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Dinners for 2 Year Olds
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As a busy mama, I know trying to find foods for picky toddlers can be soul sucking and exhausting.

I got you, though! I snooped the internet for toddler recipes that even picky toddlers would eat.

There is no need to put out a cute Instagram-worthy toddler dish with four different foods neatly cut and assembled for the perfect pic. I often have the most success with my 2 year old, the less variety she has on her plate.

Less is more!

These 75 easy toddler meals will turn dinner time into something your toddler actually looks forward to!

These dishes are a great way to introduce new foods to your two-year-olds and make dinner time a breeze for the whole family.

Let’s make dinner time the highlight of our day and conquer those mealtime battles with a dash of fun and yummy!

Here are some of the best toddler food ideas to try that will be fulfilling for the entire family.

This post covers the best Dinners for 2 year olds.

Toddler Meals

Dinners for 2 Year Olds

Dealing with a picky toddler and dinner-time battles are no fun.

Create excitement and incentives to eat dinner with these awesome and easy toddler dinners that include cherry tomatoes, whole grains, and healthy fats to ensure your little ones get the best toddler nutrition while enjoying a wide variety of foods.

From creamy dishes with a dollop of sour cream to hearty whole-grain delights, these easy toddler dinner ideas will have your munchkins asking for seconds.

Quick toddler meals containing as many good food groups as possible are the way to go for a busy mama.

Say goodbye to mealtime battles, and let’s get into these super delish, easy toddler meal ideas with so much food to try you won’t need any other list! Let’s get after these toddler food recipes.

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1. Broccoli Cheese Cups

Broccoli and Cheese Cups
Photo Credit: @thelazydish

These Broccoli Cheese Cups by The Lazy Dish were my daughter’s first food during BLW!

It’s awesome and sneaky because the cheesy goodness, along with the Ritz cracker, makes them forget they’re eating veggies! muuuhahahahah!

One of the best finger foods for toddlers (the broccoli is also great for their guts!)

2. Crispy Baked Quinoa Chicken Nuggets

Crispy Baked Quinoa Chicken Nuggets
Photo Credit: @myfussyeater

Give traditional chicken nuggets a rest and try these Crispy Baked Quinoa Chicken Nuggets by My Fussy Eater is the way to go for finger foods.

3. Everything Bagel Pasta

Everything Bagel Pasta
Photo Credit: @princesspinkygirl

Princess Pinky Girl coming at us with this Everything Bagel Pasta! Perf for your picky eaters.

4. Grilled Cheese Roll Ups

Grilled Cheese Roll Ups
Photo Credit: @inthekitchenwithmatt

Making these Grilled Cheese Roll-ups by In the Kitchen With Matt is quick, easy, and really yummy.

5. Turkey Avocado Patties

Turkey Avocado Patties
Photo Credit: @thrivingnest

Yummy and soft, these Turkey Avocado Patties by Thriving Nest are perfect for babies and toddlers to munch on for dinner.

Related Reading: Easy and Delish Baby Led Weaning Cheese Quesadilla

6. Broccoli and Cheese Pinwheels

Broccoli and Cheese Pinwheels
Photo Credit: @feedingtinybellies

A fun twist on the broccoli cups, these Broccoli Cheese Pinwheels by Feeding Tiny Bellies are soft and tasty.

7. Mini Fried Corn Cakes

Mini Fried Corn Cakes
Photo Credit: @easyappetizers

Made with crispy fritters and yummy corn, these Mini Fried Corn Cakes by Easy Appetizers are perf for toddlers’ little hands.

8. Cheesy Taco Sticks

Cheesy Taco Sticks
Photo Credit: @Iwashyoudry

Since tacos are still kinda messy for toddlers, get after this genius Cheesy Taco Sticks by I Wash You Dry.

Add sour cream, guac, or a mild salsa for them to dip in. Dip dip dip!

9. Salmon and Veggie Stars

Salmon and Veggie Stars
Photo Credit: @kidspot

What better way to sneak omega-3’s into your toddler dish? These Salmon and Veggie Stars by Kid Spot are a great way to incorporate healthy eating.

