20 Min Toddler Dinners That Make Great Leftovers

Jul 15, 2021

The combo of jam-packed weekends, hot kitchen, and preferred time spent with my kids outside than at the grocery store had got us in a major meal rut. While it’s ok for a week or so, I notice my kids’ sleep and attitude really shifts (for the worse) when their diet shifts to pickup and sugar town. 

These recipes are super easy to make, involve minimal ingredients (= less time shopping) and keep really well in a lunch box. 

“Monster Pancakes”

There are a few recipes for this floating around the internet but I have (in my opinion) perfected these guys to freeze well. My kids INHALE these and I make them for dinner as a fun “breakfast for dinner” Deal with eggs and pack/freeze the rest. 



1 cup oats

2 very ripe bananas

A half bag of spinach

3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (use any milk just not full-fat dairy)

1 cup oats

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

Dash of cinnamon

2 eggs


  1. Blend oats in a blender until it has flour consistency.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the blender and blend
  3. Heat a skillet and cook like regular pancakes


Trader Joe’s Cauliflower “Fake Fried Rice”

A healthier version of fried rice my kids love. The eggs add protein. If your kids like broccoli add some more in as a bonus ;). 

*Tip - this really only keeps well for one or two days so I do one next day lunch and a repeat dinner side (#lazy).



     1.  bag trader joe's frozen cauliflower rice 

  1. 3 organic Eggs
  2. 2-4 tablespoons Braggs liquid aminos

Bonus: Broccoli 

Heat a skillet and add a little olive oil to the pan. Meanwhile - microwave serving of cauliflower rice for a minute or two. Add cauliflower rice and a little liquid aminos to the mixture and keep cooking. While the rice is almost cooked (starting to crisp a bit) and in the eggs, cook! 

(Add broccoli a few minutes before eggs if using ).

Pizza Egg Cups

  1. 1 cup diced onions or green pepper (I buy pre-chopped)
  2. ¼ Rao's homemade pizza sauce
  3. 7 organic eggs
  4. Applegate Turkey pepperonis


-preheat to 350 degrees

-on the stove saute diced veggies with a little olive oil for a few minutes. Add in pizza sauce and stir.

-in a bowl whisk the eggs and add salt to taste

-Place pepperoni in the bottom of muffin tins to hold toppings. 

-add diced veggies and sauce to tins until they are about halfway full.

-top tins with egg mixture 

-bake for 12 minutes or until eggs are set and no longer jiggle.


I hope this helps your meal planning! What are some of your face toddler recipes for lunches and dinners??

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