Kids are completely unpredictable when it comes to eating. Some days they’ll eat everything you put in front of them, other times they won’t eat a thing. They may like chicken nuggets today, but not tomorrow.
Feeding kids meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that are nutritious and still something your picky eater will eat is no easy task. Mealtime can be stressful for you when you have a hangry kid that doesn’t like anything! From fun, easy recipe meals like mac and cheese to a twist on dessert favorites, these meals will put a smile on even the pickiest eater’s face.
Breakfast Recipes to Get Your Picky Eater’s Day Started
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for our kids. It gives their bodies the fuel they need for daycare, school, or playtime. Feeding kids who are grumpy and moody in the morning is a challenge, but here are a few easy recipes to give you and your picky eater an excellent start to the day.
Kickstart breakfast in a fun way with pizza! This recipe is packed with protein and veggies (if you can sneak them in). If you have time in the mornings, your picky eater will love making their own pizza. Bonus: this easy recipe can also be used to switch up dinner as well!
For a fun twist on a dessert favorite, banana split oatmeal is a warm and fiber-packed breakfast that has a little extra flavor for your picky eater. Add some strawberries for some sweetness, and you will have yourself a winner.
We love to feed kids this easy recipe because it is only four ingredients and can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for a quick breakfast. This recipe can be modified with another protein or veggie for your picky eater.
Easy Recipes to Feed Your Kids for Lunch
Whether you’re home with your kids or sending a packed lunch with your kids to daycare or school, you want to know they’re eating a meal that is good for them. We’re sharing some of our favorite easy recipes that will make them want to eat their lunch.
Quesadillas are an easy recipe staple that is healthy and simple to prepare. This one can be made in about ten minutes. You can also add a protein like chicken or steak and baby spinach or corn to sneak veggies in for your kiddo.
We can all agree macaroni and cheese is a favorite meal for most kids. While feeding kids from a box is easy, this recipe is nutritious and put together with simple ingredients. Use this as the main meal or as a side with protein and veggies. We also recommend mixing the protein and veggies into the mac if you can get your picky eater to entertain the idea.
Chicken nuggets are another kid favorite! Making your chicken nuggets may seem like another thing on your to-do list you do not have time for, but this easy recipe can be made ahead of time and without a deep fryer.
Dinner Recipes for Picky Eaters
Feeding kids at dinner time is a hard one, especially if those kids are picky eaters. Unless you want to be a short-order cook, coming up with kid-friendly meals that adults will enjoy as well is no small feat. These easy recipes are fun and perfect for family dinner.
A cupcake for dinner? Yes, please! This take on a classic comfort food is sure to be a hit and get even your pickiest eater to eat. They are easy to prep and perfectly portioned for feeding kids at dinner time. Sub bacon or ham if prosciutto isn’t your thing!
Give Taco Tuesday a new look and skip the traditional tacos. With this family-friendly, easy recipe, feeding your kids will be a breeze. Picky eaters will be able to customize their toppings and feel in control of their dinners.
A one-skillet meal that not only feeds kids but adults too is just what you’ll need for an easy night of cooking. The ingredients are pantry staples, and this meal will come together deliciously. Everyone will be asking for seconds.
Feeding Kids Healthy and Easy Snacks
It’s no secret that kids love to snack all day long. We have some simple snack ideas that will satisfy even your pickiest eaters and prevent them from raiding the pantry for prepackaged snacks. These easy recipes can be made together with your kids or ahead of time to feed them with a grab-and-go option. Either way, everyone will be happy.
Sweet, no-bake, protein-packed granola bites are perfect for a quick afternoon snack. These can be made ahead of time and are a healthy bite for feeding kids and adults who have a bit of a sweet tooth. They will feel like they are snacking on a dessert, but you’ll know there is nutrition packed in.
Fruit roll-ups are a classic snack and a treat all kids love. They’re great for a snack to pack in a lunchbox. Picky eaters will not miss the prepackaged ones after they eat these homemade delights!
Say yes to snacking on chocolate with these muffins. This is an easy recipe to feed kids after school or for an after-dinner dessert. Your picky eater will eat this one up!
Most parents want their kids to try new foods and eat well, but they don’t always know where to begin, especially with picky eaters. Feeding kids healthy and nutritious foods throughout the day will help them develop proper eating habits at a young age. At Breakie Bunch, we care about your children and what they eat even when they are at home with you. Give these recipes a try and see if they make a difference with your picky eaters!