Toddlers are notoriously picky eaters. As a parent, you’ll do just about anything to get your little ones to eat.
Pleading, bribing, time-outs — none of these strategies actually seem to work. Want to know what does work? Toddler-friendly meals.
Yup, it’s that simple. Food that appeals to toddlers is actually quite easy to make. You won’t need a million spices or hours of prep time to make food a toddler will actually want to eat.
Recipes for toddlers, like the seven tried and true ideas listed below, are perfect for little taste buds! These toddler meal ideas will take you through a whole week of dinners that your little one will gobble right up!
Monday: Rainbow Ravioli Nachos
Sneak some veggies into your tot’s week without sneaking them at all!
This fun and simple recipe turns ravioli into cheesy baked “nachos” topped with colorful veggies.
Select veggie-stuffed ravioli — like butternut squash or mushroom — for extra nutrition. Then, invite your bebe to sprinkle the chopped veggies on top. You can prep a finger-food dinner and enjoy a color lesson together!
Yield: 3-4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
• 8-12 ounces cooked ravioli
• 1 Tablespoon olive oil
• 1 cup shredded cheddar
• 2 each red, yellow, and orange mini sweet peppers, finely chopped
1. Heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Spread ravioli on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar. Sprinkle chopped peppers across the top.
3. Bake just until golden and melty, about 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool before enjoying your nachos!
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Tuesday: Hot Dog Bites
Easy, kid-friendly, bite-sized food is a toddler must!
Chubby hands will love grabbing these yummy Hot Dog Bites. Serve with ketchup and mustard for dipping.
Wednesday: Pizza Quesadillas
Source: The Girl Who Ate Everything
Tastier than plain quesadillas, these Pizza Quesadillas are loaded with pepperoni and mozzarella cheese. They’re just as easy to make as they are to eat!
Thursday: Mini Chicken Pot Pies
These Mini Chicken Pot Pies are irresistible!
Protein? Check. Veggies? Check. Delicious crust? Check. Watch your kids gobble these tasty little pies up.
Friday: Hawaiian Pizza Bombs
Sweet, salty and perfectly toddler-sized, your kids will love these Hawaiian Pizza Bombs.
Quick and easy to make, these pizza bites will please even the pickiest of eaters — and they’re full of tasty, healthy pineapple and ham!
Saturday: Peas, Carrots & Orzo
Source: Super Healthy Kids
Pasta is a toddler staple, and this simple Peas, Carrots, and Orzo dish is downright perfect for a little toddler spoon to scoop up. Add grated parmesan and your toddler will dig right in!
Sunday: Baked Honey-Cornflake Chicken Fingers
Source: Ambitious Kitchen
Your kids will flip for these Baked Honey-Cornflake Chicken Fingers! They’re crunchy and a little sweet, with succulent chicken inside.
Serve with honey mustard sauce or ketchup. You’ll love how easy they are to make!