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75 Toddler Meals (Healthy + Easy Recipes)

by Michele Olivier on July 7, 2021 (updated Dec 9, 2022)

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This Master List of 75 Toddler Meals is full of healthy and easy breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner recipes for your little one! Most of these recipes can be made in 5-30 minutes, are freezer-friendly and have allergy modifications. Great for toddlers 1-3 years old!

Medically reviewed by Jamie Johnson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), and Lauren Braaten, Pediatric Occupational Therapist (OT).

Healthy Toddler Meal Ideas

Feeling stressed 😰 about what to serve your toddler? Are you short on time ⏰ and not sure what your toddler might actually eat? Do you need some fresh ideas 💡 for new recipes?

Then this is the right place for you!

I’ve compiled over 75 meals that are completely toddler-approved!

That’s right – I’ve tested them for you, so you won’t have to! Over the years, I’ve tested out hundreds of recipes on my daughters when they were toddlers and preschoolers, and these 75 recipes were clearly the winners 🥇 because they still love eating them to this day!

I’m not sure it’s okay to call your kids 👭 your test subjects… but we are just going to go with it! 👍

Feeding toddlers can be tricky! But, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Here you will find real-life toddler meal ideas, over 100 toddler snack ideas, great hidden-veggie recipes, 50 cooking with toddler recipes and so much more!

Featured Toddler Recipe Video

Need some toddler recipe ideas? Check out these videos to see just how easy they can be!

Tips for Making Easy Toddler Recipes
  • Freezer-Friendly: a great way to make feeding your toddler super easy is always to have a stash of toddler-approved meals in the freezer. If there are any leftovers, I will place them in the freezer for a later meal. This works great for muffins, waffles, meatballs, chicken nuggets, etc. Basically, anything you can find in the grocery store’s frozen section can be frozen with your own homemade recipes. You can also make a double batch of your kiddo’s favorite recipes so you can have a backup plan when life gets crazy (or toddler gets demanding;).
  • Make Once – Serve Again: if you are making a bigger or more time-consuming meal (anything over 30 minutes for dinner), it’s a great idea to save the leftovers and use those in another toddler meal. You can serve the same meal or use parts of the meal in another meal altogether – chicken can be added into cheese quesadillas, pasta can be served with a different sauce, soup can be served with different sides like grilled cheese or turkey sandwich or used as a sauce for pasta or rice.
  • Quick Toddler Meals: a key way to not lose your mind is to always have a list (and the ingredients) for a quick meal for toddlers. Print out or make a list of these easy breakfast, lunch, and dinner ideas and keep them on hand for when life is super crazy and your toddler needed to eat 10 minutes ago.

Helpful Toddler Feeding Tools
  • plates
  • open cups
  • utensils
  • smoothie cups
  • booster seat
  • suction plate
  • lunch box
  • reusable pouches

Toddler Daily Nutritional Guidelines

According to the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, nutrients of concern for underconsumption in a child’s second year are vitamin D, calcium, fiber, and potassium, so make sure your toddler gets a variety of foods with these nutrients daily.  

Below are recommended daily intakes for toddlers of different ages. Still, it’s important to look at what your child eats throughout the whole week instead of focusing on each day since toddlers’ eating habits can be erratic and unpredictable. As long as you keep offering a variety of foods from all of the food groups, your child’s nutrition should balance out each week. 

Daily Recommended Intake for Toddlers 12-23 months

  • 700-1,000 calories a day split between 3 meals and 2 snacks
  • Half of the daily calories should be from healthy fats
  • 2/3 – 1 cup of vegetables daily
  • ½ – 1 cup of fruit daily
  • 1 ¾ – 3 ounces of grains daily
  • 1 2/3 – 2 cups of dairy daily
  • 2 ounces of protein daily

Daily Recommended Intake for Toddlers 2-4 years

  • 1,000-1,400 calories a day for girls and 1,000-1,600 calories for boys split between 3 meals and 1-2 snacks
  • Healthy fats should be reduced to about 30% of total daily calories
  • 1-2 cups of vegetables daily
  • 1- 1 ½ cups of fruit daily
  • 3 – 5 ounces of grains daily
  • 2 – 2 ½ cups of dairy daily
  • 2 – 5 ounces of protein daily

How to Build a Toddler Meal

A good method for building a well-balanced meal for 1-3-year-old toddlers is to include foods from a variety of food groups each day. You don’t have to have all food groups represented at every meal but make sure you offer a protein at all meals and snacks to help keep little bellies full. 

