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Meal ideas for fussy toddlers

Lasagne for dinnerHey ladies, what is your toddlers favorite food for lunch or dinner? I’m just doing my shopping list and looking for food ideas for my 15 month old.

  • Simple quiche (with no pastry base) 1 packet jazz crushed, 150g diced bacon, 4 eggs, beaten, 1 onion, grated, 1 cup milk, 1 cup grated cheese. Combine all ingredients together (no base). Put into a greased oven-proof dish. Sprinkle a little grated cheese on top. Cook on 180 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Simple, quick and cheap AND soooo good!
  • Pumpkin soup. Chop onion, 2 garlic cloves, whole butternut pumpkin and a sweet potato and place in a large pot. Barely cover with liquid stock. Boil until vegies are soft. Blend. Add sour cream. You can adjust the thickness by removing some of the stock (you can always read it to thin it down). I often make it really thick for my toddlers so they can spoon it up without it dripping everywhere and we all LOVE it, plus it freezes really well of the stock (you can always read it to thin it down).
  • Super quick eggs for bub! Beat 1 or 2 eggs in a bowl with a fork, add grated cheese, chopped ham, and a dash of milk. Mix with fork. Microwave 30 secs. Mix. Microwave another 30secs (maybe a bit longer for 2 eggs). Roughly cut into chunks. Cool and serve. I just keep this fairly chunky and put on the high chair tray for my 13m DD to eat as finger food. She loves it!
  • Our my 9MO carrot cheddar mash with small bits of pasta and oregano.
  • Steamed carrot and potato, roughly mashed with tuna (or beans) and cheese.
  • Tuna Vegie and Pasta bake. Quick easy and freezes really well. Very yummy.
  • http://m.kidspot.com.au/best-recipes/Christmas+42/Mars-Bar-Christmas-crackles-recipe+2880.htm
  • A kilo of chicken nibbles from Coles deli is only about $5.00 roughly with mash and veg…yum yum.
  • Chicken wraps marinate pieces of chicken and get lots of yummy salad and fill both in a tortilla wrap
  • Veggie patties!
  • My partner makes the best tuna salad! Big tin of tuna in springwater (drained), diced tomato, grated carrot, grated cheese, mayo, vinegar, salt and pepper. It tastes awsum on bread too! I hate tuna but I absolutely love this on bread!!!
  • My 12 month old favourite rec is lasagna with hidden veggies and bechamel sauce: Sauce: 2xchopped carrots, 1xchopped celery stick, 1xchopped red capsicum, 1xchopped red onion, 3xchopped garlic cloves, 1xchopped handful english spinach, 1x small handful of fresh basil, 2xcans tinned tomatoes, 500 grams of beef mince, 2-3 large swiss mushrooms, if required 1/2-1 cup water to make more sauce.. Add onion and garlic to splash of olive oil in pan and sautee, add carrot & celery and cook until soft, add all other veggies and cook for a few mins, add tinned tomatoes, basil & spinach & cook for around 20-30 mins. If your child is old enough add a tiny but of salt and pepper. Bechamel sauce: Melt butter (60 grams) until foaming. Add flour 1/3 cup flour. Cook, stirring, for 1 to 2 minutes or until bubbling. Remove from heat. Slowly add milk (3-4 cups), whisking constantly, until mixture is smooth. Return to heat. Cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, for 10 to 12 minutes or until sauce comes to the boil, thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon. Remove from heat. Stir in parmesan (handful), salt and nutmeg to taste. Lasagna: layer meat and bechamel in baking dish, layer with fresh lasagna sheets followed by a layer of zucchini and sweet potato. Continue layering until you run out of ingredients and just ensure you finish last with meat sauce and mixed pizza cheese… Sounds complex, but its surprisingly easy and my DS has loved this dish since around 7 months!
  • Kids Super healthy Muesli slice: oats, sunflower seeds, Sesame seeds, sultanas, dried apricots, bound together with banana. Baked 20mins
  • My little girl of 18 months loves how i make spinach, 2 packs of frozen spinach and 2 cloves of chopped garlic cooked together.
  • Homemade blueberry yogurt. 1 cup natural yogurt, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1 tablespoon sugar, Mix all ingredients. Add sugar to taste and you can even try other berries
  • Potato jackets 🙂 my son loves this recipe n his only 22 months :). Mash up potatoes to ur choice 🙂 add shaved ham, pineapple, cheese, butter, corn, tomatoes and sour cream 🙂
  • Rice paper rolls with shredded cabbage, grated carrots, zucchini (whatever i have in the fridge), tiny bit of soy sauce, coriander powder and ginger powder. I sauté the vegies for about five minutes 🙂 people think they take forever to make but they are really very quick 😀 3 year old daughter (coeliac) loves them 😀
  • I made mini burgers today. Make a burger mix and roll into small rissoles, refrigerate. After 30 min cook the burgers in the fry pan for a few min each side, put in the fridge (can do in the morning). Then when you are ready, slice some pieces of French stick and put in oven at 170oC for 5 min, then put a rissole in each piece of bread with a slice of cheese on top and cook for a further 5min. Then put a bit of sauce, some lettuce, tomato on top. Yum, one of my girls had 4!!
