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Do you feel like you are always battling with your toddler to actually get them to eat?  I know I am!

You would think that getting them to no longer be hungry would be a simple task.  Nope, not in toddler line of thinking! I sometimes wonder how this kid survives on the bits and pieces of whatever he actually eats.

And I know I am not the only mother out there fighting this uphill battle when it comes to these kids. Thankfully, I’ve finally found some ways to get my little one interested in meals.

I have been flooding my family with new recipes and fun ones I think the toddler will actually like as well. And some of them are really working! The toddler is eating far more than before, even without the dessert bribes. I wanted to share the recipes that have been helping in our household. I hope you enjoy these as much as we have!

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  • Chicken Nuggets 1 of 12
    Chicken Nuggets
    What kid doesn't love chicken nuggets, especially if you make them fun to eat! We give our toddler a toothpick to eat them with.
    Recipe at My Name is Snickerdoodle
  • Mini Deep Dish Pizzas 2 of 12
    Mini Deep Dish Pizzas
    Use your cupcake pan for making mini pizzas. It's a fun way to get your toddler to eat something he or she probably already likes.
    Recipe at Dashing Dish
  • Creamy Chicken Pockets 3 of 12
    Creamy Chicken Pockets
    This is a great one! They look like simple rolls, which my toddler eats like they are going out of style. But SURPRISE! Inside is a delicious chicken treat!
    Recipe at Pennies on a Platter
  • Sandcastle Sandwich 4 of 12
    Sandcastle Sandwich
    This is an adorable idea! I typically have to cut the toddler's sandwiches into triangles, but this is another alternative to making sandwiches fun!
    Recipe at Rust & Sunshine
  • Pizza Muffins 5 of 12
    Pizza Muffins
    This is such a unique way to enjoy pizza! Even the non-picky eaters in your family will get excited by these.
    Recipe at Lick the Bowl Good
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi 6 of 12
    Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi
    I know my toddler would live on PB&J for three meals a day if he could. This is a neat idea to introduce your child to different shapes and presentations.
    Recipe at Bon Appetit
  • Chicken Pot Pie Cupcakes 7 of 12
    Chicken Pot Pie Cupcakes
    These are delicious and easier to make than a large version. Veggies, chicken, and all the good stuff they really need, baked right into a cupcake. YUM!
    Recipe at Quick Dish
  • Homemade Spagettios 8 of 12
    Homemade Spagettios
    This is a great way to give your toddler something they like, but this way you know where all the ingredients came from.
    Recipe at My Blessed Life
  • Homemade Corn Dog! 9 of 12
    Homemade Corn Dog!
    I know my toddler loves corn dogs, so why not make them yourself at home? Much healthier and fun for your kiddo. Nothing beats food on a stick, right?
    Recipe at Out of the Box Food
  • Bacon Mac N’ Cheese 10 of 12
    Bacon Mac N' Cheese
    Bacon Mac n' cheese from our own Family Kitchen here on Babble. Most toddlers love Mac n' cheese, but when you throw bacon into the mix it gets even better! My toddler would be all over this one!
    Recipe at Family Kitchen
  • Banana Split Pancake Stackers 11 of 12
    Banana Split Pancake Stackers
    Problem getting your toddler to eat breakfast? Make an ice cream sundae out of it! HA! This is another awesome recipe from the lovely ladies at Family Kitchen here on Babble!
    Recipe at Family Kitchen
  • Homemade Crispy Fish Sticks 12 of 12
    Homemade Crispy Fish Sticks
    Have a toddler who loves fish? Try these! A great and fun, healthy alternative for chicken fingers. Another great recipe from our own Family Kitchen!
    Recipe at Family Kitchen

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