A typical toddler plate should be made up of:

  • half fruits and veggies
  • a quarter of grains
  • a quarter protein
  • serving of dairy

When serving dairy products, give whole milk products until age 2. Focus on whole fruits instead of fruit juice and aim to make half of grains whole grains for more fiber and other nutrients.

Offer foods multiple times, even if your toddler acts like he does not like it, because it can take up to 15 times of being presented with a food for a child to develop a taste for it. Try offering foods cooked in a variety of ways so your toddler can explore different tastes and textures. Even better, serve your child what you are eating (in age-appropriate sizes, of course) and eat meals together so you can model healthy eating behaviors for them.  

Sample Toddler Meal Plan

Below is a sample 5-day meal plan for toddlers. Feel free to use leftovers if you have them to add to the next meal. You can also add in sides of cut veggies and fruit that you have on-hand.


Breakfast: Blueberry Oatmeal with a cup of milk
Morning Snack: Whole Grain Cheese Crackers
Lunch: Turkey + Carrot Roll-Ups with a side of sliced strawberries and milk
Afternoon Snack: Healthy Spiced Apple Dip
Dinner: Chicken Parmesan Meatballs served with whole-wheat penne, side of asparagus, and a cup of milk



Breakfast: Avocado Egg Toast for Baby + Toddler with a cup of milk
Morning Snack: Healthy On-The-Go Granola Bars
Lunch: Mini Bagel Pizzas with Pepper “Sprinkles” with a side of cut cucumbers and pineapple, and a cup of milk
Afternoon Snack: Funfetti Energy Balls
Dinner: Taco Tuesday for Baby + Toddler with a side of oranges and milk


Breakfast: 3-Ingredient Banana Pancakes with milk
Morning Snack: Strawberry Applesauce with a cheese stick
Lunch: leftover Taco Tuesday for Baby + Toddler with a side of peaches and milk
Afternoon Snack: Chewy Mint Chocolate Granola Bars
Dinner: Crispy Salmon Bites with a side of green beans and milk


Breakfast: Peanut Butter Banana Yogurt Bark 
Morning Snack: Applesauce Mini Muffins
Lunch: Easy Tomato Soup with Cheesy Bread Dippers, side of blueberries and a cup of milk
Afternoon Snack: Funfetti Energy Balls
Dinner: Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Apple Slaw with a side of baked sweet potatoes and milk


Breakfast: Cottage Cheese + Fruit Bowl with a side of whole-wheat toast
Morning Snack: Healthy On-The-Go Granola Bars
Lunch: Kale + Spinach with Apple Quesadilla and milk
Afternoon Snack: Chewy Mint Chocolate Granola Bars
Dinner: Crispy Seasoned Fish with Pineapple & Avocado Chunks with a side of rice and milk

Top Rated Meals for Toddlers

3-Ingredient Banana Pancakes for Baby

5 stars (130 ratings)

Made with only 3 simple ingredients – banana, egg and flour, yet these pancakes are fluffy, soft and perfect for baby, baby-led weaning and toddlers!

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Taco Tuesday for Baby

5 stars (16 ratings)

Don’t forget about baby’s dinner on your favorite meal night of the week – Taco Tuesday! This flavorful meal is filled with your favorite taco flavors, only mini-sized for those little hands to be able to eat.

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Blueberry Avocado Mini Muffins

4.97 stars (66 ratings)

These Blueberry Avocado Mini Muffins are loaded with fruit, healthy fats, and whole grains. Their mini size makes them perfect for small baby and toddler hands, and they are great for baby-led weaning. Yum!

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Mini Bagel Pizzas with Pepper “Sprinkles”

5 stars (4 ratings)

These easy-peasy pizzas come with a fun surprise – pepper “sprinkles”. Toddlers will love adding these bright and colorful veggie sprinkles onto their lunch pizzas.

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Hidden-Veggie Carrot & Orange Popsicles

5 stars (5 ratings)

These naturally sweetened frozen treats are a fun and tasty way to serve a fruit and veggie to your toddler. Great for snack time or dessert.

