When Finley was little she was such a good eater. Anything I put in front of her she ate. Now that she’s nearing 17 months she has become so incredibly picky. My goal for lunch most days is quick and easy. Sometimes leftovers and other times whatever I can think of. I try to make them balanced, but lets face it, some days she licks the Sun Butter off her sandwich and eats 1 green bean and demands I give her Teddy Graham’s. Other days I have mom wins and she cleans her plate. Here are some of our favorite, go-to, lunch ideas!
One of our favorite go-tos for lunch is french toast. It’s easy and I can add protein in the form of scrambled eggs or sausage. Until a few weeks ago Finley didn’t like syrup so I served it to her just with butter. Now she gets a little side cup to dip her toast into. I also like to serve her french toast with a fruit. Her most favorite is organic frozen blueberries. I don’t know why this girl wont eat them fresh, but hey frozen still has good nutrients!
When my younger brother was a toddler he was allergic to tree nuts and peanuts. It made for nut-less house and sad older kids who were used to PBJ. We eventually got used to it and my grandma would have us over on Friday nights and buy us all the real PB stuff. It made for a sweet treat. What else are grandma’s for? When it came time for Finley to eat “nuts” I was terrified so I opted to give her sun butter instead. She loves it. And I tend to make her sun butter tortillos just like my brother used to eat. Yogurt melts, cheese, and these Sprouts cheese puffs are go to snack items I know that Finley will eat on a daily basis. I usually try to sneak fruit in but depending on the day she may or may not eat any of the fruit.
This was a fun little brunch that I made her for the first time on Valentine’s Day. Since we have had it several times. Red velvet pancakes dusted in powdered sugar with some whipped cream on the side and a few sprinkles, scrambled eggs, and strawberry yogurt with sprinkles. I get the YoBaby whole milk yogurt and add sprinkles to it as a special treat sometimes. Then I gave her milk tinted pink with a tiny bit of whipped cream!
This one is pretty self-explanatory and I think every toddler in the history of toddlers loves chicken nuggets. She just recently started making me give them to her whole like a big girl. I was part relived I no longer needed to cut each nugget into tiny pieces and part sad that she’s getting so big. I usually pair nuggets with a simple fruit and veggie. Here I gave her peas and frozen blueberries. 2 of her favorites.
Here is another example of how I serve her sun butter. On bread just like a PB sandwich. I like to use tiny cookie cutters and cut hers into fun shapes! This is another lunch that I do when I’m in a hurry and just serve with some cheese and cut up fruit!
Who doesn’t love a quesadilla? I know I do! I make grilled cheese a ton around here, especially for snacks, but sometimes I get sick of them. I started making quesadillas just to have a little variety. I like to add shredded chicken and even black beans just for a little flavor and added protein. I try to pair it with a grain and fruit as well.
I found these little cheese tortellini at my local Trader Joe’s and thought they’d make a great quick-lunch! I served these with just butter on top and a sliced strawberry and cherry tomato. She ate all the pasta and didn’t touch the rest. Toddler’s I’m telling you, because just a few days later she ate it all.
I’ve been having a rough time getting her to eat veggies lately so I’ve been giving her food pouches at least once a day to ensure she gets some veggies in. She’ll eat pouches all day long if I let her!
What are some of your favorite, go-to meals for your toddlers? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
XO – Taylar