If you’re like me, you’ve definitely drawn a blank at lunch time when trying to find something that your toddler will eat! You end up eating 27 bites of 27 different foods that your toddler refuses, there’s food all over the freshly cleaned floor, and everyone is still hungry. These 25 easy toddler lunches will be loved by the pickiest of toddlers and will help you avoid the stress of lunch time with your toddler!
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1. PB/Banana/ Honey Quesadilla or Sandwich
Peanut butter banana sandwiches are a super fun twist on the classic PB & J that kids love! I also love to add honey but beware of the mess! You can put it on bread cold or put it on a hot quesadilla too! It’s amazing both ways!
2. Bagel Pizzas
Every kid loves pizza! But no mom wants to try to put together an entire pizza when lunch time rolls around and there are hangry toddlers in the wings. Bagel pizzas are a great option for easy toddler lunches that every toddler will love! They are fast to make and older toddlers can even help put theirs together themselves! You can quickly toast it in a toaster oven or for a few minutes on the top rack of your oven!
3. Broccoli Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Grilled cheese sandwiches are one of the classic easy lunches for toddlers, but the standard grilled cheese is somewhat lacking in nutrients. Adding broccoli into your toddler’s grilled cheese is a great way to sneak in some veggies!
Waffles are a great toddler food to cut into strips and let even the littlest ones feed themselves! But one thing even better than waffles is Lego waffles! We have this Lego waffle maker and love to build with our Lego waffles before we eat them! It even comes with Lego plates to build on to!
5. Yogurt Bowl
Start with a bowl of yogurt. If you can get your toddler to eat Greek yogurt it’s great for some extra protein! Once you’ve got your yogurt in a bowl, add some toppings like sunflower seeds, granola, banana, berries, and even peanut butter!
6. Toddler Version of a Charcuterie Board
If you’re having a particularly hard time with your toddler that day, compose a plate of all their favorite snacks for a toddler style charcuterie board! Let them take what they want and leave the rest. It’s less stress for everyone!
7. Cottage Cheese and Fruit
Cottage cheese is a great source of protein for your toddler and it can easily be spiced up with some fruit! Whether you put the fruit on top or on the side, it’s the perfect combination of flavors and nutrients!
8. Homemade Spaghettios
SpaghettiOs are filled with lots of unnatural flavors and preservatives and it is actually so easy to make your own! Grab some anelletti pasta and pasta sauce for more super easy toddler lunches! If you don’t want to find special pasta to make spaghettiOs, simply make regular spaghetti and cut it up into manageable pieces with kitchen scissors.
9. French Toast
French toast is one of those foods that I always forget about! It is so good but yet so easy to make! All you need is eggs, bread, and a couple of minutes! French toast strips and maple syrup is a must love for any toddler!
10. Air Fried Chicken Nuggets
Our air fryer has been an absolute life saver when it comes to my toddlers obsession with chicken nuggets! Sometimes we make our own and sometimes we dump in a bag of Aldi’s Dino nuggets for a super fast lunch! I’m convinced that every mom needs an air fryer on their baby registry!
11. Stir Fry
Stir fry may sound complicated but it is truly so simple. It is one of our toddler’s favorite meals! Throw in some rice, a microwave bag of stir fry veggies, and eggs! Ta da! You can add chicken if you want a little more protein! We’ve even used left over nuggets in our stir fry before!
12. Crockpot Broccoli Cheese Soup
Easy toddler lunches for picky eaters usually don’t involve tons of veggies, but broccoli cheese soup is a great option to sneak in some more veggies. It’s super easy for the very little ones to eat and has been loved by my toddler since he first started eating solids! Try out my super easy crockpot broccoli cheese recipe here and let your crockpot do all the work!
13. Chicken Cheese Quesadillas
With a can of shredded chicken breast and a little cheese, you can quickly whip up a yummy lunch for both you and your toddler!
14. Macaroni and Cheese Bites
Macaroni and cheese is one of the classic toddler foods that every toddler loves! These mini mac n’ cheese bites from Taste of Home make mac n’ cheese possible on the go too!
15. Tater Tots
Tater tots are one of my toddlers absolute favorite foods! Pair them with eggs, throw eggs on top, throw bacon or sausage on top, or simply dip them in ketchup! What’s not to love!
16. Egg Cups
Grab a muffin tin and line the bottoms of each cup with shredded hash browns and shredded cheese. Put that in the oven just long enough to brown them and then fill the rest with scrambled eggs and your toddlers’ favorite meats and veggies! Put it back in the oven at around 350 degrees and cook until the eggs are cooked through!
17. Chicken Salad
Chicken salad is an easy lunch to throw together that provides tons of protein and valuable nutrients to your child! I love putting celery and red grapes in my chicken salad for my toddler to add a little more flavor!
18. Pizza Roll Ups
Cover a tortilla with tomato sauce, cheese, and pepperoni before rolling it up. Throw it in the oven until it is slightly browned and you are good to go! That’s about the easiest lunch you could ever ask for!
Pancakes are the perfect soft food for toddlers waiting on more teeth! You can throw in fruit, chocolate chips, or even sprinkles! If you aren’t super artistic to make fun pancake shapes, you can get pans that do the work for you! Our toddler loves the pancakes from our Peeps pancake pan!
20. Burrito Bowls
Burrito bowls are one of the easy toddler lunches that you can always have stuff on hand for! Keep some frozen corn in your freezer and canned black beans, rice, and salsa in your pantry for a great meal that’s fast and easy.
21. Overnight Oats
Overnight oats are easily customizable to whatever your toddler loves! Throw in their favorite fruit or even make chocolate overnight oats! You can keep it in the fridge overnight or even a few days so that you have an easy meal you can pull out of the fridge!
22. Countertop Pizza
To make homemade pizza easier than it’s ever been, you really need a counter top pizza maker! I bought one years ago and have absolutely loved how easy it makes a quick pizza meal. It works with frozen pizzas or premade pizza crusts and it only takes 5 minutes to cook a pizza! My toddler and I love sharing a pizza 🙂
23. Egg Salad
Hard boiled eggs are often a go to for young toddlers. Egg salad is a great option to spice things up a bit as they get older and to make a lunch you both can enjoy!
24. Breakfast Quesadillas or Sandwiches
Quesadillas are an amazing kid food and breakfast quesadillas are an awesome spin on the classic chicken quesadilla! Throw in some eggs and cheese and sneak in those veggies too!
25. Cheese and Crackers/ Ham Roll Ups
Cheese and crackers are another great toddler lunch for on the go! You can also put cream cheese on a slice of ham and roll it up to bring along with your cheese and cracker!
I hope these 25 ideas have helped make lunch time less stressful for you and your toddler! Comment which one was your toddler’s favorite and share any other easy toddler lunch ideas I might have missed!