Sunday, October 21, 2012

Muffin Tin Meals

Muffin tin meals are very cool! I've made 2 so far and my kids love them. I use the free printable planner page from Second Story Window. I love how this planner has all the food groups listed at the top. You check them off to make sure you've included something from each group in your meal.

I've got a bento/ muffin tin meal Pinterest board going as well. Whenever I come across meal ideas I pin them of course.

So far, I'm keeping it simple. I chose 6 cup muffin tins and some silicone liners. You can use all sorts of food picks and bento supplies to make your meals fancier or with a theme. There's also a great printable list with lunchbox ideas from Meet The Dubiens. But bento and muffin tin meals don't have to be just for lunch. My kids don't eat lunch at home during the week, so muffin tin dinners it is!

Here are the muffin tin meals I've made so far.

Pork ribs (that I removed from the bone to save myself a mess later), steamed broccoli, strawberries, frozen peas & corn (they love this), drinkable yogurt, goldfish.

Cheese, yogurt, rice cakes, turkey, crab apple, brussles sprouts. My kids like vegetables!
 
So you can see we've got our protein, dairy, carbs, fruits and vegetables. And they can be a combination of warm and cold foods. But keep the cheese away from the sprouts unless you want it to warm up.
 
There's a blank space on the planning page. Probably for dessert. Well, I don't know about your kids, but I'm sure dessert would be the first thing my kids pick off the plate so... better to leave dessert off the menu until they're a little older and understand that dessert comes last.
 



Get the planning sheets.



Get the list.




Follow my bento/ muffin tin meal board on Pinterest.

2 comments:

  1. This is a great idea, but I must say, I'll probably be trying the cookies down below. They sound DELISH! Cute blog (found it from top mommy blogs directory) and had to say hi. Feel free to stop by sometime!
    www.sarahandderek.blogspot.com

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  2. I love this idea Jennifer. But, of course I would - you have such a brilliant name! I've given you a google+ for this. Good job! http://vegetariancoeliac.blogspot.co.uk/p/recipes.html

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