Easy toddler meals

Amy - posted on 01/24/2014 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I need some ideas for easy toddler meals. Lunch especially. My 17 mo is not very happy with what I have been giving her. I tend to be repetitive because I get stuck in a rut. Any suggestions would be awesome. I have been looking for a free meal planning site but haven't had any luck. I would love to plan out my meals for the week. With three kids and a husband that doesn't get home until late, this would help me a great deal.

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Chet - posted on 01/25/2014

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What I've done is to keep a lot of washed and/or cut fruit and veggies in the fridge. For meals, the kids usually get two raw fruit and veg items with a carb item and a protein item. This is fast, and if they don't eat everything it's easy to put stuff back the fridge for later.

Examples of toddler meals at our house would be:

- half a peanut butter sandwich with a handful of carrot sticks and a third of a sliced cucumber.
- cheese cubes, a cut up apple, a small bowl of blueberries, and a half a slice of whole wheat toast.
- scrambled eggs, a quarter of bagel, a dish of cherry tomatoes, and some strawberries.
- half a grilled cheese sandwich, a dish of grapes and half a banana.
- a small scoop of leftover mashed potatoes, cubed up ham, a dish of cut up melon and half of a sliced up red pepper.
- a whole wheat pancake (I usually make these with shredded up apple and cinnamon), an orange and a yoghurt.
- a small piece of leftover pizza, celery sticks and a dish of blackberries.
- a small dish whole wheat pasta, fresh pineapple, and pear slices.
- nachos chips with homemade salsa, mango cubes and a kiwi.
- a frozen fish triangle with a dish of corn and peas,

One thing I really wish I'd gotten our kids eating when they were toddlers was oatmeal. That's as easy healthy food that we didn't get them eating when they were young and I feel that we missed the boat on it.

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Lucy - posted on 02/21/2014

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Have a look at cook books from Jessica Seinfield - she has some amazing easy things. Her book 'Deceptively delicious' is all about hiding veges in tasty things so kids don't realise. It up's their vege count and relies on frozen batches of vege puree. Pre- preparing ingredients will be your saviour! Or a pressure cooker/slow cooker can also be your best friend. You can cook stew or soup or plenty of other things - my toddler loves a good stew full of veges and small pieces of tender meat. Super easy and put it in the pot and walk away.

Jennifernider - posted on 02/08/2014

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I usually do to the cup of soup my lo loves it when I make a sandwich n put all of it seperate tomatoes chopped bread with cheese wiz cut up in to pursed meat slices cut up Lettus chopped up finger foods right she loves when I make barrittos I make her lil ones soup is easy fruit cut up kids are snackers so small amounts very frequently yogurt fruit cups cheese strings pizza pops mini pizzas fruit squealed are great chicken nuggets fries perogies my lo loves saled she always eats mine lol veggies n dip mac n cheese there are so many things u can give her just small amount more often

Amy - posted on 01/25/2014

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Oh my. Thank you Chet. This is exactly what I was looking for. Actual meals to give me ideas! Thank goodness mine actually love oatmeal. My picky son (7) just tried it yesterday for the first time and he loves it. He's coming around slowly. Now if I could just get him to eat fruits and veggies. Heck just getting him to try them would be a huge accomplishment!!

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