Food, Tips Tricks and Hacks

Toddler Meal Prep and Ideas

Hide the Veg Granola – Granola is simple to make and you can make it up as you go along. I generally stick to the rule of 2 fruits, 1 type of seed and 1 type of nut. This particular recipe is a little more adventurous with some added veg and some linseeds thrown in for good measure.


  • Oats (supermarket own brands are perfectly fine)
  • 4x Dried apricots, chopped (try and find the non-sulphate apricots if you can)
  • 1/2 Apple peeled, cubed
  • Pureed carrot (I use Ella’s kitchen carrots pouch for less fuss… also I’m a little lazy)
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Ground linseeds
  • desiccated coconut
  • Maple syrup
  • Coconut oil
  • Squeeze of lemon juice

Quick Pack Lunch Quesadillas –


  • Wholemeal tortilla wrap
  • Full o’ Beans Secret Sauce
  • Quorn fajita chicken chunks
  • Spinach (a few leaves)
  • Cherry tomatoes (one or two is plenty)
  • Half a babybel.

Chop the chicken, tomato and spinach finely. Spread the Full o’ Beans Secret Sauce (see below for how to make) on the tortilla wrap and layer the finely chopped ingredients on top. Grate the Babybel fold over the wrap and pop in the microwave for 30 seconds. Leave to cool in the fridge and cut into triangles. I usually find that this will last me 2 days because I’ll add other components to the lunch like a yoghurt, veg crisps and a banana which is more than enough for Dylan.

Full o’ Beans Secret Sauce –


  • Half sugar baked beans
  • Handful of frozen veg

This is a two-step process it really couldn’t be simpler. Grab a bag of mixed frozen veg and a can of reduced sugar Baked Beans. Cook a portion of the frozen veg (quantities vary each time I do this) add the beans to a blender, add the cooked frozen veg and blitz away!

It will make a good base for pastas, mince and even the quick quesadillas. I know i’m getting some nutrition into my fussy eater with this ridiculously simple yet effective blend of veg and beans! It’s not an instagramable recipe (if you can call it a recipe) but he eats it which means it’s good enough for me to share it with you all.

Sneaky Cheeky Mac & Cheese

This one his another great way of hiding veg into your meals for the little ones. For the full recipe head over to my previous post Sneaky Cheeky Mac & Cheese

If In Doubt, Add Cheese or Ketchup!!-

This might seem a tad lame, I know yet if it works for us then I’m going to share it with you! I find by adding cheese, sprinkled, melted, whatever form you like Dylan is 8/10 times more likely to gobble down his dinner! (This boy is on a limited dairy intake, so it’s a judgement call from this Mumma as to whether he gets it in his dinner or not.) Failing that a little reduced salt and sugar ketchup is another big hit to get Dylan to eat up.

I hope this post has helped a little, I try and keep it as quick or as easy as possible because I’m aware that like me you probably don’t have time to be slaving away over the hob. the exception would be the Sneaky Cheeky Mac & Cheese but once you’ve made it I’ll last for around a month so in the long run it’s saved you time I guess.


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