What will you make in your muffin tin?
Muffin Tin Recipe Ideas To Make Life Easier
Step 1: Choose Your Filling
You can put practically anything into a muffin tin as long as the ingredients work well together. Ground chicken, beef and pork are particularly easy to pair with vegetables and herbs. If it's the first time your making a muffin tin meal, choose your family's favorite meatloaf recipe to start.
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Step 3: Prep Your Muffin Tin Pan
First spray the pan with non-stick cooking spray and dust with flour. Next, if you're not using a food crust, skip to Step 4.
If you are working with pie crust, use a circle-shaped cookie cutter or drinking glass to make your mini shells. Then, place in the muffin tin pan.
If you want to go the distance and make a few meals at once but you're short on muffin tins, you can add on with ramekins and tart molds.
Step 4: Add your fillings
Muffin tin meals are the perfect opportunity to pack your child's meal with some non-negotiable vegetables (this means good riddance to questions like, "How many more bites do I have to take?").
Ground beef mixed with fresh sage and breadcrumbs pairs well with broccoli. Layer spinach into mini lasagnas. Or mix up peas, carrots and mashed potatoes to dollop on top of meatloaf.
Tip: If you start with frozen vegetables, let them defrost and drain the excess water before adding them to the mix.
Step 7: Enjoy!
Enjoy the all-in-one meals you've made over the course of the week. Send kids to school with one or two for lunch, or enjoy them at breakfast and dinner.
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The holidays consume so much of our brains this time of year -- especially since this season feels rushed thanks to a late Thanksgiving. That means something has to fall through the cracks and it's probably your daily cooking routine. Maybe you're sleepwalking through breakfast because you're up late wrapping presents, or dinners are a mess because you have to run to yet another holiday event at your kid's school. Either way, a little help is in order.
Muffin tin meals are the perfect fix for this time of year when it feels like we're just getting by between the holidays. Put some extra mileage on your muffin tin or cupcake pan by making complete meals in it that are portable, easy to freeze in bulk and make life easier. Serve at breakfast, lunch or dinner throughout the week. Before you know it, your muffin tin will join the workhorse ranks of your crock pot.
While practically anything's possible in a muffin tin, you don't have to stretch your imagination at all -- just make your go-to recipes like meatloaf with mashed potatoes and peas, or stew. About half an hour in the kitchen this weekend will save you hours next week. Not to mention how good you'll feel knowing the kids got healthy home cooked meals when you haven't touched your oven in days.
Check out the slideshow above to learn how to make muffin tin recipes that will inspire some time-saving meals: