Nut-Free Preschool Lunch Ideas
Now that the kids are back at school, it’s a good time to find some new lunch items to pack in their lunchboxes. I’ve gotten myself in such a rut, sending them to school with the same old things week after week. It’s difficult because my 8-year-old daughter is picky when it comes to lunch items. She mostly eats a bagel with some fruit every day. My preschool son, however, has a broader appetite and more adventurous palate. For him, I’ve started looking for new nut-free preschool lunch ideas. Here are a few kid-friendly recipes that I’ve found on Pinterest that I’ll be trying out this month.
Preschool Lunchbox Recipes without Nuts
Cheese & Veg Muffins – Savory muffins are a super idea for preschoolers – easy to eat, healthy and can be pre-made and frozen. I like this one because it’s packed with veggies. Plus, Owen and I can have fun making these together.
Pepperoni Pizza Puffs – This is another great savory muffin idea that blends two of my kids’ favorite things – pizza and muffins!
Mini Deep Dish Pizzas – Similar to the above, I like this one for when I don’t have a lot of cooking time. The recipes uses a tortilla as the base, making it a quick alternative to pizza puffs.
Quinoa and Pear Muffins – When I saw the first ingredient, quinoa, I was a little hesitant if this one would be appealing to my preschool son. But the photo and recipe look tasty enough to give it a try.
Egg Breakfast Sandwiches – This is not a new recipe for us but I wanted to share because it’s my son’s favorite lunch food. And the best part is that you can make them ahead in batches, store in the freezer, and thaw for a grab-and-go option.
6 Ways to Serve Hard-Boiled Eggs – Eggs are a great protein source for busy toddlers and preschoolers. Because of their portability, hard-boiled eggs are a natural fit for school lunchboxes.
Apples, Honey & Cheese Quesadilla – I love this spin on the traditional cheese or cheese & avocado quesadillas that I find myself packing often in my preschooler’s lunchbox.
Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese – My son loves macaroni and cheese but this spin on the classic includes butternut squash for additional nutrition.
French Toast on a Stick – French toast is a great preschool lunch and this recipe is a fun way to add fruit. I’d probably steer clear of the banana because they brown too easily but there are many fruit alternatives – raspberries, blueberries, honeydew melon, etc.
DIY Lunchables – Weekend lunches for Owen and I often consist of cheese, salami and crackers. I never thought about a DIY lunchables but it’s a great idea.
Cucumber and Cream Cheese Mini Sandwiches – Here is a great idea for when I’m running late and haven’t prepped lunch yet. I may also try this on pita or flat bread.
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