If you're a parent, then chances are that you've been struggling to come up with healthy and delicious toddler lunch recipes. Mealtime can be tough when your little one is in the picky stage. But don't worry! We have put together 20 of our favorite toddler lunch recipes for you to try out.
- Tips for Making Toddler Lunches
- Pepperoni Pizza Quesadilla
- Rainbow Veggie Slice
- Homemade Uncrustables
- Broccoli Fritters
- Tomato Pumpkin Spaghetti
- Cheddar and Spinach Muffins
- Baked Chicken Nuggets
- Macaroni and Cheese with Tomatoes
- Pizza Scrolls
- Tuna Pinwheels
- Make Your Own Bento Box
- How to Prep Lunches for Daycare
- Pin for Later
Tips for Making Toddler Lunches
Here are some of our top tips for making toddler lunches:
-Keep it simple. The best toddler lunch recipes are often the simplest ones, like an apple with peanut butter or a banana and cheese sandwich on whole-grain bread.
-Add some protein to your child's diet by serving them beans in their meal for extra nutrients. You can also add protein by serving "dips" like greek yogurt to meals in place of sour cream
-Offer a few choices: Allow toddlers to pick a few things on their plates. I like to include a protein option, veggie, and carb. I do a small amount of each, so my toddler doesn't fill up all on one option.
-Let toddlers help make lunch! This will make your toddler more excited to be included in the process and more excited to eat lunch.
You could also use fun serving plates like these to mix things up!-Make the presentation fun! Add different color fruits and veggies to the plate, or cut up foods in fun bite-size shapes to make the plate more fun.
Pepperoni Pizza Quesadilla
This pepperoni pizza quesadilla is so easy to make, and kids love it! You could also serve with a side of greek yogurt dip for an extra protein boost! It's easy to customize for what your kids love.
Rainbow Veggie Slice
Toddlers love this yummy rainbow veggie slice! Perfect for freezing, it's quick to make and is FULL of veggies!
Uncrustables are the ultimate easy toddler lunch! They're packed with peanut butter and jelly and folded up to make a mess-free lunch.
These light, golden-brown Broccoli Fritters make a delicious vegetarian dinner or lunch — and kids love them, too! Ready in less than 30 minutes.
Tomato Pumpkin Spaghetti
This pasta is baby and toddler-friendly, loaded with veggies kids love!
Cheddar and Spinach Muffins
These Cheddar and Spinach Muffins make delicious savory baked goods that can be served as an appetizer or enjoyed as a snack. These savory cheese and vegetable muffins are also a great lunchbox meal idea for your kids, packed with hidden veggies!
Baked Chicken Nuggets
Baked chicken nuggets are always a favorite! Add your favorite dipping sauce, and your toddler will be a happy kiddo!
Macaroni and Cheese with Tomatoes
This old-fashioned Macaroni and Cheese with Tomatoes are made with 3 simple ingredients - macaroni, cheddar cheese, and tomatoes. It's real food and comfort food at its finest!
These soft and fluffy pizza scrolls are filled with cheese, ham, and veggies and are freezer friendly too.
These veg-packed tuna pinwheels, perfect for school lunchboxes! They're made with canned tuna, canned chickpeas, cucumber, peppers, tomatoes, and cream cheese, all rolled up in a tasty tortilla wrap and cut into bite-size slices.
Make Your Own Bento Box
One of my favorite quick and easy toddler lunches is making our own bento-style box. These are made up of a few different food options on a plate that my toddler can pick. A few of our favorites to include are:
- Deli Meat (rolled up) - turkey, roast beef, chicken, and ham are a few of our favorites.
- Sweet Peppers
- Sliced cucumbers
- Pirate's Booty or puffed corn
- Steamed vegetables like broccoli or carrots
- Naan or pita bread
- String Cheese
- Mixed fruits like cut up strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, or apples
How to Prep Lunches for Daycare
All of these recipes are perfect lunches to bring to daycare! I like to make a big batch on Sundays and portion it into little containers, so school days are stress-free. Here are a few of our favorite containers for toddler lunches at daycare.
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