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150+ Toddler Meal Ideas

These Toddler Meal Ideas are simple, healthy toddler food ideas. Use these easy toddler meals to introduce new foods, help picky eaters and make mom life easier.

*Originally published in 2016*

Hi friends!

If you’re looking for toddler dinner ideas, you’re in the right place. They also work for breakfast, lunches and snacks! I’ve been sharing easy toddler meals since my oldest was 18 months old and I have quite a collection of toddler plate photos. These easy toddler meals are geared toward kids ages 1-4.

If you’re looking for more ideas, check out:

100 Healthy Toddler Meals (another large roundup post)

50+ Toddler Meal Ideas (PDF Download)

A Month Of Easy Packed Lunches (Ebook)

Important note because someone always asks- the plates are from Re-Play Recycled. (affiliate link) They’re our favorite. I also love their cups and bowls.

Looking for toddler dinner ideas?

First, let’s cover a few points on feeding toddlers:

How much should my toddler eat?

I try to judge how my kids are eating by looking at the big picture. If they don’t eat one meal, they’ve likely either eaten well at 1 or 2 of the other meals, or had a few too many snacks that day. And if they haven’t, then they’ve usually eaten fairly well the day before or will the day after.

What should I feed my toddler?

When kids are toddlers, one of the most important things you can do is offer variety. Check out the plates below but I encourage you to sub other fruits and veggies based on what’s in season, things they have or haven’t tried yet, child preference, chewing ability, etc.

I try to offer several healthy fat sources during the day because it’s so important for brain development. That can include things like avocado, eggs, full fat dairy, nut and seed butters, fatty fish like salmon, foods cooked in oil like avocado oil and more!

What to give my toddler for lunch

This post is just meant to give ideas. All kids eat different amounts and varieties. No my kids don’t eat everything I serve them I share these roundups not because I think you should be giving your kids these exact meals…but because I hope that perhaps they’ll give you some inspiration or spark some new ideas! Maybe you’ll just see a few components of a few meals and think “hey! I’ve never tried serving that to my kid”. I consider that a win.

Toddler won’t eat veggies?

Like all kids, mine have favorite foods so there are some repeats of meals and specific brand products in these photos. 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 your toddler doesn’t eat the vegetables and other foods you serve, the most important thing you can do is keep offering them. Here are some kid-friendly vegetable recipes. Kids need repeated exposures, especially to things like vegetables, so get creative and keep offering them. Try different shapes and forms- raw, cooked, steamed, sauteed, roasted, hot, cold, blended and more!

What should I not feed my toddler?

Avoid choking hazards under age 4. I cover choking hazards and toddler snack ideas in this post. Also keep an eye on added sugar and sodium levels in the foods you’re giving them.

Does my toddler need a multivitamin?

My friend and fellow RD Kacie wrote a great post all about the best multivitamins for toddlers. As always, we are dietitains but not YOUR child’s dietitian. If you have concerns, speak to their doctor or consult with a Registered Dietitian.

Here are some meals my oldest ate at ages 1 & 2

Easy Toddler Meals

Avocado toast on Dave’s Killer Bread, strawberries & Honey Smoked Fish Company Salmon

Strawberries, Chocolate Pea Cookie, Plainville Organic Turkey (from Costco), Strawberry PB Oatmeal

Steamed veggies, Barilla protein+ spaghetti, Crockpot Meatballs

Simple Mills Crackers with Sabra hummus, roasted sweet potatoes, baked chicken, taste of kale, bacon and goat cheese stuffed chicken, bbq sauce

Corn, Dr. Praegers Spinach Littles, avocado toast

Cucumber and hummus, HB eggs (from Costco), leftover hot dog from dinner out (I don’t buy hot dogs but both my kids eat them at restaurants)

Barbara’s Cinnamon puffins, raspberries, waffle french toast peanut butter sandwich (just regular french toast cooked on a waffle iron with peanut butter in between)

