9 healthy toddler meals to shake up dinner time

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Toddlers can be an impossible bunch when it comes to food – and more often than not it's easier to turn to that trusty jar of pesto to keep the peace (and preserve your sanity). But it's only natural to want your little ones to broaden their tastebuds, and Mumsnetters have mastered the art of creating healthy (and tasty) dishes that your miniature food critics will love

Keep it simple

Even the fussiest eater will struggle to resist these tried-and-tested mealtime winners.

Sausage casserole with mashed potato

Sausage casserole with mashed potato

The ultimate comfort food: no childhood is complete without a hearty casserole.

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Fish pie

Fish pie

Not only is this dish super simple to make, you can pack it full of vegetables and protein-rich fish for a filling, nutritious meal for your toddler.

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Vegetable frittata

Vegetable frittata

If you're looking to whip up dinner in a matter of minutes, this delicious, colourful recipe is your go-to.

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Butternut squash and mushroom risotto

Butternut squash and mushroom risotto

This dish is a staple in many households, and for good reason: it never fails to go down a storm.

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Chicken and rice

 Chicken and rice

A faff-free, healthy dish that you'll no doubt turn to time and time again.

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Recipes for the adventurous

If it feels like your little one is ready to take it to the next level, gentle curries, stews and stir-fries with exciting new flavours will add a bit of variety.

Coconut dhal

Coconut dhal

This gentle curry is the perfect way to introduce your toddler to more exotic flavours.

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Vegetable tagine

Vegetable tagine

If you're looking for a way to sneak vegetables into your young 'un's diet, this warming dish has got you covered.

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Lentil stew

Lentil stew

Your toddler might not like the look of them, but lentils are packed full of protein – and after a little persuasion, expect this dish to be gobbled up in minutes.

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Teriyaki salmon stir-fry

Teriyaki salmon stir-fry

The soft salmon flakes and heaps of vegetables make this a perfect family dish, to be enjoyed by all.

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