November 03, 2021 3 min read
Toddlers are so much fun, but toddler meal times can be a whole different story. Toddlers love one thing today and can hate it tomorrow, so I’m here to help you out with some ways to get toddler meals done quickly and simply and without any drama! It’s all about meal prepping and getting things ready in advance.
Meal Prepping 101
Choose freezer friendly, dinner things that freeze well and can work as part of a bigger meal. Toddlers are finding their taste buds and they often have changeable tastes from day to day. A favourite today is awful the next week and sometimes everything is just inedible!
Use your freezer. Make a batch of something, be it chicken nuggets, sausage rolls, mini pizzas, fritters and freeze! If your toddler doesn’t love something this time, serve it with a sauce next time, or with different sides. Having a stockpile in the freezer means you can come back to the new thing at a later stage and try it again, in a new way!
Tips For A Successful Toddler Meal
Freezer Tips For Meal Prep
Freeze flat on oven trays, then when solid transfer to containers. Put the date on them and label them well. From experience just labels that stay on, we ended up with massaman spaghetti one night, as the label was lost and I was sure it was pasta sauce!
For eating cold, defrost completely in the fridge before serving. For reheating, defrost and reheat in your oven, air fryer or microwave depending on the meal.
There is nothing worse than having made a big batch of something that your toddler just won’t eat. If you find yourself in that boat, then you need to think outside the square and make something new with it so that it doesn’t go to waste!
Rissoles can be turned into burgers, fritters can be chopped up and served in pasta sauce, pasta sauces they don’t love can be used in a lasagne or pasta bake- with other ingredients.
Enjoy Meal Times
It seems hard when kids are toddlers to embrace the mess and the fuss of dinner, but allowing your child to play with their food and enjoy meal times sets you up for successful eating in future. There is plenty of time to learn how to use a fork and spoon!
Kylie blogs at Kidgredients. She is a mum to two kids, Miss 11 and Master 9 and loves to feed them delicious homemade meals. She used to be a primary school teacher and loves teaching kids the skills needed for making fun and yummy meals. Her blog is full of easy to make family meals and lunchbox items.