Monday, March 9, 2009

A (Weird) Tip for Tuesday

Okay, so this is a bit of a weird tip. And it's only good for little kids.

When I'm desperate to get a meal on the table for my boys, I serve them a mini healthy smorgasbord in ice cube trays. (Yep, really, ice cube trays.) The boys love the novelty of it. They get little bites and lots of choices. I fill 99% of the compartments with healthy stuff that I have on hand in the fridge.

Here are some serving suggestions:

cut string cheese / broccoli / carrotts / crackers / edamame / red pepper strips / chicken nugget w/sauce / croutons / corn / peas / nuts / hummus / pasta / olives / hard boiled egg pieces / black beans

Though I haven't tried it yet, it would also be fun to do for breakfast using a couple different dry cereals, fruit and different flavors of yogurt.

(I picked up a pack of three bright orange ice cube trays at the $1 store. It's nice not having to worry about emptying out the ones in the freezer when I want to throw this meal together.)


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  1. I love that idea! I've seen people use muffin tins but never ice cube trays. They're just the right size for lots of tiny portions and lots of choices! This WOULD be great for breakfast foods, like dry cereal. Maybe I'll give that a try tomorrow morning, or maybe even lunch foods for lunch today.

    My middle son would LOVE those ORANGE trays, I'm going to have to go find some like that!

  2. great idea...then they have so much to choose from. I may just have to try this with my little one.

  3. I think this tip is weird at all! I haven't tried it with my girls yet. Thanks for the reminder! :)

  4. You know, I actually think my kids would LOVE this!

    Happy Tuesday!

  5. Oh my gosh...that is the most original thing I've ever heard!! My kids would probably get a kick out of that!!

  6. Forget the kids, I'm going to try it myself!!

  7. What an absolutely fun idea!

  8. That is a great tip!

    BTW I just read a few entries on your blog and I just wanted to tell you that I love your blog! I can't wait to see how the story of you and your hubby turn out!

  9. Very cute! I may have to fill one up with carrots and broccoli for me.

    FYI, I started training for The Amazing Race today! I joined Curves! Hey, its a start. If they have circuit training in Moscow, I'm our girl!

  10. I have seen this idea - and every time intend to do it...and don't! Mealtime is a struggle at the moment so your tip is timely for me....thanks!

  11. Oh, I love the color of those ice trays. Dollar store, here I come!

  12. This is so not weird, this is fabulous! I just love the idea. I'm totally gonna use this for my little one.

    Oh, uh, what is edamame? Sorry, I've never heard of it.

  13. This is so neat and so cute!

    You're a smarty!

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