25 Freezable Meals for Toddlers That They’ll Actually Eat
- April 7, 2021
- Last Updated: December 30, 2022
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- Toddler Food
Do you need some ideas for frozen meals for toddlers? 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.
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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, we rely on frozen meals often. I’ve found myself wondering if kid-friendly frozen meals would make my life easier.
The verdict is that make ahead meals for toddlers are life saving!
We use these stasher bags a ton for freezing meals as well as these Rubbermaid containers.
I know that having a variety of food recipes for toddlers and 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!
Whether you’re serving sweet potatoes to babies or sandwiches to toddlers, there is usually a method to freeze those recipes and store them for later.
Equipment Used in These Recipes
Frozen Toddler Meal Basics
If you’re looking for some easy make ahead meals for toddlers, these easy meal ideas for toddlers and even 50 Easy Toddler Snacks should give you plenty of ideas.
I also have a great roundup of toddler muffin recipes that are great for breakfasts on the go or a healthy snack. We love muffins because they are extremely portable.
Believe me – it’s helpful to have this at all stages, especially when you add a NEW baby to the clan.
I share all of my tips in going from 2 to 3 kids here, and you’ll want frozen toddler meals and some postpartum freezer meals.
Portable finger foods are good for toddlers and babies. Here are some sweet potato finger foods that we love.
We also do a lot of greek yogurt smoothies (full of protein for those toddler bellies) so these smoothie pouches are essential.
And while many of those snacks are freezer friendly, today I wanted to specifically discuss make-ahead toddler meals because as moms, we have to take advantage of energy and time when we have it!
Many of these even work when planning meal prep for baby.
- Reusable pouches/smoothie packs
- Stasher bags or reusable freezer bags
- Freezer friendly clear containers (so you can see what’s in them)
- Freezer friendly labels – these work great!
- Fun sandwich cutters – sometimes making food into fun shapes increase the odds of kids eating it
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.
And while quinoa may not be something you think to regularly serve your toddler, quinoa recipes for toddlers can be quick and freezable when you need them as well.
5 Tips for Easy 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.
- Let your food completely cool down before you start dividing it up and putting it in storage containers or storage bags.
- 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 these freezable kid friendly meals more organized.
- 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.
- 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. It’s helpful to flatten them on a sheet pan or something flat.
- Most cooked meals can be kept in the freezer for up to two or three months. When I have mine in the deep freezer, 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!
Why You Should Make 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. Many of the recipes I love, like baby led weaning meatballs, or sweet potato zucchini fritters, for example, are freezable.
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 for later!
Try not to make it overwhelming and work to make healthy prep meals doable.
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. And according to the Division of Responsibility, which we follow for intuitive eating for kids, you plan and serve the meals and it’s up to your child to eat them.
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.
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 of muffins. That’s a no brainer, re heat snack later in the week or an easy toddler lunch idea.
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 frozen toddler meals are great for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Dinners for toddlers and recipes are really what makes my life less stressful – since this is when they are overly tired and hungry, at least in my house.
There is really nothing like being able to prepare a healthy, filling, appetizing, homemade meal for your child that they will love and enjoy.
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. Some will depend on what the recipe was catered to!
- 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. You could just as easily heat them up in the microwave or oven without any issues. If they don’t like green beans, try frozen green beans in the air fryer.
- If you’re trying to warm up soups, stews, or chili, 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 generally 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 reheated 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.
More Toddler Meal Ideas
Make sure to check out these 25 sweet potato recipes for toddlers.
25 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.
Baby French Toast Sticks
Baby French Toast Sticks are a healthy, tasty way to introduce eggs to your baby. This protein french toast can be topped with fruit, peanut butter, hummus, yogurt or milk!
Easy Freezable Applesauce Waffles (Dippable!)
These Freezable Applesauce Waffles are gluten-free, vegan, and allergy-free! But that isn't even the best part, they are dippable as well. Just throw them in the microwave, toaster, or air fryer for a quick hot breakfast.
Gluten Free Fish Sticks with Honey Yogurt Dipping Sauce
These Gluten Free Fish Sticks use a breading with almond flour and quinoa to make a healthy baked fish stick for kids, served with a delicious honey yogurt dipping sauce.
Toddler Mac and Cheese with Pears and Broccoli
This Toddler Mac and Cheese with pears is the easiest pasta for toddlers and also works as some of the best pasta for babies. It's ready in 15 minutes, only uses one pot, and combines fruits and vegetables!
Peach Frozen Yogurt Breakfast Pops
Peach frozen yogurt pops are just like a delicious healthy smoothie but in a frozen popsicle form! These are so simple to make and keep in the freezer for an on-the-go breakfast that your toddler can hold themselves
Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup
Pumpkin sweet potato soup combines the hearty, nourishing flavors of autumn in an easy 30 minute vegan instant pot recipe.
