Good morning, and happy Halloween! Today I'm sharing some simple Halloween themed muffin tin meals that I made recently for Small Child and Small Baby. Muffin tins or pans are a great tool to help you present food differently with minimal effort. I often reach for them when Small Child asks if he can have a 'fun lunch' at home, because they are brilliant for encouraging you to serve up a variety of foods, and are great for portion control too. My children have never got over the novelty of eating from a muffin pan rather than a plate!
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I started with a muffin tin meal for Small Baby. This was the first time I'd given him any decorative items in a meal (apart from silicone cups) and I was interested to see whether it would distract him from eating. The decoration I used was a cupcake ring - these are fun, chunky and with no 'pointy bits', so ideal for a very young child. He laughed and babbled at it when first gave him his meal, but soon put it aside and concentrated on the important business of eating - Small Baby does love his food!
In his muffin tin meal Small Baby had some whole-wheat crackers, broken into pieces, some chopped ham, a mini Babybel cheese, with a star cut from the middle, cherry tomatoes, cut in half and topped with a fun Halloween cupcake ring, blueberries and green grapes which I also cut in half. I topped the fruit with cheese stars taken from the middle of the Babybel (I cut the star in half to make two) and added a decorative silicone cup to hold the Babybel.
When I was making Small Child's muffin tin meal, I realised that the little six hole muffin pans I have are getting a little small for him now, so I made it slightly bigger with the addition of a jumbo silicone cup to hold extra crackers.
In his muffin tin meal Small Child had a pile of crackers, a mini Babybel cheese, ham, rolled and held together with fun Mummy cupcake rings, cucumber slices, with a star cut from the centre to decorate, blueberries and grapes, topped with eyeball pick.
I finished the meal off with a fun dessert for both boys - here is Small Childs one (Small Baby had a smaller version, without the marshmallows). It was made up of a jumbo silicone cup full of organic blueberry yoghurt, topped with edible icing eyes (you can find my recipe for these here), some mini organix gingerbread men, which I turned into vampires using a red edible marker pen, and a couple of my marshmallow eyeballs (see recipe here). Although it looks like I've given him a big pile of biscuits, these gingerbread men are really tiny (and cute!)
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