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Chicken Parmesan Meatballs for the Whole Family

5 stars (22 ratings)

These Chicken Parmesan Meatballs are the perfect family dinner – easy to make and loved by all! This healthy dinner is great for all ages – baby to adults! Made in 30 minutes with only 5 simple ingredients!

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Easy Garlic Broccoli Pasta

5 stars (28 ratings)

This Easy Garlic Broccoli Pasta is the perfect family dinner! Using one-pot, 5-ingredients and made in less than 20 minutes, what's not to love?

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Broccoli Egg Muffins

5 stars (31 ratings)

Handheld and portable, these egg cups are great for baby and toddlers on-the-go. These savory cheddar cheese and broccoli breakfast cups can be served warm at the breakfast table or packed cold for a morning playdate or school lunch.

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Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

5 stars (4 ratings)

Easy and quick to make, these whole wheat chocolate chip cookies are the perfect treat for the whole family. Ready to enjoy in 20 minutes and made with simple ingredients, these cookies are wonderfully chewy and crunchy.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie

5 stars (18 ratings)

If you have a picky one at home who refuses to eat their vegetables, this chocolate peanut butter smoothie is a great way to sneak them in! This kid approved smoothie is great for a quick and easy breakfast or snack and is nutrient dense.

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Toddler Breakfast

Made in 10-minutes or less
Bumkins Silicone Grip Plate

The perfect-sized toddler plate with a suction base. It comes in a selection of fun colors to make your toddler happy. Plus, it is dishwasher, freezer, microwave-safe!

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Toddler Lunch

Toddler Snacks

Great for On-The-Go Snacking
  1. Healthy Spiced Apple Dip for Toddlers + Kids
  2. Carrot Hummus with Toasted Paprika Pita Chips
  3. Healthy On-The-Go Granola Bars for Toddlers + Kids
  4. Whole Grain Cheese Crackers
  5. 14 On-The-Go Healthy Snacks for Kids + Toddlers
  6. Applesauce Mini Muffins
  7. Funfetti Energy Balls
  8. Chewy Mint Chocolate Granola Bars

Loaded with Fruits or Veggies (or both:)
  1. Hidden-Veggie Carrot & Orange Popsicles
  2. Peach Summer Fruit Salad with Mint + Honey Dressing
  3. Strawberry Applesauce
  4. Healthy Caramel Apple Nachos
  5. Mint + Lime Slushy
  6. 3 No-Cook Toddler Squeeze Pouch Recipes
  7. Warm Peach Chunks with Nutmeg (for Baby & Toddler)
  8. Peanut Butter Banana Baby + Toddler Melts
  9. Blackberry + Cucumber + Melon Toddler Finger Salad
  10. 8 5-Minute Applesauce Combos for Toddlers + Kids
  11. Rainbow Frozen Yogurt Bark
  12. Monster Frozen Yogurt Bark

Toddler Dinners

Made in 30-Minutes or less
  1. Easy Cheesy Garlic Broccoli Pasta (family favorite!)
  2. Mild Curry Chicken & Veggies for Toddler + Kids
  3. Easy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese (5 Fun Variations!)
  4. Favorite Salmon Pasta with Peas
  5. Sweet Potato Mac & Cheese
  6. Easy Pizza Pinwheels (with hidden veggies)
  7. Family-Favorite Pumpkin Pasta
  8. Family-Favorite Sheet Pan Shrimp Tacos
  9. Chicken Parmesan Meatballs (family-favorite)
  10. Easy Broccoli Mac and Cheese
  11. Hidden Veggie Pasta Sauce (Great for Picky Eaters!)
  12. Healthy Chicken Nuggets with Green Bean “Fries”
  13. Crispy Seasoned Fish with Pineapple & Avocado Chunks for Toddler + Kids
  14. Crispy Salmon Bites for Baby + Toddler
  15. Kid-Approved Summer Veggie Pizza
  16. Mini Chicken + Carrot Meatballs for Baby
  17. Easy Cauliflower Tots
  18. Fiesta Bowl for Toddlers
  19. Carrot Pasta for Baby + Toddler
  20. Crispy Chicken Strips 
  21. Black Bean Tostadas with Strawberry Salsa