Easy Muffin Tin Sausage Quiche Cups
Easy Muffin Tin Sausage Quiche Cups are your tasty answer to a quick breakfast! Packed with protein, you can freeze these little quiches for whenever you need them!
Garlic Turmeric Crispy Parsnip Fries
These Garlic Turmeric Crispy Parsnip Fries are the perfect "fry" shape and sprinkled with cheese and herbs. An easy parsnip recipe for the whole family and a quick side to any meal.
Mini Chickpea Flour Vegan Frittata Bites (Gluten-Free, Allergy-Free)
These easy, make-ahead Mini Chickpea Flour Vegan Frittata Bites are gluten-free, allergy-free, grain-free, and perfect for a healthy breakfast or snack! A protein rich and veggie packed recipe the kids will love to eat!
Baby waffles are a great first food for babies. These spinach waffles with sweet potatoes are free of added sugars and full of healthy ingredients for your little ones.
Easy Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Burgers
These easy ground turkey sweet potato burgers offer a delicious, flavorful twist on your original turkey burger. Sweet potato patties are chock full of antioxidants and can be made as a paleo turkey burger and gluten free turkey burger without the bun.
Quinoa Pizza Bites (Easy Veggie Quinoa Bites)
These quinoa pizza bites are the perfect toddler quinoa bites or quinoa appetizer. Filled with greens, tomatoes, breadcrumbs, and cheese, these veggie quinoa bites taste like healthy mini pizza bites.
Cornflake Chicken Nuggets Recipe
This homemade cornflake chicken nuggets recipe is perfect for a quick and easy midweek kids dinner, using a kids favorite for chicken.
Air Fryer Taquitos
Air Fryer Taquitos will be loved by the whole family and you'll be surprised at how easy they are!
Mini Meatloaves: Vegan Meatloaf Muffins (Gluten-Free, Allergy-Free)
If you're looking for a gluten-free meatloaf recipe, then you're in the right place! These Vegan Meatloaf Muffins are gluten-free and allergy-free. They are the perfect kid-friendly dinner idea!
Vegan Pizza Pockets
These vegan pizza pockets can be personalized to your favorite toppings and add-in's, and make a great weeknight dinner.
Gluten-Free + Vegan Chickpea Nuggets (Allergy-Free, Grain-Free)
An easy and healthy meatless nugget that the kids will love! Gluten-free & Vegan Chickpea Nuggets that are top 8 allergy-free, grain-free, and have a secret dose of veggies too! A deliciously fun plant-based recipe for little hands at lunchtime or dinner!
Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese
Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese is the answer to your cheesy pasta dreams. A mixture of whole wheat pasta, mashed sweet potato, cheese and kale make this savory sweet potato pasta dish a real winner.
Turkey Sausage Breakfast Casserole with Sweet Potatoes
This Turkey Sausage Breakfast Casserole is an easy make ahead breakfast that you just pop in the oven in the morning! Enjoy this turkey sausage sweet potato egg casserole after a morning workout, for meal prep or with your favorite people!
Rainbow veggie slice
When it comes to lunchboxes, it is tricky to get enough veggies into the kids. This rainbow veggie slice is designed to help with that! It's also gluten free!
Chicken Pumpkin Chili
Crockpot Chicken Pumpkin Chili is the perfect white bean pumpkin chili with your choice of meat. Full of hearty protein, vegetables, fiber and vitamins, this pumpkin chili recipe is great for warming you up and keeping you nourished.
Pasta al Pomodoro
Pasta al Pomodoro is a classic Italian pasta dish of pasta, often spaghetti, with a simple tomato sauce. It is ready in just over 30 minutes, making it a great option for a family friendly midweek meal.
Easy Tomato Soup
This delicious easy tomato soup recipe only takes 20 minutes to make and 6 simple ingredients. It's full of flavor, creamy and is vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free. Use fresh or canned tomatoes.
This Ultimate Vegan Chili
This Ultimate Vegan Chili is perfect for filling a little toddler's tummy up. It has lots of veggies, beans, and mild spices that the entire family will surely love. This recipe is super easy to make, freezer-friendly, and perfect for potlucks because of the different toppings that can be added!
Spinach Sweet Potato Tater Tots
These Spinach Sweet Potato Tots are a fun way to offer nutrient dense toddler vegetable recipes to your little ones. Packed with iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and carbohydrates, this veggie tots recipe is great for meal prep and the side to any meal.
Beef, Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne
This beef, spinach and ricotta lasagne needs no white sauce, tastes delicious and is jam-packed with veggies, what's not to love about it? Creamy, hearty and so yummy, the whole family will enjoy it
Apple Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal
Apple Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal is an easy, hearty breakfast option for on the go and great for kids. Offering both a serving of fruits and veggies, top it with peanut butter or yogurt and your toddler has a healthy freezer meal for breakfast!
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!