It can be exhausting to think of meals to prepare for your little ones. Before you know it, they’ve reached for the Cheerios in the pantry, or found a granola bar in your purse.
Before hunger strikes, it’s best to have an arsenal of meal ideas you can prepare for meal times to avoid the snack-all-day habits.
We’ve done the work for you and created a list of 25, yes you read that right, TWENTY-FIVE meal ideas for kids from the time they begin eating solids (around 6 months) up to three years old.
Meal Ideas for 6-9 months
When your child begins eating solids, you may want to puree your child’s meal until a tooth erupts. At that point, you can add texture by leaving the meal slightly lumpy.
Homemade Oat Cereal
Oats are one of the least allergenic foods, and considered easy to digest. The high fiber content will help avoid constipation when solid foods are introduced.
Peach Cauliflower Puree
This peach and cauliflower baby puree is sweet and creamy with a little jazziness from a pinch of freshly grated ginger!
Apple Spinach and Pea Puree
A sweet puree filled with 2 green veggies that provide a protein, calcium, fiber and iron.
Mango and Kale Puree
Combining sweet mango with superstar kale will leave your baby happy and healthy.
Red Lentil Puree
This Indian-inspired puree will introduce your babe to an array of spices. The extra time it takes to prepare will prove worth it.
Meal Ideas for 9-12 months
Oats, Avocado, And Spinach
This gentle green puree is loaded with fiber rich oats, healthy spinach, creamy avocado and is perfect for baby’s lunch or dinner.
Banana Oatmeal Blender Muffins
These muffins come together so quickly after a quick blending of ingredients. The only sweetener is from the natural sugars from bananas. A great first finger food.
Avocado Blueberry Smoothie
Adding avocado to smoothies is the secret to making the creamiest smoothie.
Pureed Chicken Apple and Kale
Apples, carrots, chicken, and kale make this a complete meal. The variety of textures will keep your baby reaching for more.
Broccoli and Cheese Frittata
These frittata bites are super soft and perfect for babies with just a few or even no teeth.
Meal Ideas for 12-18 months
These green pancakes are easy to make and full of protein with 3 eggs. They are known for tasting delicious both hot and cold.
Mini Chicken and Carrot Meatballs
A perfect finger food for baby, but the rest of the family will happily help consume them.
Toddler Friendly Mini Frittatas
Vegetables are so much more appealing when enveloped by delicious eggs. One batch can easily last week and they are easily reheated if you’re in a hurry.
French Toast Sticks
These no-fork-required and perfectly dunk-able sticks quickly become a family favorite with many ways to dress them up with fresh fruit, powdered sugar, or maple syrup.
Apple and Potato Pancakes
Apple, Yukon potatoes and an egg make up the most delicious pancake.
Meal Ideas for 18-24 months
Very Veggie Stir Fry
When your baby is ready to bump up the texture to extra chunky, this recipe will satisfy while providing a wholesome variety of vegetables.
Easy Cheesy Veggie Pasta
Creamy pasta sauce over spiral pasta and a variety of 4 veggies will have your kids asking for seconds.
Ham and Cheese Muffins
These savory muffins are packed with protein and would be perfect served with a side of vegetables.
Easy Chickpea Patties
Perfect for little hands to pick up, these chickpea patties are a protein-dense meal for a Meatless Monday.
Fish Cakes with Lemon Dill Sauce
The fresh ingredients in this recipe makes this a dinner crowd pleaser. Children this age will love dipping the fish cakes in the flavorful sauce.
Hidden Cauliflower Macaroni & Cheese
A great way to sneak in a healthy vegetable with a kid favorite. Even a comfort food can have healthy ingredients!
Taco Pop Tarts
Filled with ground beef, corn, beans, and cheese. Since they are folded into a ready-made pie crust, they are perfect for little hands to grab and eat.
Veggie Packed Pizza Rolls
There are 9 different veggies and your kids will love knowing how many vegetables they are eating!
This easy and fast recipe can easily be adapted based on what you have on hand.
4-Ingredient Chicken Pot Pie
An easy and fast twist on a favorite comfort food. Toddlers love picking up each individual pot pie.
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