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21 Easy Toddler Recipes That Kids Will Love!

Coming up with healthy toddler recipes after a long day—whether you work, stay home, or do some mix or in between—is a challenge. It’s often the time of the day when they need our attention most, yet they also need to eat. (Did someone say hangry?) These quick toddler meals or a variety of foods ideas are quick, easy, and nourishing so that you can get the food onto the table fast. I hope that these ideas or toddler dinners provide inspiration on those busy nights when you’re scrambling to serve up something healthy.

21. Vegetable Risotto with Sun-dried Tomato

Vegetable Risotto with Sun-dried Tomato

A classic, creamy sun-dried tomato risotto recipe with toasted pine nuts and fresh Basil. This sun-dried tomato risotto is a celebration of tomatoes. Ripe tomatoes that have been dried in the sun until most of their water content has evaporated.  Deep red in color with a chewy texture and intense flavor, can be used in the kitchen year-round. In Italy, they used to be placed to dry on the tile roofs of people’s houses. These toddler recipes are great to snack on and absolutely divine in risotto. Here is my extra creamy version of the Italian classic, a simple dish packed full of flavor, texture, and aromas that you can served with scrambled eggs.
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20. Spinach Muffins with Banana and Blueberries

Spinach Muffins with Banana and Blueberries

A blender muffin recipe that’s easy to make. These veggie muffins are packed with spinach while being sweetened with banana, applesauce, and honey. Spinach muffins with banana and blueberries are a blender muffin tins recipe that’s super simple to make. These veggie muffins are packed with spinach while being sweetened with banana, applesauce, and honey. They are a great way to get enough servings of fruit and veggies into toddler recipes! The banana, applesauce, and honey bring delicious flavors while the spinach and blueberries boost the nutrition of this muffin recipe. 
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19. Sweet Potato, Kale, and Black Bean Patties 

Sweet Potato, Kale, and Black Bean Patties 

These Sweet Potato, Kale, and Black Bean Patties are an easy way to get picky toddlers to LOVE eating vegetables! This healthy toddler meal idea can be made ahead of time, is freezer friendly, and is perfect for baby-led weaning. Older kids and adults will love them too! Constantly coming up with healthy meal ideas for babies and toddlers is a full-time job in itself. That is why I like to have some easy kids’ meals stashed in the freezer. These Sweet Potato, Kale, and Black Bean patties are easy, only have five ingredients, and they freeze and reheat wonderfully.
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18. Freezer-Friendly Spinach Waffles

Freezer-Friendly Spinach Waffles

These Freezer-Friendly Spinach Waffles are a perfectly healthy and quick breakfast lunch or easy meal for babies, toddlers, and kids eat! Great for baby-led weaning. Warm and wholesome waffles made with nutrient-packed spinach! These fluffy waffles can be devoured the minute you make them or frozen and reheated for those hectic mornings you want a fast and healthy breakfast for your baby, toddler, or kid! I would have to strongly recommend making a double batch so you can eat some right away while having enough leftovers to freeze!
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17. Toddler Approved Make Ahead Taco Bites Appetizer

Toddler Approved Make Ahead Taco Bites Appetizer

These taco bites are the perfect blend between Taco Tuesday and creative holiday made up of taco ingredients swirled inside of a puff pastry, all found at your local Fred Meyer & QFC! I usually do all of my holiday shopping between the two stores, but this weekend we’re heading out to the Coast for a little weekend getaway, so you know what that means. That is all you need for these super yummy taco bites!
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16. Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes

Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes

This pumpkin pancake recipe needs very little prep time. Made with rolled oats instead of flour, which is blended with pumpkin puree, eggs, and all the other ingredients in a food processor to make a smooth pumpkin pancake mix/batter. Once done, cook in a pan and they are ready to serve! Fluffy, easy to make, and so filling. These healthy Toddler recipes can easily be made vegan as well by using non-dairy milk, and egg substitutes.
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15. Favourite Pizza Rolls

Favourite Pizza Rolls

Homemade pizza rolls are a great way to enjoy all of the flavors of your favorite pizza, but in easy to eat, bite-size pieces. We began making pizza rolls as a way to make pizza night a little more casual and fun. The kids always loved to help us in the kitchen on pizza night and we wanted to make sure they continued to enjoy cooking. So we decided to mix things up and see how many creations we could make using their favorite pizza ingredients with grilled cheese.
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14. Baked Carrot Fries

Baked Carrot Fries

Golden delicious baked Carrot Fries are quick and easy to prepare and make for a versatile side dish to any main entrée. Whip up a big batch to serve with your burgers, sandwiches, wraps, and more! They nail that fry craving and are just so addicting. Plus, it’s nearly impossible to overdo it on them, so you don’t get to feel guilty about it. Looking for a side dish to go alongside your burgers, sandwiches, wraps, and salads?? This is the perfect toddler recipes to go for it. 
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13. Cheese and Veg Muffins

Cheese and Veg Muffins

Getting a little bored of sandwiches in the school lunchbox, and wanting to include some different vegetables, we thought we’d make some yummy Cheese and Veg Muffins. Involving the children in the cooking process meant they were much more likely to give them a try and it gave us plenty of opportunities for chatting about foods and healthy eating, as well as engaging the kids in math, science, literacy, and kitchen skills that come with cooking.
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12. Apple Toddler Muffins

Apple Toddler Muffins

Loaded with oats and no refined sugar these apple toddler recipes are perfect for hungry little ones. This is a vegan recipe, with egg and dairy-free which means it can be perfect for kids with allergies as well. To make these apple toddler muffins you will need unsweetened apple sauce, oats, flour, baking powder, oil, and cinnamon. I have not tested this recipe with an ingredient other than oats, although I do typically use quick oats as these result in a softer muffin texture.
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11. Creamy Chicken Risotto

