I first saw the tip of using a muffin tin to serve meals to your kids a while ago, and though it's not a regular habit, It's a really unique way to put some variety on the table in a way that might attract your children's attention. It's also much easier to focus on solid proteins accompanied by lots of fruits and vegetables using the little compartments in the muffin tin, because our typical lunch plate easily gets filled by a sandwich and chips or crackers.
A friend recently posted a link on Facebook for Muffin Tin Mom that reminded me of this fun way to serve lunch. Since we've been enjoying a lot of meals and snacks out on the patio by the pool, I decided that was a perfect setting to present Kyle with a nutritious lunch.
As I was putting it together, a color scheme unintentionally developed. The tin was orange (I love this silicon one with slightly deeper cups), and a few items I had already selected including the cantaloupe that Kyle requested at the grocery store last week were orange or white. So instead of adding grape tomatoes or red grapes, I stuck with the color scheme.
My Orange and White Muffin Tin Lunch, for Kyle, age 7:
- Pre-cooked cut chicken strips -- I had bought some of these for a party, and Kyle loves them.
- Carrots -- I love these crinkle-cut bagged ones that I found on a recent shopping trip.
- Cauliflower and orange bell peppers
- Dip -- We absolutely adore the Hidden Valley Ranch Farmhouse Originals Hickory Bacon or the original Hidden Valley Ranch Light Dressing (I had stopped buying light or fat free dressings because they tasted fake and gross, but this light tastes as good as the original!).
- And as a fun treat, an orange bottled drink as well.
Disclosure: I am a paid spokesperson and a proud member of the Hidden Valley Ranch Love Your Veggies Mom Panel, but as always my opinions are my own.