Make Once – Serve for Mulitple Meals
  1. Kid-Friendly Pumpkin Risotto
  2. Easy Salsa Chicken Tacos (family favorite!)
  3. Instant Pot BBQ Chicken (toddler, kid + adult approved)
  4. Mexican Sweet Potato Boats for Baby + Toddler
  5. Veggie-Loaded Tomato Sauce for Toddlers + Kids (Great for Picky Eaters!)
  6. Chicken Chili Verde
  7. Butternut Squash ‘Mac and Cheese’ for Toddler
  8. Toddler Tofu Sticks + Peanut Dipping Sauce
  9. Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Apple Slaw

Toddler Desserts
  1. Easy Chocolate Fondue for Toddlers + Kids (Dairy-Free)
  2. Monster Frozen Yogurt Bark
  3. Peanut Butter Banana Yogurt Bark (toddler + kid fav!)
  4. Healthy Yogurt Parfait Popsicles for Toddler + Kids
  5. Rainbow Popsicles for Toddler + Kids
  6. Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies
  7. Toddler’s Favorite Banana Pudding – Gluten and Corn Starch Free
  8. Kids Chocolate Stirring Spoons (Allergy-Friendly)
  9. Strawberry Lemonade Slushies for Toddlers + Kids
  10. Green Tropical Smoothie Popsicles
  11. Hidden-Veggie Carrot & Orange Popsicles (Baby + Toddler)
  12. Healthy Funfetti Popsicles for Kids + Toddlers
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk – regular, almond, coconut, hemp, etc
  • 1/2 cup broccoli chopped
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • salt and pepper to taste optional
  • Heat Oven: Turn on oven and pre-heat to 375 degrees. Line 8 muffin tins with silicone muffin molds or generously spray to prevent sticking.

  • Whisk: In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs and milk together.

  • Mix: Add in the broccoli, cheese, salt and pepper and stir until combined.

  • Fill Mufifn Molds: Pour the egg mixture into the muffin tins until 3/4 the way full.

  • Bake: Place the muffin pan in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until eggs have set and the cheese is golden brown

Age: 6+ months

Storage: in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Reheat Frozen: to reheat the frozen egg cups, simply place on a microwave-safe plate and microwave in 30-second intervals until warm.

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24 Months Old Baby Food Ideas Along with Recipes

Your child has turned two and now he can eat almost every food item that is on your plate. While this might seem like a blessing, it also means that your child will be even pickier than before, and refuse to eat certain items just because he won’t like the taste. So, you will have to be more careful about his food choices. But there is no need to worry about your child’s food habits as we have some amazing ideas and recipes that you can try for your two-year-old.

Video: Food Ideas for 2 Year Old Baby

Nutrient Requirements of a 24-month-old Child

At 2 years, your child’s appetite would definitely increase and hence you will see him gorging on whatever comes his way. While he eats anything and everything, it is your responsibility as a parent to see if his nutrient requirements are being fulfilled or not. Following are the nutrient requirements of a 24-month-old child:



Between the ages of 1 and 4 years, a child’s calorie requirement does not increase as extensively as you would expect it to. Most children need only about 1200-1300 calories on a daily basis.

2. Proteins

The growth of a child’s body and muscles heavily depends on his proteins intake. But that does not mean his diet should constitute only of protein-rich foods. A child gets enough proteins from the usual food products.

3. Carbohydrates

These pretty much form the core of each meal a child has at this age. A child needs around 130-150 grams of carbohydrates for a kid to keep functioning properly through the day.

4. Dietary Fibre

Since most meals include processed foods, it is important to maintain an inclusion of whole food items as well. Fruits or grains can incorporate fibre into your child’s diet and keep his digestive system healthy.

5. Sodium

Most parents fret about children getting a lot of sodium from the salt. But maintaining about a gram of sodium intake daily is utterly important for children at this age.

6. Iron

Along with sodium, iron is another element that plays a vital role in keeping the circulatory system of a child’s body at an optimal level. When the diet is balanced, there’s no need for iron supplements to be given along with it.

7. Milk

The importance of milk cannot be stressed enough. Milk is necessary for bone development and overall growth and development of a child, so make sure your child drinks a glass of milk daily. You can give him cow’s milk, soy milk, or almond milk too.

8. Water

The presence of water might seem surprising in the list of nutritive elements but you would be surprised to know that only a few children meet the daily requirement of drinking 1.3 litres of water every day. Hence, you must check if your baby drinks water enough or not.

How Much Food Does a 24-month-old Toddler Need?

