Any mom will tell you that they know the “eat the rainbow” mantra. But let’s be honest; more often than not, it’s easy to let the “rainbow” become nice neutral shades of yellow, white, and brown. Pretty sure “mac an’ cheese” and “butter bread” were among the first phrases my two-year-old learned.
So when it comes to expanding her culinary repertoire, muffin tin meals have been a lifesaver. Naysayers may call them gimmicky or unnecessary, but if you think about it, they’re just like any other divided plate. My kids like them (nothing touching!) and it forces me to offer multiple options.
Last week was one of those mainly yellow, brown and white food weeks. So this week I loaded up on fresh produce and made sure to feed her a rainbow. This 6-cup muffin tin is perfect for just that.
You can go so many ways with this, but I went with the foods I know she’ll eat to make sure she filled up. There’s really no need to make them into cute shapes, either. Guess what she went for first? The broccoli! Muffin tin for the win.
Need some other ideas for colors? I love this extensive chart from Healthy Kids Ideas:
This is another popular graphic, great for printing and for listing the benefits:
After feeding my toddler, I put together a rainbow plate of my own. Alas, everything was touching though. I wonder if they make muffin tins in jumbo sizes?