Saturday, January 19, 2013

more eating, less dishes

so this friend i follow on instagram is always posting photos of muffin tin lunches and snacks for her four kids. now, i'm sure this is not a new concept. but i saw it and wanted to give it a whirl and see what i thought.

and now i've been doing it for a couple of weeks. it's genius. my kids used to get their own plate at lunch everyday (we do not use paper plates, paper towels, paper/plastic cups, or plastic cutlery) so i was doing dishes twice a day pretty much everday.

i also used to feed my kids three square meals a day, no snacks (except for B, because he's two and has a tiny stomach still).

now i do snack, lunch, snack. i usually feed them less than if it were on their plates. sometimes if the day gets away from us and we miss the first snack, i do a larger lunch. and now, i only do dishes once a day, at night after dinner. and i hand wash the tin whenever they finish up, takes a whole minute.

this could also be modified for one, two, or three kids. and i love that. now when greyson gets bigger, we will have to rethink this for sure.

also, to help my kids (and myself) consume more water, i add cucumber slices and mint leaves to their water. they drink more and it's more refreshing. sometimes i like to add sliced strawberries and a few blueberries. it's a great alternative to plain or lemon water.


left: half wheat tortilla with pb, 1/4 granola bar, 1 square hershey bar. carrots, celery. apples with cinnamon.
right: pb + nutella. apples and pears with cinnamon. vanilla o's, blueberries.

left: pb. 1/4 apple, 1/4 banana. cheddar.
right: yogurt cup (i don't get these that often), 1/4 banana. carrots, ranch. 1/2 wheat tortilla with turkey, cheese, mayo.

left: vanilla yogurt, frozen blueberries and mango. 1/2 leftover meatloaf sandwich. carrots, ranch. pickle, mozzarella.
right: carrots, ranch. cheddar, apples and pears with cinnamon, blueberries, 1 square hershey bar. 1/2 ham sandwich.

left: wheat tortilla, turkey, cheese, mayo, 1 hershey bar square. cucumbers, carrots, ranch. apples with pb.
right: milk with cinnamon, 1/2 granola bar. vanilla o's, half strawberry.

left: apples, pears. carrots, celery, pb. pepperoni, mozzarella, crackers. christmas chocolate.
right: 1/4 granola bar, 1/2 strawberry,  1/4 wheat tortilla with pb, flax seed, banana. carrots, celery, ranch. apples and pears with cinnamon. milk with cinnamon.

left: 1/4 pear, 1/2 strawberry. cucumber. 1/2 wheat tortilla with turkey, cheese, mayo. pb, 1 square hershey bar.
right: ham sandwich, 1/2 graham cracker, mozzarella. carrots, ranch. apples and pears with cinnamon.
1/4 carrot, wheat tortilla with turkey, cheese, mayo. apple with cinnamon, popcorn (popped in the skillet). nutella.
they kids love it, too.


  1. Very cool Brooke. It's fun and it makes your life easier. Win-win.

  2. hey brooke, i used to do this! You can see some pics on my blog: click on 'bento', i think they are under there. My daughter loved them.


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