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Muffin Tin Meal - Lunch

I get asked often enough from my kids (okay all the time) to make a muffin tin lunch, snack, dessert, or dinner. If I am making something, it's always "Can we have it in a muffin tin?" I love that they get excited about having food served this unique way. Here was today's lunch:

Turkey sandwiches chocolate cookie, tangerines, yogurt with sprinkles, apples

Muffin Tin Monday

Welcome to Muffin Tin Monday!  Muffin Tin Mom is all about showcasing Muffin Tin Meals on Mondays!

What exactly is a Muffin Tin Meal? It's a meal (or snack or dessert) served in a muffin tin (or muffin pan or silicone or paper liner). It's a great way to introduce new foods to kids in a fun and interesting way. Have a little one who won't eat their veggies? Then, Muffin Tin Meals might just be for you!

To find out more about Muffin Tin Meals and Muffin Tin Monday visit the FAQ page.

We are no longer posting weekly themes, but that doesn't mean you can't get creative. Every month, I will showcase theme suggestions in the sidebar area of this blog. 

April's Themes are: 
Spring, Bugs, Butterflies, Eggs, Bunnies, Easter!

And speaking of bunnies:

Bunny ham and cheese sandwich, carrot sticks, mozarella cheese circles, green apple bunnies, fruit snacks in a bunny cup and annie's cheddar bunnies

**I am excited to be sharing ideas for spring break on behalf of San Diego Bargain Mama (I am a guest contributor there) on San Diego Living this morning at 9 am.  

Now it's your turn! What did you make for Muffin Tin Monday? Add your link by clicking the blue "add your link" button.

No Need For The Sunday Paper - Cute Food Collective

Here are this week's links:

Little Food Junction: Make adorable animal faces with fruit yogurt {Image credit: Little Food Junction}

Secrets of A Super Mommy: Create rainbow pudding pops. Found Via Bento Lunch and Quirky Momma

Cute Food For Kids: Make an Egg Lion. Rawwwwr.

For more ideas and links, visit my tumblr blog

Muffin Cup Snack: Rainbow Baby Chick Feet

Spring time has officially sprung and we are celebrating with these adorable baby chick feet muffin cups in rainbow colors. Ours are from Ross Stores (An inexpensive place to find super cute Muffin Tin Meal accessories). The Orange one reminds me of the movie Ponyo. :)

We had: 
Hard boiled egg, fresh diced nectarines, flower shaped green apples, and tangerine slices.

This is how they came in the package...

I was unable to find these exact ones online (they may have been discontinued), but I did find ones similar in red on Amazon and the vegetable cutters I used to cut the flowers out of the apples:

How are you celebrating Spring?

Muffin Cup Snack: Mini Marshmallow Dippers

Give snack time or anytime a little kick with mini marshmallow dippers. This Muffin Tin Snack is sure to please.

You'll need:
~Silicone Muffin Cups (Ours are from World Market)
~Toothpicks (or your favorite food picks)
~ Mini Marshmallows
~Chocolate and Caramel Sauce
~Sprinkles or Jimmies

Optional: Marshmallow Feeding Device 

Completely his idea...

Landing directly in the sauce scored 2 points

*Tip: Substitute apples, strawberries or bananas for the marshmallows, Yogurt instead of sauce, and granola instead of sprinkles!

*Thanks Stephanie for the adorable muffin cups, I love them!

Muffin Tin Monday

Happy Monday! If it's Monday, then it's Muffin Tin Monday around here. Muffin Tin Mom is proud to be the host of MTM. We are going strong at almost 3 years! This week, I'd like to showcase some of my favorite personal Muffin Tin Meals:

For more themed Muffin Tin Meal inspiration, be sure to visit the themes idea page

Now it's your turn! Have you made an MTM this week? We would love to see it! Click the blue "add your link" button to add the URL of your Muffin Tin Monday blog post, or photo. Can't wait to see what you make this week!

No Need For The Sunday Paper

...Doing some serious vacationing...

