I first learned about Muffin Tin Meals at the site, Muffin Tin Mom way back in august 2010. I thought it was so cute, so fun, and such an easy way to use up small bits of food lingering in the fridge without looking like a random meal to the kiddos.
What exactly is a Muffin Tin Meal? This is directly from the Muffin Mom, Michelle, herself:
Simply stated, it's a meal served in a muffin tin. Over the last two years, moms have become creative with their offerings (myself included). However, I want to be sure you know that there is no right or wrong way to make a muffin tin meal. As long as a meal, snack or dessert is served in a muffin tin (patty pan, muffin pan, cupcake tin, etc.), silicone muffin cups, paper muffin cups it is considered a muffin tin meal.
ok – so how fun does this sound? Let me show you a couple of my favorite pics I’ve been inspired by:
so cute! hello, kitty – of course!
(I cannot find the link to this one)
and I really loved the REASONS the Muffin Tin Mom gives for serving meals this way:
- breaks up the normal lunch time routine
- great for picky toddlers and preschoolers
- muffin cups provide smaller kid-sized portions
- a way to introduce new foods in smaller sizes and in an interesting way
- a way for me to express culinary creativity
so, allow me share my one (and only) try at Muffin Tin Meals (remember, I tend to get really excited about something, purchase large quantities of “needed” supplies, and the quickly burn out).
as you can see, I didn’t even own a 6 cup muffin tin, so the kids got “round meals” (not square meals, har har).
ok, so a little goofy looking – which is what prompted me to invest in cute muffin cups, fun food picks and plastic chopsticks. . . which haven’t ever been used at all. (frown)
but, never fear! this introduction to cute meals quickly spawned a new fascination: bento! I’ll introduce you to my bento mini-obsession in my next post.