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.

3 comments:

kimberlee 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
salt
pepper
parlsey
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...