These Kid-Friendly Food Prep Recipes are great additions to your weekly meal prep sessions. Having healthy options on hand for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack time can help you eat healthy during busy weeks!
I’ve been meaning to pull this post together for a while now and finally got it done. As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve really been focusing this year on doing at least a little food prep each week, even if I’m tired, or busy, or have fussy kids. I know from experience how helpful it is during the week, especially when it comes to feeding Squish. Having healthy meal components cooked and ready to go is crucial for allowing me to throw together healthy meals QUICKLY to avoid a meltdown.
I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Squish-approved recipes from my site. I’ve made every single one of these recipes multiple times during my Sunday Food Prep sessions so I know that they hold up well even when made ahead of time and can be enjoyed daily throughout the week.
If you’re looking for food prep ideas for your kiddos, these recipes are a great place to start. Like I tell everyone….you don’t have to prep all of your meals and snacks ahead of time, but every little bit does help. Choose the meal or snack time you struggle most with during the week and start there. Prep a couple of breakfast options or healthy snacks and see how much it helps. With practice, it’ll get easier and you can start gradually doing more and more each session.
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So here we go:
- Coconut Oil Banana Muffins
- Most muffin recipes can easily be doubled. Make two batches and freeze some for later. Defrost in the microwave as needed.
- Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bars
- Save the peanut butter drizzle until just before serving.
- Barely Banana Protein Pancakes
- Pretty much any pancake recipe can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge or freezer to be reheated.
- Whole Wheat Yogurt Waffles
- Store these in the freezer, then just pop in the toaster and top with peanut butter or yogurt!
- Egg Wraps
- Serve them plain – Squish likes them cold- or fill them with some turkey, cheese and avocado!
- Berry Farro Breakfast Bowls
- Make the farro ahead of time….in the morning, mix some with yogurt, smash up some berries and mix it all up!
- Oatmeal or Overnight Oats.
- For Squish I often cook 1 cup oats with enough milk to cover them, a chopped apple, some cinnmaon and 2 Tbsp peanut butter in the microwave for about 3 minutes. During the week I portion it out and serve it cold but you could also reheat it if desired.
- French Toast Waffles
- Prep french toast like you normally would, but throw each piece in the waffle maker! Fun to eat and you don’t have to worry about flipping it on the griddle.
- Avocado Chicken Burgers
- Burgers keep well in the fridge. Make a batch and serve them plain or on a bun.
- Thai Chicken Meatballs
- Experiment with adding different flavors to your meatballs. Serve them plain, with dipping sauce or with pasta.
- Stovetop Mac and Cheese with Sausage and Peas
- Mac and cheese is a classic. Add some extra nutrients by adding in some protein and veggies.
- Homemade Whole Wheat Tortillas
- So easy to make and can be used to make sandwich wraps, quesadillas, tacos and more!
- Sweet Potato Tomato Soup
- Make some homemade or use your favorite storebought. During prep, cook some sweet potato, mash it and mix it in to thicken. At lunch time just makes some toast, add smashed avocado and cut into dipping strips
- Pesto Chicken Pizza Rolls
- Just reheat a piece or two in the microwave!
- Pre-cut or slice veggies to easily add to lunch plates.
- Make more than enough for dinners so you can serve the leftovers for lunch!
- Paleo Meatloaf
- Meatloaf pairs well with ketchup, which means Squish loves it. It also tends to taste better after it sits for a day or two, making it perfect for food prep. You could also try meat muffins!
- Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs
- Kids tend to love sweet Asian flavors. Make stuff not too spicy and you can always amp up the spice for adults once you serve it. This Instant Pot Asian Chicken is another good one.
- Freezer Chicken Tenders
- Stock your freezer with a couple batches of these so you can just pull them out and pop them in the oven on a busy night.
- Instant Pot Hummus Chicken
- Basically, any type of shredded meat is a great option because it can be used in a variety of meals. If you don’t have an Instant Pot you could try this in the slow cooker….or just make plain shredded chicken and mix in some hummus before serving. Instant Pots and slow cookers are great for making shredded chicken, beef, pork etc.
- Instant Pot Pasta with Meat Sauce
- This one can easily be made on the stovetop if you don’t have an Instant Pot!
- Tuna Quinoa Cakes
- If your kids don’t like tuna, try this with canned salmon or chicken!
- Easy Banana Oat Bars
- So easy the kids can even help you make them!
- GF Pumpkin Yogurt Bars
- Also great for breakfast!
- Sweet Potato Protein Cookies
- No protein powder required!
- Lemon Energy Balls
- Stock your freezer with a double batch for a quick snack. Here’s a mint chocolate version too.
- Sweet Potato Bites
- Experiment with different mix-ins to find your child’s favorite!
- Chocolate Avocado Pudding
- Kids love pudding and this one doesn’t have any crazy ingredients!
I hope this gives you some inspiration! If you don’t currently food prep, I challenge you to pick one recipe to try this week!
To see what I prep during my food prep sessions each week, check out my weekly posts here. And if you want more food prep advice, check out my ebook: