My toddler’s weekly meal plan by @bloomandfolk

Toddler | Development | Recipes |

Having a toddler is a bit like having a puppy – only without the cute cuddles. They are messy, fussy with food, noisy, constantly on the go and often leave a trail of destruction in their path. But they’re also kind, loving, inquisitive, funny and sometimes, just sometimes, as cute as a puppy.

I’ve found this stage of toddlerhood especially challenging when it comes to filling Bowie, my son, with nutritious food. He is very strong minded and no matter what bribe I use, if he doesn’t want something then he won’t have it. The amount of food I’ve gone through is unbelievable. It can be frustrating – on a Monday he might love pasta and by Wednesday he’ll hate it. Like most parts of motherhood, feeding can be a never-ending circle of teeth gritting joy.

The only thing that keeps me sane and stops food waste is rotating his meals, so he doesn’t have the same things too often. I try my best to batch cook and freeze portions as much as possible, but time isn’t always on my side, so it’s useful to have a couple other tricks up my sleeve.

If we are going out for the day, or Bowie is going to his grandparents’ house, I tend to pack a HiPP Organic toddler ready meal. They don’t need to be kept in the fridge and only take a minute to heat up – perfect for those moments when the world is on the verge of ending if their tummies aren’t filled. Bowie’s favourite is the Spaghetti Bolognese Tray Meal.

I have created a little meal plan template of a typical week in our home. Bowie can be funny with vegetables, so most of the time I hide them in his meals. Bear in mind that this is a ‘best case scenario’ week – usually we’ll swap out some meals for ready meals when it’s convenient.


Monday

Breakfast

Toast with sugar free jam and a yoghurt with a handful of blueberries

Lunch 

Veggie quesadilla with cheese and ham

Dinner

Roast chicken with broccoli and potato smiles

Snacks

Strawberries, cheese crackers, quartered grapes


Tuesday

Breakfast

Oat and banana muffin with sliced banana and strawberries

Lunch 

Hummus dip with wholemeal pitta bread, carrots and cucumber

Dinner

Spaghetti Bolognese with pureed veg hidden in the sauce

Snacks

Babybel cheese, blueberries and mango roll ups


Wednesday

Breakfast

Multigrain hoops with milk

Lunch 

Ham and cheese sandwich with tomatoes, cucumber and veggie straw crisps

Dinner

Wholegrain chicken nuggets with beans, peas and cubed potato

Snacks

Raisins, yoghurt, cheese crackers


Thursday

Breakfast

Toast with cacao spread and sliced strawberries

Lunch 

Cheese and spinach muffins warmed with butter

Dinner

Fish curry with rice, hidden veg and a small naan bread

Snacks

Banana, yoghurt, veggie straws


Friday

Breakfast

Porridge mixed with blue milk, half of a HiPP Organic fruit pouch and some chopped fruit

Lunch 

Slices of chicken breast, cherry tomatoes, cubes of cheddar cheese, cucumber and a slice of bread and butter

Dinner

Quorn dinosaurs, a mash potato volcano and broccoli trees with beans

Snacks

Dry cereal, a smoothie, cheese cubes 


Saturday

Breakfast

Scrambled egg with cheese, sausage and spinach

Lunch 

Hidden veggie pasta with parmesan cheese

Dinner

Chicken tacos with rice, veggies, sour cream and salsa

Snacks

Strawberry and banana muffin, yoghurt


Sunday

Breakfast

Pancakes with berries, maple syrup and yoghurt

Lunch 

Tuna sandwich with veggie crisps and cherry tomatoes

Dinner

Sunday dinner with roast beef, potatoes, veg, Yorkshire pudding and gravy

Snacks

Orange, apple, cheese crackers



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