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Tasty toddler food ideas: Recipes that'll keep your little ones full and happy

toddler food ideas

When your baby gets to around 6 months old, milk might not seem to cut it anymore. This is the signal that it's time to start weaning. They're ready to dive head first into the wonderful world of food, and they'll need some tasty recipes to get them there.

The first step for a lot of parents is making purees. This is called spoon-fed weaning and you'll need to use a soft, silicone spoon to spoon-feed your baby blended fruit, vegetables and other foods. The best way to make a puree is with a top notch blender, see our picks here.

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Broccoli and Courgette Cheesy Bites 💚 • These are sooo cheesy and so delicious. We served ours with a spinach yoghurt dip. These can be frozen so perfect for quick lunches or dinners. Here’s how we made them ⬇️ • 1/3 broccoli head, grated 1/2 small courgette, grated 1 egg 5-6 heaped TBSP breadcrumbs Cracked black pepper 50g cheddar cheese, grated 1/2 TSP lazy garlic • 1.Grate courgette and squeeze as much liquid out as possible. 2.Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl, the mixture should be moist but you should be able to roll it without it breaking. If mixture is a little dry add a splash of milk. 3.Line a baking tray with baking paper and preheat oven to 190c 4.Roll a TBSP of mixture at a time in your hands and place on baking tray. 5.Pop them into the oven for around 20-25 mins, they should be golden brown in colour and cooked through. • We made our dip with Greek yoghurt, chopped spinach, dash of lemon juice and cracked black pepper. #babyledweaning #babyled #toddlermeals #blw #blwrecipes #weaning #instafood #foodstagram #fussyeaters #whatifeedmykid #food #whatmykideats #instalike #blwideas #blwmenu #startingsolids #familymeals #healthyeating

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Another approach is baby-led weaning, it's a messier alternative (they control where the food goes, and often it's not in their mouths...) that lets your baby play with their food and choose which bits to eat and when. There are plenty of amazing products out there to help with the mess of baby-led weaning, including this great suction bowl from bamboo bamboo.

The hope with baby-led weaning is that it gets them used to different textures and helps with fussiness. There are loads of great books on weaning, including social media favourites Annabel Karmel and Joe Wicks.

It might feel absolutely impossible to get your little ones to like vegetables, and you're not alone. Research shows that one in five toddlers never eat their veg. However, there are clever ways to make veg delicious and get your kids eating their five-a-day. You might want to consider introducing them to super-nutritious super foods like tomatoes, apples and broccoli.

Breakfast recipe ideas

Sweetcorn and spinach fritters

Mini egg & veg muffins

Bunny pancakes by Annabel Karmel

bunny pancakes by Annabel Karmel

Lunch recipe ideas

Salmon fish fingers with chunky chips

Microwave courgette and pea risotto with prawns

Homemade pizza with veggie faces

Find more delicious lunch ideas for your toddler here. They're suitable for a nursery pack lunch, too!

Dinner recipe ideas

Fish pie in a mug

Michela Chiappa’s Fish Pie in a Mug

Beef, Quinoa, Parsnip and Squash

Salmon potato pasta and dill

Salmon, potato, pasta and dill

Chicken, parsnip, apple and kale

We haven't forgotten toddler snackingFinger foods like cucumber, carrots or sticks of cheese make great toddler snacks.

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