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Toddler Lunch Ideas??

Hi. Just wondering what you all give your kids for lunch. I'm running out of ideas, and most of the time I am serving hotdogs or chicken nuggets with fruit. Thanks!

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debbieS debbieS 8 years 47 weeks
This is so late, I don't know if anyone will read it, but I have the same issue with my 2.5 year old. I do a lot of pasta - but I get the whole wheat fortified with ALA Omega 3 - so the pasta tastes strange to my husband and I, but she doesn't know any better. I serve it with the Smart Balance spread. But great ideas. The only thing she will eat outside of homemade are french fries, so I am always looking for ideas.
Chellard Chellard 8 years 49 weeks
My little ones love the ham and cheese rollups with crackers. I also cut sandwiches into shapes, it makes such a huge difference.
karmasabitch karmasabitch 8 years 49 weeks
You guys already gave great ideas and pretty much said it all!! A good snack idea is veggie booty or any of the products in that line.. check it out! :D
bluesuze bluesuze 8 years 50 weeks
What great ideas! I sort of got stuck in a rut for awhile there. I actually made the little English Muffin pizzas yesterday for my son, and then my husband wanted me to make him one, too! Haha! Anyway, thanks all of you guys. I've got some good ideas now!
StacyIrene StacyIrene 8 years 50 weeks
I wish my kids ate hot dogs or corn dogs but they don't. They do eat chicken nuggets but those get old for me too. My daughter never liked sandwich's but she loved the meat so I just made her sliced turkey or grilled chicken with whatever fruit is in season. I would cut the meat in bite sized pieces. She's 5 and still asks for meat in her lunch bag. I just put them in snack sized zip lock bags. When I order pizza I will order extra and single wrap them so I can just take them out of the freezer. Macaroni and cheese, those microwaveable packs are ready in a few minutes. Whatever fruit is in season is a big hit. They will both eat that until they are so full. I have to feed them the meat first so they will eat it if I want them to eat something else. Yesterday we had watermellon, today it's pineapple, I bought some fresh fruit salad with strawberries, grapes and cantelope for tomorrow. Rice or pasta with butter. When I cook I make mini packs of whatever it is with the "seal a meal" so that I can just throw those in the microwave. I have spaghetti sauce with 1 or 2 meatballs, red or white beans (we're from New Orleans) to put over rice, lasagna cut into small squares, etc. My kids like sweet potatoes too. They eat them with a little butter on them and that's it. When I serve sweet potatoes then they don't want anything else. Pita bread cut in half and stuff with meat or vegetables. Or toasted with hummus is good for a snack. Good luck! Stacy Irene
JustPlainJane JustPlainJane 8 years 50 weeks
YOU CAN WASTE YOUR LIFE DRAWING LINES OR YOU CAN LIVE YOUR LIFE CROSSING THEM I do mini pizzas, using tomato sauce, mozarella cheese, on an english muffin, or using the pilsbury crescent roll dough, I wrap one around a hotdog (cut hotdog in half) with american cheese, PBJ, bologna sandwiches, mac n cz, pasta salad
rubialala rubialala 8 years 50 weeks
PB&J Meat and Cheese Sandwich Fish Sticks Cheese Quesadilla Sloppy Joes Meatloaf, Leftover Meatloaf Sandwich (served warm or cold) Sides: Grapes Apple or Pear Slices Baby Carrots with Ranch Dressing Cherry Tomatoes Green Beans Peas Potato Salad Macaroni Salad Avocado Slices Salsa (mild) and Chips Refried Beans Rice Olives Also, you can make things "exciting" - cut their sandwiches into different shapes. Like we cut our son's PB&J sandwiches with cookie-cutters, into stars, hearts, pumpkin, etc. Or cut the sandwich into trianges or squares. Depending on how they like games and if they would understand, you can make a game out of it - blindfold them and put one thing in their mouth and they have to guess what each item on their plate it. Roll things up in tortillas - PB&J, meat and cheese, chicken breast with tomatoes, lettuce, bacon, mayo. Give them things to dip, a whole mean with a dipping theme - make a cheese dip, peanut butter dip, hummus dip, and for dessert a chocolate dip. Then have them dip fruits, cheeses, bread, veggies in all the dips and for the dessert dip they can dip more fruit - strawberries, or some pound cake. Serve breakfast instead! My son thinks this is hilarious. Scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, fruit cup, pancakes, waffles (not all in one meal, that's a lot of food!). And we pour the pancakes into letters to spell his name or in the shape of Mickey Mouse. Good luck, I hope this helps!
JustMe21 JustMe21 8 years 50 weeks
I don't have kids but I know mac & cheese, ravioli, and those frozen lunches with the penguin on the front are usually hits with kids. Sorry if this isn't much help!