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25 Easy Toddler Lunches for Picky Eaters

Having a list of easy toddler lunches is the quickest way to take the stress out of meal times. Because if you’re like me, you’ve definitely drawn a blank at lunch time when it comes to finding something your toddler will eat. No more meals where everyone ends up exhausted and still hungry. 

This post is all about easy toddler lunches to take the stress out of meal times, even if you have a pickiest eater on your hands.

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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! 

4. Waffles

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!

Lego Waffles | Easy Toddler Lunches

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! 

Toddler Charcuterie Board | Easy Toddler Lunches

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 frozen 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! 

Crockpot Broccoli Cheese Soup | Easy Toddler Lunches

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! 

19. Pancakes

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

Pancakes | Easy Toddler Lunches

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 🙂 

Countertop Pizza | Easy Toddler Lunches

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! 

This post was all about toddler lunches that have made lunch time less stressful for our family and hopefully yours too! Please let me know which one was your toddler’s favorite and share any other easy toddler lunch ideas I might have missed! 

-Beautifully Busy Mom

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This post was written by Monica, a mom of two who is obsessed with easy toddler meals. She loves out of the box ideas but also loves the classics too.

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