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Toddler meal ideas: Round up of our favourites

I share quite a lot of Arlo’s lunch and dinners on my Instagram but I wanted to do this blog so they are all in one place and for anybody to refer back to if they want to try something different! Here are a few ideas that you might not have tried yet which should prove a hit with your little ones…

Tomato & vegetable pasta 

Pasta is my go-to as it’s super quick and it’s always going to go down well. This recipe I do for Arlo is a great way to get your little one eating a few vegetables without them really realising it. It’s all mixed into the sauce but you can always blend just so the veggies aren’t whole.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 clove of garlic crushed
  • Handful of spinach leaves
  • 1/2 courgette diced
  • Half a tin/carton of chopped tomatoes
  • Table spoon of tomato paste

Method:

  1. Boil the pasta in a sauce pan.
  2. In another pan heat olive oil and add the onion, garlic, tomato pure and courgette and cook for 5 minutes until it has all softened.
  3. Add dd the chopped tomatoes and bring to the boil. Add in your spinach. Cover and then gently simmer for about 15 minutes.
  4. Once the pasta has boiled, drain and add to the tomato and veg sauce. Mix it together and serve. If your little one likes cheese sprinkle some on top!

Fish curry

I made this curry really early into our weaning journey. We did baby led weaning and he just loved this curry and still has it now.

What you will need:

  • 1 x skinless and bonless white fish fillet, either cod or haddock
  • 400 ml of coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • Milk
  • Rice (we used white basmati)
  • 1/4 courgette
  • 4 broccoli florets

Method:

1. Poach the fish in the milk over a medium to low heat for about 12 minutes or until cooked through.

2. Lift out the fish with a spatula. Flake the fish into bite sized pieces making sure there are no bones.

3. Meanwhile cook the rice and steam or boil the broccoli and courgette. Chop the florets and get rid of the stalks of the broccoli.

4. Add the the coconut milk, rice, broccoli and courgette to the fish. Add in your curry powder. Stir over a low heat until all mixed in and warmed through.

Fish fingers & Tilda Kids Rice

Tilda Kids Rice is a god send. They take just under a minute to do in the microwave and are packed with genuine goodness. With 1 of their five they come in several different flavours but but Arlo’s favourite is the Sunshine Vegetable or the Cheese & Tomato one. Rice goes with pretty much anything so if you’re stuck with what to put with a bit of meat or even fish, this will be your new go-to!

Arlo loves his with fish fingers…

Method:

  1. Cook the fish fingers.
  2. Cook the rice.
  3. Heat chopped tomatos.
  4. Add it all together (and add any extra veggies you might want) and it’s good to go!

Quorn nuggets & Tilda Kids Rice

We’ve recently jumped on board the Quorn craze and their nuggets are now a firm favourite with Arlo (and me).

Sometimes instead of fish fingers I’ll do a few Quorn nuggets with the rice instead- same thing with the chopped tomatoes, so just follow the above and just chop up and mix in the nuggets instead.

Flatbread pizzas

Sometimes it can get a bit ‘samey’ with cheese sandwiches for lunch so this is another alternative which we have been trying over the past couple of weeks which Arlo is loving.

I have made him flatbread pizzas using tomato paste and mozerella but of course you can add other toppings to yours.

Really simple to make.¬†Just spread the tomato paste on each flat bread, we usually get the mini ones and Arlo has two. He’ll usually have this with some fruit and a pack of veggie straws, and some yogurt.

Add the cheese and any other toppings you may want and bake in the oven for about 5 minutes until the cheeses starts bubbling!

Sweet potato fritters

An old favourite of ours that I mentioned in one of my previous blogs but wanted to share again because I had lots of messages about these on my Instagram.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 x medium sized sweet potato
  • 2 x eggs
  • 2 x sprinkle of cumin (gives them a brilliant smokey flavour)

Method:

  • Grate the whole sweet potato into a bowl
  • Using the same bowl, add your 2 eggs and sprinkle some cumin
  • Mix all the ingredients together
  • Heat up a little olive oil in a pan
  • Spoon out 1x tablespoon of the mixture onto the hot pan, and flatten to your desired thickness (thin fritters are better to start with)
  • Spoon out the rest of the mixture to make 4 fritters on the pan (depending how large your pan is)
  • Leave your fritters to cook for 2 minutes on one side then flip and cook for a further 2 minutes on the other side

Once your fritters are cooked, take them out of the pan and leave to cool on the side.

Mini roast dinner

Every week now we buy a whole chicken. It’s just so much more practical and goes such a long way. We’ll have a roast out of it, we’ll use the chicken left for a curry or chicken sandwiches but the best part is there is loads for Arlo to have a couple dinners out of too.

I always do him a little mini roast when we have it and again a day or two later if there is still some left. Pretty much just chicken, potatoes and all the veg and gravy, he loves it.

I’m sure you won’t need a recipe on how to do a roast but just some inspo if you have chicken left to do them their own little one during the week with veggies and potatoes.

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