What are the last few meals you put in front of your toddler?

(44 Posts)
JollyPurpleGiant Thu 04-Apr-13 12:05:46

And did they eat it?

DS, 23mo
Thur lunch - beans, toast and cheese. Ate loads.
Thur breakfast - Cheerios. Ate 2 bowls.
Wed dinner - homemade Pork Curry. Ate rice and naan but unimpressed by pork. Had 2 yogurts.
Wed lunch - Baguette, ham, cheese and pear. Ate pear and ham.
Wed breakfast - Rice crispies and raisins. Had 2 bowls.
Tue dinner - Pasta with soft cheese and sweetcorn, and some apple. Ate very little. Had some Percy Pig Easter egg.

I'm nosy looking for new ideas! smile

MrsOakenshield Thu 04-Apr-13 12:11:23

Tuesday was a home made day:
(always cereal and fruit for breakfast)
lunch: egg fried rice and veg
dinner: pasta with veg sauce
ate everything

yesterday was not quite so homemade:
lunch: Heinz tomato soup
dinner: jacket potato with cheese and beans
ate everything

haven't a clue what we'll have for lunch today - spag hoops with cheese on toast or scrambled egg perhaps (damn, I've just realised I've got hardly any bread). Dinner is going to be pesto pasta. (will probably eat everything).

This makes DD sound quite good but she's rubbish, I have to read at least 2 stories to get her to make a decent in-road into a meal.

I'm crap at meals. I could live off penne arrabiata for days, but I realise this isn't a suitable diet for a 3 year old. Or me, probably.

Sirzy Thu 04-Apr-13 12:13:31

Tuesday DS had toast for breakfast, soup for dinner and spag bol for tea - ate it all

Wednesday - weetabix for tea, stew and dumplings for dinner (nursery) and jacket and tuna - ate all

Today - weetabix for breakfast, about to have a chippy lunch.

He is 3 and eats most things thankfully.

milkwasabadchoice Thu 04-Apr-13 12:15:15

Special K for breakfast is inexplicably popular chez milkwas at the moment.

Recent lunches have included eggy bread, fish pie with egg and spinach in it (which DD ate, to my amazement), ham sandwiches, pasta with sausage and homemade ratatouille type sauce.

Suppers have included bolognese with couscous, beef curry, shop made fish cakes with mini sweetcorn, pasta with broccoli, ham and philly.

Not very inspiring I'm afraid. Hope some whizz cooks will be along soon!

anklebitersmum Thu 04-Apr-13 12:20:15

lunch; beans on toast
dinner; 'big dinner' chicken, roast spuds,parsnips,beetroot,carrots stuffing & gravy

lunch; fried egg banjo
dinner; Ghurka curry & rice

3yr old DD, she scoffed the lot and had a frubes for pudding.

lunch today is ham hock soup & bread
dinner is going to be a Korma & naan

anklebitersmum Thu 04-Apr-13 12:22:20

breakfast has been weetabix/bran flakes generally followed by easter egg blush

IceBergJam Thu 04-Apr-13 12:23:22

Porriage - yep
Veggie chilli and rice out - scoffed
Homemade bbq beans and mash - yep

Porriage - yep
Lentil , cheese and carrot loaf - yep
Mushroom pasta and salad - yep

Porriage - yep
Shephards pie and veg at nursery - scoffed
Fish pie and peas - picked at

Next three dinners are chick pea curry, jacket spud with prawns, chicken wraps.

Can only get her to eat porriage in the mornings. She loves fish and pulses, not so much meat. She only has four teeth though (16 m)

JustPondering Thu 04-Apr-13 12:25:24

Tuesday DS had toast and banana for breakfast, ate all.
Had lunch at nursery, he had fish cakes , wedges and beans and a chocolate muffin, ate most.
For dinner he had a roast chicken dinner and he ate about one roast potato. he had raspberries and yogurt instead.

Yesterday DS had cheerios and milk and blueberries for breakfast, ate all.
beans on toast and banana for lunch, ate all.
For dinner I gave him a small amount each of steak , pork, burger , mushroom, tomato, egg and chips. ate none. Had two yogurts instead.

DS is almost 2.

Lurkymclurker Thu 04-Apr-13 12:27:40

Chez lurky is boring but easy smile dd is 18 months and we eat the same as her every meal

Toast and peanut butter
scrambled egg on toast followed by half a hot cross bun
Tuna pasta followed by jelly

Toast and butter
Leftover tuna pasta followed by fruit
Chicken stirfry and rice followed by yogurt

Toast and marmite
If its (as in if its there eat it) today it's cucumber, coleslaw, crackers, potato salad, cheese and a slice of ham
Not sure yet - possibly fish fingers and jacket potato

Dd is pretty good and will eat anything (apart from melon for some random reason) and looking at this I wonder if we allow her to eat too much?

