7 Healthy & Yummylicious Lunch Ideas For Toddlers

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Kids can be such fussy eaters. At times, they can reduce us to tears by not eating. All that hard work in the kitchen and the expectation that they will enjoy home-made food falls to bits. Eventually, the food makes its way to the bin after it has been exposed on the table. So, how do you deal with kids fussy eating habits? Here are some interesting ways to make their meal more fun:

1. Make A Funny Salad:

Make A Funny Salad

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How about making a funny bunny or a Hello Kitty? Easy as pie. Here’s how you will make it:

You Will Need:

  • A flat circular dish (perhaps with somewhat raised edges so toddlers will find it easy to use).
  • 2 ½ cups of chopped vegetables: French beans, carrots, potatoes, green peas.
  • ½ cup of sliced pineapples.
  • ½ cup of Mayonnaise.
  • ½ cup of fresh cream.
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • Salt
  • Olives (for eyes and muzzle).
  • Carrot sticks (long sliced carrots to make the mustache).
  • Circular or conical slices of cucumber (for bunny ears).
  • Triangular slices of red pepper (for the bow).

How To:

  1. Take a bowl. Put the chopped vegetables and pineapples. Toss well.
  1. Add mayonnaise and cream and mix well.
  1. Add sugar and salt.
  1. Refrigerate for an hour.
  1. Empty the contents into a dish.
  1. Use black olives to make the eyes and muzzle of the pet.
  1. The oval cucumber slices make the ears.
  1. Carrot sticks make the mustache.
  1. The triangular red pepper cutouts make the bow.

Your toddler will be all the more ready for the cute looking salad you just for made him!

2. Vegetable Stir Fry:

Vegetable Stir Fry

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Have you got plenty of boiled rice left over from the previous day? Don’t throw that in the bin. You could make some amazing fried rice with that.

You Will Need:

  • Boiled rice
  • Finely chopped carrots, peas, French beans and spring onions.
  • 1 tbs Cumin seeds.
  • Ajinomoto
  • Soy sauce
  • Green chili sauce (use this at miniscule levels or simply Don’t use it if your toddler cannot eat chili foods).
  • 2-3 tbs Cooking oil.
  • Salt

How To:

  1. Take oil in a large saucepan.
  1. Heat the pan.
  1. Once the oil is hot, add the cumin seeds. Once the seeds splutter, add the veggies. Saute for five minutes on low fire.
  1. Add Ajinomoto.
  1. Then add the boiled rice. Mix well.
  1. Add salt.
  1. Stir well for another 5-7 minutes.

3. Chickpea Soup:

Chickpea Soup

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Make your kids have their daily dose of protein through this amazing soup.

You Will Need:

  • 1 can of chickpeas (If you aren’t using canned chickpeas, you might want to soak 1 cup of chickpeas overnight. Boil the chickpeas. Remember to drain out the water before use.)
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Grated Parmigiano cheese

How To:

  1. Heat extra-virgin olive oil in a saucepan.
  1. Add the onions and sauté till golden brown.
  1. Keep 1/3 of the chickpeas aside and add the rest into the saucepan.
  1. Add rosemary, salt, and ground pepper and stir well.
  1. Mash rest of the chickpeas and add to the pan to arrive at the desired consistency.
  1. Add a little bit of water if desired.
  1. Cook for approximately 15 minutes.
  1. You could add a drizzle of olive oil or cheese if desired.

4. Roasted Cauliflower:

Roasted Cauliflower

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If you want something crispy and crunchy, roasted cauliflower is a great option. Boiled cauliflowers are quite a regular thing. But with the roasted variety, you kids will be chuffed.

You Will Need:

  • Cauliflower florets
  • Salt
  • Ground pepper
  • Oregano

How To:

  1. Chop the cauliflower in the desired number of florets.
  1. Roast and toss on medium flame.
  1. Add a little salt, ground pepper, and oregano.

5. Oatmeal With Butterscotch:

Oatmeal With Butterscotch

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If your kids are fussy about eating oats, try it out with oatmeal porridge with special effects. Add brown sugar and blend well. Top the porridge with crushed butterscotch bits. You might also want to add raisins, sliced apples or favorite sliced fruits.

6. Milkshakes:

Milkshakes

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Easy, quick and yummy, milkshakes are healthy as opposed to fat-filled smoothies. You will need a good blender to make the milkshake. Just select the favorite fruit blends, add sugar, perhaps a dash of fruit syrup and chunks of berries will complete the frothy delight.

7. Green pea-corn soup:

Green pea-corn soup

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This creamy greeny soup will be quite a delight to your kids. Here’s how you will go about it.

You Will Need:

  • 1 cup shelled green peas.
  • ¼ cup sweet corn
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 10-12 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 1-2 finely chopped garlic (don’t use garlic if kids don’t like it).
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ teaspoon White pepper powder.
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Salt

How To:

  1. Blend green peas, vegetable stock, and mint leaves in a blender until you get a smooth paste.
  1. Heat butter in a saucepan. Add garlic and onions and sauté about two minutes.
  1. Add the green pea paste, white pepper powder, salt, and stir.
  1. Boil the mix.
  1. In another pan, boil corn niblets in with water and salt. Remove excess water once it boils.
  1. Transfer the green pea puree little by little into the boiled corn. Blend well.
  1. Add milk and bring it to a boil.
  1. Serve in soup bowls.
  1. You might want to cool the content as your toddler can’t have piping hot soup!

If your kids aren’t keen on eating a healthy lunch, surprise them with a new menu with these recipes here. Tell us how the kids enjoyed them!

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