This Master List of 75 Toddler Meals is full of healthy and easy breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner recipes for your little one! Most of these recipes can be made in 5-30 minutes, are freezer-friendly and have allergy modifications. Great for toddlers 1-3 years old!

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Medically reviewed and cowritten by Jamie Johnson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), and Lauren Braaten, Pediatric Occupational Therapist (OT).

Healthy Toddler Meal Ideas

Feeling stressed about what to serve your toddler? Are you short on time and not sure what your toddler might actually eat? Do you need some fresh ideas for new recipes?

Then this is the right place for you!

I’ve compiled over 75 meals that are completely toddler-approved!

That’s right – I’ve tested them for you, so you won’t have to! Over the years, I’ve tested out hundreds of recipes on my daughters when they were toddlers and preschoolers, and these 75 recipes were clearly the winners 🥇 because they still love eating them to this day!

I’m not sure it’s okay to call your kids 👭 your test subjects… but we are just going to go with it! 👍

Feeding toddlers can be tricky! But, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Here you will find real-life toddler meal ideas, over 100 toddler snack ideas, great hidden-veggie recipes, 50 cooking with toddler recipes, and so much more! For even more toddler-friendly recipes, be sure to check out my best-selling cookbook: Little Foodies: Recipes for Babies and Toddlers with Taste.

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Helpful Toddler Feeding Tools

Tips for Making Easy Toddler Recipes

  • Freezer-Friendly: a great way to make feeding your toddler super easy is always to have a stash of toddler-approved meals in the freezer. If there are any leftovers, I will place them in the freezer for a later meal. This works great for muffins, waffles, meatballs, chicken nuggets, etc. Basically, anything you can find in the grocery store’s frozen section can be frozen with your own homemade recipes. You can also make a double batch of your kiddo’s favorite recipes so you can have a backup plan when life gets crazy (or toddler gets demanding;).
  • Make Once – Serve Again: if you are making a bigger or more time-consuming meal (anything over 30 minutes for dinner), it’s a great idea to save the leftovers and use those in another toddler meal. You can serve the same meal or use parts of the meal in another meal altogether – chicken can be added into cheese quesadillas, pasta can be served with a different sauce, soup can be served with different sides like grilled cheese or turkey sandwich or used as a sauce for pasta or rice.
  • Quick Toddler Meals: a key way to not lose your mind is to always have a list (and the ingredients) for a quick meal for toddlers. Print out or make a list of these easy breakfast, lunch, and dinner ideas and keep them on hand for when life is super crazy and your toddler needed to eat 10 minutes ago.

Toddler Daily Nutritional Guidelines

According to the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, nutrients of concern for underconsumption in a child’s second year are vitamin D, calcium, fiber, and potassium, so make sure your toddler gets a variety of foods with these nutrients daily.  

Below are recommended daily intakes for toddlers of different ages. Still, it’s important to look at what your child eats throughout the whole week instead of focusing on each day since toddlers’ eating habits can be erratic and unpredictable. As long as you keep offering a variety of foods from all of the food groups, your child’s nutrition should balance out each week. 

Daily Recommended Intake for Toddlers 12-23 months

  • 700-1,000 calories a day split between 3 meals and 2 snacks
  • Half of the daily calories should be from healthy fats
  • 2/3 – 1 cup of vegetables daily
  • ½ – 1 cup of fruit daily
  • 1 ¾ – 3 ounces of grains daily
  • 1 2/3 – 2 cups of dairy daily
  • 2 ounces of protein daily

Daily Recommended Intake for Toddlers 2-4 years

  • 1,000-1,400 calories a day for girls and 1,000-1,600 calories for boys split between 3 meals and 1-2 snacks
  • Healthy fats should be reduced to about 30% of total daily calories
  • 1-2 cups of vegetables daily
  • 1- 1 ½ cups of fruit daily
  • 3 – 5 ounces of grains daily
  • 2 – 2 ½ cups of dairy daily
  • 2 – 5 ounces of protein daily

How to Build a Toddler Meal

A good method for building a well-balanced meal for 1-3-year-old toddlers is to include foods from a variety of food groups each day. You don’t have to have all food groups represented at every meal but make sure you offer a protein at all meals and snacks to help keep little bellies full. 

A typical toddler plate should be made up of:

  • half fruits and veggies
  • a quarter of grains
  • a quarter protein
  • serving of dairy

When serving dairy products, give whole milk products until age 2. Focus on whole fruits instead of fruit juice and aim to make half of grains whole grains for more fiber and other nutrients.

Offer foods multiple times, even if your toddler acts like he does not like it, because it can take up to 15 times of being presented with a food for a child to develop a taste for it. Try offering foods cooked in a variety of ways so your toddler can explore different tastes and textures. Even better, serve your child what you are eating (in age-appropriate sizes, of course) and eat meals together so you can model healthy eating behaviors for them. 

Sample Toddler Meal Plan

Below is a sample 5-day meal plan for toddlers. Feel free to use leftovers if you have them to add to the next meal. You can also add in sides of cut veggies and fruit that you have on-hand.


