29 quick and healthy toddler meal ideas

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As your baby gets older, it can be tough to think of new toddler recipes to try and we've all been there as you stare into the fridge, trying to decide what to make.

We've gathered together our favourite toddler meal ideas to tempt your tot with and separated them into breakfast, lunch and dinner, with the aim of giving you some new inspiration when it comes to feeding your little one so your time in the kitchen is well spent, but stress free.

Happy cooking!

Breakfast recipe ideas

3-ingredient banana pancakes

Pancakes are always a winner no matter your age, and these ones are super simple and quick to make. Serve alongside some fruit so your tot gets a portion of their five a day.

Baby-friendly granola

This super healthy, low-sugar granola can be pulped to a crumb for babies 6 months plus and makes a nice crunchy textured breakfast for toddlers aged 3 plus. Top with fruit and a drizzle of honey for some extra sweetness.

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Breakfast Corn Muffins

These delicious muffins are super easy to make and easy to serve, making minimal mess (hopefully!). They're also great for early morning breakfasts on car journeys when you can't get them out the door!

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Annabel Karmel's dippy egg with cheese and tomato toasts

Who doesn't love a good dippy egg? These toast soldiers are made with tomato and cheese to add some more flavour and some goodness.

Annabel Karmel's purple porridge

Your tot will be fascinated with this pretty purple porridge packed full of nutritious blueberries, which have the highest antioxidant content of any fruit. Better still, it takes a speedy five minutes to make.


Lunch recipe ideas

Macaroni cheese muffins

Tots will love these simple to eat savoury muffins packed with calcium and made using pasta, tomatoes and cheese.

Orzo rainbow salad

This super healthy salad can be made the night before in under 10 minutes and stored in jars in the fridge overnight. Simply add the dressing before serving.

Veggie bites

These bitesize balls are brilliant for packing a punch of veg into your tots mealtimes, but in a sly way. They're great for batch cooking and freezing too, so you have something yummy (and healthy) to turn to on those busier days.

Annabel Karmel's pesto, chicken and tomato wraps

Wraps are a quick lunchtime staple that can be made in less than five minutes and packed full of good protiens, fruit and salad.

Griddled chicken with three quick sauces

These simple chicken dippers are a fun and delicious lunch option that kids will love. It's also a great opportunity for them to try different flavours in sauces.

Annabel Karmel - Griddled Chicken

Pitta pockets with tuna and sweetcorn

Pitta bread is essential for filling with nutritious ingredients for an easy lunch option. These are filled with high in omega-3 tasty tuna and eggs for a super healthy meal.

Pitta pockets with tuna and sweetcorn

Salmon and rice salad

If your tot has found a taste for fish, they'll love this fun fish salad with rice that's packed full of nutritious and healthy veggies.

Salmon and rice salad by Annabel Karmel

Mini Tomato and Feta Omelettes

Once you've mastered this recipe, these dinky omelettes make quick snacks for your tots or even work as canapés for your guests at your next party. Bake in silicone muffin tins for the perfect shape.


Spinach frittata

This is a really quick and easy recipe that the whole family can enjoy. For grown-ups, serve with some salad or ratatouille.

Sweetcorn Fritters by Annabel Karmel

These fritters are suitable to give your tot from 6 months and veg can also be easily hidden inside.

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

This hearty fish pie makes a filling dinner for your tot. Make it in their favourite mug to encourage them to eat the lot!

Michela Chiappa’s Fish Pie in a Mug

Beef, Quinoa, Parsnip and Squash

This dish provides a nutritious dinner for your child. It’s packed with protein, vitamins and minerals and will leave them feeling nice and full.

Salmon potato pasta and dill

Oily fish is a super important part of your babies diet as it contains all the essential fatty acids for their brain development.

Salmon, potato, pasta and dill by Annabel Karmel

Chicken, parsnip, apple and kale

Purée or chop all these veggies and fruit together so they can experience different textures and tastes in one dish.

Luxury fish pie with cheesy mash topping

This Mary Berry dish is a family fave everyone will love. It's packed with protein so is ideal for growing toddlers.

30 minute Sunday roast

It may sound like a massive chore, but this family roast can be made in just 30 minutes complete with all the trimmings!

Coconut, corn and fish chowder

Try something different with this creamy dish that serves four. With so much flavour and nutrition, it's the ideal winter fuel.

Cod, apple and cous cous balls

Ideal for lunch or dinner, these bites are great for fussy eaters. Not only that but they're also super nutritious.

cod apple and couscous balls

Pulled chicken baps with apple coleslaw

Having a family barbecue or burger night? Involve your tots in the action with these yummy chicken baps.

Chicken curry

Curry night doesn't have to be just for grown-ups. We think your little one will love this mild chicken curry dish.

Cosy cottage pie

Treat your kids to the ultimate winter comfort food with this tasty cottage pie. Bake in mini ramekins to make the perfect portion.

Cosy Cottage Pies

Mighty meatball pasta bake

Meatballs and pasta are a match made in heaven. Suitable for babies 1 year plus, this can be batch cooked and frozen for days when you don't feel like cooking.

Mighty meatball pasta bake

Spiralised vegetables with a creamy tomato sauce

Suitable for babies 6 months and over, they'll love the texture of these spiralised vegetables topped with a tomato sauce.

Krispie chicken nuggets

It's a winner winner chicken dinner with these protien packed crispy chicken nuggets. Prepped in just 20 minutes and only taking 12 to cook, you're gaurenteed to be making these more than once a week.

Chicken Nuggets by Annabel Karmel

Find more dinner ideas here.

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

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