Although your child is growing, it does not mean you feed him every hour. As per his current age, he requires no more than 1.5 kilocalories on a daily basis. And this can be easily achieved with a diet that has a good combination of grains, fruits, vegetables, and other food items.

Best Foods for a Twenty-four-month-old Baby

The completion of 24 months puts your child at an important stage in his life. Going ahead, it is important for him to gain a good amount of weight and develop an energy reserve to power him through life. A few specific foods can help him make that happen.

1. Eggs

Giving your little one a whole egg, either as an omelette or in the boiled form is a great way to add to his weight and make him a filling meal. Children can eat both the yolk and the whites without any issues.

2. Khichdi

Since it can get difficult to make kids have a complete meal by themselves, khichdi is a great option that can be made within no time and is full of nutrients, thanks to the presence of both rice and various lentils. Eating khichdi helps in healthy weight gain and stimulates the metabolism as well.

3. Potatoes

This vegetable can go with nearly any kind of meal preparation. Yes, you must be bored of eating it, it is extremely vital for your kid. Your kid’s diet should include potato. Starchy vegetables are quite essential at this age.

4. Curd

A child needs strength right from an early age. The cream of the milk or curd is a great source of fat and even provides energy to the body, which can be synthesized by the body in the best form and prove beneficial for the child.

5. Milkshakes

Your child may whine when it comes to drinking his daily glass of milk. Combining the same with a fruit can help turn it into a delicious milkshake, which provides added nutrition and would be loved by your little one.

6. Ghee

Adding a spoonful of ghee when serving veggies to your child should become a practice at this age. While vegetables should be prepared in ghee itself, you could opt for using olive oil instead to keep your own health intact.

7. Nuts

Breakfast is a great time to include a variety of nuts in your child’s diet. Let it be mixed with cereal or let him have a few after he wakes up in the morning. Everything from almonds to cashews and raisins is good if given in moderation.

8. Flaxseeds

A healthy combination of proteins, fats, and fibre are essential for a growing baby. To meet these nutrient requirements, you can include flaxseed in his diet. Flaxseeds are immensely popular among those but pumpkin and melon seeds can do the trick as well.

9. Peanut Butter

Yes, this is a healthy food item for your child. Although it is best to keep peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for special occasions, you can use the butter in various preparations, since it is a great source of fats and energy.

10. Jaggery

Most households make use of refined sugar to bring out the sweetness in their preparations. Replacing it with jaggery is not only a healthy alternative for everyone, but the child receives its health benefits as well.

Video: Diet Plan for 2-Year-Old Baby

24 Month Old Baby Food Chart/Meal Plan

Figuring out what to give your 24-month toddler can take up an entire day. Make use of a simple meal plan to get a foothold, and plan your own chart accordingly. The following meal plan is great for children who are 2.

Diet for a 24-month-old – Week 1, Day 1

Breakfast Seviyan coconut upma + milk
Mid-morning Banana/apple/any locally available fruit
Lunch Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney
Evening Fruit smoothie
Dinner Methi (fenugreek)thepla + dal(lentil) soup

Diet for a 24-month-old – Week 1, Day 2

Diet for a 24-month-old – Week 1, Day 3

Breakfast Parathas with milk + raisins + honey
Mid-morning Cut fruits
Lunch Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney
Evening Paneer(cottage cheese)- khakhara chaat
Dinner Bajra(pearl millet)- besan(gram flour)- lauki(bottle gourd) muthia + tomato carrot mint dip

Diet for a 24-month-old – Week 1, Day 4

Breakfast Phirni
Mid-morning Cut fruits
Lunch Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney
Evening Peanut chikki + ½ cup of any locally available fruit
Dinner Paneer pulav + raita

Diet for a 24-month-old – Week 1, Day 5

Diet for a 24-month-old – Week 1, Day 6

Diet for a 24-month-old – Week 1, Day 7

Diet for a 24-month-old – Week 2, Day 1

Diet for a 24-month-old – Week 2, Day 2

Diet for a 24-month-old – Week 2, Day 3

Diet for a 24-month-old – Week 2, Day 4

Diet for a 24-month-old – Week 2, Day 5

Diet for a 24-month-old – Week 2, Day 6

Breakfast Idli with chutney or sambar
Mid-morning Banana/apple milkshake
Lunch Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney
Evening Crushed til(sesame) ladoo with banana milkshake
Dinner Roti + dal + a subzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber+ hand pounded rice

