Hello supermoms! Struggling to find easy lunch ideas for your little ones? The ones that taste yummy and are just as healthy? Most importantly, those that don’t make you late for work? We get you! It can be tough to juggle mom duties and your career. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our favorite easy and healthy lunch recipes to help you out!
Most of these recipes include ingredients that you already have in the pantry. So, no late-night grocery runs are required. Also, you can make some of these ahead of time and heat or bake in the morning. Trust us; it’ll save you a great deal of hassle.
Ready to up your lunch game? Let’s get started.
Turkey is one of the healthiest meats out there. It has high-quality protein and is rich in iron. It tastes richer than chicken, with nearly half as many calories. That’s a win!
To fix a quick and delicious turkey sandwich, you only need the following:
- Turkey slices
- Provolone cheese
Start by spreading a layer of mayo on a slice of fresh bread. Next, add turkey slices, cheese, and vegetables, and sprinkle the seasonings (salt and pepper). Top it all with the second slice of bread, and done!
You can also tweak this simple turkey sandwich recipe to your child’s liking.
Instant Pot Chicken Spaghetti
Pasta is to kids what peanut butter is to jelly. They LOVE it! So, add this dish to your go-to lunch ideas, and you’ll win the mom of the year award.
Here’s what you have to do:
- Marinate chicken cubes in salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and red chili flakes.
- Sauté chopped onion and green pepper in olive oil in an instant pot.
- Add in garlic and sauté till fragrant.
- Next, add tomato sauce and water. Stir and adjust salt as per taste.
- Add your seasoned chicken cubes and spaghetti and cover the instant pot for eight minutes.
- Engage the pressure release button, remove the lid, and stir.
- Cover the pot with the lid again and let your yummy food sit for five more minutes.
This instant pot chicken spaghetti recipe takes less than thirty minutes. It also has all the nutrition you’d want your kid to have for lunch. There’s protein from chicken, a good dose of fiber, and vitamins from the veggies. And, of course, carbs for energy!
Lemon Chickpea and Rice Casserole
Do you have rice lovers in the house? No problem! Here’s a dump-and-bake recipe that’ll satisfy everyone’s tastebuds. Even though there’s no meat involved, the dish has plenty of plant-based protein and other essential nutrients. You’ll need instant rice for this dish.
The recipe is pretty straightforward. You only have to:
- Sauté onion, celery, and garlic in a pan.
- Add coconut milk, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and low-sodium vegetable stock to the pan.
- Layer a casserole dish with instant rice, chickpeas, and vegetables like broccoli, carrots, and bell peppers.
- Pour the liquid and bake for thirty minutes.
The best part about this one is that you can assemble it at night and bake it in the morning.
If you’re using raw rice, double the stock and increase the cooking time.
Lemon Pepper Salmon
Fish is chock full of Omega 3’s that are vital for a child’s cognitive function. It’s also a great source of calcium and phosphorous. Expert dieticians recommend eating fish at least twice a week. So, try this recipe if you’re looking for a hands-off dish that’ll keep your little baby’s tummy full and brain sharp.
You only need three ingredients for it, which, of course, is a plus.
- Put your fresh salmon in a pan, skin-side down.
- Squeeze fresh lemon juice on it.
- Sprinkle lemon pepper and rub it evenly.
- Bake for 20 short minutes at 400°F.
For better taste, marinate your salmon at night, cover it with plastic wrap, and keep it in the fridge. Bring it to room temperature in the morning before baking it crispy.
There’s absolutely no way we were keeping this classic off the list. Quesadillas are easy to assemble, easy to heat, and super tasty. Plus, you can customize them however you like.
An ideal quesadilla will have shredded chicken, cheese, avocado, tomatoes, spinach, and sour cream. If your kids are a fan of black beans, they’ll make a great addition, too.
Preparing a quesadilla is a breeze.
- Fill your tortilla with your ingredients.
- Drizzle the sauce of your choice.
- Brown it on both sides in a pan till the cheese melts.
Make Life Easy One Meal at a Time
Feeding your tribe doesn’t have to mess with your work life. You can make lunchtime fun for the entire family with the right recipes. Just use the ingredients that your kids already love and make something tasty out of them.
If your little ones are starting to help in the kitchen, include them in prep work. There’s no better time to teach than now.
We hope you enjoyed our five healthy and tasty lunch recipes. Do give them a try.