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Delicious and Kid-Friendly: 40 Lunch Ideas That Toddlers Will Love!

Finding new meal ideas for your toddler can feel overwhelming, especially when you have a picky eater on your hands. But don't worry! I've got you covered with some fantastic lunch ideas that are guaranteed to win over your little one's taste buds. Whether you're preparing lunch at home or packing it in a lunch box for later, these suggestions are sure to be a hit with your toddler. So, let's dive in and explore some delicious options that will make mealtime enjoyable for both you and your child!

  1. Peanut butter and banana roll-ups: Spread peanut butter on a tortilla, top it with banana slices, and roll it up. Cut the roll into bite-sized pieces.
    Peanut butter and banana roll-ups
  2. Bagel with cream cheese: Take a bagel and spread cream cheese on it. Add your favourite toppings like sliced fruit, nuts, or granola.

  3. Cheese tortilla roll-up: Spread cheese on a tortilla, roll it up, and cut it into bite-sized pieces.
    Cheese tortilla roll-up:
  4. PB&J bites (American Style): Take two slices of bread and spread peanut butter on one slice and jelly (jam) on the other. Cut the sandwich into bite-sized pieces.
  5. Broccoli eggs and cheese: Steam broccoli florets until tender. Scramble eggs and add broccoli, cheese, salt, and pepper to taste.
    Broccoli eggs and cheese

  6. Turkey and cheese roll-ups: Spread turkey and cheese on a tortilla or a wrap, roll it up, and cut into bite-sized pieces.

  7. Pizza: Make your own pizza dough or use store-bought dough. Top it with your favourite sauce, cheese, and toppings. Bake according to the package directions.
    Pizza

  8. Egg and cheese quesadilla: Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add a tortilla and top with egg, cheese, and your favourite toppings. Fold the tortilla in half and cook until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is golden brown.

  9. Pancake dippers: Make pancakes according to your favourite recipe. Cut the pancakes into bite-sized pieces and serve with your favourite dipping sauce like syrup, honey, or fruit preserves.
    Pancake dippers:
  10. Turkey and cheese grilled pinwheels: Spread turkey and cheese on a flour tortilla. Roll it up and cut into pinwheels. Grill the pinwheels in a pan or on a grill pan until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is golden brown.

  11. Scrambled egg sandwich: Scramble eggs and add salt and pepper to taste. Toast bread and spread it with butter or mayonnaise. Top the bread with the scrambled eggs and your favorite toppings like cheese, bacon, or avocado.
    Scrambled egg sandwich

  12. Chilli: Make your own chilli or use store-bought chilli. Serve it with grated cheese, sour cream, and chopped onions.

  13. Baked beans: Heat baked beans in a saucepan or in the microwave. Serve with toast or bread rolls.

  14. Yogurt snack plate: Fill a small bowl with yogurt and top it with fruit, granola, nuts, or seeds.
    Yogurt snack plate meal idea for toddlers

  15. Pasta salad: Cook pasta according to the package directions. Drain and cool the pasta. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, your favorite vegetables, and your favourite dressing.

  16. Cheese on toast: Spread butter on two slices of bread. Top one slice of bread with cheese and your favourite toppings. Place the other slice of bread on top and grill the sandwich in a pan or on a grill pan until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted.

  17. Turkey and cheese snack plate: Cut turkey into bite-sized pieces and cut string cheese into bite-sized pieces. Serve with crackers or vegetables.

  18. Egg salad sandwich: Hard boil eggs and peel them. You can either mash the eggs with a fork or cut them to sandwich size. Add mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and pepper to taste. 
  19. Black bean and cheese quesadilla: Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add a tortilla and top with black beans, cheese, and your favourite toppings. Fold the tortilla in half and cook until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is golden brown.
    Black bean and cheese quesadilla
  20. Mini peppers with cream cheese: Cut mini peppers in half and remove the seeds. Fill the peppers with cream cheese (20) and your favourite toppings such as bacon, cheese, or chives.
    Mini peppers with cream cheese
  21. Potato skins: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Cut potatoes in half and scoop out the flesh, leaving a thin shell. Brush the potato skins with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake the potato skins for 20 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy. Fill the potato skins with your favourite toppings like cheese, bacon, or chives.

  22. Avocado chicken salad sandwich: Mash avocado with a fork. Add cooked chicken, mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and pepper to taste. Spread the avocado chicken salad on bread and enjoy.

  23. Turkey and cheese slider: Cut a bread roll in half and spread it with mayonnaise. Top with turkey, cheese, and your favourite toppings.
    Turkey and cheese slider
  24. French bread Pizza: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Remove French bread Pizza from the packaging and place it on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
  25. Dino veggie chicken nuggets: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Place dino veggie chicken nuggets on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until cooked through.
  26. Yogurt chicken salad: In a bowl, combine yogurt, cooked chicken, mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and pepper to taste. Mix well and serve on bread or crackers.
    Yogurt chicken salad:
  27. Avocado toast: Toast bread and spread it with mashed avocado. Top with salt and pepper to taste.
  28. Pinto beans and cheese: In a bowl, combine pinto beans, cheese, and your favourite toppings such as salsa, sour cream, or guacamole.
  29. Butternut squash mac and cheese: Cook butternut squash according to the package directions. In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and cook for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk and cook until thickened. Stir in cheese and butternut squash until melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with macaroni noodles.
  30. Sweet potato tots: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Place sweet potato tots on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  31. Cheese and crackers: Serve cheese and crackers on a plate.
    Cheese and crackers
  32. Mac and cheese snack plate: Cut mac and cheese into bite-sized pieces and serve with your favourite dipping sauce such as ketchup, mustard, or ranch dressing.
  33. Mini nachos: Spread tortilla chips on a baking sheet. Top with cheese, your favourite toppings, and bake according to the package directions for the cheese.
  34. Veggie muffin: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and grease a muffin tin. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pepper. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, oil, and your favourite veggie ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Fill the muffin tin 2/3 full and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  35. Cucumber sandwiches: Spread cucumber slices on bread and top with salt and pepper to taste. Ideal for getting liquid into the so great for warm days.
    Cucumber Sandwiches
  36. Veggie corndog: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Dip veggie corndogs in corndog batter and place them on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
  37. Avocado quesadilla: Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add a tortilla and top with avocado, cheese, and your favorite toppings. Fold the tortilla in half and cook until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is golden brown.
  38. Dr. Praeger's Broccoli Littles: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Place Dr. Praeger's Broccoli Littles on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until heated through.
  39. Avocado tuna salad: Mash avocado with a fork. Add tuna, mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and pepper to taste. Spread the avocado tuna salad on bread and enjoy.
  40. Cauliflower tots: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Place cauliflower tots on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

These snack and meal ideas are simple to prepare and offer a variety of flavours and textures to satisfy your taste buds. Enjoy these tasty options for any time of the day!

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