The Boy loves to pretend to cook and serve us food. At Grandma’s house, he has a whole collection of empty containers that he uses. However, we don’t really have a good place to store all kinds of empties at our own house. So, I’ve recently started cutting the pictures of food off of cardboard containers. They all fit quite nicely into a ziploc bag. He can use our regular (non-breakable) dishes to play with the ‘food.’
I found this cheap, easy toy idea at Instructables.