This week's links:

Diamonds For Dessert: The most adorably sweet lion cookies. These are mega cute and if you don't agree, I am not sure we can be friends anymore. Just kidding. Kind of. Found via One Pretty Thing

Healthy Lunch Idea: a stunning Rainbow Bento

Once Upon A Cupcake: Princess and Knight Cupcakes! eek!

Friday Find: Bunny Cup From Target

Heeeeeellllloooo CUTE! 
Couldn't find it online, but it is definitely in stores
Perfect for Spring or Easter or anytime.

Keep Sliced Apples Fresh With Ginger Ale

We usually don't pack sliced apples in our school lunches for the simple reason that apples, when sliced and exposed to air, turn an unsightly shade of brown. That has changed since we tried one of the many apple-slice-saving ideas out there - soaking them in ginger ale for 10 minutes (I also hear any lemon-lime soda will also work).

This technique is also fantastic for packing shaped apple slices in your bento and easy lunchboxes. Best thing about it? Apples still taste like apples!

The Make Your Own Zone

What kinds of tips have you heard about for keeping apple slices from turning brown?

Make Your Own "Lunchable"

My kids love Lunchables. I think for the very same reason they love Muffin Tin Meals. Cute little compartments for little food. But, I die a slow death every time I purchase one, because lets face it, "processed" doesn't even begin to describe what's in "cheese food product".

So when Muffin Tin Girl wanted a Lunchable for a snack yesterday, using our Easy Lunchbox, I was able to create a DIY version at home. However, for the homemade version to pass off as the real thing, I knew I would have to present the bread, cheese and meat creatively by cutting it into circles and lining up the deli meat on food picks.

Worked wonderfully! And I was able to control the quality and quantity of the food in her homemade Lunchable. Something this mom likes very much.

**Update: If any of you clicked the link above and got an affiliate signup screen-I am soooo sorry! I have updated it to the correct non-affiliate link!

How to Make Bunny Pancakes

What's not to love about pancakes? I mean seriously. And pancakes made into adorable bunnies perfect for spring? Yes, please! Jenni Price of Jenni Price Illustration graciously accepted my invitation to guest post here at Muffin Tin Mom. Her mad pancake art skillz will blow your mind. I hope you enjoy this simple step by step bunny pancakes tutorial as much as I do!

Bunny pancakes are perfect for spring and are super fun for your kids!

This recipe makes about three bunny pancakes depending on the size that you make them. The bunnies in the photo are sized around 4”x5 ½.


  • Griddle or large skillet
  • Pam Cooking Spray
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Water
  • Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix (the just add water mix)
  • Electric mixer
  • Two Condiment Squirt Bottles (can be found at Walmart)
  • Red Food Coloring
  • Paper Towels
  • Spatula
  • Spoons for mixing
  • Candy (chocolate chips, red M&Ms)
  • Measuring Cup

You had better taste the candy to make sure it's good!

Get out your large bowl and mix with a spoon 1 cup plus 1-2 Tablespoons of pancake batter with ¾ cup of water. You want your batter thick enough to “draw” with but not too much where it wont squeeze out of the squirt bottle. Grab your electric mixer and stir until it's well blended. If you have too many lumps, they will clog up your squirt bottle.

Pour 1/3 cup of batter slowly into one of the condiment squirt bottles. This will be your white color. Put 7 drops of red food coloring into the remaining batter (there should be about 2/3 cup left) and stir with a spoon until the batter is pink.

Pour the pink batter slowly into the other squirt bottle. Make sure and have paper towels handy to clean up any drips.

Spray your griddle with cooking spray but do not turn it on yet.

Step One: Draw a circle with the pink batter.
Step Two: Draw bunny ears with the pink batter.
Step Three: Using the white batter, draw the inside of the ears and the mouth area.

Step Four: Turn on your griddle to the lowest setting (between 200-225 degrees) and let the outlines cook. Wait until they seemed puffed up before continuing. These cooked outlines keep the batter from spreading out so that the shape stays in place.
Step Five: Fill in the bunny with the pink batter as shown in the photo.
Step Six: Using the white batter now, fill in the remaining outlines as shown in the photo. Wait to flip the bunny until the batter is bubbly and looks mostly cooked.

Decorate your bunny pancakes with chocolate chip eyes and M&M's for little noses. You can let your kids have fun with this part. They might even want to try different candy colors for noses or raisins for eyes.

