I don’t know about you but it’s easy for me to get stuck in a rut when it comes to feeding my toddler. I can offer the same foods over and over and over. I’d really like to raise a healthy eater though (and I’m hoping this one won’t be as picky as child number one), so I need to make more of an effort to offer new foods and a larger variety at each meal.
Enter muffin tin meals…
How genius is this? The muffin tin makes for a fun presentation and ensures that I offer at least six different food items in toddler-friendly portions. Here’s a slideshow, showing our muffin tin meal at various stages of creation and consumption with notes and tips along the way.
Muffin tin meals are not a new idea. There are posts and visual inspiration all over the web about them. To help you get started, check out the following links:
Muffin Tin Mom – The muffin tin meal maven. She runs weekly Muffin Tin Mondays with people linking up and posting images and links to their own muffin tin meals.
Muffin Tin Monday: America’s Answer to the Bento – A great article about getting starting with ideas for equipment and fun themes.
17 tips for feeding picky eaters – Not about muffin tin meals, per se (although a “nibble tray” is suggested), this article offers some excellent advice from Dr. Sears on raising toddlers to be healthy eaters.
Learning during lunch with muffin tin meals – Amy at Teach Mama turns each muffin tin meal into a sneaky lesson on colors, counting, or categorizing.
Fill these sweet tins with Babble’s Best Recipe: Chocolate Chip Muffins!