21 Freezable Toddler Meals For When You Need Quick and Healthy Meals

  Apr 7, 2021  |  #Recipe Roundup

Do you need some ideas for healthy freezable toddler meals? These toddler-friendly freezer recipes will help you be prepared for those busy days when you need to get a meal on the table quickly. 

Feeding toddlers can be challenging, especially when you throw other kids and commitments into the mix. One day they love something and then next they hate it.

Now that I have a toddler and a baby in the house, I feel like I’m always going a million miles an hour just trying to keep up with their basic needs. And while we rely on frozen meals often, I’ve found myself wondering if I made some kid-friendly frozen meals, if that would make my life easier. 

Having a variety of different freezer meals for kids ready to go can really help alleviate a lot of stress and can save you lots of money and time!

frozen marinated chicken in bag for freezer friendly toddler meals

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If you’re looking for some good snack ideas for your toddler, check out this list of 50 Easy Toddler Snacks. I also have a great list toddler muffin recipes that are great for breakfasts on the go or a healthy snack. 

And while many of those snacks are freezer friendly, today I wanted to specifically discuss make ahead meals for toddlers

Keep in mind that freezer meals aren’t just great for toddlers though. Meal prepping and having family dinner freezer meals ready to go through batch cooking for families is a great idea as well.

With summer right around the corner, I always like to have a few toddler meal ideas for dinner and ready-to-go meals in the freezer for extra busy nights.

5 Tips for Freezable Toddler Meals

Let’s talk about how to make these toddler food recipes to freeze work for you. Because if you’re scrambling to make dinner for a 2 year old, things can get hectic. 

  1. Let your food completely cool down before you start dividing it up and putting it in storage containers or storage bags. 
  2. Do yourself a favor and freeze things in individual servings. Not only does it take longer to reheat an entire casserole or soup, but it’s also harder to make last longer. I really love to purchase small containers or reusable freezer bags that I can label with the name and date to make things easy. 
  3. If you’re making something like chicken nuggets, make sure you don’t just throw them all into a bag in the freezer. You don’t want to go through all of that hard work just to have them all stick together.
    Instead, right after you make them, cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and lay the food out in a single layer. Don’t let them touch each other. Put it in the freezer and let them get frozen enough to where you don’t have to worry about clumping. They don’t have to be frozen solid before you move them to a freezer-friendly bag or container. This usually takes a maximum of an hour or two. 
  4. Be sure to flatten your bags before you store them in the freezer. The less air the better. This also makes defrosting faster. Having a tight seal is really the secret to good storage, which is why having bags like these is so so helpful.
  5. Most cooked meals can be kept in the freezer for up to two or three months. When I have mine in the deep freeze, they keep for up to six months. Then when you’re scrambling to make dinner, you can remind yourself that you have a variety of healthy frozen meals for kids in the freezer!

Individual freezer meals in ziplock bags

Why Should I Worry About Freezer Meals for Kids?

Once kids come into the equation, you learn about the significance of some form of meal prep and even make ahead family meals. Baby friendly meal ideas take up your brain space and Pinterest boards

But remember, these freezable toddler meal recipes don’t have to be overly time-consuming. All you’re really doing is just making extra of your healthy toddler meal recipes and then freezing them.

Try not to make it overwhelming and simplify your meal prepping. 

I recommend choosing 3 or 4 recipes and making them at the same time. This makes it easy to grocery shop and plan your day accordingly.

If you can get your toddler involved to help you, even better! They are more likely to try foods if they have a role in it.

Or, keep them busy doing other things while you batch cook. I love these sandwich cutter stencils for food. 

toddler pushing stencil into sandwich

You can always just make a double or triple batch of a recipe or toddler approved meal your child really enjoys to freeze for later. Having a stash of freezer meals doesn’t mean dedicating an entire day to cooking. Make it fit into your life without extra hassle. 

Leftovers are also great to freeze for toddler meals that you don’t have any specific plans for. Heck, I even freeze muffins that we make if it’s been a few days.

It’s worth it to me – even if it’s a couple muffins. That’s a no brainer, re heat snack later in the week or an easy toddler lunch idea. 

muffin leftovers in ziplock bag in freezer

It’s not necessary, but having a large separate chest freezer sure does make it easy to prepare and have room for lots of food. 

Be sure you have nice Tupperware or freezer bags that you can put your prepared food in. If you don’t want to write directly on containers, freezer labels are a great investment!

Kid-Friendly Freezer Toddler Meals

Even though freezer meals require a little bit of prep work (though it’s much less compared to cooking every night), they save lots of time in the long run. 

These healthy kid-friendly freezer meals are great for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.

There is really nothing like being able to prepare a healthy, filling, appetizing, homemade meal for your child that they will love and enjoy.

ground turkey meatballs for baby led weaning on white plate

How Do I Reheat Freezer Meals for My Toddler?

There are so many different ways you can go about reheating freezer meals for your toddler. For things like chicken nuggets, pizza pockets, or taquitos an air fryer truly works magic. It gives that delicious crispy outer layer for extra deliciousness.

But you could just as easily heat them up in the microwave or oven without any issues.

If you’re trying to warm up soups, stews, or chilis it’s best to thaw them overnight in the fridge or put the frozen food that is sealed in a sink of cold water to thaw. Then you could throw it in a pot on the stove to heat up or in the slow cooker.

Using an Instant Pot is a great option as well. Just remember that you need to have enough liquid in the pot for it to come to pressure. The best part about pressure cookers is that you usually don’t have to add more cook time when you’re cooking your food from  frozen. 

When it comes to casseroles, they can be defrosted in the fridge overnight or in the microwave if you’re in a pinch. But I have found the easiest way to reheat a casserole is to just put it straight in the oven (as long as it isn’t in a glass container).

If you choose to do this you can simply add more cooking time to get it to a safe temperature for consumption.

closeup of turkey sausage breakfast casserole cooked in clear baking pan

21 Freezable Toddler Meal Ideas

If you have been around toddlers for any length of time, you know that when they are hungry they want food right now!

Being able to make a bunch of different freezable toddler meals is a life-saver. Not only does it save you time and money, but it also saves your sanity.

Check out these easy and delicious toddler meals that can be individually frozen and ready to pull out and heat up.

Healthy homemade foods without added ingredients are always a win as well. 

Hopefully, these freezable toddler meals are helpful and make mealtime with your children a little bit easier. Just adding a simple side like applesauce to an already prepared freezer meal has definitely made mealtime simpler. 

What are some of your favorite freezer meals? Tell me in the comments!

 

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