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Another Week of Toddler-Friendly Family Menus

Submitted by on August 11, 2013 – 5:26 pm6 Comments

dreamstime_xl_20665586As the seasons change, so does my family’s meal rotation,so I thought I’d post an update as to what we’re eating these days in case you find yourself (as I often do) in a food rut, in need of some inspiration.  Recipe links, when applicable, are embedded in the menus.

Since I last posted a sample week’s menu for my family in January, we’ve dropped the second (afternoon) snack for the kiddos, now aged 2 and 3/4.  I found it was just interfering with their dinner.  Instead, I offer them a cup of (whole) milk in between lunch and dinner, but no actual food.  What I call “lunch” happens around 2:30pm when my kids wake from nap, and remains our main meal of the day– sort of like a “supper.”  Dinner is generally lighter fare and vegetarian– something fast and easy to prepare at the most hectic time of our day.  There’s more takeout and less cooking on the weekends; mommy and daddy need a break!

Meatless Monday:

B: Cereal/milk/fruit

S: Homemade seed & fruit bars

L: Cauliflower soup + grilled cheese sandwiches + Kale chips

D: Tofu + Peanut Soba Noodles (buckwheat) + Stir-fried Sugar Snap Peas


B: Cereal/milk/fruit

S: Watermelon + pistachios

L: Adobo Chicken Thighs + Brown rice + Green Beans

D: Eggs + Baked Polenta Fries + Avocado slices


B: Cereal/milk/fruit

S: Baby carrots with peanut butter for dipping + string cheese

L: Turkey Pesto Meatballs + Quinoa Pasta + sauteed spinach

D: Veggie Fried Rice + Edamame


B: Cereal/milk/fruit

S: Home-mixed trail mix (seeds/dried fruit/nuts/spelt-sesame snacks/choc chips) + plain yogurt

L:  Steak + Baked Potato Wedges + Broccoli

D: Veggie-Bean Chili + GF cornbread (from a mix), plus toppings (shredded cheese, avocado)


B: Cereal/milk/fruit

S: Dry roasted chickpeas + bananas

L: Jamaican-style coconut fish stew +Wild Rice blend+ Shredded (raw) carrots

D: Cottage cheese on toasted English muffins + Sweet Potato Fries


B: Oatmeal pancakes (made with GF ingredients) + berries

S: LARA or Kit’s Organic bar

L: Grilled greek-marinated chicken breast + Quinoa + Roasted Purple Cauliflower

D: Takeout falafel with tahini + cucumber slices + pita wedges


B: Oatmeal + berries

S: Beanitos chips* + apple slices

L: Homemade pizza on whole wheat dough + sauteed asparagus

D: Takeout Indian food (Spinach/chickpeas, cauliflower/potatoes, basmati rice)


* FTC disclosure: I did recently receive a free case of Beanito’s from the nice folks there, just for being me.  But my love affair with Beanitos long pre-dates this recent SWAG.  I have not otherwise been compensated by any of the companies whose products appear in this post.



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  • Stephanie says:

    Thank you so much publishing your toddler menu! The extra inspiration is very helpful.

  • MJ says:

    Hi Tamara, this is awesome! Now I am wondering: what do YOU eat for breakfast? I have celiac and I also cannot tolerate oats, and I don’t have much time or energy in the morning. I used to eat Kind bars or Greek yogurt, but now that I am 6 months pregnant, the Kind bars seem not nutritious or substantial enough, and the Greek yogurt is giving me heartburn… so recently I’ve been eating raw almonds and string cheese, or scrambled eggs when I’m too hungry to care if I’m late for work. Do you have any better ideas?

    Again, thanks for this article on what to feed toddlers. I’d like to keep this baby (our first) low-gluten but not really gluten-free unless she needs it, so that sounds like just what you do, and I am very grateful for the tips!!

  • Tamara says:

    Hi, MJ,
    I personally do lots of gluten free oatmeal, though I recognize that’s not an option for you. When I was pregnant I did a lot of egg and cheese sandwiches on GF toast or toasted GF English Muffins (Food for Life brand), Greek yogurt/banana/peanut butter and Multigrain Puffins (they contain oats) or Mesa Sunrise cereal w milk. I also went through a weird period when I craved cottage cheese (!!!???), and would buy the Lactaid brand and eat it on toast. If Greek yogurt gives you heartburn, why not try ricotta or cottage cheese instead? I had lots of aversions to meat and some vegetables when pregnant, so I did a lot of carby foods and dairy, peanut butter and fruit.

  • MJ says:

    Thank you! I never thought of cottage or ricotta cheese, but those are great ideas! I will look for the Food for Life brand English muffins. The glutino ones I have on hand do not offer much nutritionally. 🙂 I am also going to try your carrot cake pancakes. Your website is my new favorite!

  • Linnea says:

    This is such a great and helpful list! Thank you!

  • Thanks to the admin for providing the above list to us. It’s true that if we can change our menu everyday it will be helpful for increasing our test . It’s a common thing that our are kids are not like to eat everyday. That’s why your above thinking is always helpful for growing our kids interest about eating eating foods. Again a great thanks to you for your innovative thinking.