When my toddler first transitioned from baby food to solids, I found myself feeding him the same thing every day for his lunch – turkey, cheese and some sort of fruit. After a couple of weeks he got pretty bored with the same thing so I needed some ideas on quick toddler meals I could prepare quickly and easily since it’s difficult and stressful for me to cook and take care of him at the same time.
However, when researching quick toddler meals, I came across a lot of articles claiming to be quick and easy but weren’t. I don’t exactly have the capacity to whip up enchiladas or homemade spinach ricotta rolls on the fly. I needed truly quick, easy, AND healthy toddler meals that I could prepare any time of day and in just a couple minutes.
Toddler meals geared toward your lifestyle
What kind of meals you prepare for your toddler will likely revolve around your particular lifestyle. Maybe you are like me, don’t do any kind of meal prepping so the simpler the better. Or maybe you like to stock up at the grocery store each week on plenty of ingredients to make several meals ahead of time in large quantities to freeze and eat throughout the week. Whatever lifestyle or method you prefer doesn’t make it inferior or superior to other, as long as each meal is balanced with one healthy carb, protein, and fat.
3 important nutrients to include in every meal
Whichever way you choose to prepare your toddler’s meals, it’s important that they get a healthy balance of carbohydrates, protein, and fat each day. An easy way to do this is to include at least one carb, one protein, and one fat in each meal. This is actually very easy to do since there are plenty of very simple and delicious whole foods that fall into these categories.
What to have on hand for Quick Toddler Meals
- bananas, strawberries, grapes, blueberries, peaches, oranges, pineapple, peaches, applesauce, etc.
- Whole grain breads:
- english muffins, bread, pancakes, tortillas
- Instant brown rice
- Whole wheat pasta
- shredded (for quesadillas and pizza), and sticks/cubes
- Peanut Butter
- Cheese: (can be used by itself or in pizzas, quesadillas, mac n cheese, etc.)
- Turkey: sliced fresh from the deli
- Chicken breast: sliced fresh from deli or shredded from rotisserie
- Beans: black, red, kidney, garbonzo, etc.
- Peanut butter
- Frozen foods: chicken nuggets, fish sticks, whole wheat pancakes/waffles, or other healthy kid-friendly frozen foods
Misc. and Snacks
- Pasta sauce
- Organic boxed macaroni and cheese
- Fruit bars
- Yogurt melts
- Peanut butter/jelly
- Whole wheat pancake/waffle mix
10 Quick Toddler Meals
1. Quesadilla on a whole wheat tortilla with peas and peaches
2. Mini pizza on whole wheat english muffin with peas and mandarin oranges
3. Annies organic macaroni and cheese with green beans and bananas
4. Turkey, whole wheat toast with butter, and pineapple/papaya
5. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole wheat bread with blueberries and yogurt
6. Whole wheat pancakes with yogurt and bananas
7. Scrambled eggs and avocado with cheese and strawberries
8. rice and beans with avocado and grapes
9. vegan chicken fingers with carrots and bananas
10. whole wheat pasta with marinara, yogurt, and strawberries
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