Thursday, December 6, 2007

Mini Foods

Being the mother of a three year old who apparently gets most of caloric needs from the sun I find dinner time is often a battle of wills. While I want my son to eat the delicious and nutritious meal I prepared he is more interested in trying to get down and playing with his napkin. One thing I've found that helps is mini foods. First off I try to only give him small servings of what we are eating but if it can be a mini he is even more interested. Take for instance mini hamburgers. I make little guys that fit nicely on rolls (they are about a third to a fourth of the size of a normal hamburger). They are still delicious and he is much more likely to finish one. They also cook much faster. He also is a fan of mini pancakes and mini pizzas. Also you can make little mini individual meatloaf in cupcake holders. If you have any other fun minis let me know.


Anonymous said...

What a great idea! I'm going to have to try this one. My girls are starting to become disinterested in food, much to my chagrin. I wonder if this would spark their interest. Plus, everything is much cuter mini. Except of course the skirts. Not cute.

Krystal said...

I make mini quiche's in a min-muffin pan--one batch makes about 40

8 eggs
1/2 cup milk
4 oz thinly sliced ham-chopped
1/3 cup mozzarella cheese

preheat oven to 375, mix together all the ingredients, grease the muffin pan, pour into the pan a little bit from the top--they puff up while they're cooking. Cook for about 15 minutes. use a small thin spatula to get out of pan

tips I've learned from making this:
-grease pan well, these tend to stick
-extra cheese is always a good thing
-a tablespoon is just about the right size to fill the cup

good luck!

Nancy said...

The only thing I could think of was mini pigs in a blanket...