Family Friendly Meals For Toddlers

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These family friendly meals for toddlers are the perfect ideas to get you started in finding easy recipes. You’ll want to include one of these easy toddler meals in your weekly meal plan.

Cooking food for kids doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. In fact, it can be quite the opposite. Cooking a variety of healthy meals is fun and can become a family affair. These are some family friendly dinner ideas that are perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.

Kid-friendly dinner recipes

Please fussy eaters with our collection of simple, easy and delicious recipes. Plus, find basic recipes you can try with the kids on the weekend.

  1. Chicken Nuggets (23)
  2. Chicken Alfredo (17)
  3. Oven-Baked Fish and Wedges with Tartare Sauce (2)
  4. BudgetMacaroni mince (33)
  5. Chicken Noodle Omelette (12)
  6. BudgetCreamy chicken pasta (70)
  7. Zucchini slice (112)
  8. BudgetAmerican Chop Suey (14)
  9. BudgetSticky chicken (35)
  10. Sausages with Onion Gravy (20)
  11. Hot Dogs in Pyjamas (1)
  12. Bacon and beef pasta bake (165)
  13. BudgetNanna’s golden sausage casserole (56)
  14. BudgetSpinach and cheese rolls (36)
  15. Pinwheels (40)

Healthy kids’ recipes

See our healthy and simple recipe ideas that will keep the whole family happy from homemade fish fingers to pasta with tomato & hidden veg sauce.

  • Salmon pesto traybake with baby roast potatoesA star rating of 4.8 out of 5.39 ratingsKeep little kids happy at the family dinner table with this colourful salmon traybake that’s delicious and healthy, with a good dose of omega-3 from the fish
  • Chicken & veg bowlA star rating of 4.6 out of 5.5 ratingsMake this colourful chicken, brown rice and vegetable dish for the whole family. With avocado, edamame beans, sweetcorn and carrots, it’s not only tasty, but healthy too
  • Chicken skewers with tzatzikiA star rating of 4.6 out of 5.13 ratingsKids will love these chicken skewers hot off the griddle for a quick supper, or pack them in wraps with green salad and tzatziki to take on a picnic
  • Chicken shish kebabsA star rating of 4.9 out of 5.7 ratingsThese barbecued kebabs are big on flavour, but the spice is toned down, so they’re great for kids. Offer some chilli sauce on the side for those who like heat, and serve with flatbread
  • Frozen tropical fruit yogurtA star rating of 4.7 out of 5.8 ratingsTry this genius recipe – as if by magic, the frozen tropical fruit freezes the yogurt when blended together. Use a food processor rather than a blender
  • BBQ chicken pizzaA star rating of 3.7 out of 5.11 ratingsMake a healthy, low-calorie pizza that adds up to three of your 5-a-day and give the takeaway a miss. The barbecue chicken lends a moreish smoky flavour
  • Healthy pancakesA star rating of 4.3 out of 5.93 ratingsThese easy healthy pancakes get their fluffy texture from whipped egg whites. Stack them high with fresh berries and a spoonful of low-fat yogurt
  • Butternut squash & chickpea tagineA star rating of 3.7 out of 5.70 ratingsMake this tasty vegetarian tagine that kids will love as much as grown-ups. It’s a great way to serve four of their five-a-day and it’s freezeable
  • One-pan egg & veg brunchA star rating of 4.6 out of 5.28 ratingsWith courgette, peppers and eggs, this vegetarian dish is a filling, healthy breakfast for all the family – kids will enjoy dipping toast into soft egg yolk
  • Lighter chicken tacosA star rating of 4.7 out of 5.14 ratingsThe same tasty Mexican dish with half the fat of standard tacos. Pile on the chicken, salsa and guacamole, and build yourself a delicious dinner
  • Chicken schnitzel with coleslawA star rating of 4.9 out of 5.25 ratingsChicken breasts are tenderised, covered in breadcrumbs and fried until golden and crispy. A dinner that kids will love cooking and eating.
  • Masala frittata with avocado salsaA star rating of 4.7 out of 5.43 ratingsA spicy twist on a simple frittata recipe, with Masala paste, coriander and plump cherry tomatoes. Pair it with our avocado salsa for a light and budget-friendly supper
  • Pitta pocketA star rating of 4.2 out of 5.5 ratingsA low-fat, healthy snack with chicken, tomatoes and cucumber under 150 calories, and it takes just minutes to prepare
  • Superhealthy pizzaA star rating of 4.4 out of 5.58 ratingsThe quantities for this are generous, so if you have any leftovers, pop a wedge of cold pizza into your lunchbox the next day
  • Super-veg pastaA star rating of 4.7 out of 5.64 ratingsGet two of your five-a-day with this deliciously versatile sauce
  • Weaning recipe: Chicken meatballsA star rating of 4.1 out of 5.13 ratingsIf your toddler enjoys feeding him or herself then try these moreish chicken meatballs, made with fresh veggies and chicken thighs. Serve with rice and broccoli for a satisfying dinner
  • Bircher muesli with apple & bananaA star rating of 4.7 out of 5.20 ratingsSoaking oats and seeds overnight makes them easier to digest, and the muesli will be extra creamy. Great for a quick breakfast straight from the fridge
  • Barbecued chicken fajita skewersA star rating of 4 out of 5.12 ratingsGet the kids in the kitchen to prepare this easy BBQ chicken recipe, then assemble together with creamy guacamole on tortilla wraps
  • Spinach, sweet potato & lentil dhalA star rating of 4.8 out of 5.740 ratingsA comforting vegan one-pot recipe that counts for 3 of your 5-a-day! You can’t go wrong with this iron-rich, low-fat, low-calorie supper.
  • Egg & rocket pizzasA star rating of 4.6 out of 5.38 ratingsUse seeded tortillas as pizza bases for a quick and healthy lunch – crack an egg in the centre and bake to boost protein intake
  • Courgette, potato & cheddar soupA star rating of 4.7 out of 5.288 ratingsThis freezable soup is a delicious way to use up a glut of courgettes
  • Superhealthy salmon burgersA star rating of 4.7 out of 5.359 ratingsIf you’re after something a bit lighter than potato-packed fishcakes, try these simple salmon burgers with ginger, soy sauce and coriander
  • Turkey burgers with beetroot relishA star rating of 4.4 out of 5.31 ratingsThese low-fat burgers freeze well, so why not make double and freeze for another time?
  • More veg, less meat summer BologneseA star rating of 3.8 out of 5.9 ratingsHide peas and courgettes in this Italian favourite to up your vegetable intake – great for kids when served with pasta

