Running out of lunch ideas? Try a finger food tray! My kids think they are awesome, and you can make them every day of the week and never have the same things twice! Take a muffin tin or a mini-muffin tin and put in balanced bite-sized yumminess.
Of course, with picky eaters (and who doesn’t have one, two, or three of these) they will not like everything on the tray. The important thing in my house is that they have to at least try a bite of everything. And I make a point not only to introduce them to new foods, but also to include a few things that I know they will eat and love.
You can easily make a balanced meal out of these snack trays. In the above tray, I have a mix of protein (hummus, sunbutter with honey, cheese cubes), fruit and veggies (cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, broccoli, blackberries & strawberries), carbohydrates (triscuits and mini crackers) and whatever group ranch dressing fits into.
hummus, salsa, cream cheese mixed with salsa, guacamole, artichoke dip, peanut butter, peanut or sunbutter mixed with honey or with jelly, sour cream, ranch dip, bean dip or refried beans, cheese dip, marinara, ketchup, barbecue sauce, honey, yogurt, and even cool whip or chocolate on occasion.
Grapes, cherries, kiwi, apple slices, banana slices, peaches, nectarines, mandarin oranges, orange slices, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, pineapple chunks, plum slices, cantaloupe cubes or balls, melon balls, watermelon, pomegranate, pear slices, grapefruit slices, mango cubes, avocado slices or cubes, olives, capers, also dried fruits
Baby carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, celery sticks, zucchini and yellow squash sticks, bell pepper spears, blanched green beans, okra (raw or pickled), cucumber slices, radishes, mushrooms, edamame (also a protein)
All kinds of cheese cubes and cheese sticks, Nuts, edamame, boiled eggs, deviled eggs, ham cubes, sliced hot dogs, little smokies, soft cooked beans, chicken fajita meat, cooked ground meat, meatballs, tortilla ham and cheese pinwheel bites, pepperoni bites, sausage balls, cubed tofu, sunflower seeds
Pita chips, a variety of crackers, melba toast, rye bread, pretzels, tortilla chips, potato chips, dry cereal, cold pasta (ie: shells, bows), oyster crackers, chow mein noodles, mini rice cakes, bagel bites, corn nuts, trail mix, granola
Give it a try and see how you like it! Let me know what mixed trays you come up with!