Grapes, Giovani Rana spinach and cheese tortellini, roasted cauliflower, Meijer Brand chicken sausage

Easy Toddler Lunches

Steel cut oats made with cashew milk, peanut butter, cinnamon and vanilla and blueberries, peppers with ranch, roasted potatoes, bite of a salmon burger

Sweet potato bite, blueberries, pepperoni and cheese rollup

Pasta with red sauce, avocado toast, raisins, pulled pork with bbq sauce

Blueberries, roasted sweet potato, avocado, pepperoni, farro

Blueberries, roasted carrots, hard boiled egg, peanut butter toast

HB egg, Broccoli Littles, Made in Nature Tart Cherry Figgy Pops, turkey and avocado roll-up

Sunchips, Broccoli Littles, Baked Oatmeal French Toast Sticks (added shredded carrots), blueberries

Peas, Lotus Foods ramen, shredded chicken with bbq sauce

Easy Meals For Toddlers

Figgy pop, Triscuits with hummus, turkey stuffed with pepperoni and cheese

Honey roasted peanuts, snap peas, pears, avocado toast

Almond Butter Chicken and zoodles skillet (chicken and veggies separated), pear and pasta with red sauce

Avocado toast, microwaved sweet potato, Egg Waffle

Rice, roasted green beans, Instant Pot Asian Chicken

Corn, Simple Mills crackers with hummus, french toast waffles

Grapes, Egg Wrap, buttered noodles

Pretzels with hummus, blackberries, PB & Banana Sandwich

Banana Oat Bar, roasted sweet potatoes, pizza meatball (coming soon)

Grapes, Pumpkin Yogurt Bar (made dairy free by subbing pea milk for yogurt, and I added hemp seeds), avocado, homemade chicken and noodles

Carrots with ranch, crackers and hummus, bacon, Instant Pot Chicken Marsala

Strawberries, Dr. Praeger’s Broccoli Littles, Kid Fresh Foods Chicken Meatballs

Carrots with ranch, roasted sweet potatoes, chicken and black bean quesadilla

Grapes, Pumpkin Yogurt Bar, PB Chocolate Cauliflower Oatmeal

Crackers and hummus, cottage cheese and eggs

Sweet potatoes, banana, pizza meatballs

Toddler Meals for Picky Eaters

Blackberries, sweet potatoes, chicken and hummus naan pizza

Sweet Potato Protein Cookie, Turkey, hummus and cheese rollup

Maple Bacon Roasted Carrots, apples, waffle french toast

Roasted carrots, strawberries, Bob’s Red Mill Paleo Waffle Mix, pork tenderloin

Pears, rice, chicken fried rice

Crackers and hummus, raspberries, pb&J

Grapes, Lemon Energy Ball (with blueberries added)

Hummus and pepperoni naan pizza

Roasted sweet potatoes, steamed green beans, Kid Fresh Foods Chicken Meatballs

Graham Cracker, strawberries, scrambled eggs with peas and chicken sausage

Carrots and ranch, Coconut Oil Banana Muffin, Chicken Marsala

Pineapple, Trail mix, Turkey

Clementine, Kodiak Cakes pancakes with blueberries, hotdog

Sweet potato, pears, lasagna

Crackers and hummus, potatoes, turkey and avocado rollup, Outshine Popsicle

Sweet potatoes, Love Grown Sea Stars, turkey, apple

Smoked Salmon, strawberries, tortellini, Coconut Oil Banana Muffin

Pear, Siggi’s 4% yogurt, crockpot pot roast, rigatoni

Annie’s mac and cheese, peas, Freezer Chicken Tenders

Curry roasted sweet potatoes, naan, chicken curry

Bare apple chips with peanut butter, PB Chia Crackers, oatmeal with berries

Carrots and ranch, Rice Krispie treat, meatballs

Crackers and hummus, dates with peanut butter, Kid Fresh Foods chicken nuggets

Crackers and hummus, pears, Green Smoothie Pancakes

Naan with hummus, Lemon Energy Ball, tuna cake, strawberries

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

Here are some meals my oldest ate as a 3 year old

Peas, buttered noodles and smoked salmon

Mashed squash, cinnamon applesauce, oatmeal with Crazy Richard’s peanut butter

Siggi’s yogurt, cucumbers with Sabra hummus & baked oatmeal french toast sticks

Roasted sweet potatoes, confetti cauliflower rice, hamburger with Annie’s ketchup

