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What’s for Dinner? Ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner

“What’s for dinner?”  My mom would sometimes get so frustrated when we asked this question. Figuring out what to make for dinner every single day is hard.

So here is a list of things I feed my kids- mostly the toddler because the baby is just starting solids. Some of these meals are extremely successful (I have marked them with an asterisk *) while others are not. My rule is that I don’t give a different option unless I make something that is truly ‘out there’ but the option is always something healthier than the original.

I will continue to update this list, so if you bookmark this page and come back to it, you’ll find new ideas.


  • Oatmeal with bananas, toasted cashews and pumpkin seeds sweetened with maple syrup *
  • Toasted bread with olive oil and peach jam *
  • Peanut butter and jelly on toast *
  • Pancakes with almond butter and maple syrup *
  • Homemade (from a mix) waffles with berries
  • Egg and sausage on sprouted corn tortilla *
  • Banana, peanut butter and rice milk smoothie *


  • Mashed avocado, olive oil and salt on bread *
  • Tuna salad, with shredded carrots and onion, sandwich *
  • Veggie burger (I like Hilary’s Eat Well) with melted cheese on top *
  • Lentil soup, with carrots and onions *
  • Quesadillas (corn tortillas and cheese) with black beans, avocado slices and salsa *
  • Hummus with chips and veggie sticks (This is the meal I wish we could have, my son can’t have chickpeas, and I so miss hummus!)
  • Grilled cheese, pretzels, apple sauce *
  • Almond butter and honey on toast *


  • Brown rice with sole filets with garlic and kale. ( I buy frozen sole filets and cook them with the garlic and kale in a pressure cooker. I make the rice by itself with bay leaves for flavor)
  • Shredded rotisserie chicken with oven fries and steamed broccoli *
  • Pasta with broccoli and cheese *
  • Cheesy polenta with sautéed spinach and grilled chicken *
  • Pasta with Swiss chard pesto (swiss chard, toasted cashews, olive oil and salt, blended) *
  • Rice with chicken and peas, garlic and saffron
  • Black bean soup ( you can add shredded cheese, salsa, sour cream etc) *
  • Homemade pizza! *
  • Breakfast for dinner
  • Turkey chili
  • Chicken tacos *
  • Butternut squash, coconut and curry soup *
  • Dirty rice
  • Roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and green beans *
  • Turkey burgers, oven fries, arugula salad * (minus the salad)
  • Zucchini lasagna (just sub the pasta for zucchini slices and make the sauce a bit thicker)
  • Fried rice (left over rice, fresh or frozen onions, peas, carrots, bok choy, scrambled eggs and soy sauce)
  • Mexican pizza (instead of tomato sauce use refried beans, top with peppers, onions and cheese and bake. Add salsa, lettuce and sour cream once out of the oven) *
  • Mexican lasagna (swap pasta noodles for corn tortillas, make sauce with fresh tomatoes, beans and ground turkey, use jack cheese) *
Little hands like this Swiss chard pesto!

Little hands like this Swiss chard pesto!

Do you have any more ideas? I’ll add them to this list!

– Olivia

2 Responses to “What’s for Dinner? Ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner”

  1. Kari

    You should try making hummus using different beans instead of chickpeas. Might help with your hummus cravings! 🙂


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