11 Best Kids Lunch Box Recipes | Easy Lunchbox Recipes | Kids Tiffin Recipes

Kids lunchbox recipes: It's tough to please children, especially when it comes to food. But fret no! Here we have our best 11 lunch box recipes that will keep both the mother and child happy.

NDTV Food  |  Updated: November 14, 2019 14:07 IST

11 Best Kids Lunch Box Recipes | Easy Lunchbox Recipes | Kids Tiffin Recipes

Lunchbox recipes for kids.

  • It is important to respect your child's likes and preferences.
  • Your child's lunch box should pack at least three food groups
  • You just need to make boring health foods look delicious and inviting

Kids Lunch box Recipes- It's tough to please children, especially when it comes to food. Their taste buds are much more enhanced and it is not easy to fool them into liking what they don't. At the same time, you need to make sure that they're getting adequate nutrition for steady growth and development. Therefore, packing the perfect lunch box for your child is probably one of the most challenging tasks. It's easy to run out of ideas when it comes to your kid's lunch box. Moreover, packing and finding the same stuff day after day can become boring for parents and kids.

Hillary Wright, a Boston-based nutritionist at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and a mother of three boys advises that your child's lunch box should pack at least three food groups. Since the lunch box mostly comprises of starchy foods make sure you give some fruits or salad as a side for their daily dose of fibre.

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It is also important to respect your child's likes and preferences. Know your child's eating habits and he will be less likely to get a packed  lunch box back home. It's nice to involve them every once in a while to choose and prepare their own meals so that they can develop their palates and a deeper interest in food. And while you're at it, you can teach them a thing or two about whole grains, proteins, nutrients that are essential and making healthy choices.

According to Nutrition and Wellness Consultant Dr. Sheela Krishnaswamy, "When it comes to dry lunch, mothers can pack vegetable parathas rich in vitamins and minerals, egg parathaor paneer paratha rich in carbohydrate and protein. You can also make a egg orpaneer pizza with a base made of millets. You just need to make boring health foods look delicious and inviting for the child  and work on the presentation for them to like their meals." 


In most cases, breakfast is usually a hurried affair and often lost in the hustle bustle of the morning madness. To make sure your kids actually eat well it is important to put in that extra thought while packing lunch for your little eaters who need energy through the day. If you feel you're stuck in the rut, let us help you take the stress out of packing. Make your kids smile when they open their lunch box to find new, interesting variations that keep their appetite healthy.

Now skip the old, boring sandwiches and surprise them with these delicious and healthy lunch box ideas | Easy Kids Tiffin Ideas:

1. Oats Idli

Pack these delicious and healthy idlis that hide the goodness of oats, lentils and veggies. Oats being rich in minerals, vitamins and proteins gives this dish a high nutritive value without compromising on the delicious taste. Your kids will never know the nutrition they've loaded on!

oatsThis Low Calorie Oats Idli recipe is ideal for a good breakfast or brunch at home.

2. Moong Dal Chila

This moong dal chila is a great way to sneak good quality proteins in your child's meals. Loaded with lentils, tis dish is packed with healthy nutrients. Top it with mushrooms, paneer or tofu to make it more exciting. 

chilaCrispy, healthy and amazingly delicious chila for breakfast, brunch or tiffin!

3. Upma

A South Indian breakfast staple, upma is a great way to keep your little ones full and satisfied till they get back home. Packed with the goodness of semolina, lentils, coconut and loaded with spices, this recipe of Upma is a delight to savour.

upmaPerfect for breakfast or tiffin, kids would love to indulge in the spicy and healthy upma.

4. Bread Poha

Chunks of bread mingled with fresh green peas, peanuts and light masalas, makes for a wholesome bite. Bread poha is an easy and quick recipe to whip up for morning breakfast or pack for tiffin.

uq7vndr8Bread chunks tossed with spices and veggies makes for an amazing dish of bread poha.
Burgers need not be unhealthy. Make delicious patties with lentils and mushrooms placed between whole wheat buns. Kids would simple love to have burgers on any given day or time over just anything, why not make these healthy burgers at home, packed with all things healthy yet tasty?
burgerA delicious burger recipe with lentils and mushrooms is what you can easily make for breakfast and tififn.

6. Paneer and Salsa Tortillas

Protein packed and delicious, paneer chunks wrapped in crispy, toasted corn tortillas and lathered with a tangy homemade salsa. These wraps are packed with all things healthy, a unique and flavourful recipe to prepare for an evening snack.

paneerServed with a spicy, tangy salsa dip, these tortilla wraps are going to be sure shot hit with the little ones.

7. Quick Noodles

Noodles are the most popular dish among the kids and they can eat these in any given form. So toss up some quick noodles with mushrooms, lime juice, crunchy peanuts and some coriander. Light and lovely, these noodles have everything from fresh veggies to tangy, spicy sauces. 

noodlesComplete with veggies and tangy sauces, these noodles are a perfect combination of health and taste!

8. Egg Fried Rice

For busy mornings when you're pressed for time, make this quick egg fried rice ready in only 25 minutes. A delicious Chinese recipe with stir fried eggs squashed together with garlic, onion, rice and various spicy sauces and finally served with scrambled egg on top. This amazingly easy egg recipe is a great idea to satisfy those hunger pangs.

riceEgg fried rice recipe is a wholesome an nutritious dish to quickly prepare on a busy morning.

9. Pasta Salad with Broccoli and Baby Corn

This incredibly easy pasta salad recipe will get your kids hooked. Pasta and veggies come together to whip up this pasta salad which is bright, full of colours and flavour. Dress it up with some herbs and a dollop of fresh cream to relish along with your kids because no body can resist this one!

pasta saladDo salads have to be boring every time? This recipe of pasta salad is here to debate!

10. Multigrain Pizza

Pizza goes healthy! Make the base from scratch with whole wheat flour, oats, maize flour and nutrient-dense seeds. Top it up with some mushrooms or whatever your kids like. Now you wouldn't have to stop your kids from relishing a plate full of pizza, make this multigrain pizza at home and let them indulge in it guilt-free!

pizzaA fool-proof way to load up on healthy nutrients in a delicious multigrain pizza.

11. Club Sandwich

A perfect sandwich recipe with both vegetarian and non vegetarian ways to prepare. Sandwiches are great for breakfast, brunch, tiffin or an evening snacking option. This one here is packed with healthy veggies and herbs like lettuce and zucchini, laced with cheese and sauces. Perfectly balanced combo of health and taste!

You can never go wrong with the good old sandwiches and can experiment with the filling inside.
With so many meal options for your kids tiffin, you no more have to worry about the deadly combination of healthy and tasty! Just put on that apron and serve them a surprise everyday.

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