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Muffin Tin Meals – Works for Me Wednesday

Posted on: August 17, 2011

One thing I am most grateful for in my girls is that they are good eaters. For having a 2yo and 3yo, we have very few “food fights”. Sure, the occasional issue arises, but mostly they are willing eaters of any thing I make. While I am far from a short order cook {my policy is, if you don’t like what I made, don’t eat}, I do struggle with lunch.

Right before lunch my girls are clawing my eyes out they are so hungry. But as soon as their plates are on the table, it’s like they’ve become complete monkeys. They pick at their favorite foods. Julia tells me her belly hurts. Hannah is off chasing Jack. Lunch takes an hour. It’s like our own “hour lunch break”. Though it’s not nearly as relaxing as my hour lunch break before I had kids.

Then a couple of weeks ago, I decided to try something new. I sectioned off their lunch into a muffin tin. I had read a few years back about how Michelle, at Muffin Tin Mom, put her kids’ food in muffin tins to make it more exciting. Talk about a food revolution. I don’t know what it is about eating out of a muffin tin, but my girls love it. Perhaps it’s all the choices they get {and that they get to decide on their second helping option}. Perhaps they like that it’s unconventional and new. Whatever the case, lunches are going so smoothly {well, to be honest, they aren’t always smooth, but smoother}.

One of the great things about muffin tin meals, is that it makes me focus on giving Julia and Hannah well-rounded meals. Meats, dairy, veggies, fruits and some carbs. Plus, when the pantry gets low right before grocery store days, having a muffin tin really stretches my imagination on the food front.

What ways do you switch up lunch time? Do you have picky eaters or willing eaters?

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6 Responses to "Muffin Tin Meals – Works for Me Wednesday"

What a neat idea – I’ve never heard of this before. My daughter is a very picky eater and it’s usually a battle for her to try something new. I’ll have to try this!

That is a great idea! A week or two ago we made sandwiches and got out the cookie cutters. Then Naomi loved getting to pick which shape her sandwich would be that day. I did have to work her out of it though as the crust was not as likely to get eaten. But it was something fun and different for a while.

How cute! I’m always stumped on what to give Archer for ‘lunch’ and usually end up with a weird mix of leftovers. But for now he’ll eat anything in massive amounts. I will have to keep this idea in mind when he’s more mobile and opinionated hehe!

I love this idea! I have one very picky eater and one that will eat just about anything (as long as she doesn’t hear her big sister comment that the food item is gross). I’ll have to give this one a try and see how they do. Thanks for the great information! 🙂 Hope you’re having a good week so far. We just returned from California, so now I’m playing catch-up with the house work, getting Faith ready for school next week, and doing some blog work.


that is an awesome idea!! I think that would totally work for Jacob. My boys are not good eaters (Judah’s issues are more physically related, Jacob’s are mood related haha!) I LOVE the muffin tin idea and I’m going to try it today!

I really like her blog and think that is such an awesome idea. I sure would have done that when our children were younger if I had known about it!

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