There are some amazing participants that really go all out with their lunch time presentations. (We found one that was a pirate theme that we so want to try!) I am not that creative -yet, but the boys and I enjoy our Monday meals.
I am a huge fan of the program for many reasons. I have fairly picky eaters so using the muffin tins turns trying new things into a game. The rules for MTM include tasting each section. You have to try each section before you are done or before you get seconds on a favorite section. This actually works. They will at least try each section. Which is all a Mommy really cares about at meal time- trying new foods, aquiring new tastes and being open about new culinary experiences- right?
This process also helps us think about different types of foods and ensures that we are thinking about how good meals come in rainbow colors. Trying to ensure that my kids get the required servings of fruits and veggies a day takes some work on some days but seems effortless for lunch on Mondays. I also love this process because I manage to use leftovers without drawing attention to the fact that I am using left overs! A true testament to the merits of this lunch time routine is that my kids actually ask to eat at home if I ever suggest stopping for a quick (and shameful) fastfood lunch. They insist they prefer "slow food." It warms a Mommy's heart.
|This was a red and white meal. We had buttered star noodles with carrots and corn, quesadilla strips with salami and munster, a piece of left over fish stick, watermelon and strawberries. Plus a few of our favorite snack- gold fish.|
|We get a bit dip obsessed around here but the veggies do get consumed no matter what Daddy says about it.|
|I guess this is a good example of using up left overs. This meal included pulled pork sliders, quinoa salad, melon and left over birthday cake. Happy fourth Moo Moo.|