Mommy Files: Quick Meal Ideas for Toddlers
The hardest part of raising a tiny human is that they won’t tell you what they want for breakfast/lunch/dinner. Whenever I ask my 2-year old what he would like to eat it’s a bunch of babbling that I can’t figure out what he would like. And on top of that, if he gets bored with his food routine the contents of his meal somehow end up on the floor. (Insert a huge frowning face here.) And my schedule is just too busy to take a notepad and pen to jot down new meal ideas. So I did what literally any other mother would do: I spent hours on Pinterest for new inspiration haha. And thankfully so far he has taken a liking to what he’s been offered so I thought why not help another parent out who may be in the same boat. So here’s a quick list of what his meal plan looks like currently:
- Pancakes, Oranges
- Cream of Wheat, Apples
- Biscuits, Eggs, Oranges
- Oatmeal, Pears, Cucumber
- Banana Muffin, Blueberries
- Scrambled Eggs, English Muffin, Pineapple
- Cereal, Pineapple
- Biscuits, Eggs, Peaches
- Yogurt, Berries
To drink he will get one of the following: Milk, Chocolate Milk, Juice, Tea, a Smoothie or Water.
- Chicken Nuggets, Peas & Apple Slices
- Chicken Wraps & Oranges
- Chop Suey, Rice & Apple Slices
- Pasta Salad, Pears & Carrots
- Cheeseburger Pasta, Peas & Pineapple
- Fritatta, Oranges & Toast
- Chickpea Stew, Watermelon & Bread
- Potato Wedges, Marinara Sauce, Apricots & Broccoli
- Sweet Potato, Bread & Plum
- White Bean Stew, Bun & Oranges
- Beef Noodles, Green Beans & Melon
- Pulled Pork, Coleslaw & Fries
To drink it’s always either Juice, Milk, Tea or Water in a colorful sippy cup.
I have also discovered that switching up how certain fruits and veggies are cut to add visual appeal apparently makes a difference. Along with dinosaur chicken nuggets for dinner, and happy face fries = happy toddler.
Hopefully this will give you some newfound inspiration. What are your kiddos favorite meals? I am always in need of new recipes to switch things up.