Meal planning for clients with children can be difficult. Kids like what they like and introducing new foods is often challenging. Today we are rounding up 20 kid-friendly meal ideas including breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks. Let’s get to it!
1. Oatmeal with Raspberries
This simple breakfast comes together in just minutes, and it’s just as easy as boxed oatmeal. Plus, it only contains three ingredients, making it very affordable. If mixing foods is an issue for your little one, be sure to suggest the raspberries are served on the side.
2. Chicken & Squash Breakfast Patties
These Chicken & Squash Breakfast Patties are a great finger food option for breakfast. They pack a serving of veggies and 21g of protein, which means they’ll keep your kids fuller for longer.
3. Eggs & Grapefruit Breakfast Box
Our Bento Box snacks and meals are the perfect kid-friendly solution, especially for picky eaters. This is a great way to introduce new foods alongside loved ingredients, and it keeps them all separate so kids can explore and enjoy each compartment separately.
4. Carrot & Banana N’Oatmeal Bake
If you have a kid that needs to go grain-free, this is the perfect solution for breakfast. It delivers all of the same comfort and coziness of baked oatmeal, but without the grains. It’s almost, dare we say, like having carrot cake for breakfast!
5. Super Simple French Toast
French toast doesn’t need to only be for the weekends! This recipe comes together almost as fast as popping toast in the toaster, but it has added protein because of the eggs. You can cut it up into small pieces or "soldiers" depending on the age of your kids, or they can dip it in their favorite seed butter.
1. Veggie Pita Pizza
Pizza for lunch is an absolute possibility when it comes together this quickly. Kids can get involved by picking their favorite toppings and helping make their own!
2. English Muffin Tuna Melt
English muffins provide a great base for you to whip up this quick lunch that is still packed full of protein.
3. Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich
This staple needs no introduction and will never get old! Encourage your kids to try new and different breads or cheeses to swap it up.
4. Sardine Salad with Peppers, Celery & Blueberries
This is a really great way for clients to introduce new foods to your children. Each ingredient has its own space and isn’t touching. And when served alongside their favorites that they know really well, they can become curious about other things on the plate.
5. Hummus & Veggie Quesadillas
This is a fun way to change up ingredients clients might already be familiar with. They can use any tortilla that works best for them and stuff with any veggies that are on hand.
1. BLT Spaghetti
Spaghetti is always a hit with the kids, so change it up with this recipe. It mixes many familiar ingredients with a sneaky dose of veggies!
2. Honey Chili Meatballs
These meatballs are perfect as an appetizer, snack, or served with pasta or spaghetti squash for dinner. Chili powder is very mild and safe for kids, but if you’re worried about spiciness, you can omit the chili powder if needed.
3. Crispy Coconut Chicken Fingers
It’s no secret that kids love chicken fingers! This recipe uses coconut to bread the fingers instead of grains or nuts. It also includes a kid-friendly dip.
4. Mini Eggplant Pizzas
Eggplant as a pizza base is such a great way for you to introduce their kids to a new vegetable. Depending on how old your kids are, they can also cut them up into bite-sized pieces. This is a great finger-friendly dinner.
5. One Pan Sausage, Sweet Potato & Asparagus
One pan meals are such a hit with kids! They come together quickly and they’re an easy way to pack in nutrients. Keep each ingredient separate so that no foods touch.
1. Broccoli Potato Bites
These are exactly like those boxed broccoli and potato bites you can buy your kids, only better! They come together easily, and they can be doubled or tripled and frozen for easy access. These are great for tiny hands right up to preteens and adults alike!
2. Sunflower Seed Butter Stuffed Dates
Kids who love raisins will love dates! These are stuffed with seed butter which makes them a school-friendly snack, but you can always stuff with what’s on hand.
3. Peanut Butter Banana Muffin Brownie Bites
This recipe is the best of both worlds between a muffin and a brownie. They can also be made nut-free by swapping peanut butter for seed butter and almond milk for any milk of choice. You’ll want to add this to your meal plan weekly, trust us.
4. Chocolate Pumpkin Energy Bars
These are such a great replacement for a daily granola bar that you keep on hand. These energy bars can be stored in the freezer, so many batches can be made for easy access later on.
5. Sunflower Seed Butter Banana Sushi
This recipe is nut-free and it’s such a fun way for you to change up the standard banana-as-a-snack for your kids.