MrsOakenshield Thu 04-Apr-13 12:27:57

iceberg - what is lentil, cheese and carrot loaf? Sounds not too complicated?

PickledInAPearTree Thu 04-Apr-13 12:31:39


Cheerios ate one. ONE!

Lunch - cottage pie and cauliflower ate one tiny mouthful of potato.

Dinner - chicken korma refused

This morning half a bowl of Cheerios and a crumpet

Dinner - sausage & mash

He's a holy terror with food.

coffeewineandchocolate Thu 04-Apr-13 12:31:55

Tues- peanut butter toast and banana for breakfast. Spaghetti bolognaise for lunch. Chicken dinner for dinner. Glass of milk, banana, yoghurt for supper

Wed- banana and cheese on toast (requested for breakfast). Beans on toast for lunch, chilli and rice for dinner, glass of milk and cereal bar for supper

Today- banana, strawberries and Cheerio/shreddie cereal with milk

Lunch-soup and sandwiches
dinner-beef and ale stew and mash
Supper-toast and milk

IceBergJam Thu 04-Apr-13 12:33:24

Boil 225g red lentils

Fry off an onion with a grated carrot
Add in 100g cheese, 25g breadcrumbs, egg, herbs.
Stir in cooked lentils.
Bake at gas mark 5 for 30 mins.

I sometimes bake with sliced tomatoes on top.

IceBergJam Thu 04-Apr-13 12:34:46

Did baked bananas and easter egg chocolate for dessert. That went down well.

BertieBotts Thu 04-Apr-13 12:39:02

4 year old. For the past about six meals we've had a variation on salami, sausage, cucumber, carrots and peppers for every single meal, sometimes sneaking in some bread, pasta or sweetcorn, which he mostly doesn't eat.

Monday supper - "little dish" spinach and ricotta ravioli with pesto. Yes, she ate 9 of them.

Monday lunch - The salt ridden "ploughmans" at local pub, she ate the cheese and olives, not so much the bread.

Monday breakfast - porridge no doubt. If so, would certainly have eaten it.

Sunday supper - baked trout fillets with carrots and couscous. Yes, she had a go at this

Sunday lunch - pizza. No, not much eaten at all.

Sunday breakast - scrambled egg and toast. Yes, she liked that.

MrsOakenshield Thu 04-Apr-13 12:39:36

thatnks Iceberg, will have that a go.

See, I am rubbish - told DD we'd do spag hoops and scrambled egg - don't have any spag hoops. Could do baked beans but she had them yesterday, and also pooed 3 times yesterday so I'm kind of loathe to. At least I found some bread in the fridge.

MegBusset Thu 04-Apr-13 12:42:25

DS2 (3yo):

Breakfast is always toast and cereal or fruit.
Tues lunch: pizza, salad, yoghurt
Tues dinner: pasta in spinach & cheese sauce, pitta bread

Wed lunch: ham roll, crisps, Fudge bar, apple
Wed dinner: fish cake, cauliflower cheese, corn on the cob, chocolate egg

Today lunch: crumpets with cream cheese, cucumber, yoghurt
Today dinner: probably sausage, potato waffle and baked beans

I am lucky in that he eats basically everything. DS1 restores the cosmic balance by living off about five things.

Sunday - breakfast pancakes, barely touched them but had eaten his own weight in chocolate already
Lunch - fry up ( sausage, scrambled egg and beans for him ) ate all
Dinner roast lamb and all the trimmings, didn't eat the meat

Monday - Cheerios ( aldi version ) ate the lot
Lunch can't remember
Dinner stovies made from left over lamb, didn't touch it but ate the veg

Tuesday - rice krispies ate them all
Lunch chips and humous in nandos ( ate the lot)
Dinner lasagne, salad, ate the salad

Toast and peanut butter
Lunch tomato soup, bread, cucumber
Dinner pizza and salad ( surprisingly ate the pizza)

Toast and jam
Lunch humous, carrot, toast, cucumber

JollyPurpleGiant Thu 04-Apr-13 12:50:39

How do you do the bbq beans, iceberg?

We used to make the cheesy lentil thing occasionally. I really like it, but DS not so much. And we rarely have eggs in the house nowadays so it seems a waste to buy just for me to eat cheesy lentils.

JollyPurpleGiant Thu 04-Apr-13 12:51:55

We are having mince, tatties and doughballs for tea tonight, with carrot and broccoli. Yummy!

What's a fried egg banjo ankly?

(Just a wee experiment with your name there, I'm also on the "how do you shorten your nn" thread at the moment.)