Breakfast: Blueberry Oatmeal with a cup of milk
Morning Snack: Whole Grain Cheese Crackers
Lunch: Turkey + Carrot Roll-Ups with a side of sliced strawberries and milk
Afternoon Snack: Healthy Spiced Apple Dip
Dinner: Chicken Parmesan Meatballs served with whole-wheat penne, side of asparagus, and a cup of milk


Breakfast: Avocado Egg Toast for Baby + Toddler with a cup of milk
Morning Snack: Healthy On-The-Go Granola Bars
Lunch: Mini Bagel Pizzas with Pepper “Sprinkles” with a side of cut cucumbers and pineapple, and a cup of milk
Afternoon Snack: Funfetti Energy Balls
Dinner: Taco Tuesday for Baby + Toddler with a side of oranges and milk


Breakfast: 3-Ingredient Banana Pancakes with milk
Morning Snack: Strawberry Applesauce with a cheese stick
Lunch: leftover Taco Tuesday for Baby + Toddler with a side of peaches and milk
Afternoon Snack: Chewy Mint Chocolate Granola Bars
Dinner: Crispy Salmon Bites with a side of green beans and milk


Breakfast: Peanut Butter Banana Yogurt Bark 
Morning Snack: Applesauce Mini Muffins
Lunch: Easy Tomato Soup with Cheesy Bread Dippers, side of blueberries and a cup of milk
Afternoon Snack: Funfetti Energy Balls
Dinner: Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Apple Slaw with a side of baked sweet potatoes and milk


Breakfast: Cottage Cheese + Fruit Bowl with a side of whole-wheat toast
Morning Snack: Healthy On-The-Go Granola Bars
Lunch: Kale + Spinach with Apple Quesadilla and milk
Afternoon Snack: Chewy Mint Chocolate Granola Bars
Dinner: Crispy Seasoned Fish with Pineapple & Avocado Chunks with a side of rice and milk

Top Rated Meals for Toddlers

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3-Ingredient Banana Pancakes for Baby

5 stars (248 ratings)
Made with only 3 simple ingredients – banana, egg and flour, yet these pancakes are fluffy, soft and perfect for baby, baby-led weaning and toddlers!
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Taco Tuesday for Baby

5 stars (25 ratings)
Don’t forget about baby’s dinner on your favorite meal night of the week – Taco Tuesday! This flavorful meal is filled with your favorite taco flavors, only mini-sized for those little hands to be able to eat.
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Blueberry Avocado Mini Muffins

4.99 stars (130 ratings)
These Blueberry Avocado Mini Muffins are loaded with fruit, healthy fats, and whole grains. Their mini size makes them perfect for small baby and toddler hands, and they are great for baby-led weaning. Yum!
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Mini Bagel Pizzas with Pepper “Sprinkles”

5 stars (8 ratings)
These easy-peasy pizzas come with a fun surprise – pepper “sprinkles”. Toddlers will love adding these bright and colorful veggie sprinkles onto their lunch pizzas.
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Hidden-Veggie Carrot & Orange Popsicles

5 stars (8 ratings)
These naturally sweetened frozen treats are a fun and tasty way to serve a fruit and veggie to your toddler. Great for snack time or dessert.
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Chicken Parmesan Meatballs for the Whole Family

5 stars (31 ratings)
These Chicken Parmesan Meatballs are the perfect family dinner – easy to make and loved by all! This healthy dinner is great for all ages – baby to adults! Made in 30 minutes with only 5 simple ingredients!
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Easy Garlic Broccoli Pasta

5 stars (40 ratings)
This Easy Garlic Broccoli Pasta is the perfect family dinner! Using one-pot, 5-ingredients and made in less than 20 minutes, what's not to love?
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Broccoli Egg Muffins for Baby + Toddler (Baby-Led Weaning)

5 stars (49 ratings)
Handheld and portable, these egg cups are great for baby and toddlers on-the-go. These savory cheddar cheese and broccoli breakfast cups can be served warm at the breakfast table or packed cold for a morning playdate or school lunch.
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Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

5 stars (8 ratings)
Easy and quick to make, these whole wheat chocolate chip cookies are the perfect treat for the whole family. Ready to enjoy in 20 minutes and made with simple ingredients, these cookies are wonderfully chewy and crunchy.
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20 Minute ABC Muffins (for Baby & Toddlers)

4.95 stars (18 ratings)
Looking for naturally sweetened muffins for baby-led weaning? Babies, toddlers, and even big kids love these soft and sweet ABC Muffins made with Apple, Banana, and Carrots! Perfect for 6+ months.
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie

5 stars (33 ratings)
If you have a picky one at home who refuses to eat their vegetables, this chocolate peanut butter smoothie is a great way to sneak them in! This kid approved smoothie is great for a quick and easy breakfast or snack and is nutrient dense.
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Toddler Breakfast