Diet for a 24-month-old – Week 2, Day 7

Breakfast Puttu with chana(chickpea) curry
Mid-morning Cut fruits
Lunch Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney
Evening Wheat laddoo and milk
Dinner Dal dhokli with sliced carrots

Diet for a 24-month-old – Week 3, Day 1

Diet for a 24-month-old – Week 3, Day 2

Diet for a 24-month-old – Week 3, Day 3

Diet for a 24-month-old – Week 3, Day 4

Diet for a 24-month-old – Week 3, Day 5

Breakfast Puri sabzi with milk
Mid-morning Multigrain ladoo
Lunch Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney
Evening Plain dahi with banana/apple/ locally available fruit
Dinner Baked beans with toast

Diet for a 24-month-old – Week 3, Day 6

Breakfast Seviyan kheer
Mid-morning Banana/apple/any locally available fruit
Lunch Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney
Evening Banana/apple milkshake
Dinner Bisi bele bath with curd

Diet for a 24-month-old – Week 3, Day 7

Breakfast Vegetable upma made with buttermilk
Mid-morning Fruit custard
Lunch Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney
Evening Roasted peanuts + yoghurt
Dinner Roti + sabzi + dal

Diet for a 24-month-old – Week 4, Day 1

Diet for a 24-month-old – Week 4, Day 2

Diet for a 24-month-old – Week 4, Day 3

Diet for a 24-month-old – Week 4, Day 4

Diet for a 24-month-old – Week 4, Day 5

Breakfast Scambled egg
Mid-morning Oats-apple smoothie
Lunch Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney
Evening Rajgira (amaranth)chikki dipped in milk
Dinner Macaroni and cheese with tomato soup

Diet for a 24-month-old – Week 4, Day 6

Breakfast Seviyan upma + kesar(saffron) elaichi (cardamom)milk
Mid-morning Peanut ladoo
Lunch Fried rice with sweet corn soup
Evening Poha (flattened rice) soaked in dahi(curd) with mashed banana
Dinner Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chut

Diet for a 24-month-old – Week 4, Day 7

Video: 2 Year Old Baby Food Recipes

Food Recipes For a 24-months-old Baby

In order to make sure your little kid eats his meals properly, here are a few recipes you can make to ensure that he gets the right nutrients.

1. Spinach and Beetroot Cutlets

These make for a great breakfast item on weekdays and even on weekends.


  • Spinach puree, 2 tablespoon
  • Beetroot puree, 2 tablespoon
  • Whole wheat flour, 0.5 cup
  • Jaggery, 0.5 cup
  • Butter, 2 tablespoon

How To Prepare

  • Begin by preheating the oven at a temperature of 200 degrees.
  • Mix together jaggery and butter in a bowl along with spinach puree.
  • In another bowl, mix beetroot puree with jaggery and butter.
  • Add the flour to both the bowls with some water, and make the dough.
  • You can even mix spinach and beetroot puree and make their cutlets.
  • Make cookie shapes from the dough and line them on a greased baking tray.
  • Place them in the oven and let them bake for about 8-10 minutes.
  • Serve warm with curd or chutney.

2. Ragi Cake

Satiate your little one’s sweet cravings with this healthy and delicious ragi cake.


  • Olive oil, 0.5 cup
  • Vanilla essence, 1 teaspoon
  • Salt
  • Milk, 1 cup
  • Yoghurt, 1 cup
  • Baking soda, 1 teaspoon
  • Brown sugar, 1 cup
  • Cocoa powder, 2 teaspoons
  • Whole wheat flour, 1 cup
  • Ragi flour, 0.5 cup

How To Prepare

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  • Take wheat flour in a big bowl and add ragi flour, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder to it. Mix it thoroughly.
  • Add yoghurt, oil, milk, and vanilla essence to it and mix well again.
  • Pour this mixture in a baking tray and place it in the oven for about half an hour. Serve it with some nice chocolate syrup.

3. Egg Dosa

When a simple uttapam does not fill your child’s tummy, give it a twist. Make egg dosa and he will finish it in no time.


  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • An egg
  • Dosa batter

How To Prepare

  • Heat the pan and sprinkle a little oil on it.
  • Pour dosa batter in the centre and spread it around. Now crack an egg exactly over it.
  • Let each side be cooked properly and add salt and pepper for additional taste.