IceBergJam Thu 04-Apr-13 13:25:09

For me, DH and DD, plus lunch for DH next day I did

Fried an onion , garlic and a grated carrot, and a few strips of streaky smoked bacon.
Added in a tin of tomatoes
Two cans of borroti (sp?) beans
Lots of tomato puree, tea spoon of vinegar, some ketshup, two teaspoons of honey. Then tasted and altered.

Mash potato topped with cheese. Oven.

Serve with veg of choice.

I went onto the good food website and looked at the family meal recipe section for ideas as was getting bored.

Above was cheap too.

anklebitersmum Thu 04-Apr-13 13:26:41

Fried egg sandwich TSM (buttered 'proper' bread and some tomato sauce of course)

She loves eggs. All eggs. Yolk dripping off chin=happy DD.

IceBergJam Thu 04-Apr-13 13:27:10

Clue, what are stovies?

CharlotteBronteSaurus Thu 04-Apr-13 13:30:54

dd2 - 2 and a bit

shreddies, toast (eaten)
now at nursery

arancini - picked at, salad - picked at
cheese on toast - eaten
shreddies, fruit - eaten

tues - shepherds pie - picked at, peas - eaten
cheese and ham toastie - eaten
shreddies, fruit - eaten.

she doesn't really do proper dinners, unless of they are of the orange breadcrumbed kind. but she eats loads at breakfast and lunch.
dd1 eats everything, and usually polishes off dd2's leftovers.

Ohhelpohnoitsa Thu 04-Apr-13 13:30:56

we (41yrs, 5yrs, 3yrs & 10m) all just polished off 3yr old's choice - never had this before but was nice snack! potato & carrot waffles, baked beans & cheese on top. cheap, balanced (ish) & eaten by all.

Spag Bol, both love it. It's very simple though with no onions (gives them wind). Just mince in my homemade tomato sauce (courgettes, garlic and herbs simmered in tinned tomatoes then whizzed smooth, tastes almost creamy)
Home made pizza with ham and cheese (use tomato sauce as above for base)
Sausages and mashed potatoes
Roast chicken thighs with roasted new potatoes and veg (only takes 30 mins to cook)
Lamb and pork meatballs in Tom sauce as above
Smoked salmon fillets with pasta or potatoes
Chicken nugget (home made - dip strips of chicken in beaten egg then in crushed cornflakes and fry gently)

They dont eat a huge variety as fussy.

All of the above, they ate.

Wibblytummy Thu 04-Apr-13 13:40:39

B: 1/2 slice of toast and some dry cheerios (DS goes mad if you add milk to them).
L: Tuna sandwich, sticks of green pepper and some cherry tomatoes.
D: Beef lasagna and yogurt.

B: A weetabix with raisins mixed in.
L: Carrot sticks and bread sticks with hummus.
D: Creamy tomato pasta and jelly.

B: Banana spread on toast.
L: Beans on toast.
D: Roast chicken, some jacket potato and vegetables.

DS is 23 months old, he had a huge appetite a few months ago but now he will rarely eat more than half, too eager to get back playing. There's some lovely ideas on here though...

Greige Thu 04-Apr-13 13:44:18

I'm saving this thread.

I'm rubbish at thinking up decent meals for ds - 20months. It doesn't help that he can be very fussy, and go through phases of eating very little.

Today he had:

shreddies (Aldi's) -eaten
ham and cheese sandwich - mostly eaten
pack of chickatees (I know, I know! - but he ate them!)
Banana - eaten

He doesn't like chicken or potato (most days). Yesterday he had spag bol, which he loves, didn't eat it.

I bet if I gave him an easter egg he would eat the lot!

JollyPurpleGiant Thu 04-Apr-13 13:48:45

Mine doesn't eat potatoes. He has once eaten mash and once eaten some baked potato. Every other time he has refused. He doesn't even eat chips!

Stovies website - www.stovies.com/

anklebitersmum Thu 04-Apr-13 13:55:40

Have you tried mashed potato with garlic in? Add a clove or three of garlic when you put them on to boil and then mash as usual with butter and milk (leaving boiled garlic in).

Children usually love it-and the faster they eat garlic the better imho grin

forevergreek Thu 04-Apr-13 14:07:21

Wed :
Breakfast: Porridge with apple - ate
Lunch: Artichoke and spinach quiche, cherry tomatoes and cucumber - ate quiche, one left cucumber, one left tomatoes!
Dinner- polenta and parmasan chicken, with brocoli and cauliflower- ate

Breakfast: boiled egg and toast, an orange- one ate white of egg, left yolk, the other ate yolk left white. Both ate toast and orange
Lunch: pitta bread pizzas - ate
Dinner - bacon, broad bean and mushroom risotto ( will be this eve, both love so probably eat most)

They eat most things generally.

JollyPurpleGiant Thu 04-Apr-13 14:10:48

Those beans sound great, thanks iceberg.

