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70+ Best Vegetable Recipes for Toddlers

Incorporating vegetables into your toddler’s diet is essential for adequate nutrition. Toddlers learn to enjoy different flavors and textures as they become more independent. Today, I’ve rounded up some delicious vegetables recipes for toddlers that can satisfy taste buds and nourish bodies.

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When you have a toddler, you know that you can’t take your eyes off him/her. Your child’s personality is budding and they are constantly keeping you on your toes.

While it’s more difficult to find vegetable recipes for toddlers that they may like, it is still possible to serve vegetables to your picky toddler alongside their favorite healthy toddler finger foods.

Nothing quite tries your patience than a toddler who wants to do everything on their own! Mealtime included.

There is such a struggle with figuring out how to get toddlers to eat veggies for some reason! That’s why I preach that veggies are always on the plate for babies to get used to the exposure.

Check out these dinner recipes for babies for more insight on that and easy ideas.

baby eating raspberries, sweet potatoes and chicken

While they are becoming their own little person, they may likely turn down foods they used to love. Even research shows that toddlers are known for being independent and selective.

In other words, it’s totally normal development, which may not be what you want to hear.

Fortunately, these dietitian-approved toddler vegetable recipes can come to your rescue to get that nutrition into your toddler.

Children are natural-born intuitive eaters and will normally respond to hunger and fullness cues.

The trick for getting toddlers to eat vegetables during this stage is to not force your child to eat specific foods.

I know, it sounds counterintuitive. If you don’t force them to eat vegetables, how will they ever eat them?

Just like feeding a 1 year old, feeding toddlers learn what to eat based on what you serve them and expose them to.

baby eating roasted carrots in high chair

We aim to keep mealtime peaceful with the division of feeding responsibility. You serve the food, they decide what and how much they want to eat.

Of course, nutrition is important.

You’ll want to serve a wide variety of foods so that your child has access to all of the nutrients they need, and we’re going to walk you through it.

Why Care About Vegetable Recipes for Toddlers?

While your toddler may resist trying new foods, I urge you to be patient and keep trying. Vegetables for toddlers provide many benefits, as do fruits.

Typically, parents have a harder time with vegetables since fruits are naturally sweeter.

toddler eating a healthy pasta for babies

Immune support

Does your toddler put everything in their mouth? The number of germs our kids eat just by putting random stuff in their mouths has to be high!

All the more reason to boost their immune system with the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants found in vegetables.

Gut health

Speaking of immune health, your toddler’s gut has a lot to do with immunity and fighting off bacteria and viruses.

You want your toddler’s gut bacteria to be diverse so that it can function properly. Both for immunity and digestion.

The soluble and insoluble fiber in vegetables not only aids digestion and prevents constipation, but vegetables also help feed the gut bacteria, improve the microbiome’s function, and promote good gut health.

air fryer parsnips in air fryer bowl

Healthy Growth and Development

Your toddler is growing at a rapid pace and making new brain connections daily. Vegetables contain nutrients that are essential for this physical and mental growth.

Additionally, higher-quality diets with more vegetables are associated with a lower risk of developmental disabilities, like autism and ADHD.

Dietary Variety

Chances are, if you regularly serve vegetables with your meals, children will be exposed to them often and be comfortable and familiar with them. As parents, our attitudes about food can acutally influence our child’s eating habits!

When we keep mealtime pleasant, set a positive example (we eat the veggies, too!), and serve tasty food, our kids are more likely to have a healthy relationship with food.

baby plate with chicken meatballs, peas and pasta

How Many Vegetables Does Your Toddler Need to Eat?

You may be wondering how many veggies toddlers need to eat per day. Most toddlers need between 2/3 cup-1 cup of vegetables per day.

This can be through dark green veggies, red or orange vegetables, legumes, or starchy vegetables.

Below is a breakdown of the recommendations:

Vegetables (cup per day)2/3-1 cup
Dark-Green Vegetables (per week)1/2-1.5 cups
Red and Orange Vegetables (per week) 1-2.5 cups
Beans, Peas, Lentils (per week)1/3-3/4 cup
Starchy Vegetables (per week)1-2 cups
Other Vegetables (per week)3/4-1.5 cups
Source: USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Toddlers

You can see that all of the different colors are recommended, not just one.

So while it’s great your toddler loves carrots or sweetpotatoes, they need green veggies and legumes too.

This is because the different pigments in the vegetable contain different nutrients.

When your toddler eats vegetables of all colors, they are more likely to get all of the nutrients they need for optimal growth and development.

toddler making muffins and stirring batter

Vegetable Recipes for Toddlers

Now, let’s get to the crux – how do you actually serve a fun vegetable recipe for toddlers? Is it possible to serve recipes for toddlers who hate vegetables?


These ideas will show you that you can add flavor and spark to these vegetable recipes. There’s no need to serve vegetables plain and boring – you can even do a food activity for toddlers alongside!

Or, serve veggies up in these popular baby led weaning muffin recipes!

These tasty toddler veggie recipes can truly be enjoyed by the entire family, which is recommended, like our favorite toddler mac and cheese.

mac and cheese with pears and broccoli in two white bowls on white counter

When toddlers see us eating things, they are more likely to show interest in it and possibly try it themselves.

What’s better is you can make these in bulk and then freeze toddler meals for later, reducing your efforts in the future.

Vegetable Recipes for Toddlers

Need an easy vegetable recipe for toddlers? These toddler veggie recipes are easy to make and can help make veggies more fun and flavorful.

Hidden Vegetable Recipes for Toddlers

Sometimes, you have a picky toddler and you may just have to hide the vegetables to get in those nutrient-rich foods.

These vegetable recipes for picky toddlers can help you do just that. And we have tons of other healthy snacks for picky eaters for you to explore.

When you hide veggies in foods, you are not only boosting a food’s nutritional value, but also adding flavor to your foods.

Vegetables can add a unique taste and texture to your dishes that will benefit everyone in the family, not just your toddler.

grated zucchini on green cutting board

The caveat here is that I think there’s a fine line for hiding veggies in foods – if toddlers never think they’re eating veggies, where is the motivation to continue to try them?

I recommend showing the toddlers the vegetables ahead of time and how they can be transformed through food and these easy recipes.

Here are some hidden veg recipes for toddlers.

Recipes That Hide Vegetables in Food

These easy hidden vegetable recipes for toddlers can help make sure your toddler gets important nutrients disguised in tasty recipes.

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