Anyone that has spent the day with Carl knows that he is a super picky eater. We introduced him to all sorts of foods early on that I made from scratch (all except pureed meat, I could never get the texture right). So when he started to eat table foods, it became very frustrating when he refused everything. I read countless articles on how to get your child to eat a variety of healthy and nutritious foods, and yet none of their suggestions have helped Carl become an adventurous eater (actually, I’d settle for an average eater).
He has a difficult time with foods that are different textures. He’s much more adventurous if the items have been pureed and placed in a pouch (I am so thankful for reusable pouches!) I have spent a lot of time researching ideas for toddler meals (including ideas from Occupational Therapists about various food textures). I am terrified he’s going to be that kid who has to put ketchup on everything to want to eat it (I can just imagine packing his lunch full of ketchup packets).
While searching the blogosphere, I was amazed at the creativity of these parents. I am hoping some of their ideas will help us find new foods that Carl is willing to eat and maybe they will help some of you with your little ones, too! If you have had a picky eater and have found something that has worked, please let me know. We can use all of information we can get!
This is a great site that provides you meals for ages 6 months and up. The recipes are easy to follow and they have beautiful pictures (I always find it easier to see a picture of what I am supposed to be making).
I love this blog’s toddler meal ideas. She provides a picture with labels and includes a rating of the meal based on how her child liked it. I love that her ideas are simple and doable.
What’s nice about this site is that it explains what should make up a toddler’s meal. Their theory is that toddlers should be served foods from the color of the rainbow every day.
Carl is not a fan of most meat so finding protein alternatives has been important to us. These Vegan toddler meals gave us lots of great ideas.
Unfortunately, she stopped posting in January this year. But her pasts posts include a wealth of ideas for toddler meals.
Using her drop down category search, head to Munchkin Meals. She shares recipes for toddlers and also provides a Link-Up for parents to share what their kids are eating (which means lots more ideas!)
This site has so many great toddler meal ideas. While some of them are from years ago, the meals work just as well today. Use her drop down category menu to go to 31 Days of Toddler Food or Toddler Menus where she actually provides you an entire week’s worth of toddler meal ideas.
This website is not dedicated to toddler food (or even toddlers in general) but she has 2 posts with some helpful ideas for toddler meals.
They use a meal plate as a guide for serving their little ones. They have some great well-rounded meal ideas.
I wish that she still hosted Muffin Tin Monday but it was moved to another blog that has not been active since Halloween 2013. Thankfully, I used her labels to search for her Muffin Tin Mondays. There are so many wonderful muffin tin meal ideas shared by Muffin Tin Mom and others. It takes a little longer to search through but there are some great ideas.