When my babies started eating solids, my cooking life became a little bit more challenging… And now that they are eating three times a day, plus snacks, it is hard to think of a variety of food everyday! As a stay at home mom of twins, I feel like a day consists of constant meal preparation, cooking, feeding, and then brushing their teeth.
If I was alone at home, I would just find something easy to eat, but I can’t always give them what I eat just because it can be unhealthy, hard to digest, and so on. Some days, when contemplating meals for the day, I dream of the simplicity in meal planning as a student.
I usually cook and feed the boys the same meal as what we eat for dinner but for lunch, I try to make finger food so that 1. I don’t have to feed them with tiny spoons, 2. they have more fun feeding themselves, 3. I sometimes don’t want to cook a big meal for lunch if my husband is not home.
Here are some of the ideas that have worked for me when it comes to easy finger food options that are perfect for babies and toddlers.
I like using these plates with separate areas for different food since I can prepare 3-4 dishes and that can complete their meal. My boys started to use their forks now too when they eat on their own.
Let’s look at each meal.
- Grilled Chicken, peas, and mashed potato balls
- Rolled eggs with spinach, melon, and PB&J sandwich
- Cucumber, Strawberries, and rice balls with Fish Flakes and seaweed (or Sprinkles / Furikake
- Scrambled Eggs, avocado, and carrot muffins (graded carrot in Pancake mix batter)
- Broccoli, apple, and rice balls with canned tuna
- Banana, strawberries, cheese, and homemade bread
- Scrambled eggs, raspberries, and bread
Some of them are not as healthy as I want it to be but sometimes I just have to work with what I have and what I can prepare quickly on a busy day with my kids. When I cook meals with meat and more vegetables, it is usually not really ‘finger food’ (cooked in a broth or stew so I have to feed it to them with a spoon) but my boys do enjoy having control of their fork and pretend to eat with it. So, something that’s not too messy is usually a good candidate for finger food lunch for them.
If you are feeling stumped, or un-inspired, about what to cook for your baby or toddler, I hope that this list of easy food ideas might help you find some fun ways to prepare fun, healthy meals.
Thank you so much for reading!
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