A Month of Healthy Meals for Kids

These healthy meals for kids will satisfy the whole family. From kid-friendly favorites like mac & cheese, pizza and chicken fingers, your kids will love these dinners—and you’ll love the veggies they’re getting in each bite. Recipes like Healthy Oven-Fried Pork Chops and Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili are flavorful and fun.

Chicken Tetrazzini

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Chicken Tetrazzini

This retro dish will please kids and adults alike.

Easy Italian Wedding Soup

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Easy Italian Wedding Soup

Forget the marble-size meatballs you find in many versions of this soup. In this easy recipe, they’re full-size, full-flavored and plenty filling.

Baked Popcorn Shrimp with Sweet Chili Sauce

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Baked Popcorn Shrimp with Sweet Chili Sauce

This healthy popcorn shrimp recipe uses tiny shrimp to make crunchy bites perfect for popping in your mouth. We also swap out mayo-based tartar sauce for a healthier Greek yogurt dip flavored with Thai chili sauce.

Barbecue Chicken Pizza

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Barbecue Chicken Pizza

We gave classic barbecue chicken pizza a healthy twist with hidden shredded zucchini in the sauce. It’s a great way to sneak extra veggies into both you and your children’s diet!

Crispy Ranch Drumsticks

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Crispy Ranch Drumsticks

This easy kid-friendly dinner pairs healthier oven-fried chicken with crisp, raw vegetables and a homemade ranch dressing for dipping.

Build-Your-Own Chicken Tacos

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Build-Your-Own Chicken Tacos

This kid-friendly recipe keeps every element of tacos separate so your child can decide to eat them separately or have fun building their own mini tacos with their favorite toppings. Plus, it’s perfect for packing into a bento box for a healthy lunch for school.

Corn & Broccoli Calzones

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Corn & Broccoli Calzones

These calzones are stuffed with a summery combination of corn and broccoli, but you can use whatever you have in your fridge. Part-skim ricotta and mozzarella make our pizza pockets lower in saturated fat. Plus a whole-wheat crust adds a nutty flavor and extra fiber. Serve with your favorite marinara sauce for dipping.

Pineapple-Teriyaki Chicken

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Pineapple-Teriyaki Chicken

Grilled teriyaki chicken with pineapple can be made with just a few pantry staples. Although it’s delicious when made with canned pineapple, fresh pineapple and its juice can easily be used in its place. Serve with brown rice and snow peas.

Creamy Skillet Ranch Chicken & Broccoli

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Creamy Skillet Ranch Chicken & Broccoli

This crowd-pleasing dinner feeds four and can be on the table in just 30 minutes. To top it off, the creamy ranch sauce, chicken and broccoli all come together in one skillet, making cleanup just as easy as cooking.

Classic Hamburger

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Classic Hamburger

Slow-cooked onions add moisture and flavor to these lean beef burgers. A quick blend of mayonnaise, ketchup, relish and vinegar makes a perfect tangy, sweet and creamy “special sauce” for this burger. We love the dill relish here, but use sweet relish if you prefer it. Serve with sweet potato fries.

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