Recently I was asked to participate in Kids cook Mondays. It is a program to help get kids involved in cooking and therefore promote healthy eating habits.
I have also recently found a blog Muffin Tin Monday. This is a simple concept. Serve one meal in muffin tins, bento box, small container or whatever you have really. I think it is a good way to ward off the stresses of Monday and make it fun and entertaining for the children and maybe get them to try new foods. I personally had never served a MTM (muffin tin meal) but was excited when they did a swap recently. I was lucky enough to be paired with the creator/author of MTM and got some really grooovy things :)
Now, in my house, kids don't just cook on Mondays. They cook every day. A few months ago, we started a tradition in our house. The kids take turns on three different weekly duties: kitchen helper, set table, clear table.
The kitchen helper is responsible for sitting down with Mom at the beginning of the week and making a menu of all the meals that will be served during that week. Then, through-out the week, that child is responsible for helping to cook and serve those meals. The only rule is that they must have at least 1 fruit or vegetable and a protein at each meal. If I let them, on certain weeks we would have no meat whatsoever, and all fruits LOL
So today was our first ever MTM. Using all my new supplies (THanks MICHELLE :)) Garret and I worked together to make a wonderful meal. I hadn't really planned ahead on this one, so we had to make due with what I had on hand.
This is what we ended up with: Casaba melon (kind of like honeydew), cucumbers, and heart shaped bologna and cheese sammiches :) The melon and cucumbers are cut into bunny, bird (banana), bat, and snowman shapes lol even though they are hard to see in the pic.
This is a Casaba Melon bird... Garret thought they looked more like bananas though.
the heart shaped rice mold actually worked pretty well for cutting out the sandwiches
If you want to join in the fun at The Kids Cook Mondays check out their website here .
If you want to join in the fun at Muffin Tin Monday check out her blog here .
I must admit that this meal and post were not written on Monday, BUT I have good reason :) Monday is Garret's SEVENTH birthday! I cannot believe my baby is going to be 7! (well, he WILL be 7 by the time this posts) Anyway, I didn't want to put it off and we really couldnt wait until Monday to do our first meal when all these goodies were sitting there waiting to be used, could we? Eventually I hope to actually post these things on Monday, but well, lets face it, Mondays are crazy, and I'm only human LOL