My Life of Travels and Adventures: Toddler Lunches

Toddler Lunches

25 March 2013


I really lucked out with Reid in the food department.  Like, really.  

 You probably know about dislike of vegetables and most fruits and other random finickiness with foods  Well consider Reid the exact opposite.  

He eats pretty much anything.  Meats, Dairy, Fruits, Vegetables, Lint, Carpet Fuzz, you name it the boy eats it.  

He is odd.  I admit it.  Sometimes I wonder if he is really mine when he gobbles down everything green in front of him and then whines for more.  Strange boy. 

Anywho... Curious about his lunches?
 

According to his Daycare Teacher, he eats most of his lunch eat day.  I think there has been on day in the past 2 1/2 months where NO was circled for "Did I eat my lunch?"  Even then, there was a note that he ate everything but didn't eat any meat. 

I *try* to pack him a meat/pasta, 2 vegetables and a fruit/grain/dairy.  I also try to pack him something different than the day before... So no meatballs 2 days in a row or no broccoli 2 days in a row.  (Although he would gobble the broccoli right down.  I told you odd!)


Most days I try to make a little extra dinner and pack it for Reid's lunch the next day.   (Fish sticks, rolls, Mac & Cheese all make good leftovers!).  

As for the actual prepping of his lunches:
  • Meats - 
    • Half is purchased precooked and frozen.  (Turkey meatballs, Precooked chicken breasts, precooked roast beef & turkey)
    • Half is purchased fresh and then we precook it (Ground turkey/chicken into burgers, Chicken breasts,  pork chops)
  • Vegetables - 99% are frozen and cooked in the microwave.
  • Fruits - I keep frozen strawberries, peaches, mangos, pineapples and cherries on hand as a backup but try to keep the fruits fresh.
  • Cheese is purchased shredded and I try* to divide up the bag and freeze. 
  •  Pasta - I have some frozen and then the rest is left over from dinner the night before
There you have it.  How I feed my not-so-picky toddler lunch!

P.S. We use silicone cupcake wrappers to separate his food.  They can be purchased on amazon here. Only $9.99 for 12. 




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30 comments :

  1. that is so great your toddler eats so well!! mine has been in a terrible phase where she'll only eat certain foods and its torture trying to feed her! its starting to get better, but i am always looking for new food ideas to try!!

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  2. I love this kind of lunch and I try to do the same for my toddler. where do you get the blue and green containers?

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  3. Dara - The blue and green containers are actually silicone cupcake wrappers. I bought them on amazon. I put the link in the post now.

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  4. Everything looks great and you are OH SO LUCKY! I have the world's pickiest eater...though he'll at least 'try one little bite.' The older he gets, the smaller the bite gets. -_-

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  5. wow... that all looks great! I struggle so much because there is a no peanuts rule at my LO's school so it is hard to do more than just the regular turkey sandwich... thank you

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  6. I was so lucky my children ate and not picky eaters. Those are fantastic lunches you have fixed. Nice pics!

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  7. LOVE THESE!!! My son always ate very healthy and liked his food separated like you have Reid's. Now as a 10 year old he still does LOL . . . great pics.

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  8. Thank your lucky stars you have a child who will eat virtually anything--not everyone is so lucky. I like the way you pack his lunched in separate little compartment!

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  9. So cute!! We are eating only organic in my home and I ave 5 kids so finding foods that they all like is a trick BUT making them look cute can always help! Thanks for tomorrow's lunch inspiration! I am hosting on my site tomorrow and the link is already up....Join in if you can at http://www.frugalfitfamily.com!

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  10. My daughter likes broccoli, too. Not sure where she got it...but glad she did!

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  11. My little girl's just like your son. She loves everything! Great lunch ideas. Those turkey meatballs sound like something I'd like for dinner tonight. Genius use of the silicone cups too. Makes the food look pretty and keeps it separated. Thanks for sharing with me this week!

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  12. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!


    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  13. Super cute! Thanks for sharing this at my Pin Me Linky Party. I hope you come visit & link again. You should check out another one of my sites called Bento Blog Network!

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  14. This is great! I'm always looking for meal ideas for my litle one! I wish she was as good an eater as your! ;)

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  15. These toddler meals looks great! Thanks for all of the great ideas!

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  16. I love the way you present his food! I had never thought of that! I think it's a great idea!

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  18. These are great ideas-saving this! My 13 month old is the same-she loves vegetables and fruit and she will eat anything. She even ate Korean food the other night. She also slept through the night at 3 weeks with no sleep training. People hate me. :-)

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  19. Love these! So fun! My boys have loved broccoli from a young age. Strange, I know! Thanks for sharing at the Pinterest Challenge.

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  20. Love all of these and the colors are terrific! Pinned and shared on Google+! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

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  21. That's great that he is not a picky eater! Thanks for linking up at Family Fun Friday.
    Sincerely,
    Monica
    http://happyandblessedhome.com

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  22. You are an amazing mama! I am SO totally impressed. I would like these for my lunch. :) Thank you SO much for linking up at THE Pin It Party today! Hope you will come back next week! XO, ellie @ creative geekery blog

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  23. What a cute idea - I like dividing up the items with the cupcake liners. Thanks for linking up to THE Pin it Party - hope to see you back next week! <3 Kristin @ One Organic Mama
    http://oneorganicmama.blogspot.com/

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  24. Love the holders idea, that is a great idea. My child eats a lot better when I'm not in charge, than when I am, funny, no? Fortunately, too, he isn't super picky, easy enough to work with to get everything in each day. Of course, there are those days, but they aren't every day!

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  25. love these suggestions. My lil one is a bit picky, so I've been trying to be more creative with presentation and all. But I love how you cut it in small pieces (doesn't seem so intimidating!) I'm pinning!

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  26. Great lunch ideas and I love, love, love the silicone cupcake idea. Thanks for sharing your ideas!!

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  27. Wow thanks for all the fantastic ideas! What does your morning prep consist of? Do you just put the meat in the fridge to defrost the night before and cut it up the next morning? And for the veggies just microwave them in the morning? Thanks!

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    1. I buy some of it precooked... Like the frozen turkey meatballs, or chicken breast strips... and then microwave them for 30 seconds before cutting them up. Some times its leftovers tom last nights dinners and sometimes its lunch meat. The veggies are microwaved in a water for a minute.

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  28. I love all these food ideas. I have always had a problem on how to cook the veggies to make it tasty to eat. My toddler loves tasty things. Do you put seasoning or anything to put some taste on those veggies? Especially broccoli. Thanks

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