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

Section: Weaning
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 headfirst 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.

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. 

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. To give you a helping hand, we've gathered together our favourite toddler meal ideas together and separated them into breakfast, lunch and dinner, with the aim of giving you some new inspiration when it comes to feeding your toddler. 

Breakfast recipe ideas

Bunny pancakes by Annabel Karmel

Pancakes are a winner with any tots and also go perfectly with their morning portion of fruit. If you're making these around Easter, try making some cute bunny ears with banana. 

bunny-pancakes

Sweet breakfast pinwheels

Nothing beats the smell of Danish pastries. These tasty swirls are packed with naturally sweet apples and banana. The best part? They can be frozen to be eaten another day! 

pinwheels

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.

what mummy makes granola

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! 

Organix Breakfast Corn Muffins

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. 

Dippy egg

Annabel Karmel's purple porridge

While purple porridge might look a little strange, your tot will love this strange coloured porridge. It's also packed with blueberries so it's super healthy. 

Purple-porridge

Buttermilk pancakes with berry compote by Annabel Karmel

For a super pretty breakfast, try these scrumptious buttermilk pancakes. They're ideal for special mornings like Mother's Day and Valentine's Day. 

buttermilk-pancakes

Lunch recipe ideas

Garlic and poppy seed crackers

These make the perfect snack or accompaniment for lunch. Serve in lunchboxes or with dips for a quick bite to eat that your kids will love. 

crackers

Macaroni cheese muffins

Made in muffin cases, tots will love these simple to eat savoury muffins made using pasta, tomatoes and cheese. macaroni cheese muffins

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. 

orzo

Veggie bites

Struggling to get your kids to eat enough veg? These bites are great for hiding secret veg in and are brilliant for batch cooking and freezing for any future playdates. 

veggie bites

Honey chicken wraps

Lay out all the ingredients for these tasty wraps and encourage your little ones to build their own lunch. 

Honey Chicken Wraps

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 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. 

omelettes

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. 

Frittata

Sweetcorn Fritters by Annabel Karmel

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

fritters

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. 

Beef, quinoa, parsnip

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

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. 

fish pie

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! 

30 minute roast dinner

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. 

coconut chowder

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 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 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. 

chicken curry

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.  

mini 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. 

Spiralised vegetables with a creamy tomato sauce

Krispie chicken nuggets

All kids love a chicken nugget to chomp on. Make yours from scratch with this easy recipe. 

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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