Apple slices, carrots with ranch, naan pizza with mushrooms and meatballs

Cherry tomatoes, Garden of Eatin chips with hummus, peanut butter & banana sandwich (Dave’s Killer Bread)

Maple bacon roasted carrots, avocado, Cajun meatloaf and pears

Simple Mills crackers with hummus, carrots with ranch, Lasagna soup

Steamed peas, Triscuits with guac, chicken sausage and an apple

Carrots & ranch, pears, crackers and smoked salmon

Steamed sweet potatoes, yogurt, Kodiak cakes

Broccoli tots, strawberries, turkey, hummus & cheese roll-up

Spaghetti, Chocolate Butternut Squash Muffin, pulled pork with bbq sauce

Yogurt, noodles, Instant Pot Hummus Chicken, pears

Roasted sweet potato, Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies, Plainville Organic Turkey, pears

Pears, Carrots & Hummus, Quesadilla with hummus, chicken and cheese

Spinach and cheese tortellini, roasted broccoli, crockpot meatball

Cottage cheese, carrots, blackberries, sweet & spicy bacon wrapped chicken

Pears, chicken pad thai, roasted sweet potatoes, egg wrap

Cheese + ground beef quesadilla, steamed mixed veggies, pulled chicken and avocado

Clementine, Alexia Sweet Potato Puffs, meatloaf

Peanut Butter & Jelly, cold mixed veggies, smoked salmon

Date with peanut butter, paprika roasted carrots, turkey and hummus sandwich

Strawberries, yogurt, Bisquick + cottage cheese pancakes

No Bake Chocolate Peppermint Bite, steamed green beans, Kodiak cakes with peanut butter

Steamed sweet potatoes, Chickpea buckeye, peanut butter toast, chicken sausage

Sweet potatoes, pears and turkey sandwich

Pears, carrots with ranch, chicken & sweet potato chili

Peas, mac and cheese, bbq pulled pork

Chickpea buckeye, yogurt, cold green beans, hard boiled egg, pears

Grapes, chips, hummus, pulled pork

Graham crackers, banana, roasted squash and turkey

Strawberries, Triscuits with hummus, chicken and sweet potato chili

Applesauce (plus probiotic), hb egg, ham sandwich

Fried egg, pears, pb&j toast

Chocolate squash muffin, pears, Asian chicken and carrots

Kiwi, cottage cheese, chocolate chip pancake, fried egg

Pears, mac and cheese with sausage and peas, pb toast, tuna quinoa cake

Strawberries, beans, pork and mac and cheese

Pears, yogurt, egg wrap

Fried egg, mandarin oranges, waffled french toast

Cottage cheese, chips and hummus, bbq pulled pork

Cottage cheese, carrots and hummus, beer braised pulled pork, crackers

Strawberries, curry roasted sweet potatoes, pb&J and lemon broccoli

Shells with marinara, green beans, tuna quinoa cake

Roasted broccoli, blueberries, pulled pork, brown rice

Corn, carrots and hummus, black bean quesadilla

Pickle, roasted green beans, baked chicken

Peas, sweet potato banana bite, hummus, hard boiled egg, strawberries

Sweet potato fries, noodles with marinara, guacamole, crackers, chicken sausage

Strawberries, girl scout cookie, mac and cheese with sausage and peas

Strawberries, cucumbers with hummus, turkey club wrap

Yogurt, clementine, egg wrap

Clementine, deconstructed chicken philly sandwich

And that’s it for toddler meal ideas! I hope this post gave you some new ideas.


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