4. Sweet Potato Puffs

This food items is a great evening snack and can even be a major side dish for a light dinner.


  • Flour, 0.5 cup
  • Cereal, 1 cup
  • Applesauce, 1 tablespoon
  • Water, 2 tablespoons
  • Vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons
  • Sweet potato, mashed, 4 cups

How To Prepare

  • Preheat the oven at a temperature of 350 degrees.
  • Mix together oil, potato mash, and applesauce in a bowl. Add water gently till the mixture blends fully.
  • Follow it up with cereal and flour as needed.
  • Use the dough to make small ball-like portions. Poke a small hole in the middle to let the trapped air out, allowing it to puff up.
  • Apply oil on a baking tray and arrange the puffs on it. Bake them for about 15 minutes and serve.

5. Fried Bananas

For little kids who turn their face away at the sight of a banana, this fried delicacy would be hard to resist.


  • Oil
  • Cardamom powder, 1 teaspoon
  • Bananas, 2

How To Prepare

  • Slice the bananas after peeling them.
  • Add some ghee on a pan and fry the pieces. Sprinkle cardamom powder over those and enjoy.

Feeding Tips

A few handy tips for feeding your child can go a long way in making the entire meal experience a memorable one.

  • Do not reward or punish your child when it comes to his eating habits. He will learn in time what is healthy and what is not, so don’t force him to eat anything.
  • Do not feed spicy food items early in life.
  • Refrain from giving anything that is extremely hot or cold.
  • Make it a habit to sit together at the dining table and enjoy a meal.
  • When giving him snacks, choose nutritious options.
  • Keep meals frequent and small in quantity.
  • Let children take small portions of the food.
  • Avoid rushing through the meals.
  • Maintain a combination of vegetables, fruits, and milk.
  • When introducing any food, check if it provides him energy or not. Do not give foods containing empty calories.

Introducing healthy and nutritious foods at the right age can help your child pick good habits in the future too. Most kids warm up to the foods once they see the entire family enjoying it together and work towards developing a habit of doing the same. So, make sure that you eat with your family every day.


  1. Each child is different and so use these meal plans as a trusted guide as per your discretion. You can modify the meals according to your child’s preferences / requirements.
  2. Never force-feed a child.
  3. While preparing formula, please follow the instructions on the box and use the measuring spoon provided with it.
  4. While introducing solid food to a baby, initially, one needs to prepare watery gruels/soups. As a child gets older, the caretaker/ mother has to increase the thickness of the liquids slowly according to the child’s capacity to swallow. Foods that are too thick can cause stomach upset/ unnecessary load; while excessively watery food might cause the child to remain hungry.
  5. Some kids may eat less on some days and that is absolutely alright. However, if a child eats less for more than 3-4 consecutive days, please visit a doctor to guide further.
  6. A child may eat less during the teething phase or if he/she may not be feeling well. You could increase breast milk /formula feeds on those days. Re-introduce the foods once the child is back to normal.
  7. Don’t stop feeding if the child is suffering from diarrhoea.
  8. You can alter the taste of the food by adding some natural flavours like cinnamon, jeera powder, lemon juice, curry leaves etc. if the child doesn’t accept the food initially.
  9. If your child suffers from an allergy to nuts, gluten or eggs, please consult your doctor before feeding him/her any foods that may contain them.

Also Read: Finger Foods for Babies

2 year old child's menu with recipes

Menu author: Natalia Dik — pediatrician. She graduated from the Chelyabinsk Medical Academy, clinical internship and residency, specialty pediatrics. She has been working in her specialty since 2007, from 2005-2008 she has been the head of the Allergy Department of the City Clinical Hospital No. 1 of Chelyabinsk, since 2008 she has been a specialist in clinical trials of drugs. She enjoys cooking and practices the Menu of the Week system in her daily life.

By the age of two, most babies are able to eat many foods and dishes on their own, there is no need to grind food in a blender or knead with a fork. Rejoicing at such changes, some parents want to give the baby to try more new dishes. Some, on the contrary, are afraid to introduce something new, and they are in no hurry to transfer it to the general table. There is some common sense in both approaches. Although the digestive system of a two-year-old baby is already much more mature compared to a one-year-old, nevertheless, it is not yet strong enough. Therefore transition to adult food should be gradual .

The sample menu for week below is suitable not only for feeding a two-year-old child, but also for the whole family.

