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Toddler Recipes: Home Lunch Ideas For Kids

Toddler Recipes: Home Lunch Ideas for Kids


Want to make home lunches for your child? Here is a list that will give you some ideas. Some of these suggestions are perfect for the health concious parent but we have also added ones we think most children will enjoy. If you have a homemade version of soup, chicken nuggets, or fish sticks... feel free to submit it to Teaching Tiny Tots.

Please check with your child's school or day care to see if there are children who are allergic to peanut butter!

Main Meal


  • Veggie Mix with baby carrots, celery sticks, cucumber slices, lettuce with dressing
  • Bagels with cream cheese and honey or peanut butter and jelly (They have thin bagels now too)
  • Toasted Bagel with pepperoni and melted mozzarella cheese.
  • Chicken Breast Strips with Baby Carrots and Ranch dressing
  • English Muffin with Peanut Butter and Banana
  • Tortilla Wraps filled with hummus, shredded carrots, cucumbers and deli meat
  • broccoli croissant

  • Croissants with deli meat or steamed broccoli and cheese
  • Small Hoagies filled with favorite deli meat, chicken slices...add a piece of turkey bacon
  • Homemade Lunchables with crackers, cheese and deli meat cut out with small cookie cutters.
  • Deli Roll Ups
  • Cold chicken (We make Herb Roasted Chicken and use left overs for sandwiches, salads or just cut into small pieces for lunch
  • Soups homemade or child's favorite (see recommended containers below)
  • Home Made Pizza toast and wrap in foil or leftover pizza
  • Hot Meals

    If you use a good thermos like the Thermos Brand Funtainer you can heat foods in the morning and it will still be warm at lunch. We tried other brands and it didn't stay nearly as warm.

  • Mac and Cheese (homemade from the night before or instant)
  • Chicken Nuggets or Fish Sticks (cook in toaster oven)
  • Soups
  • Chef Boyardee type of meals
  • Pork and Beans with sliced hot dogs
  • Snacks

  • Cheese Sticks
  • Cheese Slices (cut out fun shapes with mini cookie cutters)
  • Raisins, Pretzel, Goldfish mix
  • Carrots, Cucumbers, Grape Tomatoes and Celery with a little dip
  • Frozen yogurt: thaws nicely by lunch
  • Fruit cups such as sliced peaches, mandarin oranges
  • Apple Sauce
  • Jello Snacks and Pudding
  • Granola Bars
  • Trail Mixes
  • Apple Slices with lemon squeezed to retain color and caramel dip
  • Tips

    different types of bread

  • Fill water thermos the night before and refrigerate to keep colder.
  • Vary the type of bread you use. Try croissants, mini buns, hoagies, french bread for variety.
  • Put cut fruit in a container the night before to save time
  • Portion out snacks for children
  • Use BPA free containers instead of plastic baggies...green tip!
  • Add a little lemon to keep color fresh on cut apple slices.
  • Substitute butter for mayo if your child doesn't care for mayo...less worry about it spoiling
  • feature sandwich containers

  • Decorate containers with paint pens to keep lunch fun.
  • Test new lunch ideas at home first!

  • Recommended Lunch Containers

  • Thermos Brand Funtainer
  • Thermos Brand
  • Cute Ice Packs
  • bpa free plastic containers

  • BPA containers from the Container Store; They come in a variety of sizes and the nalene brand offers leak proof containers for dressings and dips

  • Thanks for stopping by! Comments Are Welcome!

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