Simple Toddler Meal Ideas Using KeaBabies Suction Plates
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Simple Toddler Meal Ideas Using KeaBabies Suction Plates

The KeaBabies Silicone Suction Plates are perfect for making easy toddler meals with divided plates. Read on to learn all about feeding toddlers and how to create simple, delicious recipes even picky eaters will love!

It can feel difficult to come up with yummy toddler food ideas, especially after a long day. Cooking for toddlers doesn't have to be a constant challenge, even if you have some picky eaters at home!

Whether you work, stay at home, or do a little of both, these recipes, tips and ideas will make toddler mealtime a breeze. These meal ideas are quick, healthy, and nourishing so that your little one will be excited to sit at the table! Using a special plate like a divided plate can encourage kids to eat what their parents cook, even if it's a new recipe.

Why are divided plates good for toddler meals? 

silicone suction divided plate for baby and toddler meals

The KeaBabies Silicone Suction Plates are divided plates that make toddler meals a breeze!

Divided plates are great for getting kids to try a new food. You can serve a new food along with other foods that you know your child already likes, without the pressure of new foods touching the other foods.

KeaBabies Silicone Plates simplify toddler meal ideas.

These plates feature a non-slip grip design that stick to the highchair tray and don't slide off. They are food safe and stain resistant, and easy to clean. The divided plates make it easy for parents to prepare divided sections of foods. Secure suction makes dinner time a breeze, so that parents don't have to worry about their little one dumping their meals on the floor.

These plates encourage young kids and big kids alike to be independent eaters. 

toddler and baby mealtime

Your baby, toddler, or big kids will love these plates. They encourage independent eating by making it easier for your little ones to feed themselves their food.

These plates are specifically designed with baby-led weaning in mind. The plate's design features divided sections that make for easing scooping, whether your little one is trying a new pasta dish, trying to scoop peas with a spoon, or trying to pick up a piece of cheese pizza.

KeaBabies Plates are designed for everyday use. 

KeaBabies silicone plates are dishwasher safe

KeaBabies Prep Silicone Suction Plates are dishwasher, freezer, and microwave safe, catering modern parents and the unique needs of their lifestyle. From cooking to cleanup, these plates are highly durable and designed to withstand varied temperatures and conditions, no matter what your toddler does during mealtime.

KeaBabies plates are made from 100% silicone.  

KeaBabies silicone suction plates

KeaBabies has designed their divided plates with 100% pure, food safe, BPA-free silicone. These plates offer a safe, reliable solution for toddler meals.

The silicone plates feature thicker, premium-weighted silicone that makes sure the plate won't be easily tossed while your kids are eating. These plates are perfect for serving a number of different recipes, whether you use them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

KeaBabies plates feature 4-point "PrepGrip" suctions

The KeaBabies Suction Plates have 4 point suction for securely attaching it to smooth surfaces. The innovative "PrepGrip" smart tabs make it easy to remove the plates from the table or tray. The plates fit most high chairs' trays.

How To Make Healthy Recipes That Kids Eat 

healthy food served on a silicone plate

If you're looking for some inspiration for meal plans for busy days and nights, be sure to check out this list! All of these meals can be served on divided plates like the KeaBabies 3-Pack Prep Silicone Suction Plates. Your baby or toddler will appreciate the creativity and deliciousness behind these healthy toddler recipes.

Toddler Feeding 101

How much should my toddler eat?

How much food should a toddler eat when using divided plates?

I try to judge how my kids are eating by looking at the big picture. If they don’t eat one meal, they’ve likely either eaten well at 1 or 2 of the other meals, or had a few too many snacks that day. And if they haven’t, then they’ve usually eaten fairly well the day before or will the day after.

What should I feed my toddler?

When kids are toddlers, one of the most important things you can do is offer variety. Check out the plates below but I encourage you to sub other fruits and veggies based on what’s in season, things they have or haven’t tried yet, child preference, chewing ability, etc.

I try to offer several healthy fat sources during the day because it’s so important for brain development. That can include things like avocado, eggs, full-fat dairy, nut and seed butter, fatty fish like salmon, foods cooked in oil like avocado oil, and more!

What are some good, easy meals for toddlers?

Toddlers and little kids are notorious for being picky eaters. However, serving food on divided plates can really help picky kids learn to eat well! Toddler meals can be served on divided plates and help little ones feel like they have more control over what they eat at mealtime.

What can my 3-year-old eat for breakfast? 

Happy school boy drinking a healthy smoothie as a snack

Breakfast is a fun meal to play around with unique food combinations and meal ideas. Using the KeaBabies plates can help divide up the meal and make it easier for a toddler to eat. Always offer milk with their meal!

Here are some toddler breakfast ideas that taste great:

  1. Waffle with honey (if your child is over 12 months) and banana

  2. Fruit and spinach green smoothie

  3. Yogurt bowl with sliced strawberries and bananas

  4. English muffin with butter and fruit preserves

  5. Egg, spinach, tomato, and cheese omelet

What should my 22-month-old eat for lunch? 

healthy food on divided silicone plates

If you're looking for some simple lunch ideas that you can serve on a divided plate like the KeaBabies Silicone Suction Plates, check out this list:

  1. Teriyaki chicken with veggies and rice

  2. White fish, brown rice, and avocado bowls

  3. Cauliflower Mexican rice with peas and carrots

  4. Cheese and crackers

  5. Whole wheat pita, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and hummus

  6. Fruit and yogurt "pizza" on English muffins

  7. Black beans, corn, cherry tomatoes, and rice burritos

  8. Rotisserie chicken with veggies and pasta

  9. Apples and peanut butter or almond butter

Utilize the divided plates to serve a protein/entree, a fruit or vegetable, and a side. For example, you can use the big portion to serve penne with marinara, and use the two smaller compartments to serve steamed carrots and crackers.

