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10 meal ideas for toddlers

Wed 14 November 2018

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Toddlers can be fussy when it comes to food, and you don’t want to waste money on fancy meals that end up in the bin. Luckily, feeding the little ones doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here are 10 meal ideas for toddlers for parents on a budget.

Beans or scrambled egg on toast

Beans or scrambled egg on toast is not only low cost, but it’s also easy to make as well. If you have a toaster and a microwave, it can be put together in minutes.

Shepherd's pie or cottage pie

There are loads of great recipes for shepherd’s pie or cottage pie using different types of mince, stock and veg. You can even mash carrots in with your mashed potato topping to add a little extra veg.

Broccoli and cauliflower cheese

Broccoli and cauliflower are inexpensive and full of goodness. Get your toddlers eating more of these nutritious veggies by cooking them up in a delicious cheese sauce.


The great thing about pasta is you can buy it in bulk, and it’s extremely versatile. Make your own simple sauce or choose from an array of pre-made sauces then add any meat and veg you like. It can be a great way of using up leftover ingredients.

Make your own pizza

Get toddlers involved in making their meal by letting them choose their pizza toppings. You can add your choice of toppings to a plain pizza base or add extra toppings to a frozen cheese and tomato pizza to make it more interesting.

Savoury rice

Like pasta, rice is inexpensive and versatile. You can add beans, peas, sweetcorn, chicken, mushrooms, peppers, onions or anything else you fancy to make a tasty, filling meal.


With or without mince, chilli is an easy-to-prepare, tasty dish that will feed the whole family without breaking the bank. You can also make chilli in bulk and freeze portions to be eaten at a later stage.


Fry up some veg and add some noodles for a quick and simple meal. Peppers, onions, mushrooms and bean sprouts are all low-cost items that can be added to a stir-fry and cooked in minutes.

Jacket potato

Baked potatoes remain a firm favourite, and you can choose your topping to suit your budget and taste; baked beans, tuna, cheese, coleslaw or just a bit of butter.

Spaghetti Bolognese

Another simple meal that doesn’t break the bank is spaghetti bolognese. You can make a sauce for very little cost or pick up a jar of pre-made sauce instead. Like chilli, bolognese can be made in bulk and frozen for future meals to save you time.

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