Finger Food For Toddlers

Although still my baby, our youngest has moved over into toddler territory. He has quite a pace when walking and is tumbling over less and less. I still am making up some bulk baby food mainly because I like him to have a hot lunch each day and also for the nights when what we eat is not that suitable for him, but he is showing a definite preference for finger foods so he can feed himself.

Toddler Finger Food Zucchini Slice

To provide him with the opportunity to easily feed himself, I have been making a few extra things to pop in the freezer. (I like to have some finger foods in the freezer so that I can then use when we go out and about.) At the moment I have Zucchini Slice in wedges and a modified version of my muffins stored in re-sealable bags. (I modify the recipe by decreasing the oil, sugar and milk, omitting the white choc chips and add berry yoghurt instead.)

Finger Food Recipes For Toddlers

Here are a list of recipes that can easily be made into finger food for toddlers:

  • Hamburgers – I make them quite small, so they are only a coupe of mouthfuls and they freeze very well.
  • Meatballs – I also make these small and freeze them separate to the sauce sometimes as well.
  • Home Made Pizzas – I like to put grated veggies on his pizza slices and have found roast pumpkin to be very popular.
  • Chicken Schnitzel – You either just cut up a large schnitzel once its cooked, but I prefer just to make some little ones for the toddler when I am cooking them.
  • Homemade Pasties – I simply make very small pasties for toddlers, so they can pick them up and eat them with out too much mess.
  • Sausages and Steamed Vegetables – I am still cutting the skin off the sausages for my toddler though.

The Family Menu Plan For This Week

Baking: Chocolate Balls

Monday: Spaghetti Bolognaise

Tuesday: Creamy Chicken and Tomato Stew

Wednesday: Left Overs.

Thursday: Beef Stir Fry

Friday: Pan Fried Fish With Salad

Saturday: Tacos

Sunday: Chicken Wings, Baked Potatoes and Corn

If you are looking for further recipe inspiration, check out my complete list of Family Friendly Recipes. All of these recipes are in the database of the Planning With Kids Free Menu Planner. You can use the menu planner to plan a week of meals for your family and then print out the associated shopping list.

And for even more menu planning ideas, you can also head on over to “I’m an Organizing Junkie” for Laura’s regular Menu Plan Monday posts.

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Comments

  1. says

    These are all great things to put in the freezer as quick and easy lunchbox fillers too. I can see both my kids enjoying these ideas (and they’re 6 and 3!) thanks Nicole.

  2. says

    We’ve really reduced finger foods this time around. The LO is much happier using his fingers on our food. When we’ve given him finger things he checks with everyone else, with a quick look, to see if his is the same. He has been known to abandon his and grab his brothers.
    So we stick with fruit in finger sizes usually. lol

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