Target has loads of adorable kid-friendly wares right now, including this silicone kitty ice cube tray. It’s labeled “ice cube tray”, but bento-savvy parents see “bento tray with tons of flexible options”.
I served up some small bites for my toddler; she loves muffin tin meals, and it forces me to offer more options.
I also use a 6-cup muffin tin that’s endlessly versatile; feel free to browse my bento gallery to see some examples. Fill them with fruits and veggies, but also venture into:
- fried rice
- diced meat
- small-bite sandwiches
Another way to use silicone ice cube trays is to shape rice or freeze smoothies or coulis; this is perfect for keeping yogurt cold in a lunchbox or cooling down a piping hot bowl of oatmeal. That last bit of smoothie that no one wants? Pour them into ice cube trays, and you just bought yourself a cute boost to everyday food–and probably a “Mom, you’re a good cook!” from your kids.
- 1/2 cup fresh squeezed OJ
- 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
- half a frozen banana