20 Make Ahead Meals Your Toddler Will Actually Eat

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Toddlers. I don’t even need to say it really. You’re going to go to all this effort crafting the perfect make-ahead meal for your toddler and there is only a 50/50 chance they’ll actually eat it.

That’s why these pre-prepared toddler meals ideas are such winners. They look good, are easily managed with little hands and taste yummy!

Turkey Crescent Rolls| Make these up to serve for lunch or even dinner for a tasty snack. It offers meat and bread in a fun way to help lure in little fingers to want to grab and nibble.

Ham and Cheese Horns| These ham and cheese horns are similar to a Hot Pocket but a homemade version. Toss in the freezer and then thaw and reheat when you are wanting to serve them up.

Mini Muffin Corn Dogs | These are a tasty treat that can be made ahead of time and then reheated or even served cold. Pair with your favorite condiments and sides and you have a lunch or dinner any kid would love. 

Peanut Butter and Banana Yogurt Pops | When they won’t eat a regular meal, hand them one of these yoghurt pops. You can get in some dairy and protein in a tasty way. 

Homemade Uncrustables | Homemade is so much cheaper than buying Uncrustables in the store and they taste just as good. Pop in the freezer and then thaw when you are ready to serve. Pair with some fresh veggies, fruit, and lunch is ready. 

Healthy Fruit Snack Wraps | Make these up in the morning and have them for a snack or lunch. Colorful and fun which is a huge plus for little kiddos. 

Kid-Friendly Pasta Salad | A pasta salad is a fun way to serve up some veggies and kids will gobble it right up. This is a great recipe that is tasty, and kids love and you can make it ahead of time. 

Zucchini Pizza Bites | Have a pizza lover? These bites are a bit healthier and a great way to sneak in some veggies to any toddler who loves pizza. Top with your favorite toppings and heat up in the oven or microwave. 

Strawberry and Banana Muffins | Great to make for an on the go breakfast or to have something handy to offer your little one for breakfast or even snack time. 
Peanut Butter Energy Bites | These little bites are addictive and perfect for small hands. Give them a tasty treat that you can make and have on hand for when they want a snack. 

Mini Ham and Cheese Empanadas | Perfect for little fingers to grab and nibble on. You have your starch from the bread, with cheese and meat packed in and full of protein to help fuel them for the rest of the day. 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats | Here is a night before prep idea for a breakfast option. Give them some fibre and protein to jumpstart the day. 

Pepperoni Pizza Dippers | What little kiddo doesn’t love a good pizza item? These dippers are easy to hold and you can munch on them alone or give them some sauce to learn how to dip properly. 

Baked Macaroni and Cheese | Move over boxed mac and cheese! Make this homemade macaroni and cheese that you can reheat and serve. You could even make it in muffin tins for single servings. 

Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins | What little tike doesn’t love a good donut? These muffins are easy to make and serve with some fruits or a protein! 

Breakfast Casserole Cups | These breakfast cups are a fun way to get your toddler to get some protein and veggies in. They are a nice serving and easy for them to grab and munch on. Sausage Pancake Breakfast Bites

Sausage Pancake Bites | Here is another make-ahead toddler breakfast that is great. Give them the sweet and savory mix with the pancakes and bite of sausage in the center. 

Pastry Wheels | Pastry wheels offer a sweet and savoury element plus they can play a little with their food. Test out the different layers of flavours to see what taste the best!

Strawberry Shortcake Bites | Give them one of these balls to offer a source of fruit but in a tasty way. They taste like strawberry shortcake and have freeze-dried strawberries, oats and more.

Tortilla Pizza Roll Ups

Tortilla Pizza Roll-Ups | These are great because you customise to fit your picky eaters. Maybe you just do sauce and cheese or toss in some pepperoni. The choice is yours.

If these toddler make-ahead meals don’t go down a treat, at least you’ll enjoy finishing them off. After fishing them out from behind the couch cushions. Aah #mumlife, I wouldn’t change a thing.

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Pre-prepared toddler friendly meal ideas they will hopefully eat. We all know toddlers are fussy at the best of times, so these simple toddler meals include options for freeze ahead toddler snacks as well as many quick bites to grab when you're on the go (which is always, amirite?).

About Emma Healey

Emma is a recognised family finance and budgeting expert and founder of Mum's Money. Her advice has been featured in Readers Digest, Yahoo Finance, Lifehacker, The Simple Dollar, MSN Money and more.