There were so many options I could go with, but there are still many foods (like most raw fruits and vegetables) that Titus can't eat yet, so I had to make it work for his age! I really enjoyed the challenge and the chance to exercise a little more creativity in my toddler's lunch! :) Overall, he's a great eater and enjoys most foods! Here was what we ended up going with:
On the top left, we have "heart-shaped" pretzels dipped in Cranberry Chutney (leftovers & made by Daddy!). This was his first experience with something "dipped" and love it! He just kept licking the pretzels! :) Next is some Venison and Vegetable soup with a tomato base broth (also dinner leftovers! :) ). He loves this soup, but unfortunately, with all the other fun options, he didn't eat much of it- sad! Next to the soup is a white chocolate chip, macadamia nut cookie with heart sprinkles! This is the first time I've let him have a cookie, but he knew what it was and begged for it before all the rest of his food was gone (ahem, the soup!). Underneath the cookie are red goldish crackers. I bought the multicolor bag and picked out the red ones! :) he gobbled those up right away! Next to the fish crackers is homemade applesauce. Yes, that is it's natural color! When my MIL and I were making applesauce last fall, one batch came out a very deep pink color. It came in perfect for this lunch! And then last but not least, on the bottom left, we have a cheese stick sliced, cut and shaped into little hearts! Titus wasn't sure what they were at first, but of course, polished those off too! haha Overall, this was a great muffin tin lunch theme, a great first experience, Titus ate pretty good, and I had so much fun doing it!
And here's what I (Laura) made for Cameron and Elissa's lunch.
Front and center: Peanut butter and jelly on a slice of heart shaped bread
From left to right back: sliced celery ( I thought it had a bit of heart shaped look), strawberries, a heart shaped cookie that Cameron and I had made that morning, and strawberry banana yogurt.
We're linking up at Muffin Tin Mom today. Pop on over and check all the other creative and yummy Muffin Tin lunches.