5 Easy Recipes for Toddlers (Ideal for Picky Eaters!)
May 28, 2024

5 Easy Recipes for Toddlers (Ideal for Picky Eaters!)

If you're searching for the perfect recipes for your toddlers, look no further! Cooking with your little one will be a delightful experience with these simple and nutritious toddler-friendly meals. Not only are they easy to prepare, but they are also packed with the nutrients your growing child needs.

In This Article

Tips for Making Healthy Toddler Meals

Healthy Toddler Meal Ideas

Benefits of Recipes for Toddlers

Tips for Making Healthy Toddler Meals

  1. Make it fun! Invite your little one to participate as much as they can. If you sense your tiny chef is getting frustrated, change things up. Offer alternatives like letting your child arrange the food on a plate, setting the table, or even helping with washing dishes.
  2. Create a toddler-friendly kitchen. Invest in a kitchen helper tower so your toddler can safely and comfortably work at the counter and reach the sink. If space is limited, choose a foldable kitchen helper tower that you can easily store when it's not in use.
  3. Use toddler-safe utensils and dishes. A wooden knife is a great choice to ensure your little one stays safe. Consider using durable dishes made of wood, metal, or plastic to prevent any breakage.

Healthy Toddler Meal Ideas

Are you excited to dive in? Here are some delightful recipes for toddlers that make great snacks, light lunches, or dinners:

 1. Mini Muffin Tin Pizzas

These small, customizable pizzas are fun for toddlers to help make and eat. Use muffin tins to create mini pizza bases, then top them with various ingredients such as cheese, vegetables, and meats! (Food in a Minute) Here’s how to do it:


Mini muffin tin

Pizza dough

Pizza sauce

Shredded mozzarella cheese

Your favorite pizza toppings (such as pepperoni, bell peppers, onions, etc.)


Gather all the toppings like cheese, pepperoni, and veggies, and let your kids help arrange them.

Show your kids how to place small circles of dough into each muffin tin cup.

Encourage your kids to get creative with their toppings, making each mini pizza unique.

Pop the muffin tin pizzas into the oven together, and once they're golden and bubbly, enjoy them as a tasty treat!

2. Chicken Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

These meatballs are easy to make and can be served with pasta, rice, or vegetables. They are a great way to introduce your toddler to different textures and flavors (Food in a Minute).Here’s how to make a Chicken Meatballs in Tomato Sauce:


500g ground chicken meat

1/2 cup breadcrumbs

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese,chopped parsley

1 egg

Salt and pepper to taste

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 cups tomato sauce

Cooked spaghetti (optional)


Wash your hands and gather all the ingredients with your child - chicken, breadcrumbs, egg, spices, tomato sauce, and any optional veggies.

In a bowl, mix the ground chicken, breadcrumbs, egg, and spices together until well combined. Let your child get their hands in there and help mix!

Shape the mixture into small meatballs, allowing your child to roll them in their hands. It's okay if they're not perfectly round!

Heat a pan with olive oil over medium heat and let your child carefully place the meatballs into the pan. Cook until they're browned on all sides, then add the tomato sauce.

Let the meatballs simmer in the sauce for about 10-15 minutes, until they're cooked through. Serve with pasta or crusty bread, and enjoy your delicious homemade meal together!

3. Oat & Apple Pancakes

These pancakes are a healthy breakfast option, made with oats and apples. They are easy to prepare and provide a good balance of carbohydrates and fruit. (Food in a Minute)


1 cup rolled oats

1 cup milk

1 apple, grated,egg

1 teaspoon baking powder,honey or maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of salt


Let your child help measure and combine oats, flour, baking powder, and a pinch of salt in a bowl.

In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs, milk and a little honey, then have your child add the grated apple.

With supervision, allow your child to ladle batter onto a heated, greased pan, and flip the pancakes when bubbles form on the surface.

Once cooked, let your child help plate the pancakes and add their favorite toppings like maple syrup or fresh fruit.

4. Zucchini Slice

This versatile and healthy dish is perfect for lunch, dinner, or even a snack. It includes ingredients like eggs, grated zucchini, cheese, and bacon (which can be omitted for a vegetarian version). The recipe is straightforward and can be modified with other vegetables like carrots or pumpkin (My Kids Lick The Bowl)


Grated Zucchini, Cheese



Bacon (optional)


Wash the zucchini with your child and grate them together

Crack eggs into a bowl and let your child whisk with a fork

Sprinkle in grated cheese and flour, allowing your child to measure and pour while explaining basic cooking measurements.

Mix in chopped vegetables and herbs

Pour the mixture together onto a baking tray and bake until golden brown and enjoy.

5. Vegetable-Loaded Bolognese

This hidden veggie Bolognese is perfect for picky eaters. It includes a variety of vegetables blended into the sauce, ensuring your toddler gets their daily dose of veggies without even noticing (New World).


Ground beef or turkey

Diced carrots, zucchini, bell peppers

Canned tomatoes

Chopped onion


Invite your toddler to help wash and chop the vegetables into small pieces.

Show your toddler how to sauté the vegetables and ground meat, keeping a safe distance from the stove.

Have your toddler stir in the tomatoes, herbs, and other ingredients.

Allow the sauce to simmer, then let the kids taste and help adjust the seasoning.