The whole reason for muffin tin meals (to me, anyway) is pretty much the same reason why you use cookie cutters to make fun shapes in your child's sandwich or pancakes, or why you make "ants on a log" instead of just plopping some celery and raisins on their plate next to a spoonful of peanut butter. It's just going that little extra mile to do something fun and special for your child... and, of course, the hope is that they might also eat something they wouldn't have eaten otherwise. :)
Lunch today consisted of (top, clockwise):
- carrot and red pepper sticks
- ranch dressing for dipping
- chicken noodle soup (of the Dora variety :)
- banana bread
The veggies were the only thing left on her plate. *sigh* BUT, she did eat a few of them! This mom-of-a-picky-eater counts that as a success. :)
I stumbled across these adorable silicone muffin cups in the Target dollar section this weekend. If you're wanting to participate in Muffin Tin Monday, but are like me in that you only have one, fairly cruddy looking muffin tin, check your local Target! They had packs of six for $1, so I grabbed one. I really wanted the butterfly-shaped ones (they were oh-so-cute!), but the only remaining package had been opened, and the contents strewn about in the bin. I could have pieced them all back together, but a couple cups had little tears in them... so we went for just the plain round cups. Coincidentally, my girl LOVED the round muffin cups and kept telling me they were circles. A fun meal and a shapes lesson all in one!