Top 10 Bento Lunch Boxes & Muffin Tin Meals Of 2012

I enjoyed putting together 10 of my best books of 2012 so much that I thought I’d continue on with the reflections of 2012 by sharing my Top 10 Bento Lunch Boxes & Muffin Tin Meals.

1. Honey Roasted Chickpeas Muffin Tin Mealthe boys enjoyed how the stars were cut out and then put back into the apple/cucumber in the opposite direction and of course they wolfed down the honey roasted chickpeas too!

2. Quinoa, Oat & Coconut Cookies Muffin Tin Meal – I’ve baked these cookies more than any other recipe in 2012. The boys kept asking for them and devoured them whether they were on their own or in a colourful muffin tin meal!

3. Honey Chicken Nuggets & Popcorn Muffin Tin Meal – the boys ADORED these chicken nuggets – marinated in honey brought a sweetness to the chicken nuggets and the popcorn on the side was a welcome treat too.

4. Avocado and Spinach Sandwich Spread Muffin Tin Meal -this recipe was a sneaky way of including spinach in the kids diet – by hiding it in avocado! They couldn’t tell the difference and enjoyed the sandwiches presented along with star cucumbers and bear apples.

5. Natural Cold Remedies Muffin Tin Meal – in the midst of cold season earlier in the year, I managed to nourish the family with natural cold remedies instead of needing to give them cold and flu medicine. The boys just loved the berries and yoghurt!

6. My 1st Kinder Lunch Box – This was the first lunch box I made for Mr 4 (then Mr 3) for his very first day of Kinder, in effect the first “school lunch” I made as a Mum… so, it has a special place in my heart. *sigh*

7. How I Banned My Kids From Constant Snacking – I love how inviting and colorful this bento lunch box is – and all it contains is natural, nourishing vegetables!

8. Banana & Sweet Potato Treat Bento Lunch – this fun bento lunch contained sweet potato mash in two forms – cooked into sweet potato french toast and spread on banana – a treat that Mr 4 requests I make for him over and over and over…

9.  Homemade Popcorn Bento Lunch – the boys LOVED this bento lunch box – complete with butterflies and flowers. This was the very first time Mr 4 actually tried tomato, because he just couldn’t resist eating a tomato flower!

10. Roast Zucchini Sandwich Spread Muffin Tin Meal plus Bento Lunch – once again – a bright and colourful lunchbox that the kids adored and happily ate their way through.

Putting this list together has made me a little nostalgic about 2012 – the many meals I cooked for the kids, including my very first actual school/kinder lunch box. It’s also inspired me to keep creating fun meals for the kids, because it’s a wonderful method to keep presenting them with new, nourishing food in a way that entertains and enlightens them. Think I’ll be needing all the help I can get as we embark on our GAPS Diet journey!

What’s been your lunchtime highlight of 2012?

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  1. Very nice! Love all the ideas!

  2. What a fun and gorgeous post! Great ideas!

  3. What a wonderful round up of terrific ideas! I’d love you to join our new lunch-packing community and share this post 🙂

  4. These are all so adorable. Such a creative way to get your kids to eat healthy.
    Hi, we met at the Low Carb Down Under seminar in November. I had to come and check out your blog. I’ll be interested to hear more about your GAPS journey.

  5. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipes with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great day and come back real soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. Wow, I absolutely love this! I’m always looking for new ideas to feed my baby and these are just perfect.

  7. Wow, I love all of these lunches. So creative and sooo healthy. There are some great ideas here that I have got to try.
    This post has made me start thinking of doing my own Top 10 Muffin Tins of 2012. Would you be upset if I stole your idea.
    Anyhow, I am visiting from Muffin Tin Monday. Sorry it took me so long to comment (I actually had this tab open since Monday, it just took me a while to have time to comment)