Simple lunches for toddlers: Steel oat flakes made from cashew milk, peanut butter, cinnamon, vanilla, and blueberries, peppers with ranches, roasted potatoes, and bites on salmon burgers. Sweet potato bites, cranberries, peppers and cheese roll-ups. Pasta in Red Sauce, Avocado Toast, Raisins, pulled pork in BBB sauce.

What can my 18-month-old eat for dinner? 

baby led weaning solid food baby meal

If you're looking for some fun, simple recipes for toddlers, be sure to check out this list:

  1. Salmon and brown rice

  2. Whole grain chicken nuggets

  3. Sweet potato "fries" with BBQ sauce

  4. Lasagna with veggies

  5. Stir fry with snap peas

  6. Bean, cheese, and shredded chicken burrito bowls

  7. Naan "pizza"

  8. Yogurt smoothie

Still looking for some great recipes to serve on your silicone divided plates?

Babies, toddlers, and kids will love these easy recipes. And a bonus? They are quick and simple to prepare! Your little ones will be excited about eating with these quick recipes.

Meal Idea #1: Simple homemade pizzas 

delicious homemade pizza oven cooked

Looking for an easy recipe that kids eat without complaining? Create your own pizzas, right at home!

First, start with the crust. You can use toast, bagels, naan, English muffins, or even tortillas as the "crust" for the pizza. Spread pizza sauce on top, and use whatever toppings your kids love.

Topping ideas include olives, sun-dried tomatoes, pepperoni, bell peppers, mushrooms, ground turkey, and different varieties of cheese. Bake in the oven until the cheese is melted.

Pizza is an easy toddler meal that is perfect for divided plates. Put the pizza slices in the biggest section, and serve with a fruit and a veggie in the smaller sections of divided plates.

Meal Idea #2: Cucumber and hummus wraps 

Vegan tofu wraps with pepper, corn, tomatoes and spinach

Hummus is a great food for toddlers and little kids, and full of protein! All you need is hummus, thinly sliced cucumber, and tortillas of your choosing (can use flour, corn, whole wheat, spinach, gluten-free, etc).

Spread the hummus and cucumber onto the tortilla, and roll up or fold. Wraps are a great toddler meal. You can add other forms of protein or veggies to wraps, including shredded chicken, sliced steak, black beans, sweet potato, sliced bell peppers, or cream cheese.

Serve the wrap, cut in half, on the big portion of the divided plate, and then serve simple sides in the other portions. Your kid will love this easy meal!

Meal Idea #3: Yogurt and spinach green smoothie and a turkey and cheese sandwich. 

green smoothie

Smoothies are a great way to get nutrients in your kids, in a tasty, colorful way!

Your toddler or kids will love a green smoothie! Using yogurt as a base can help increase the protein content of the smoothie, helping kids stay fuller for longer periods of time. Smoothies are easy to make, especially for a toddler who refuses to sit at the table for mealtime.

Little kids might even have fun helping their parents make the smoothie! Throw in whatever ingredients your little one likes, including bananas, grapes, spinach, strawberries, sweet potato, and full-fat yogurt. Be sure to avoid ingredients with added sugar.

Serve the smoothie on the side, and use the silicone plate to serve a turkey and cheese sandwich for even more protein. A smoothie and a sandwich is a well-rounded meal for toddlers or big kids alike.

Meal Idea #4: Kid-friendly stir fry with brown rice and peas 

Chicken stir fry dish

All lists of easy toddler meals include a stir fry of some kind. Kids love eating their vegetables in stir fry form, because different sauces and rice can make this dish taste great.

Stir fry can include chicken and all sorts of veggies, including peas (you can use frozen peas), carrots, celery, onions, sweet potato, snap peas, broccoli, and whatever else your little ones will eat. Frozen peas and carrots are easy to keep on hand for a quick meal addition!

Stir fry is also a great way to encourage kids to try a different food, because you can switch up the ingredients. Stir fry is perfect for lunch or dinner, and is a quick meal to get on the table in a pinch. A lot of stir fry recipes use chicken, but you can use other proteins including fish, pork, or tofu.

On the side, serve brown rice and peas. Silicone plates are perfect for stir fry, because the stir fry can go in one section, the rice can go in another, and caregivers can serve another fruit or vegetable in the other section.

Simple snack ideas and tips:

If your little one puts up a fight at mealtime, consider serving smaller "meals" or snacks. Kids can get overwhelmed with large portions of food on their plates, especially if you're trying a new recipe. Serving smaller portions, like cheese and crackers, can encourage your little one to eat more off their plate.

Easy snacks for little ones include:

  • Cheese and crackers

  • Hummus and cucumber

  • Pasta salad

  • Fruit salad with melon, grapes, and berries

  • Rice and beans

  • A homemade "Lunchable" with crackers, turkey, and cheddar cheese

  • Peanut butter, banana, and spinach smoothie

Divided plates are an excellent choice for serving fun meals for kids.

Feeding kids can be a challenge sometimes, especially if you have picky eaters. Using divided plates and cups with cool designs can make mealtime fun. When you cook for your child, how you save it matters too! Using divided plates like the KeaBabies Silicone Suction Plates can make feeding time a breeze!

Meet Our KeaMommy Contributor: Kaitlyn Torrez

I’m Kaitlyn Torrez, from the San Francisco Bay Area. I live with my husband and two children, Roman and Logan. I’m a former preschool teacher, currently enjoying being a stay at home mom. I love all things writing, coffee, and chocolate. In my free time, I enjoy reading, blogging, and working out.

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