Muffin Tin Meals

You know those moments when you think, “Golly, I’m officially a mom genius! I’m really getting a hang of this ever-changing job of mine!” I have those moments occasionally. Maybe every other month or so. I don’t get a lot of sleep so for me, that seems pretty often! And when those genius moments come, I high five myself and celebrate by taking a nap with the kids or spoiling dinner with a surprise stop for frozen yogurt.

Anyways – my latest mom genius moment is the muffin tin meal. It’s my super simple way of making meals fun and providing balance, without going all bento-crazy. Although, I do want to give bento-ing a try soon! This mama is so inspiring and I totally think I could replicate some of her meals because they’re normal and don’t take any extreme artistic skills.

The first thing you’ll need is a spare muffin tin or two. I like the half dozen/6 spot ones, because I’m rarely creative enough to fill 12 spots. I found mine at the dollar store for, get this, only $1!

Now, to fill the spots. I usually aim for 1-2 spots of a main dish, a dairy, a fruit or veggie, a dip (because my daughter is obsessed with dipping her food) and whatever else I’ve got on hand. Sometimes her vitamins or a whole grain fill a spot too.

Here’s a snapshot of some of her favorite muffin tin meals …

tin 2

apple slices, cheese sticks, berry yogurt, ketchup (this is the all-time ketchup best option out there!) and fish sticks

tin 3

raspberries, rice, banana chips, sour cream and chicken/cheese quesadillas

tin 1

crackers, grapes (we’ve been practicing eating them whole and biting/chewing really well lately!), homemade crockpot refried black beans, cheese wedge, bear vitamins and a pickle

Super easy and totally amusing to my three year old who enjoys emptying each spot before moving on to the next.

Are you gonna give muffin tin meals a try? What will you fill your 6 spots with?

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (

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