Muffin Tin Monday – Creating Non-Picky Eaters

So as of recently ‘Muffin Tin Monday’ is what we’ve been doing for lunch around here each Monday afternoon.  Have you heard of this?  Well, just Google ‘Muffin Tin Monday’ and you will find a million and one pictures of this idea. 

Basically you just use a muffin tin, load it up with a variety of different foods and serve the muffin tin as your child’s plate for lunch (or dinner).  Pretty easy, right?

Here’s what was in our muffin tin this past week:

Starting from the top left, moving to the right:

1. Woven Wheat Crackers
2. Peas
3. Sliced Banana
4. Tortilla Chips
5. Carrots
6. Shredded Cheese
7. Ham
8. Cherrios
9. Marshmallows
10. Turkey
11. Raisins
12. Clementines

This might look like a lot of food, but would you believe my four year old ate almost every single thing out of her muffin tin?  Yep, my girls have serious appetites……kind of like their mama.  You could certainly do this with a 6-cup muffin tin or use a mini-muffin tin as well.

The girls thought it was so fun to try all of these different foods, though most of them are ones they have had before.  Luckily my kids have pretty diverse tastes, but Matilda can be a little picky at times.  This offers kids a fun way to try some new things without the added pressure of it being a large portion of their meal.  Not to mention the fact that it’s a good way for parents to incorporate lots of different food groups in their kids diets.  And really, who wouldn’t want to eat their lunch out of a muffin tin?

For the most part I post pretty pictures of my children here on the blog, but my girls are so darn silly when I pull out the camera, so I thought I would share some ‘out-takes’ during this last Muffin Tin Monday.  Here are the girls (and no, I did not tell them to make any of these faces):

 ‘Savannah, I can’t believe it’s Muffin Tin Monday!’

 Matilda’s Pirate Face

 ‘Oh my, I LOVE Muffin Tin Monday’

Probably my favorite with Savannah’s silly face poking into the picture.

Do you do Muffin Tin Monday around your house? 
 If so, what are some little finger foods your kiddos love to eat?
And if you haven’t tried Muffin Tin Monday, give it a whirl…….I bet your kids will love it!
Happy Monday!
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19 Comments

  1. Am I too old to try muffin tin Monday? Oh no, wait, that’s kind of like my lunch was yesterday anyway, just on a plate… ;o)

  2. love it! pinned!

  3. I had no idea about ‘muffin tin Monday,’ and amazingly we made eggs in muffin tins lined with parchment paper this morning! 🙂 I think maybe I’ll give it a whirl for lunch as well…thanks for the ideas!

    ~Karina

  4. awe, i love their cute faces. 🙂 and we love eating like that, but now I’m going to definitely try a muffin tin!

  5. Hmmm… I wonder if it would work on teens…?

  6. What a funny idea! I haven’t heard it before, but now I googled and smiled a lot. :o)

  7. Doy! Why didn’t I think of this before? This is a genius idea – thanks for posting – looks like the girls had fun with it!

  8. Such a great idea! I will definitely be trying this with my daughter.

  9. We’ve had the Muffin Tin Meals a few times. I’ve been scouring thrift stores for those round microwave egg cookers (?) that have little muffin-shaped holes. Fun, fun, fun!

  10. I have ridiculously picky girls compounded by severe food allergies. We bought them lunchboxes from Planet Box, and their eating lunch issues are a thing of the past. They LOVE their new lunchboxes and love seeing everything they have to choose from when they open them up. I’m actually going to order one for myself! I would attach a link, but don’t know how on my cell phone…

  11. I have ridiculously picky girls compounded by severe food allergies. We bought them lunchboxes from Planet Box, and their eating lunch issues are a thing of the past. They LOVE their new lunchboxes and love seeing everything they have to choose from when they open them up. I’m actually going to order one for myself! I would attach a link, but don’t know how on my cell phone…

  12. We love our Muffin TIn meals. I’ve been slacking off a bit lately so I appreciate the inspiration to get on it again.

  13. Thanks for the idea. Your kids are crazy gorgeous!

  14. Muffin Tln meal is balance and healthy meal.

  15. Great idea! I shared your post on our Occumax Occupational Therapists facebook page and had some good feedback from clients 🙂

  16. That healthy meal is really gorgeous.

  17. The meal are looks so tasty.That post is wonderful.

  18. The baby isso……cute.The health meal increase hungryness.

  19. Anonymous says

    nice idea.. thanks for sharing.