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    Dinner ideas for 18 month olds that are also family-friendly! Save time at dinner and serve your toddler modified versions of what you eat.

    I very rarely (like can count on my fingers) serve my toddlers different food than what my husband and I eat for dinner. Sometimes it has to be modified quite a bit, but I’m all about saving time and effort in the kitchen, so I don’t make two separate meals.

    Below are 12 family-friendly toddler meals that are great dinner ideas for 18 month olds based on what my kids have eaten at this age. Use for meal time inspiration to avoid decision fatigue when it comes to feeding your toddler.

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    Toddler Feeding Supplies

    Here are some of my favorite feeding supplies for the 1-2 year old age range. These supplies aren’t necessary to feed your toddler but based on my experience, they can help with making your toddler more excited for meal time!

    EZPZ Happy Bowl: A suction bowl and placemat in one! We love this bowl for messy foods like spaghetti, oatmeal, and yogurt (but the possibilities are endless). We love that EZPZ products are made with non-toxic silicone and are dishwasher safe. Take 25% Off Orders $75+ at EZPZ with Code EZPZ25LOVE

    Pillowfort Divided Plate: our go-to plate that we use daily! These have held up so well over the years and are super affordable.

    EZTOTz Silicone Mini Cup: we love these open trainer cups that are small enough for tiny hands and are also made of silicone so they won’t break. They are slightly weighted at the bottom to help avoid tipping and have ridges for easy gripping. You can use these all the way down to 6 months and my 3.5 year old still uses one!

    Dinner Ideas for 18 Month Olds

    Toddler Dinner Idea #1: Deconstructed Fajitas

    I love making sheet pan fajitas or make-your-own tacos and letting my toddlers have an easy and tasty deconstructed version. Here we had chicken thighs, bell pepper, tortilla, guacamole, and black beans.

    Toddler meal idea with chicken fajitas

    Easy Toddler Dinner #2: Chicken Strips

    One of our favorite easy meals is Perdue Chicken Plus Tenders (made with veggies in the crust. Side of ketchup for dipping, roasted broccoli and sweet potato fries.

    Toddler dinner idea with chicken strips

    Dinner Ideas for 18 Month Olds #3: Deconstructed Hamburger (Salad)

    We love hamburger salad, but this would also work well as a deconstructed hamburger or cheeseburger. Hamburger cut into small bites or strips, lettuce with ranch, red onion, tomato, and avocado with everything but the bagel “EBB” seasoning.

    Toddler meal ideas hamburger salad

    Easy 18 Month Dinner #4: Naan Pizza

    Pizza is a favorite food in our house. We do frozen pizza sometimes, but I also love to make personalized mini pizza on Naan bread (check out the recipe here: Naan Bread Toddler Pizza). Side of thinly sliced carrots with ranch for dipping.

    Family-Friendly Toddler Meal #5: Hamburger with Grilled Corn

    Your toddler may love having a meal like a “big kid” too! You can also serve this deconstructed or cut into small bites or strips if your toddler wouldn’t like a full burger or if they are new to eating real foods. Sides of diced tomato, avocado, and grilled corn on the cob (the real favorite around here!).

    Easy toddler meal burger

    18 Month Toddler Dinner #6: Deconstructed Salad

    Salads with a lot of yummy nutritious toppings can be a great family-friendly meal option because they are easy to serve deconstructed. I like to give my toddlers a little taste of lettuce whenever we have salad and they have both started to like them around 2-3 years old. Here we had spinach salad with avocado, grilled corn, diced tomato, quinoa, grilled bell peppers, peas, and sunflower kernels.

    Toddler meal idea deconstructed salad.

    Easy Toddler 18 Month Dinner #7: Deconstructed Veggie Tacos

    Pinto beans with corn, rolled tortillas (or cut into strips), tomato, avocado, and sour cream or full-fat greek yogurt for dipping.

    Toddler DInner idea deconstructed tacos

    Family-Friendly Toddler Dinner Idea #8: Mini Breakfast Burrito

    Breakfast burritos for dinner are a favorite quick and easy dinner idea. Scramble eggs with your family’s favorite veggies or whatever left overs you have that could work! We love sweet potato, bell pepper, onion, and broccoli and avocado, salsa and sour cream for dipping. You can also serve this deconstructed as an egg scramble.

    Read Full Recipe Here: Toddler Breakfast Burrito with Veggies

    Toddler dinner idea breakfast burrito

    Family-Friendly Toddler Dinner #9: Chicken Pot Pie Pasta

    One of our favorites from The Defined Dish Cookbook: bowtie pasta with chicken, veggies, and a savory sauce. The recipe is only available in her cookbook (which I highly recommend!) or you could google search a similar recipe. My toddlers love this one and I imagine young kids would love this as well!

    Easy Toddler Dinner: chicken pot pie pasta

    Toddler Dinner #10: Pulled Chicken

    Pulled chicken with black beans and corn and a side of diced avocado drizzled with EVOO. I love making pulled chicken in the crock pot or you could also bake or use a rotisserie chicken as well.

    Toddler dinner idea: pulled chicken

    Dinner Ideas for 18 Month Olds #11: Pasta Bolognese

    Bolognese is a great way to add veggies to your family’s meal! We love this Bolognese Recipe, but even simply mixing your favorite diced veggies with tomato sauce to make a healthy family meal. Serve with spaghetti or smaller noodles to make them easier for your toddler to eat.

    Suction Bowl Pictured: EZPZ Happy Bowl

    Toddler Dinner Idea: Spaghetti

    Family-Friendly Toddler Dinner #12: Tomato Soup w/ Grilled Cheese

    Pair tomato soup with something fun like grilled cheese dippers for dipping. I like to cut into strips for my toddlers for easy dipping and eating (also a little less messy that way).

    Toddler Dinner Idea tomato soup

    Summary Dinner Ideas for 18 Month Olds

    Here is a breakdown of 12 family-friendly dinner ideas for 18 month olds based on what my toddlers have been loving at this age:

    1. Deconstructed Fajitas
    2. Chicken Tenders
    3. Deconstructed Hamburger Salad
    4. Naan Pizza
    5. Hamburger with Grilled Corn
    6. Deconstructed Salad
    7. Deconstructed Veggie Tacos
    8. Mini Breakfast Burrito
    9. Chicken Pot Pie Pasta
    10. Pulled Chicken
    11. Spaghetti Bolognese
    12. Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese

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