Getting stuck with what to offer your little ones for lunch? Finding the motivation to come up with new recipes and ideas can be difficult when you’re busy running around after them. That’s why we’ve done all the work for you. Whether you’re trying your baby with solids, they’re almost there or they’re already used to hard foods, we’ve suggested a range of delicious vegetarian, pescatarian and meaty healthy lunch ideas for your children. Let your little tots run around knowing they’re getting all the healthy nutrients they need.
Just Starting Out?
The perfect lunch ideas for kids who are just beginning their journey to solid foods.
- Meatballs with pasta or diced boiled potatoes without the skin (cook until very soft), your favourite tomato sauce and peas.
Top Tip: Chicken or turkey meatballs will offer a slightly healthier choice than beef.
- Fishcakes and steamed vegetables. Just chop them up and let them pick as they wish! The soft texture of the fishcake should be easy to eat whilst offering plenty of flavour and a mixture of different foods for your baby to try.
- Avocado and banana offers a different take on the ever-popular guacamole dip. Simply mash together with a fork and a splash of your baby’s regular milk. Spread over lightly toasted wholemeal bread for a tasty lunch or even a quick afternoon snack.
- Chicken mince served in a tasty casserole with mashed peas and potatoes. Or for a tasty veggie alternative, switch out the chicken mince for some meat-free sausages.
- Omelette fingers made with plenty of veg, a little cheese and any other ingredients you might have lying about, like ham or salmon – or leave it meat-free! Serve with a healthy portion of fruit and a small yoghurt pot.
For more baby lunch ideas on what foods to give them during the stages of weaning, check out our blog on baby-led weaning ideas.
Getting a Taste for it?
Some tasty baby lunch ideas with a bit more bite, for the toddler who is just starting to get a taste for solids.
- Pizza with a cauliflower or wholemeal wrap base and a choice of your toppings – soft cooked vegetables are a good option as they’re easy to eat and full of nutritional goodness.
- Rice cakes (or wholegrain rice cakes) spread with hummus and topped with sliced cucumber. Serve with sticks of pepper and a handful of raisins.
- Tortilla dippers served with red pepper hummus (also delicious with the avocado and banana dip!). Simply toast up some wholemeal tortillas with a little seasoning and cooking spray – take a wholemeal wrap and cut into 8 triangle tortilla chips, place on a baking tray, spray lightly with cooking spray and seasoning either side. Bake in the oven for around 10 minutes or until a nice golden brown.
Top Tip: at the beginning of the week, make up a large batch of tortilla dippers to use throughout the week. They also make for a delicious mid-week or party snack for adults with guacamole and salsa.
- Mushroom and leek risotto using chicken stock and a sprinkling of parmesan instead of cream as a healthier alternative. A delicious meal for the whole family! All you need is 350g risotto rice (this will help with the desired creamy texture, too), 1.2l of chicken stock (using two stock cubes), 2 leeks, 1 pack of mushrooms and a sprinkling of parmesan. And for a little extra protein, add chicken pieces.
- Slow cooked lamb served with carrot, swede and potato mash and peas. For more slow cooker inspiration, check out our winter warmer slow cooker blog.
Full Blown Expert?
For those who have more experience with solid foods and full meals. Some of these healthy lunch ideas can be adapted to include in a school lunchbox, but we do have a separate blog on great lunchbox ideas for kids – including tasty sandwich ideas and other easy lunch ideas for your kids’ school lunch.
- Sweetcorn fritters served with mini grilled chicken and roasted vegetable kebabs. You’ll need 320g of sweetcorn, 3 finely chopped spring onions, 1 finely chopped pepper, 2 eggs, 150g of self-raising flour, 1 tsp smoked paprika, 1 tbsp olive oil. Fry the pepper and spring onion in the oil, cool and add to a bowl with the sweetcorn, flour paprika, and then the eggs. Bind together and then divide the mixture out onto a lined baking tray. Cook for around 20 minutes (or until golden brown), remembering to flip them halfway through.
- Mini chicken quesadillas made with wholemeal wraps. Fill with extra veggies for more flavour and goodness – like peppers, onions and kidney beans. Serve with a guacamole dip.
- Naked turkey burger with homemade sweet potato wedges and a choice of their favourite veg. Fry the burgers with coconut oil or grill in the oven.
- Roast chicken served with a helping of roasted veg and potatoes with a little seasoning. Crisping them up this way will offer the tasty, crunchy effect of deep-frying without the added fat! And don’t forget a delicious drizzle of gravy over the top. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon with the family.
Top Tip if you’re serving this dish up as part of a family Sunday roast, remember to give your little one boneless chicken to avoid any incidents.
- Veggie dinner. Try out some different vegetarian alternatives for your favourite recipes, including lasagne and chilli.
Hopefully now you’re feeling fully inspired to create some new healthy lunches for your little ones. Find all the ingredients you need for our healthy baby lunch ideas at your local SPAR. And for more foodie inspiration and updates on the latest deals and competitions, sign up to our E-newsletter.
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