I am an avid foodie and coffee drinker, I am also the writer behind the blog The Primitive Plate. I believe in keeping everything simple from the kitchen to exercise. Nothing fancy, just wholesome food with wholesome ingredients for the whole family.

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Muffin Tin Meals

Having two young kids can be a struggle in the kitchen. My oldest is 4 years old and up until the age of 3 was a great eater. I’m not sure when the “veggies are yucky” phase comes in but it can make for a very frustrating meal experience. I miss the days of being able to put anything in front of her and I wouldn’t hear a single complaint.

Meal planning has become more creative over time and I must admit I like getting creative with food and especially vegetables. I recently stumbled across a website that demonstrates a Japanese style bento box meal but using muffin tins instead. Muffin Tin Mom was created to help parents get creative with kids and their meals. This was such a huge success with my daughter, she was so excited to eat a variety of foods she didn’t care WHAT she was eating. I even was able to sneak in Spinach!

My daughter loves playing with small things and I wanted to incorporate the food into small shapes to keep it exciting to eat.  I started with a small square cookie cutter and cut Cheese, Bread, and Turkey into small square shapes. This turned out to be a perfect finger food size for her.

I only had a silicone 6 Muffin “Tin” but it made for a nice boast of color : )

Next, I added the assorted goodies. Turkey, Cheese, Bread, Spinach/Pickles, Mandarin Oranges, and a piece of Dark Chocolate for after lunch.

It’s amazing how something so simple can be such a help, this has also helped me with keeping my portions in check. I’m a snacker and the little cups have helped keep my potato chip snacking to a minimal. Food can be a fun outlet for kids, get them involved in the kitchen and they might surprise you. My daughter has been thinking of new foods to add to each cup, she has even asked for certain vegetables! Here’s to conquering the meal time battles!

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  1. Carina Wytiaz 01/31/2011 at 6:57 pm

    I love this idea!