Feeding a toddler three meals a day, EVERY. SINGLE. DAY., can be overwhelming. When you feel. overwhelmed, here are 10 easy to make toddler meals that will help you and your toddler have a stress-free meal. My key to a great meal is to keep it simple. The way I handle toddler meals is that every meal has three parts, a main and two sides. The two sides are generally a fruit and veggie, that way there is balance in the meal no matter what the main is.
10 Easy to Make Toddler Meals
- Sausage and Cheese Quesadilla
- Breakfast sausage is my preferred choice for this quesadilla.
- My daughter prefers pepperjack cheese which gives an extra kick to this meal.
- To make, heat your griddle to medium/low heat. Add a small dab of butter and let melt, add your small soft taco shell and sprinkle the cheese on top. Let the cheese start to melt and then add your cooked sausage on top of the cheese. Once cheese is fully melted fold the shell into a quesadilla and cut into 4 sections. This makes it easier for your toddler to grab and eat.
- Spinach, cheese, and shredded Chicken Quesadilla
- To make, heat your griddle to medium/low heat. Add a small dab of butter and let melt, add your small soft taco shell and sprinkle the cheese on top. Let the cheese start to melt and then add your cooked chicken and spinach on top of the cheese. Once cheese is fully melted fold the shell into a quesadilla and cut into 4 sections. This makes it easier for your toddler to grab and eat.
- Scrambled Eggs with Shredded Cheese and Sausage
- Take your favorite pan and heat over medium/low heat and spray generously with Pam Spray.
- In a separate bowl, break the eggs and add about 1 tbsp of water per egg in the bowl. Whisk together until pale yellow. Add a touch of salt and pepper to the egg mixture and then add it to your pan. Let the eggs sit for a minute and cook and then start scrambling them together.
- Once they are about 80-90% cooked, add in your preferred shredded cheese and allow the cheese to melt while your eggs finish cooking. (you can add small bits of already cooked breakfast sausage with the cheese if your toddler likes meat).
- Shredded Chicken and Rice
- I make sure the rice has butter on it to help make it appealing. I’ve also tried rice and veggies like green beans so feel free to substitute the chicken for your toddlers favorite veggie.
- Chicken Bites with Chick-fil-a Sauce
- Chicken bites, are cooked chicken breasts lightly seasoned with salt and pepper, then cut into toddler size bites. Once cut into bite size pieces use the at home Chick-fil-a sauce bottle and add sauce on top of the chicken. Toss to combine and serve. The sauce is key, I don’t put a ton on, but it makes all the difference!
- Butter pasta with/without ground beef
- Butter pasta is easy to make and my daughter loved it. I add salt and pepper to help with the flavoring as well.
- Ham & Cheese Sandwich (slightly toasted and cut into 4 squares)
- Cut up Meat – Simple but a fan favorite!
- Deli Meat – My daughter’s absolute favorite
- Breakfast sausage
- Ground beef/turkey
- Pot Roast with Potatoes and Carrots
- Make sure they are soft and the pot roast is broken into small sections.
- Macaroni & Cheese
- Don’t feel bad about this one, kids love it, and it makes for an easier meal for you! I highly recommend only putting in about half of the packet of cheese flavor, still tastes good without all the artificial flavors.
- Oven Roasted Broccoli – Cut into medium/small bites, toss in a bit of olive oil and salt and place on a baking pan at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.
- Avocado/Guacamole -If you haven’t offered your toddler this, you need too! They actually make guacamole in individual small containers so you can keep them longer. They are the perfect size for a toddler meal and taste great. Here is a link to an example: Single Serving Guacamole
- Fresh or Canned Fruit – Here me out on this one, I prefer fresh fruit. I tend to give my daughter fresh blackberries, strawberries, watermelon, etc. However, on busy days, or when I’m out of fresh fruit having canned fruit options is a huge blessing. She still gets fruit servings and its easily available whenever I need.
- Cottage Cheese -sprinkle a little salt and this is a big crowd pleaser!
- Yogurt -You can freeze this into popsicles they can enjoy as their ‘dessert’ or you can offer yogurt as a side option. Either way its healthy and an easy side to add on to their meal.
- Cucumbers (peeled and cut into circles) -My daughter LOVES cucumbers, and they are the perfect side especially if you are on the go.
- Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes – To make them even better coat them in butter and brown sugar before baking (400 degrees F, about 20 min or until tender)
- Roasted carrots –Make sure these are well cooked, easily mashed between two fingers. I add a touch of butter to make them more appealing.
- Boiled green beans – Similar to carrots, just make sure they are easily mashed between two fingers.
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