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!
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
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
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)
Chef Boyardee type of meals
Pork and Beans with sliced hot dogs
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
Jello Snacks and Pudding
Apple Slices with lemon squeezed to retain color and caramel dip
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
Decorate containers with paint pens to keep lunch fun.
Test new lunch ideas at home first!
Recommended Lunch Containers
Thermos Brand Funtainer
Cute Ice Packs
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