Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Meal ideas for 1 year olds

Way back in 2006, when my twins were one year old, I polled the mother of twins group for meal ideas for one year olds. I was in a rut, and I got lots of suggestions so I compiled them all together. Here they are! I didn't try all these with my kids so I can't vouch for all of them, but it's certainly a big list to get you thinking.

Feel free to add your own ideas in the comments, or if you're an author here, write your own post on the topic. It's so easy to run out of ideas or get stuck with the same few meals, especially with kids who are just learning to eat table food.

Hope this gives all you parents of younger kids some good ideas. And looking this over, there are a lot of ideas to try with my 4 year olds! Maybe I'll get them to try something new :)


Beets. I know, crazy! We just buy the canned, sliced kind. I rinse them with hot water which not only heats them up a bit, but gets rid of the MESSY red juice.

Veggies sautéed in salsa. Go figure - the kids ate some cauliflower.

Black beans & rice. I make it on the mushy side and dice up onions, garlic & red bell peppers.

Plain black beans, you can always run them through the blender and puree them and add a little bit of quinoa, which I do to much of their food.

Sweet Peas

Spinach pancakes and broccoli pancakes sold at whole foods and in most stores - Dr. Pragers I think they are called


Fresh asparagus and green beans

Steamed carrots, zucchini, etc.

Baked or boiled squash/or sweet potato

Millet and cauliflower mash- good way to get whole grains and veggies in

Mashed potatoes


Well cooked beans- doesn’t have to be just black beans

Coconut cucumber soup

Nori- melts in mouth

Pieces of veggie burger

Spreading pureed broccoli on cheese sandwiches under the cheese

Broccoli (chopped or trees) and cauliflower

Cooked squash cubes

Sweet potato fries from Trader Joe's

Cooked carrot/potato/other root veggie chunks

Cannellini beans, green beans (canned cut or fresh cooked), garbanzos, black-eyed peas

Zucchini pancakes


Cut up watermelon, cantaloupe, or honeydew melon

Small pieces of melon or bananas


Steamed apple or pear

Grapes - peeled and quartered or halved

Apple sticks, whole apples, peels removed

Frozen berry mix (from Trader Joes)

Cherry tomatoes sliced tomatoes


Whole grain slices of bread or pita

High quality dry cereals

Cooked whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, kasha (toasted buckwheat, not “kashi” the brand), etc.

Toast with hummus

Multi-grain waffles

Pancakes, toast (cut into quarters)

Croissant toasted

Crusty bread bagels/mini-bagels (frozen for teething)

Cheerios, Rice Crispies

Rice cakes, small graham crackers

Bread pudding


Quesadillas (bean and cheese, salmon and hot pepper cheese, veggie)

Pizza with ricotta, mozzarella, tomato sauce; cut

Eggos (with cottage cheese, cream cheese, cinnamon and sugar, or jam)


Tortilla rollups (mix together cream cheese, mild salsa, and shredded cheddar. Spread thinly on a tortilla, roll up, and refrigerate for at least one hour. Then cut into coins


Puree black beans with red bell peppers, onions, garlic, etc. and add it to macaroni

Trader Joe's whole wheat couscous - takes 5 minutes to make and goes with everything

Small pasta. Like tiny O's and boiled it with red sauce and melted cheese and peas

Penne with trader joes (or any brand) spinach and artichoke dip on it

Spaghetti (or ziti or whatever pasta you want) is also a good, filling way to give them lunch or dinner---add some sauce if they'll eat it, if not, try it plain or with a little butter

Macaroni and cheese---what would kids be without that staple?

Fusilli long noodles cut up

Farfalle macaroni

Tortellini ravioli

Sticky rice


Scrambled eggs with cheese and grated carrots. Same goes for omelets.

Hamburgers/cheese burgers that have been grilled with BBQ sauce

Turkey meatballs from trader joes (cooked in the oven, not microwaved and cut into small pieces)

Toast with plain hummus or cream cheese

Bits of turkey or ham cold cuts

Cold cut and cheese pinwheels (layer a piece of cold cut and a slice of cheese, roll up, and cut into coins)

Raw or boiled tempeh

Baked tofu pieces

Stir fried tofu (cube tofu, stir fry with a small amount of olive oil and soy sauce and a sprinkle of powdered ginger and garlic powder)

Silken tofu used like yogurt with fruit pieces

Sweet potato and ground chicken balls

Spinach and turkey meatballs (Mix together 1.25 lbs ground turkey and half a package of thawed, drained chopped spinach, along with whatever else you normally add to meatballs, such as an egg, bread crumbs and seasoning. Form into meatballs and pan fry)

Any kind of fish, baked with herbs (I was surprised by how much they like fish - nice consistency)

Progresso chicken noodle soup (the one with the veggies and chunks of chicken) and drain the soup part from it---rinse it out in a strainer to get out the added salt----and put it on a plate and let them hand feed themselves that.

Chicken nuggets, cut up or whole (try frozen for teething)

Scrambled egg (or egg yolk)

Hardboiled egg (or egg yolk)


Rotisserie chicken, cut across the grain

Salmon, cooked, flaked, or chunked

Egg in a Hole

Chicken melt sandwich (mix a can of chicken and some grated mozzarella, make a sandwich and grill. The cheese melts and holds it all together)


Piece of cheese toasted on bread

Yogurt smoothie with added nutrition - flax seed ground up, brewers yeast, egg yolk, carrots, etc.

Grilled cheese sandwich


Any cheese -shredded, cubes, or cut into sticks

Soft cheese spread on bread chunks

Cream cheese and jelly sandwich


Veggie booty

Nutri-grain bars

Whole wheat goldfish crackers

Snap pea crisps


  1. Thanks for the ideas. My kids so don't want to be fed. Hopefully this will help.

  2. this post saved us - thanks for all the fantastic ideas!

  3. I just stumbled upon this blog (What would we do without Google!?) and thank goodness I did. I have been having a horrible time trying to figure out what to feed my one year old son! I can not wait to try all of these ideas!! Thank you so much!!!