  • I made a yummy chicken laksa for dinner (great if you have left I’ve roast chook from the night before). Just combine fry off some tofu, take out & drain, put 1/3 cup of laksa paste in pan & stir till fragrant, combine 165g can of coconut mi…lk, 2tbsp fish sauce, 2 tbsp brown sugar, 2 cups of chicken stock, bring to boil, simmer for 5 mins, add 2 cups of shredded chicken, 2 cups of chopped beans & 1 packet of washed Singapore noodles & serve, top with a sprinkle of bean shoots & dig in!! Yummo!! Making rice paper rolls for dinner tomorrow night mmmmmm
  • Quick and easy White Chocolate Flan. 1 sweet flan base, 1 carton sour cream, 1 family block of Dream white chocolate. Method: melt Chocolate let cool at for 5 mins add sour cream mix well pour into flan base put into fridge to set about 3-4 hours when cold crumble/ broken ether a Flake or a crunchie bar over top and sever to family and friends….Yum Yum.
  • Easy creamy mushroom sauce. Perfect to pour over steak or Grilled chicken breast. In a medium pan cook 1 cup sliced mushrooms with 1 tablespoon butter until golden. Season with salt. Add 1 crushed clove of garlic then 1 tub of Philly cream for cooking and stir to combine. Simmer for 2 minutes and sauce begins to thicken, season with cracked pepper. Enjoy!
  • My recipe is too easy – pasta, plain tin tuna, frozen/fresh corn and a dash of mayo. Mix it all up!! My little one year ole lovveess this meal!! I make a big batch enough for Mummy and my little man! What I love about it is that it takes minutes to prepare!!
  • Favourite recipe for the adults: MATCHSTICKS!!! Cut two layers of puff pastry about 10cmx5cm. Bake in a moderate-high oven until golden brown. Once cool, cut the packages open and fill with jam and whipped cream. I use a piping bag! It’s my signature dish!! EVERYONE loves them and they are sooooo easy to make!!
  • Easy coconut cake – 1 cup milk, 1 cup SR Flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup coconut. Mix altogether and into moderate oven for 30-40min. Very moist and yummy!!
  • Mexican mince – Fresh mince (I mince my own steak), 1 onion, 1 or 2 tins of 5 bean mix, sachet of taco seasoning, tablespoon of tomato paste, 3-4 fresh chopped tomatoes and a good slug of sweet chilli sauce (to taste). We use this for tacos, burritos, nachos and jacket potatoes. Serve with sour cream, guacamole and cheese!
  • Rice, chicken stock with carrot zucchini and tomato. Put it all in a pot and cook till rice is soft Mmmm good for mummies n daddies too 🙂
  • Yogurt and kefir. Also starting to break into cheese, like labneh.
  • We make homemade icy-poles too…I’m eating one right now. Blend 1/3 cup of sugar syrup, 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice, 1 punet of strawberries, 1 punet of blueberries, 1 punet of raspberries in a blender
  • my fav quick hurry snack in 100% fruit straps from health section in coles no preservatives/colours/flav?ours just dried fruit leather, I like them for me to 🙂 Evie
  • Fish cakes with mashed veggies hidden in them!! Kelly
  • frozen peas & corn! Chantal
  • Carbonara pasta he will eat it every meal. Lee
  • Boiled egg sandwich, wraps with grated cheese, carrot, cucumber and a bit I avocado and some ham. Toasted sandwiches. Tanya
  • Vege quiche, any pasta dish with different sauces e.g cheese sauce add veges and chicken, spinach and ricotta cannelloni, French toast and low salt baked beans ( quick and easy) fresh fruit, mash banana sandwich, cream cheese or vegemite on rice cakes, homemade healthy fried rice… Sarah
  • Dinner.. Spaghetti bol, quiche, homemade pizza on pita bread, fried rice., meatballs, shepherd pie, mild curry and rice, pasties, casserole with mash potato and depending on your child meat and roast or steam veg (good to offer). Tanya
  • lunch: sandwich with either vegemite, jam or peanut butter (he’s been allergy testing and isnt allergic), with piece of fruit in season such as apple, mandarin, pear, banana; dinner: chicken snitzel, meatballs, pasta (plain), hot chips, garlic bread, sweet corn…lol…we keep persisting with the vegies and he doesnt get the above til he eats them! Tamala
  • Mandarins are great at the moment! Sarah
  • Vegemite sandwiches and pineapple pieces. Kylie
  • Cherry tomatoes, cheese sticks, twiggy sticks, yoghurt, frozen veggies, noodles, pasta, chicken leg, etc etc. Erin 
  • At the moment it’s cheese sandwich a yoghurt and strawberries for lunch and anything with pasta for dinner. 🙂 Belinda 

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  1. tammy says:

    my 15 month old daughter is that fussy, she normally likes avocado, but now she wont eat it, and at times mashed potatoes or pumkin, all the things I give her is what she has been eating since she started solids and I add a something different like silverbeet or squash, she likes them, but at times she refuses to eat it, ive been given a planner by an organisation and the way that is to me, its like i’ll be feeding my daughter every second she’s awake, to me that’s wrong, im open for suggestions please and thank you

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