10. Garlic Parmesan Pasta

Garlic Parmesan Pasta
Photo Credit: @togehterasafamily

Subtle yet super creamy, this Garlic Parmesan Pasta by Together As a Family is taaaasty!

11. Cinnamon Honey Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Cinnamon Honey Glazed Sweet Potato
Photo Credit: @dancingthroughtherain

Sweet and soft, try these Cinnamon Honey Glazed Sweet Potatoes by Dancing in the Rain!

12. Honey Roasted Carrots

Honey Roasted Carrots
Photo Credits: @healthylittlefoodies

These Honey Roasted Carrots by Healthy Little Foodies will totally help your kids develop night vision!

13. Cheesy Garlic Pesto Chicken Sliders

Cheesy Garlic Pesto Chicken Sliders
Photo Credit: @thechunkychef

Your kids will love these Cheesy Garlic Chicken Pesto Sliders by The Chunky Chef! No whining here!

14. Cheesy Carrot Bites

Cheesy Carrot Bites
Photo Credit: @feedingtinybellies

Feeding Tiny Bellies found a way we can feed our toddlers carrots undercover with these Cheesy Carrot Bites!

15. Crock Pot Mac N Cheese

Crockpot Mac N Cheese
Photo Credit: @princesspinkygirl

There is no way your toddler will deny this Princess Pinky Girl Crockpot Mac and Cheese dish! No ma’am!

16. Copycat Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets

Copycat Chick Fil A Chicken Nuggets
Photo Credit: @yellowblissroad

Your toddlers will absolutely smash these Copycat Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets recipe by Yellow Bliss Road. No doubt!

17. Olive Garden Chicken Pasta

Olive Garden Chicken Pasta
Photo Credit: @iamhomesteader

Bring Olive Garden to your kitchen with this I Am Homesteader Olive Garden Chicken Pasta!

18. Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Bites

Bacon Ranch Cheese BAlls
Photo Credit: @iambaker

These Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Bites by I Am Baker are perf for your toddler meal!

19. Baked Quinoa Mushroom Beef Meatballs

Baked Quinoa and Mushroom Beef Meatballs
Photo Credit: @mjandhungryman

Super quick and easy to make, these Baked Quinoa Mushroom Beef Meatballs by MJ and Hungryman is great for toddler dinners or BLW!

20. Baby Pasta Bolognese

BAby Pasta Bolognese
Photo Credit: @feedingaudrey

Give your toddler’s pasta a little flare with this Baby Pasta Bolognese by Feeding Audrey!

21. Panera Copycat White Mac n Cheese

Panera Copycat Mac n Cheese
Photo Credit: @snappygourmet

Your kiddos will smash this Panera Copycat White Cheddar Mac n Cheese by Snappy Gourmet.

22. Orange Chicken

Orange chicken
Photo Credit: @dinnerthendessert

This Orange Chicken by Dinner Then Dessert is quick and easy with only three simple ingredients!

23. Broccoli Tots

Broccoli Tots
Photo Credit: @yummytoddlerfood

Sneak more broccoli in your toddlers dish with delish Broccoli Tots by Yummy Toddler Food!

24. Grilled Cheese Sticks

Grilled Cheese Sticks
Photo Credit: @inspiredbycharm

Making Grilled Cheese Sticks with Tomato Soup by Inspired by Charm will be an absolute hit with your picky eaters.

25. One Pot Toddler Pasta

One Pot Toddler Pasta
Photo Credit: @mymoderncookery

This One Pot Toddler Pasta by My Modern Cookery is super simple and easy! Your toddler will absolutely smash and ask for seconds.

26. Healthy Cobb Salad

Baby Led Weaning Cobb Salad 1
Photo Credit: @loveandmoms

I put together this deconstructed Cobb Salad for my daughter after she was mooching off mine!

