Muffin tin dinner
Dinners are often a challenge for a fussy eater. Perhaps this is because it’s the end of the day and we are all more tired and overwhelmed. Or maybe dinner foods are frequently more of a challenge than snack-foods.
Having foods touching can also be a challenge for picky eaters but it is a skill that we need to practice in order to master.
A muffin tin dinner ticks a whole lot of boxes for many fussy eaters:
1. It’s different and interesting. Just that alone can sometimes enable a child to eat more easily.
2. Foods are separate.
3. We can present mini portions, often easier to contemplate than large ones.
4. It seems more ‘snacky’ and snacks are often easier!
5. There is room to offer variety even if our child is currently eating a limited diet.
6. It’s fun. Having joy and pleasure at the mealtime is always a good idea.
In my muffin tray I have:
– Mandarin segments. It’s never a problem to serve a favourite fruit if there is one
– Bread. Seeing something like bread that’s a favourite helps a child to feel calm and want to be at the table.
– Carrots. It’s always good to offer veggies – even if they’re not being eaten yet.
What could go in your muffin tin dinner?
Judith is an AOTA accredited picky eating advisor and internationally certified nutritional therapist. She works with 100+ families every year resolving fussy eating and returning pleasure and joy to the meal table.
She is also mum to two boys and the author of Creating Confident Eaters and Winner Winner I Eat Dinner. Her dream is that every child is able to approach food from a place of safety and joy, not fear.
Learn more about Judith here: https://theconfidenteater.com/about/