Ooo, garlic mash, yum!

milkwasabadchoice Thu 04-Apr-13 15:58:55

forever please can we have a recipe for that pol/parm chick? I love polenta but rarely cook with it. Would like to try

And your risotto sounds good.

Some great ideas here! :-)

forevergreek Thu 04-Apr-13 16:29:36


Cut chicken into strips and bash flat a little bit

Dip in flour
Dip in egg
Dip in parmasan/ polenta mix ( 50:50 for both, and add seasoning usually parsley or paparika)

Cook in a frying pan with a spray of oil a few mins in each side until golden


PickledInAPearTree Thu 04-Apr-13 18:51:03

That sounds nice. I'm really struggling with ds right now, he's hardly eating.

JollyPurpleGiant Thu 04-Apr-13 19:08:31

Ooo, that does sound nice.

I quite like chicken in cornflakes or rolled oats too.

milkwasabadchoice Thu 04-Apr-13 19:18:33

Sounds good - thanks!

Making lasagna tonight which I hope dd will eat tomorrow. Also planning a chicken in a pot a la Jamie at the weekend as she is a proper carnivore (but eats no fruit!)

DS1 is 3.7

Breakfast is always weetabix with raisons, and half a pear - eats, but needs prompting as cannot stop talking

Lunch is either ham sandwich with cucumber, pepper, cheese and pickle, or ravioli/hoops on toast - eats but needs prompting as cannot stop talking

Tea is whatever I have time to make and can be re-heated for DH coming in later from work - tonight was sticky chicken, rice and peas, and he eats but....see above!!

This is a great thread, have spotted a few things with my DTs writing it up (18mo)

Thurs dinner: Ellas chicken casserole, mash, steamed carrots - mostly eaten, some thrown, carrots rejected (poor nanny!). Yoghurt and raisins and easter egg eaten
Thurs lunch: eggy bread and dried apricots, eaten
Thurs breakfast: Porridge with mango puree, banana, toasted tea cake, wolfed down

Weds dinner: Fishfingers, mash, peas - rejected by DS (hence nanny opened Ellas packet), DD ate every molecule. Yoghurt & pineapple - eaten
Weds lunch: Cream cheese sandwiches, tomato and cucumber (DD), bread sticks, pear - wolfed down
Weds breakfast: Porridge with fruit, toast with (sugar free) jam - wolfed down

Tuesday dinner: Ellas chicken curry and rice, peas, yoghurt, ginger cake, pear easter egg - wolfed down
Tuesday lunch: ham sandwiches eaten, cauliflower cheese rejected by DS eaten by DD, tomatoes for DD, pineapple for both
Tuesday breakfast: porridge, blueberries, toast with Chocolate Philly - eaten

Monday dinner: Cauliflower cheese, bread and butter, can't remember what else - picked at by DS, eaten by DD.

Weekend pub lunch - toasted ham & cheese sandwiches, chips, salad for DD all eaten
Roast - potatoes, bread sauce, sausages, some chicken eaten by both, carrots and beans rejected.

multitaskmama Fri 05-Apr-13 00:39:04

My 3 year old daughter is such a fussy eater. When she was a baby she ate almost everything but now she is very fussy and says everything is dirty. She will only eat fish fingers, jacket potato with cheese, omelette and rice. We have her with us at the dining table to she tries what we we are eating but refuses. The only fruit she likes are apples, pears without skin, banana and melon but I am thankful she eats some fruit. As she's my third child I'm not as stressed or worried as I would have been if it as my first child. The other day she ate two lamb mince samosas and shami kebab. Shami kebab are great as they are kebabs made with lentils and lamb mince. At least now I know she is getting some iron with the red meat. Hopefully she will grow out of her fussy phase like my other 2 kids did! If anyone wants the shami kebab recipe I use, here it is:

Shami Kebabs

jenduck Fri 05-Apr-13 17:45:05

Thur lunch: Cream cracker, cheesey cracker, slice ham, chunk cheese. Banana. Ate all except cream cracker
Thur brekkie: 1.5 slices toast, 1 with jam. Ate all.

Weds dinner: Cheesey bacon pasta. Fromage frais. Ate all.
Weds lunch: Parmesan pretzel, nutella pretzel (bits from ours - out shopping, was a cheap lunch!). Ate all
Weds brekkie: As Thurs

Tues dinner: Fishfingers, oven chips, baked beans. Fromage frais. Ate all.
Tues lunch: Ham sandwich. Banana. Ate all
Tues brekkie: As above

Mon dinner: Pasta with meatballs & tom sauce. Fromage frais. Ate all.
Mon lunch: As Thurs lunch. Ate all.
Mon Brekkie: As above

Not very inventive this week as DH is at home. Tend to do different stuff when he's not here, for some reason hmm

DS is 2 on Monday & is going through a human dustbin phase atm (am thinking growth spurt)

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