Serve Lunch in a Muffin Tin

Serve Lunch in a Muffin Tin

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What a great idea!  I can’t claim the credit–I’m sure I saw this somewhere on the internet–but my boys think it’s fantastic.

Serving lunch in a muffin tin (or mini-muffin tin) totally transforms ordinary food into something magical.  True story.  Try it yourself!

Recently, my boys (well, one smallish boy in particular) complained about having The Same Thing, Again for lunch.  Maybe one day they will grasp the fact that so many of the world’s children would be absolutely thrilled to consume such a lunch, day after day, with little variety.

We do discuss this fact together often, and my almost-eight-year-old truly seems to understand. Over the past few years, he’s become much more willing to eat just about anything, and seems much more thankful for good food and the time required to prepare it.

At any rate, my four-year-old is simply not there yet.  So, one recent day as I stood in the kitchen pondering that day’s lunch prospects, a sudden flash of inspiration took hold: Muffin Tins!

Voilà! The same lunch, but different.  Magically different.

At our house, we have only one 6-count muffin tin, and only one mini-muffin tin, so I rotate them between the two boys.  They love it!  And I love it!

And by the way, that same Not This Again conversation also led to a greater variety in our lunchtime vegetable consumption.  I told the boys I agreed: it was high time we branched out beyond carrot sticks.  Seriously.  I’m surprised neither of them has turned orange.

Also, see the pink hearts in our muffin tin lunches?  Those are our favorite new Real Food Snack (or treat)! Recipe coming soon to a blog near youHere it is: Healthy Gummy Treats.

Lunch-time muffin tin ideas:

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  • Carrot sticks
  • Homemade carrot chips
  • Cucumber slices
  • Broccoli florets
  • Bell pepper spears
  • Radish slices
  • Zucchini slices or sticks
  • Cherry or grape tomatoes
  • Celery sticks (+ nut butter)
  • For toddlers: diced roasted veggies work well: carrots, sweet potatoes, etc.

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  • Grapes
  • Apple sections
  • Clementine or orange sections
  • Pear sections
  • Banana slices
  • Melon cubes
  • Peaches
  • Mango spears
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Kiwi slices
  • Pineapple chunks
  • Applesauce

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Fats & Proteins

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Sweets & Treats:

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More ideas for Real Food, gluten-free lunches and snacks:

Do you have any fun and easy lunch ideas for kids?  Do tell…

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Kathleen Henderson

Let's get real! I’m Kathleen Henderson, your Natural Living Mentor. I’m on a mission to help families see the joy in real food, while finding natural remedies and creating a nontoxic home. Learn more about my story >>


  1. Teresa on 08/12/2014 at 11:33 am

    I was totally wondering about the pink hearts….I will stay tuned 🙂

    • Kathleen on 08/12/2014 at 7:44 pm

      Coming soon! 🙂

      • Deidre Yuknavich on 04/14/2015 at 12:05 pm

        I shared this post to a friend who is having problems feeding her picky toddler…Thought it a cute idea. Thank you

        • Kathleen on 04/15/2015 at 10:26 pm

          Thanks for stopping by, and for sharing, Deidre! 🙂

  2. Susan on 04/22/2020 at 7:01 am

    Works like a champ with busy toddlers who need entertainment to sit down and eat. This keeps them interested for long enough to get some food in!!

    • Kathleen on 04/22/2020 at 11:27 pm

      Exactly! 🙂

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