27. Cheese Quesadilla

Babiy Led Weaning Quesadilla
Photo Credit: @loveandmoms

My daughter as never turned down this delish Cheese Quesadilla! Add chicken for extra protein. Perf for quick and easy toddler recipes.

28. Pizza Bombs

Pizza Bombs
Photo Credit: @iamhomesteader

You will be shook how much your toddler will love these Pizza Bombs by I Am Homesteader! Def a new fav in your home girl.

29. Cheese Stuffed Pretzel Bombs

Cheese Stuffed Pretzel Bombs
Photo Credit: @iamhomesteader

Your kids will love these Cheese Stuffed Preztel Bombs by I Am Homesteader.

30. Avocado Pasta

Avocado Pasta
Photo Credit: @yummytoddlerfood

Give your toddler or baby the healthy fats they need with a yummy Avocado Pasta by Yummy Toddler Food.

31. Ham and Cheese Sliders

Ham and cheese Sliders
Photo Credit: @mightymrs

These Ham and Cheese Hawaiian Rolls by Mighty Mrs is perf for your toddler’s dinner.

32. One Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

One Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce
Photo Credit: @skinnytaste

Have your toddler explore all the savory flavors of a yummy One Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce by Skinny Taste! Healthy and delish. It’s a favorite of my daughter for sure.

33. White Castle Sliders

White Castle Sliders
Photo Credit: @princesspinkygirl

Your toddler will freaking love these White Castle Sliders by Princess Pinky Girl for sure girl!

34. PB&J on a Stick

PB and J on a Stick
Photo Credit: @tasteofhome

This PB&J on a Stick by Taste of Home is one of the easiest and quickest toddler dinners you can whip up!

35. Margherita Pizza

Margherita Pizza
Photo Credit: @abeautifulplate

The flavors of a tasty Margherita Pizza by A Beautiful Plate are simple enough for your toddler to love!

36. Cheesy Broccoli Rice

Cheesy Broccoli Rice
Photo Credit: @budgetbytes

Packed with veggies and savory flavors, serve your toddler an Easy Cheesy Broccoli Rice dish by Budget Bytes.

37. Hot Dog Nuggets

Hot Dog Nuggets
Photo Credit: @lilluna

These Hot Dog Nuggets by Lil Luna are a fun twist on your pigs in a blanket!

38. Baked Shrimp Cakes

Baked Shrimp Cakes
Photo Credit: @mjandhungryman

Get adventurous with your toddlers dinner with Easy Baked Shrimp Cakes by MJ and Hungry Man.

39. Pretzel Pigs in a Blanket

Pretzel Pigs in a Blanket
Photo Credit: @iamhomesteader

Your toddler is going to freaking adore these Pretzel Pigs in a Blanket by I Am Homesteader for sure girl! Graby the cheesy dippin’ sauce!

40. Mini Fried Chicken and Waffles

Mini Fried Chicken and Waffles
Photo Credit: @tarasmulticulturaltable

GUUUUURRRRLLL I KNOW these Mini Fried Chicken and Waffles by Tara’s Multicultural Table will be your toddlers go to for a while.

41. Mac n Cheese Bites

Mac n Cheese Balls
Photo Credit: @dinedreamdiscover

No toddler will turn down these Mac N Cheese Bites by Dine Dream Discover!

42. One Pot of Broccoli Pasta

One Pot Broccoli Pasta
Photo Credit: @mjandhungryman

Creamy and quick to make, whip up this One Pot Broccoli Pasta by MJ and Hungry Man.

43. Butter Parmesan Fettuccine

Butter Fettuccine
Photo Credit: @5boysbaker

The whole family including your toddler will love this Buttery Parmesan Fettuccine by 5 Boys Baker for sure.

44. Zucchini Potato Fritters

Zucchini Potato Fritters
Photo Credit: @kidspot

Give your toddler the veggies they need with this Kid Spot Zucchini Potato Fritters dinner.

45. Cheesy Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Cheesy Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
Photo Credit: @tasteofhome

Your family, including your picky toddler, will love this yummy Cheesy Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole from Taste of Home.