Toddler Lunch

Toddler Snacks

Great for On-The-Go Snacking

  1. Healthy Spiced Apple Dip for Toddlers + Kids
  2. Yogurt Pouches
  3. Carrot Hummus with Toasted Paprika Pita Chips
  4. Healthy On-The-Go Granola Bars for Toddlers + Kids
  5. Whole Grain Cheese Crackers
  6. 14 On-The-Go Healthy Snacks for Kids + Toddlers
  7. Applesauce Mini Muffins
  8. Funfetti Energy Balls
  9. Chewy Mint Chocolate Granola Bars
  10. ABC Mini Muffins

Loaded with Fruits or Veggies (or both:)

  1. Cinnamon Applesauce
  2. Hidden-Veggie Carrot & Orange Popsicles
  3. Peach Summer Fruit Salad with Mint + Honey Dressing
  4. Strawberry Applesauce
  5. Healthy Caramel Apple Nachos
  6. Mint + Lime Slushy
  7. 3 No-Cook Toddler Squeeze Pouch Recipes
  8. Warm Peach Chunks with Nutmeg (for Baby & Toddler)
  9. Peanut Butter Banana Baby + Toddler Melts
  10. Unsweetened Applesauce
  11. Strawberry Popsicles
  12. 8 5-Minute Applesauce Combos for Toddlers + Kids
  13. Rainbow Frozen Yogurt Bark
  14. Monster Frozen Yogurt Bark
  15. Flavored Milks

Toddler Dinners

Made in 30-Minutes or less

  1. Easy Cheesy Garlic Broccoli Pasta (family favorite!)
  2. Mild Curry Chicken & Veggies for Toddler + Kids
  3. Easy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese (5 Fun Variations!)
  4. Favorite Salmon Pasta with Peas
  5. Sweet Potato Mac & Cheese
  6. Easy Pizza Pinwheels (with hidden veggies)
  7. Family-Favorite Pumpkin Pasta
  8. Family-Favorite Sheet Pan Shrimp Tacos
  9. Quick Stovetop Mac & Cheese with Shredded Chicken
  10. Chicken Parmesan Meatballs (family-favorite)
  11. Easy Broccoli Mac and Cheese
  12. Hidden Veggie Pasta Sauce (Great for Picky Eaters!)
  13. Healthy Chicken Nuggets with Green Bean “Fries”
  14. Crispy Seasoned Fish with Pineapple & Avocado Chunks for Toddler + Kids
  15. Crispy Salmon Bites for Baby + Toddler
  16. Kid-Approved Summer Veggie Pizza
  17. Mini Chicken + Carrot Meatballs for Baby
  18. Easy Cauliflower Tots
  19. Fiesta Bowl for Toddlers
  20. Carrot Pasta for Baby + Toddler
  21. Crispy Chicken Strips 
  22. Black Bean Tostadas with Strawberry Salsa

Make Once – Serve for Mulitple Meals

  1. Kid-Friendly Pumpkin Risotto
  2. Easy Salsa Chicken Tacos (family favorite!)
  3. Instant Pot BBQ Chicken (toddler, kid + adult approved)
  4. Mexican Sweet Potato Boats for Baby + Toddler
  5. Veggie-Loaded Tomato Sauce for Toddlers + Kids (Great for Picky Eaters!)
  6. Chicken Chili Verde
  7. Butternut Squash ‘Mac and Cheese’ for Toddler
  8. Toddler Tofu Sticks + Peanut Dipping Sauce
  9. Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Apple Slaw

Toddler Desserts

  1. Easy Chocolate Fondue for Toddlers + Kids (Dairy-Free)
  2. Monster Frozen Yogurt Bark
  3. Peanut Butter Banana Yogurt Bark (toddler + kid fav!)
  4. Healthy Yogurt Parfait Popsicles for Toddler + Kids
  5. Rainbow Popsicles for Toddler + Kids
  6. Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies
  7. Healthy Smash Cake
  8. Healthy Cream Cheese Frosting
  9. Toddler’s Favorite Banana Pudding – Gluten and Corn Starch Free
  10. Kids Chocolate Stirring Spoons (Allergy-Friendly)
  11. Strawberry Lemonade Slushies for Toddlers + Kids
  12. Green Tropical Smoothie Popsicles
  13. Hidden-Veggie Carrot & Orange Popsicles (Baby + Toddler)
  14. Healthy Funfetti Popsicles for Kids + Toddlers
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Get the recipe: 75 Toddler Meal Ideas: Broccoli Egg Cups

4.8 stars (29 ratings)
These savory cheddar cheese and broccoli breakfast cups can be served warm at the breakfast table or packed cold for a morning playdate or school lunch. Plus, enjoy 74 more healthy and easy meal ideas for your toddler!



  • Heat Oven: Turn on oven and pre-heat to 375 degrees. Line 8 muffin tins with silicone muffin molds or generously spray to prevent sticking.
  • Whisk: In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs and milk together.
  • Mix: Add in the broccoli, cheese, salt and pepper and stir until combined.
  • Fill Mufifn Molds: Pour the egg mixture into the muffin tins until 3/4 the way full.
  • Bake: Place the muffin pan in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until eggs have set and the cheese is golden brown


Age: 6+ months
Storage: in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Reheat Frozen: to reheat the frozen egg cups, simply place on a microwave-safe plate and microwave in 30-second intervals until warm.

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