Toddler recipes

It's no coincidence that 'toddlers' and 'fussy eaters' are often uttered in the same exasperated breath. Most parents' dual aim is to get some healthy food into their child without the hassle of cooking separate meals for children and adults. So, here are some meal ideas and toddler recipe suggestions that provide a nutritious variety of tastes and textures. 

Don't forget to keep an eye on portion sizes (ie not adult-sized) and beware of adding salt while cooking (let adults season their own portions).

Fried chorizoRed meat recipes

Suggestions: Shepherd's pie and peas • Spaghetti bolognese • 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

Mumsnet recipes: Shepherd's pie • Sneaky veg-filled cottage pie • Lamb hot pot • Sweet potato moussaka


Chicken pieChicken recipes

Suggestions: 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

Mumsnet recipes: Chicken nuggetsChicken risotto • Non-spicy chicken enchiladaCrispy chicken dippers • Optional chicken



Boiled egg and toast fingersEggs

Suggestions: 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 • Spanish omelette (potato, eggs, olive oil)

Mumsnet recipe: Anything-goes omelette • TortillaEggy bread dippers


Fish pie

Fish recipes

Suggestions: 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 

Mumsnet recipes: Yummy fishcakesFish pie • Tuna crunchDad's fish special


Baked potatoVegetables

Suggestions: Mashed potato with anything • Jacket potatoes with different fillings eg cheese and ham, baked beans • Baked sweet potato with butter or grated cheese

Mumsnet recipes: Cheesy potato cakesBroccoli footballsMini children's frittatasClassic cheese and onion pie


Rice with peas, pepper and sweetcornRice

Suggestions: Vegetable rice - basmati rice, cubed peppers, sweet potato, carrot, sweetcorn etc mixed with grated cheese • Egg fried rice • Mushroom risotto 

Mumsnet recipes: Egg fried riceJungle ricePizza rice


Tuna pasta bakePasta and pizza recipes

Suggestions: Spaghetti bolognese • 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 • Homemade pizza

Mumsnet recipes: One-pot spaghetti bologneseCheesy bacon pastaMacaroni cheese with vegetablesPasta bakePizza doughNoodle bake


SoupSoup recipes

Suggestions: Leek and potato • Chicken soup • Minestrone soup with alphabet pasta

Mumsnet recipes: Blended vegetable soupSlow cooker potato and leek soup with bacon bits • Yummy chicken soup


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