Bunny pancakes are super fun when served at a tea party!

Jenni Price is madly talented artist and illustrator and she shares her talents, among them her unbelievable pancake art on her blog Jenni Price Illustration 

Muffin Tin Monday: Green Food Themed Muffin Tin Meal

Welcome to Muffin Tin Monday! The weekly Muffin Tin Mom reader showcase of Muffin Tin Meals from across the web.
St. Patrick's Day is almost upon us and serving your growing child green foods are a healthy and fantastic way to celebrate the popular Spring holiday. And maybe, just maybe those of you who have little ones who won't touch anything green will find a new green food they are willing to try!

In our tin:
Celery slices (Cut long and thin like french fries)
Ranch Dressing (Colored green, kind of regretting that choice)
Fresh Broccoli (A family staple around here)
Crisp Green Apples
M & M's 

Tools Used: 
Green muffin cup inserts - Calphalon (discontinued)
Little Fork/Spoon from

Interested in joining in on the Muffin Tin Monday fun? Curious about what a Muffin Tin Meal is? Be sure to visit the MTM FAQ page for information. To share your Muffin Tin Meal blog post or photo, click the blue "add your link" button! Have fun and happy Monday!

No Need For The Sunday Paper

Who needs the Sunday Paper with links like these?

The Farm Chicks: Miniature Donut Cupcakes. Eeeeep! So fun!

Recipe911(via FLickr): Adorably awesome teddy bear dinner rolls. How fun would it be to dress up tonight's dinner with these?

Epicute: This Rainbow popsicle {photo credit, above} is epically adorable and perfect for St. Patrick's Day, Springtime, or anytime!


Bunny "Picks" at the Dollar Store

In the comments of last week's Friday Find, Shannon mentioned that she picked up a bunny game with cute bunny game pieces a her local Dollar Tree to use for her Muffin Tin Monday and Bento Box Meals. I had seen those, but opted for the mosaic craft kit instead. So, of course I went back. :)

The same picks came in several different games. If your store has any of the bunnny games, choose the "bunny brain game", it has the most game pieces. Not sure about putting these in the kids food, but it was $1.00 and super cute either way.

Cute Kitty Lunch

To make a "cute kitty" sandwich, you will need a fruit leather strip and a Peanut Butter and Jelly "Uncrustable" (I made mine at home using my Pampered Chef Cut-N-Seal, but a cookie cutter does a decent job).

Make your uncrustable.

Cut out eyes, nose, mouth, ears and whiskers from the fruit leather with an Bento Animal Cutter Set

Apply to sandwich and enjoy with heart shaped apple and cheese bites.

No kittens were harmed in the making of this lunch.

How to Make a Homemade Uncrustables

What is it about Uncrustables? I think it's the cuteness factor of a circle shaped sandwich. In this post, I will show you how to make your own homemade Uncrustables to enjoy for lunch time or anytime.

You'll need a few items:

Step 1: Using your rolling pin, roll each slice of bread flat.

Step 2: Depending on the size of your cutter, place a small dollop of PB and J on one slice and cover with the other (below you will see I had room for two).

Step 3: Using the circle cutter, gently cut out a circle.

Step 4: Pinch around the edges of your sandwich, and using the table fork, make little divots in the edges.

Or after step 2, you can use the Pampered Chef Cut-n-Seal. I prefer this method, only because I already have the tool.

-less is more when it comes to the PB and J
-freeze them individually for a quick "on the go" lunch option.

*This is an original tutorial, however, google will show you there are a lot of the people with my same idea.  My favorite other option is Infarrantly Creative. I love how she shows you how to make seasoned croutons with the scraps of bread!

5 Muffin Tin Meals To Inspire You!

Create Muffin Tin Meal magic with these inspiring Muffin Tin Meals from fellow Muffin Tin Mom readers.

Rainbow Muffin Tin Meal

Food Pyramid MTM

Sweet Face

Jonah and The Whale


To find more inspiration, visit our new Muffin Tin Meal Themes page. 

Hard to believe I have made over 166 Muffin Tin Meals to date!