Some meal ideas and recipe suggestions for toddlers from those great people at Mumsnet, offering a range of textures and tastes, while making sure they get all the nutrients they need. Enough ideas for even the fussiest of mini-eaters!
Red meat suggestions & recipes
Shepherd’s pie and peas
Roast dinner – meat, roast potatoes, roast carrots, Yorkshire pudding, broccoli, peas, stuffing, gravy
Fried chorizo with boiled or stir-fried veg and quinoa.
Cottage pie or mash volcano and cut-up sausages with gravy lava
Lamb hot pot
Sweet potato moussaka
Fish suggestions & recipes
Fish fingers and chips
Fish (eg salmon baked in foil in oven) and chips
Salmon (or other fish) with lemon drizzled on top, couscous and any veg you have (eg cabbage, carrots, broccoli) steamed for 10 mins.
Mini fish pie (any fish) with mash on top and grated cheese.
Dad’s fish special
Egg suggestions & recipes
Boiled egg and soldiers
One-egg omelette, plain or with added cheese and/or ham
Cheese and sweetcorn omelettes
Scrambled egg with grated cheese mixed in
Tortilla Spanish omelette
Eggy bread dippers
Chicken suggestions & recipes
Home-made chicken goujons with rice and peas or mash
Chicken stir-fry with egg fried rice
Chicken pie – cooked chicken, white sauce, peas, sweetcorn, topped with ready-made puff pastry
Mini chicken casserole – cut chicken breast in cubes, one potato, one diced carrot, cover with vegetable stock, simmer gently till cooked.
Non-spicy chicken enchilada
Crispy chicken dippers
Rice suggestions & recipes
Egg fried rice
Mashed potato with anything
Jacket potatoes with different fillings eg cheese and ham, baked beans.
Baked sweet potato with butter or grated cheese
Cheesy potato cakes
Mini children’s frittatas
Classic cheese and onion pie
Gnocchi with peas, sweetcorn and ham and cream cheese
Tuna pasta bake
Pasta with pesto and grated cheese
Cheesy pasta (cream cheese and cheddar blended into white sauce), on its own or with veg, ham etc.
Vegetable pasta – add chopped veg (eg broccoli, leeks, carrots) to pan of cooking pasta for final five minutes, drain, add cream cheese and stir till combined.
One-pot spaghetti bolognese
Cheesy bacon pasta
Macaroni cheese with vegetables
Pepper and bacon pasta bake