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!
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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.
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 things easy.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
French toast sticks are the perfect freezable toddler breakfast! They are simple to make extra servings of and are easily portioned out so you can freeze what you want in small portions and only pull out what you need in the morning.
You would be surprised with how far a little bit of breakfast meal prep can go. It makes mornings so much easier. These Freezable Applesauce Waffles are gluten-free, vegan, and allergy-free! But that isn't even the best part, they are dippable as well. These waffles are super simple to freeze and defrost as needed in small portions. Just throw them in the microwave, toaster, or air fryer for a quick hot breakfast.
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!
I know what you might be thinking. Popsicles for breakfast? But hear me out! These 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. The best part about this recipe is that it is easily adaptable and can be changed up often.
These Easy Muffin Tin Sausage Quiche Cups are a delicious freezer breakfast that you can defrost when you need a quick meal! A flavorful way for the whole family to start the day! They are perfect for little hands and can be made vegetarian by simply substituting sausage with veggie crumbles or veggie bacon.
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.
Check out these easy make-ahead mini chickpea flour vegan frittata bites. They don't have any eggs or soy and are gluten-free, allergy-free, and grain-free. Chickpea flour vegan frittata bites are a healthy breakfast full of protein and veggies that your kids will love.
These cornflake chicken nuggets are made with chicken breast and baked instead of fried. They are perfect for a quick and easy midweek kid's dinner. They can be batch made then cooked from frozen, which makes them the perfect freezable toddler meal when you're in a pinch.
These Air Fryer Taquitos are quick, easy, and delicious! The best part is that they can be made ahead and frozen. All you need to do is pop one in the air fryer when you have a hungry toddler and delicious lunch or dinner is served. You can also easily customize these taquitos to your liking. Adding salsa, guacamole, and sour cream are always a hit!
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! Individual servings make this recipe perfect for toddlers (and adults that want to have something quick and healthy to grab when running out the door. Made in a muffin tin, they're a freezer-friendly recipe and perfect for meal prepping!
These meatless nuggets are gluten-free and vegan. They are free of the top 10 allergens and secretly have veggies in them as well! Chickpea nuggets are perfect for little hands and can easily be frozen and reheated when needed.
These pizza hot pockets are comparable to the little pizza rolls that you can buy at the store, except these are healthier and fun to customize to your toddler's liking. Pizza pockets are perfect for making big batches and freezing. Reheat them in an oven, toaster oven, or in the air fryer.
All toddlers love pasta and cheese. They won't even know the kale is in there. A mixture of whole wheat pasta, mashed sweet potato, cheese and kale make this savory sweet potato pasta dish a real winner and bonus, it's easily freezable.
This delicious rainbow veggie slice recipe is designed to help with getting more veggies in your kids while still being appetizing. What’s not to love about a veggie slice that you can freeze? This recipe is perfect for lunchboxes, dinner time, or even breakfast! It's very versatile and also gluten-free.
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!
This tomato soup is really easy to make and only takes about 20 minutes. Packed with kale and just a few other pantry ingredients, you can make a nice large batch and then freeze it in individual servings for a future lunch or dinner. Toddlers absolutely love it!
With a veggie-packed sauce, this simple pasta al Pomodoro dish is loved by toddlers, kids, and adults! Pasta is a wonderful meal to make in a big batch and then freeze in individual servings for later. A little secret to freezing pasta is to freeze the sauce and noodles separately so that the noodles don't get dry when they are being reheated.
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!
Making a large lasagna means you can freeze slices perfect for toddler meals! If you're looking to make this a meatless meal, you can always substitute the meat for lots of steamed veggies and your family won't even know the difference.
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!