Creamy Chicken Risotto

Creamy Chicken Risotto is an excellent way to use up chicken leftover from a roast. It’s so good that it’s worth cooking an extra-large chicken so that there is enough for a good size risotto. Risotto is the perfect comfort food for cold, dark days when you need a warming supper to nourish you. It isn’t a difficult dish to make, the only downside is that you have to be there all the time, as it needs stirring fairly frequently. Not a problem if you have something else you’re doing in the kitchen. Also, you can make this recipe in the slow cooker or instant pot too.
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10. Turkey Patties For Babies

Turkey Patties For Babies

Soft turkey patties for baby made with ground turkey and soft avocado, no bread or flour needed. These turkey avocado patties are perfect for babies 6-7 months and up, baby-led weaning (as finger food) including toddlers and older kids. Easily make these mini turkey burger patties without egg and breadcrumbs (the avocado makes them nice and soft & provides nutrients) – these toddler recipes are best served with vegetable purees.
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9. Tuna and Sweetcorn Fritters

Tuna and Sweetcorn Fritters

When you need dinner in 15 minutes and haven’t prepped anything ahead of time, these crispy fritters are the answer! Using canned tuna is so convenient and quick and you know that your little one is getting a good boost of protein. Double up and you have lunch for the next day too! Always look for tinned tuna in spring water and do be mindful about sodium intake throughout the day when serving tinned tuna as some varieties can be high in sodium.
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8. Carrot Star Bites 

Carrot Star Bites 

Carrot Star Bites are made with only 4 ingredients and are a great toddler snack or lunch box filler. This simple snack contains veggies, carbs, protein, and dairy to keep little tummies satisfied. Vegetable Exposure allows kids to see the versatility of vegetables and how they can taste different when cooked and prepared in various ways. Freezer Friendly meaning you can always have some to hand.
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7. Broccoli Fritters

Broccoli Fritters

Easy to prepare Broccoli Fritters are so delicious, and made with lots of broccoli, making them a great way to eat your veggies. These toddler recipes are vegan, gluten-free, and keto. They can be served as an appetizer or sandwich. These broccoli fritters are helpful for those who are trying to eat healthily, and they are also perfect for someone on a candida diet. They taste great and hold together well without falling apart, because of including chickpea flour and ground flaxseeds in the ingredients. 
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6. Yummy Chicken and Apple Meatballs

Chicken and Apple Meatballs

These little toddler meatballs are quick to make and oh so tasty! Made with fresh herbs, sweet apple, and celery, they’re packed full of flavor and fresh ingredients. You could make a big batch of these baked chicken and apple meatballs (this recipe makes 20) and serve them to the whole family with pasta or mashed potatoes. These baked chicken and apple meatballs are freezer friendly and will keep for up to three months in an airtight container, ready to defrost for a quick dinner when you’re in a pinch for time!
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5. Homemade Hummus 

Homemade Hummus 

Nothing beats the taste of this incredibly easy hummus recipe! Ready in less than 5 minutes, it’s smooth, creamy, and delicious! All you’ll need are canned chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, a pinch of salt, and a bit of water. I am not claiming that this is the best hummus recipe out there. But it’s definitely the easiest toddler recipes you will find. It doesn’t require you to soak or boil the chickpeas for hours on end or to peel the chickpeas one by one.
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4. Yellow Squash Tots with Garlicky Yogurt Dip

Yellow Squash Tots with Garlicky Yogurt Dip

Looking for a fun summer squash recipe? Make these Yellow Squash Tots – perfect little veggie tots that use up a lot of yellow squash (or zucchini!). They’re so tasty, snackable, and are a great way to eat more veggies. These yellow squash tots are a GREAT way to use up summer squash (or I should say “a GRATE way” because I love me some food puns!). I used yellow squash for this recipe, but you can use zucchini or a combination of these two summer squash – they are totally interchangeable in this recipe.
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3. Chickpea Vegetable Nuggets

Chickpea Vegetable Nuggets

This recipe for vegetarian and gluten-free chickpea vegetable nuggets is a flavourful and healthy alternative that is baked until crisp. Do you love the idea of nuggets that are made with chickpeas instead of chicken? You can now enjoy these healthier nuggets that are gluten-free and vegetarian! You can even easily make these toddler recipes vegan with one small swap. Chickpeas are packed with protein and fiber making them an ideal food for those who want a filling meal without the guilt. This dish can be served as a side or main course. The best part? It’s so easy to make and served warm!
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2. Avocado Hummus Roll-Ups

Avocado Hummus Roll-Ups

Chicken Avocado Salad Roll-Ups are great appetizers for a party, healthy lunch for kids, or light and easy dinner for the whole family just like my previous chicken avocado hit Chicken Avocado Burritos. It’s an easy, make-ahead recipe and freezes well. This recipe is a good idea of how to use leftovers of cooked chicken or rotisserie chicken. In less than 10 minutes you can make a whole bunch of these yummy Chicken Avocado Salad Roll-Ups. As I said, these roll ups could be great make-ahead appetizers for any party. But you can roll these in no time for an unexpected visit, too.
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1. Salmon Sweet Potato Fritters

Salmon Sweet Potato Fritters

These Salmon Fritters with Sweet Potatoes are a delicious high iron meal or snack and are also baby-led weaning friendly. Easy super to make and are make-ahead friendly! Are you looking to incorporate more salmon into your child’s diet but don’t know how? Try these super easy salmon fritters with sweet potatoes or any frozen veggies. These salmon fritters are perfect as a snack and you can even make them into burgers for a healthy burger night! Due to the texture of these fritters and their shape, they are an easy way to introduce your little one to fish.
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