6 Easy Meals Your Toddler (and the Rest of Your Family) Will Love
Parenting unpredictable and strong-willed toddlers can be a challenge at the best of times. Considering how few choices they get to really make for themselves about where to go and what to do during a typical day, it probably shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that many toddlers choose to wield the limited power they do have, at the dinner table. As any parent will tell you, toddlers are notoriously fickle. What was their food of choice, every day for a week, can quite as easily become the subject of fierce refusal at the drop of a hat. Better yet, since the whole family likely gathers around the table for dinner, they also have an audience. Add to the equation, that the family mealtime comes at the end of the day when we all have less energy and patience in reserve, and its little wonder that mealtimes with toddlers have the potential to become quite stressful, very quickly!
We’ve put together 8 of our favourite, easy meal ideas that everyone will love…yep, even your tired, cranky toddler!
Cheesy Bacon Potato Cakes
Whip up these cheesy bacon potato cakes in just 10 minutes, using up leftover mashed potato, and a few other ingredients you probably already have lying around in the fridge and pantry.
Not even the fussiest of toddlers would turn their little nose up to these delicious bite-size pieces of popcorn chicken.
Easy Throw Together Toddler-Friendly Antipasto Plate
For those night when you just don’t have the energy to face going to the supermarket with an over-tired toddler, and opt instead to use up whatever you have at home, we present you with the family antipasto plate! Ta-da! Add in some fresh fruit, some raw veggies, cheeses, dips and other bits and pieces and transform boring old chips and nuggets into a personalised healthy feast!
Cheese and Bacon Mini Quiches
Toddlers love to eat with their hands – and these mini quiches are perfect to make ahead for a healthy snack, lazy dinner or even a party or get together.
Mini Cottage Pies
Continuing the ‘mini’ hand-sized food theme, are these mini cottage pies. They are another great way to use up leftover mash potato and make an easy and economical meal that appeals to small children.
Easy Oven Baked Chicken Tacos
You can always rely on tacos to be a crowd pleaser, even when the crowd includes a hard-to-please toddler! These oven baked chicken tacos are so easy to whip together, you can have them on the table in just 20 minutes!
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