46. One Pot Veggie Mac n Cheese

One Pot Veggie Mac n Cheese
Photo Credit: @spoonfulofflavor

Yummy homemade One Pot Veggie Mac n Cheese by Spoonful of Flavor will be a smash hit with your toddlers!

47. Mini Chicken Pot Pies

Mini Chicken Pot Pies
Photo Credit: @charisseyu

A yummy Mini Chicken Pot Pie by Charisse Yu is the cutest and perf for your toddler kiddos.

48. Cucumber Sandwiches

Cucumber Sandwhiches
Photo Credit: @easyappetizers

These Cucumber Sandwiches by Easy Appetizers are super easy to make and have a subtle enough taste that your toddler will gobble them up.

49. Taco Bell Cheesy Roll Up Copycat

Taco Bell Cheesy Roll Up Copycat Recipe 1
Photo Credit: @loveandmoms

My daughter loves it when I make her Taco Bell Cheesy Roll Ups! They are quick and easy to make and go great with black beans and Spanish rice.

50. BLT Bites

BLT Bites
Photo Credit: @sweetpeaskitchen

Not only are these BLT Bites by Sweet Peas Kitchen cute, but they are also delish af! Perf for your kiddos.

51. Cauliflower Pizza Bites

Cauliflower Pizza Bites
Photo Credit: @destinationdelish

Your kiddos will smash these Cauliflower Pizza Bites by Destination Delish! A fun way to get your 2 year old to explore their veggies.

52. Grape Jelly Lil Smokies

Grape Jelly Lil Smokies
Photo Credit: @themagicalslowcooker

The sweet and savory delish taste of these Grape Jelly Lil Smokies by The Magical Slow Cooker will keep your 2 year old asking for more!

53. BBQ Meatballs

BBQ Meatballs
Photo Credit: @easyappetizers

If your 2 year old is a meat lover, get after these yummy BBQ Meatballs by Easy Appetizers.

54. Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs
Photo Credit: @iamhomesteader

Give your meatballs zest with these Chicken Parmesan Meatballs by I Am Homesteader.

55. Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad
Photo Credit: @myfussyeater

Get your 2 year old stoked on tomatoes with this delish af Caprese Salad My Fussy Eater whipped up!

56. Cream Cheese Wontons

Cream Cheese Wontons
Photo Credit: @smalltownwoman

The whole family including your 2 year old will love these Cream Cheese Wontons by Small Town Woman.

57. Mini Corn Dog Muffins

Mini Corn Dog Muffins
Photo Credit: @princesspinkygirl

Princess Pinky Girl is coming at us with the ultimate 2 year old dinner to try! Delish af Mini Corn Dog Muffins!

58. Costco Chicken Bake

Costco Chicken Bake
Photo Credit: @thisfarmgirlcooks

Your toddler will absolutely love this Costco Chicken Bake by This Farm Girl Cooks!

59. Air Fryer Pork Belly Bites

Air Fryer Prok Belly Bites
Photo Credit: @iamhomesteader

Go for these Air Fryer Pork Belly Bites by I Am Homesteader for a delish 2 year old dinner.

60. Mozzarella Bites

Fried Mozzerlla Bites
Photo Credit: @lilluna

Not only are these Mozzarella Bites by Lil Luna cute they are also the perf dinner for your 2 year old!

61. Bacon Pimento Cheese Bites

Bacon Pimento Cheese Bites
Photo Credit: @pizzazzerie

I know your 2 year old will love these Bacon Pimento Cheese Bites by Pizzazzerie!

62. Baked Sweet Potato Zucchini Tots

Baked Sweet Potato Zucchini Tots
Photo Credit: @goodnessavenue

Vegan and Vegetarian alert! You must try these Baked Sweet Potato Zucchini Tots by Goodness Avenue; your toddler will be begging for more.

63. Chicken Bacon Ranch Mini Pizza

Chicken Bacon Ranch Mini Pizza
Photo Credit: @reciperunner

These cute little Chicken Bacon Ranch Mini Pizzas by Recipe Runner will be a for sure hit with your toddlers.

