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What do you and your toddler eat at lunchtime?

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jafina Sun 21-Sep-08 20:17:05

I have two older dc's so at suppertime my dd who is 1yo is happy to sit and eat with them. But they are at school during the day so it is just her and me and I am struggling to find things that we both like to eat. She doesn't really eat well on her own so I can't really just wait until her naptime to eat lunch myself (which I did when she was younger).

So what do you eat with your toddler-age child? Neither of us is particularly keen on sandwiches btw......and I get so bored of having pasta every day.........hmmmmm

IAteDavinaForDinner Sun 21-Sep-08 20:18:32

Homemade lentil/tattie soup, quesadillas, baked tatties, toasties, and lots of leftover dinners

JacobsPrincess Sun 21-Sep-08 20:19:08

beans on toast, scrambled egg on toast, poached egg on toast, boiled egg with toast, tuna & mayo on toast, see the recurring theme here?!!?

giddykipper Sun 21-Sep-08 20:19:24

Cheese on toast
French toast
Scrambled egg
Egg fried rice with ham and peas in

trixymalixy Sun 21-Sep-08 20:20:09

baked potatoes

phdlife Sun 21-Sep-08 20:21:47

pasta with veg, tofu and pesto
pasta with baked beans and a load of other veg tossed in
tuna/salmon pasta or tuna/salmon hash
noodles with tofu
leftovers from dinners

I'm kinda bored with pasta too but he's not much of a fan of potatoes either (except as hash)

callmemitey Sun 21-Sep-08 20:22:12

Homemade soup - pumpkin should be very cheap to make around now.

We also have a picnic everynow and then. Homemade sausage rolls, ham, cheese, celery and carrot battons. With hummous of course grin

Baked potato is good as well - just do one and cut a little off for DD. Cheese and no added salt beans.

Cous cous.

Tuna Salad.

Pitta pockets.

MegBusset Sun 21-Sep-08 20:22:51

Bread, cheese, fruit -- he just likes to pick at finger food at lunchtime.

IAteDavinaForDinner Sun 21-Sep-08 20:24:26

Ah yes Meg (hello btw!) - we have this quite frequently. Sticks of cheddar, oatcakes and grapes/tangerine/pear/kiwi etc. That too is "lunch" in my (and his) book

tassisssss Sun 21-Sep-08 20:28:34

My toddler and 1 tend to eat sandwiches (bread includes wraps, bagels and pitta) and/or soup about 5 days out of 7.

We also like french bread, beans on toast, sausage rolls (so shoot me!!), pasta, baked potatoes and pizza (though the latter 3 are more likely to be main meals in this house!).

noonki Sun 21-Sep-08 20:34:55

Oh I hate doing lunch my two (16 months/3 years have
eggs (scrambled/boiled/eggy bread) with soliders
salad with tinned fish
beans on toast
baked tatties
couscous and pesto
muffin pizzas (tomato paste, cheese, tinned fish, peas on a muffin - grilled, yummy)
soup (mainly tomato)
and a lot of leftovers from tea

CantSleepWontSleep Sun 21-Sep-08 20:44:15

Dd won't eat bread/toast, so we have to find alternatives too.

We tend to have a lot of peas and sweetcorn with either a piece of fish (she likes lemon sole) or a chicken kiev or some sausages.

Sometimes we'll have cous cous or rice with some veg and maybe a minted lamb kebab.

Or we'll have pasta, or a plate of bits like cucumber and beetroot and carrot sticks and hummous, which I normally offer some bread with, and leave it up to her whether to eat or not.

Or leftovers.

nannyL Sun 21-Sep-08 20:45:39

we have lots of sandwiches / rolls / pitta
beans on toast
scrambled egg
jacket potatoes
pasta and sauce

we normally have a selection of cucumber / carrots / tomatoes / pepper / raisens / babybel etc to nibble

always a piece of fruit then a yogurt for pudding...

child has a kids full fat yogurt and me a fat free 'grown up' yogurt smile

jafina Tue 23-Sep-08 14:09:27

thank you all, there are some great ideas here. Might try an omelette tomorrow (or my version aka scrambled eggs ).

jacobsprincess - I am going way out on a limb here and guessing that your lunchtime theme is........toast ??? grin

Today i had a baked spud but she wasn't very keen so I gave her some sliced chicken (lunchbox stuff) and some pitta and hummus which went down ok. She is hopeless with veggies so guess I will need to go down the "hide the veggies in pasta sauce" road.

Must also try to not be so greedy the night before and actually try to save leftovers for dd........hmmm....might even lose a few pounds - cool!

Have to say that the idea of soup fills me with horror.......fling fling fling......Jackson pollock on the walls.....aaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!!

norksinmywaistband Tue 23-Sep-08 14:20:13

Soup is a sucess here and always served warm not hot with a strawgrin

jafina Tue 23-Sep-08 14:38:30

oooooooooooh....I like the straw idea, dd loves straws!!

halogen Tue 23-Sep-08 14:54:34

Hoummous, taramasalata or similar with carrot sticks, red pepper, cucumber etc goes down well with my veggie-hating 2 year old, jafina.

One thing I sometimes do if she's not v interested in lunch is make a big plate of filled pitta bread or whatever for me and then sit down to eat it. You can guarantee she'll be desperate to have some if she thinks it's mine!

MorocconOil Tue 23-Sep-08 14:57:44

Mushrooms on toast is a hit in our house.

Sputnik Tue 23-Sep-08 15:34:39

How about pancakes with various fillings, savoury and sweet. That's what I had today with mine, 1.3 and 4. Trouble is they ate most of them.

jafina Tue 23-Sep-08 20:05:41

pancakes sound good....they can't be TOO hard to make can they??? blush

callmeovercautious Tue 23-Sep-08 23:25:28

DD watched a Peppa pig cartoon today where they had tomato soup in bowls and then drank the soup. Co-incidentally we had veg soup and she was drinking it an oinking in between - I was wetting myself laughing grin Soup usually takes ages with a spoon.

If you want to see the cartoon it was the camping one I think. They heated it on a campfire.

milkybarsrus Wed 24-Sep-08 13:28:24

my little one loves wraps with cheese, ham, cherry tomatos and grated carrot. He hates carrots he says but will happily have them grated raw into a wrap!

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