healthy toddler meal ideas

Quick And Healthy Toddler Meal Ideas (Picky Eater Approved)

Keeping little ones well-fed is a task in itself. Sometimes preparing meals can take up the entire day. But a well thought out meal plan can help you during a busy week. Here are some quick and healthy toddler meal ideas that are suited to the family using readily available ingredients.

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These are staple family dinners in our weekly menu rotation and foods our preschooler looks forward to eating at mealtime.

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Ok, are you ready for a week’s worth of quick and easy toddler recipes that you can enjoy as a family?

Let’s get started,

Quick and Healthy Toddler Meal Ideas
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Healthy Toddler Meal Ideas (Quick & Easy, Toddler Meals for Picky Eaters)

Masala Noodles

A quick recipe that can be easily paired with a hard-boiled egg, some fruit and vegetables. There are carbs, protein, vitamins, and minerals all packed in one plate.

toddler meal idea-masala noodles with egg
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Masala Noodles

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup whole wheat noodles cooked
  • ¼ cup peas
  • 1 onion
  • 2-3 pods garlic
  • ¼ tsp coriander powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ¼ tsp garam masala powder/curry powder
  • ½ cup water
  • Salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a vessel add oil and sauté the garlic and onions.
  • Once done add the peas and dry masala powder, mix, followed by water.
  • Let this cook until the peas are ready and the water reduced to nearly half.
  • Now add in cooked noodles, mix until the masala coats the noodles well.
  • Serve with a side salad (featured here cucumbers and strawberries) and a boiled egg.

Mujadara Rice

A quick toddler meal made of lentils and rice. The whole lentils (masoor) add an earthy flavor to the meal. A hearty meal that is so quick to prepare.

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Mujadara Rice

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 2

Equipment

  • Pressure cooker

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup rice
  • ½ cup whole lentils (whole masoor)
  • 1 onion
  • 2-3 pods garlic
  • ½ tsp salt free, non-GMO soup powder
  • ¼ tsp cumin powder
  • 1 bunch coriander leaves for garnish
  • 2 cups water
  • Ground pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Soak the rice and lentil mix in water and keep aside for 30 mins.
  • In a pressure cooker add some oil and saute the onions and garlic until they are golden brown.
  • Add the rice and dal mix followed by 2 cups of water.
  • Now add the salt, soup powder, and spices.
  • Close the lid of the pressure cooker and take 2 whistles. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with Israeli cut salad and some Greek yogurt as sides.

Dal Khichadi

A staple in our weekly menu now. Dal khichadi contains protein and iron that is much needed by toddlers.

Meal ideas for 2 year old toddler -dal khichadi
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Dal Khichadi

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 2

Equipment

  • Pressure cooker

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup rice
  • ½ cup moong dal
  • ½ tsp ginger garlic paste
  • ¼ turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 3 cups water
  • A pinch of hing powder
  • Salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Soak the rice and dal mix in water for 30 minutes.
  • Heat ghee in a pressure pan, add the ginger-garlic paste and roast in the ghee.
  • Add the thoroughly washed dal and rice mix to this and follow this by adding turmeric powder, hing powder salt and water.
  • Take three whistles in the pressure pan and serve with a side of broccoli and some tahini dressing.

Pulav Rice

Whenever we are in a rush this is the quickest meal we can whip up. Pulav rice is a great recipe to incorporate veggies and meet the daily vegetable requirement for the child.

Indian baby food recipes for 2 year olds - pulav rice and yogurt
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Vegetarian Pulav Rice

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup rice
  • cup water
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 3-4 stalks of french bean chopped
  • ½ potato chopped
  • ¼ tomato chopped
  • ¼ cup peas
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 2-4 basil leaves
  • 6-7 whole peppercorns
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ¼ tsp garam masala/curry powder

Instructions
 

  • Sauté onion until golden brown.
  • Add garlic, basil leaves, and peppercorn and mix well. Let the spices cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the chopped vegetables and mix, followed by the powdered spices. Mix and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Now add the rice and water and cook until the rice absorbs all the water and fluffs up. This takes about 10 minutes to cook.
  • Serve with yogurt topped with rock salt.

Pasta Potato Soup

This is a super tasty meal any toddler would love. Ours gulps down the entire bowl in seconds. If you have a pasta lover you have got to try this toddler pasta recipe.

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Potato Pasta Soup

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup pasta
  • 4 potatoes
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • cup peas
  • 1 tsp non-GMO, organic soup powder
  • 2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried oreg
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 cups water

Instructions
 

  • Boil the potatoes and mash them. 
  • Add the mashed potatoes to a vessel with water.
  • Stir well and add all the vegetables, spices, and pasta to the pot.
  • Cook until the pasta is cooked through.
  • Add some butter give a good mix and serve hot.

Vegetarian Stew

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen me make this vegetarian stew a number of times now. We love the light flavors and heat coming through from the whole spices. It is the perfect recipe during winters and monsoon season here.

Vegetarian curry with rice and sauteed mushrooms
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Vegetarian Stew

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 1 broccoli head
  • 1 onion
  • cup peas
  • 100 gms corn kernels
  • 7-10 french beans stalks
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cinnamon stalk
  • 4-5 whole cloves
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Heat oil in a pot. Add the whole spices first, the cloves, cinnamon sticks, and bay leaf. Fry in the oil for 1 minute. Then add ginger garlic paste followed by onions and saute until the onions are translucent in color.
  • Once the spices are fried add the vegetables. (You can add any combination of vegetables from what's available in your fridge). 
  • Now add all the dry spice powders, salt, coconut milk, and stir.
  • Let this cook on a medium flame for 30 minutes until the vegetables are cooked through.
  • Serve with steamed rice.

Lentil Coconut Curry

Another under 30-minute meal idea I use on busy nights for dinner. My toddler loves lentils cooked in coconut milk.

Toddler Lentil Curry-Indian baby food recipes
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Lentil Coconut Curry

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Pressure cooker

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • ½ cup  lentils (tur dal)
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder
  • salt to taste
  • chilly flakes to taste
  • 1 small bunch coriander leaves finely chopped

Instructions
 

  • Heat oil in a pressure pan.
  •  Add chopped onion and ginger garlic paste
  • Sauté until onions turn golden brown.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook until they are softened.
  • Now add the lentils and coconut milk, salt, and spices. 
  • Take 2-3 whistles in the pressure pan.
  • Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve with rice.

I hope you try some of these recipes and your littles enjoy them as much as we do.

Here are some  toddler recipes from previous posts;

Breakfast Ideas for Toddlers 

Snack Ideas for Toddlers

And, if you are looking for more easy recipes check out my ebook The Easy Toddler Snack Book, which contains many yummy recipes like granola bars, frittata, pancakes, smoothie bowls, smoothies, energy balls and more. Your toddler will love them.

Until next time,

Ciao!

Ophira

Hi, I'm Ophira. A blogger, nutrition enthusiast, curator of all things pretty and most importantly a proud mother to a happy toddler! I'm a big believer in balanced parenting.

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