64. Air Fryer Pizza Rolls

Air Fryer Pizza Rolls
Photo Credit: @princesspinkygirl

A fun twist on a traditional pizza pie, try these Princess Pinky Girl Air Fryer Pizza Rolls a try!

65. Homemade Spaghettios

Homemade Spaghettios
Photo Credit: @chocolatecoveredkatie

Give your toddler fresh spaghettios with Homemade Spaghettios by Chocolate Covered Katie! These are made with love!

66. Pizza Quesadilla

Pizza Quesadillas
Photo Credit: @princesspinkygirl

Cut the carbs from traditional pizza and serve your picky toddler this yummy Pizza Quesadilla by Princess Pinky Girl!

67. avocado fries

Avocado Fries
Photo Credit: @dinneratthezoo

Served with a yummy and tangy dipping sauce, these Avocado Fries by Dinner At The Zoo is perf for non-meat dinner options.

68. air fryer ham and cheese toastie

Ham and Cheese Toasty
Photo Credit: @myfussyeater

This Ham and Cheese Toastie by My Fussy Eater is a super quick toddler meal to make for lunch or dinner.

69. chicken alfredo macaroni bake

Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bac
Photo Credit: @fiveboysbaker

If you’re in dire need of a no fuss dinner, this Chicken Alfredo Macaroni Bake by Five Boys Baker is perf!

70. creamy pumpkin pasta

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta
Photo Credit: @mjandhungryman

If you’re one of those mamas who’s kid will only eat pumpkin puree (we’ve all been there lol) you have to try this Creamy Pumpkin Pasta by MJ And Hungryman!

71. pizza in a mug

Pizza In A Mug
Photo Credit: @princesspinkygirl

Evidently, Princess Pinky Girl is some sort of pizza wizard! Your fussy toddler will love these Pepperoni Pizza Cups for dinner.

72. chicken cheese spaghetti bake

Chicken Spagetti Cheese Bake
Photo Credit: @dinneratthezoo

Super hearty and cheesy, your picky toddler will freaking love this Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti Bake by Dinner At The Zoo!

73. one pot creamy sausage BROCCOLI pasta

One Pot Creamy Sausage Broccoli Pasta
Photo Credit: @myfussyeater

This One Pot Creamy Sausage and Broccoli Pasta from My Fussy Eater is a great way to get your picky toddler to eat their greens. Butter up the broccoli to make it even better!

74. BBQ Chicken Pizza roll ups

BBQ Chicken Pizza Roll Ups
Photo Credit: @fiveboysbaker

I can already envision all the toddlers out there covered with bbq sauce on their face in front of an empty dish signing “more, more!” after smashing these BBQ Chicken Pizza Roll Ups from Five Boys Baker!

75. Baked salmon balls

Baked Salmon Balls
Photo Credit: @mjandhungryman

Sneak in your fussy toddlers Omega 3’s with these super delish Baked Salmon Balls by MJ and Hungryman! They’re perf for brain development.

Dinners for 2 Year Olds 

dinners for 2 year olds

I remember when my daughter was 2 years old so I understand the importance of family dinners filled with healthy foods and toddler mealtime favorites as much as possible.

These simple meals with cherry tomatoes, sour cream, whole grains, and healthy fats will help your picky eater.

It’s all about creating a stress-free family dinner that caters to the old toddler’s needs, ensuring they enjoy a wide variety of foods instead of traditional chicken tenders repeatedly!

Dinner toddler meals don’t need to get crazily complicated. A quick dinner idea is all you need.

To keep things interesting, your toddler needs variety and fun with his or her meals. These toddler-friendly meals will be total hits in your house.

The best is to prepare the dinner table with cohesive meals the whole family can enjoy and your toddler or baby can enjoy safely.

So, embrace these easy toddler dinner ideas, make family dinner a joyful occasion, and watch your little one savor every bite of these delicious, wholesome dishes. Happy cooking, and here’s to a happy toddler mealtime!

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