Do not worry if one of the days the child has not eaten all the dishes you have prepared. Our ideas about how much a two-year-old baby should eat often differ from reality in the direction of overestimation. In addition, children may have their own characteristics and preferences. Everything new is best offered in small portions. Often, babies carefully try unfamiliar or otherwise prepared foods, but if they are offered the same dish next time, they can eat it with pleasure.


Breakfast: Porridge made of oatmeal with caramel apples
Lunch: Pumpkin soup with chicken+salad “Sunny”
SUPPLE: Smoothies with shepherd
Dinner: Stewed vegetables with freaksheels

Pediatrician's comment:

As with all ages, it is very important to diversify the diet of children, including different types of foods . At the same time, vegetables (fresh and cooked), fruits, cereals, milk and dairy products, vegetable and butter should be on the children's menu daily.

Recommended norm of milk and dairy products - up to 600 ml (of which at least 200 ml are fermented milk products), vegetables 300-400g (of which potatoes - no more than 150g), fruits - 130g, meat (red or poultry) - up to 90g per day , bread - up to 90g (of which black - no more than 30g).

It is advisable to eat fish 2-3 times a week (weekly norm 175g), eggs - no more than 3 times a week.


Breakfast: Kindergarten-style scrambled eggs
Lunch: Borsch-mashed potatoes + Potato casserole with vegetables
Snack: Baked apples with cottage cheese

Stewed vegetables

Pediatrician's comment:

Make sure your child drinks enough liquids. The norm is 35 ml/kg of water per day ie with a weight of 12 kg your baby should drink 420 ml. It is desirable that it be clean water. If the child refuses it, you can try to give unsweetened compote, herbal tea, but not store-bought juices.


Breakfast: Millet porridge with pumpkin in a slow cooker
Lunch: Borscht puree + White cabbage salad with apple
Afternoon snack: Banana smoothie with cookies and nuts
Dinner: Buckwheat porridge + Braised liver

Pediatrician's comment:

In the diet of two-year-old children, there should be no such things as fast food (in addition to hamburgers and french fries, these are various chips and store-bought crackers), smoked meats, semi-finished products (sausages, sausages), canned and pickled foods, mushrooms and seafood.


Breakfast: Cottage cheese casserole with apples
Lunch: Soup with fish meatballs + Carrots and dried apricots
SUPPLE: yogurt+milk cake
Boutiker porridge+carcass liver

Pediatrician's comment:

Of course, it is best to prepare baby food from natural products. If, nevertheless, there is a need to purchase finished products (yogurts, curds, etc.) - be sure to read the information about the composition of on the labels, since at present, even in products intended for baby food, you can often find various flavors, thickeners and preservatives.

Manufacturers use many tricks to confuse customers (for example, they write "No preservatives" even if the composition contains citric acid, a powerful preservative).


breakfast: Sweet pilaf with dried fruits and nuts
lunch: Soup with fish meatballs + Salad “Vitamin”
SUPPORT: yogurt+milk cake
Dinner: Potato cutlets with turkey and raw

Pediatrician's comment:

At the age of two, it is already allowed to introduce a small amount of fried , however, try not to abuse this cooking method, preferring boiling, stewing or baking to it.


Breakfast: Cottage cheese casserole with pumpkin in a slow cooker
Lunch: Ratatui soup in a multicooker+beetroot salad with prunes and feta
Polteria: Kisel from cherries
Dinner: Potato cutlets with turkey and raw

Pediatrician's comment:

The diet of children at the age of two remains 5 times a day: three main meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and two intermediate ones. If the break between the main meals is short, then in between it is enough to give an unsweetened fruit (apple, pear) or a vegetable salad (for example, apple + carrot). If the break is long, you can offer the baby a fermented milk product (yogurt, cottage cheese) with bread or cookies.


Breakfast: Pancakes with carrots
Lunch: Ratatouille soup in a slow cooker + Beetroot salad with prunes and feta
Afternoon snack: Cherry jelly
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Pediatrician's comment:

Some experts do not recommend introducing sugar and confectionery into the diet until the age of three , or even for life. If you are already giving your child sweets, remember that the daily intake of sugar for a two-year-old child is up to 50g per day, and the less, the better. Chocolate and chocolates should be avoided as they stimulate the nervous system of children, often cause allergies and can cause constipation.

Health to you and your children!

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