
  22. meatballs, so easy to add veggies and make in different varieties (asian, etc.)
  23. pasta bolognese
  24. lasagna
  25. turkey burgers with cheddar cheese and avocado
  26. chickpea pasta (sneak in chicken sausage in the sauce)
  27. banza pasta
  28. salmon
  29. grain bowls
  30. pasta with hidden veggies
  31. Shepard’s pie
  32. veggie soup with pasta
  33. cheese tortellini with pesto
  34. refried beans with rice
  35. spaghetti squash with turkey meatballs and pesto
  36. butternut squash dahl (lentils!)
  37. pan fried rice cakes with veggies, rice and egg (like a crab cake)
  38. chicken noodle soup
  39. burrito bowls
  40. taco bowls
  41. veggie hummus wraps
  42. falafel lentil soup
  43. sweet potatoes and black bean quesadillas

If you have any more, please add them to the comment section! I know all of us mamas will greatly appreciate it! Again, thank you all so much for your input and cheers to getting our kiddos to eat more than one meal, haha!

BTW, 5 winter kid activities when you’re not a creative mom, and how life has changed since having a baby.

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