Get Cute: Muffin-Tin Meals Are a Child’s Dream Come True
Kids adore tiny things, and there's nothing more adorable than muffin-sized bites.
Getting kids to try new things sometimes boils down to changing up the way they’re presented, and muffin tin meals are a great way to transform dinnertime. A Muffin tin version of your family’s favorite meals instantly makes them adorable, which ups the odds that your Little Sous will be willing to try a new ingredient. Spooning things into muffin cups is also a great way to hone their measuring skills—even the youngest kitchen helpers can dip and pour from measuring cups or use a spring-loaded ice cream scoop to get evenly sized results.
Get Started Creating Your Own Muffin Tin Meals:
Perhaps the most well-known of the muffin tin meals, single-serving meatloaf muffins transform grandma’s recipe into something really special. The smaller size cuts the cooking time in half and offers a much better sauce-to-meatloaf ratio (because everyone knows meatloaf is all about the sauce).
It doesn’t get much simpler than mini frittatas made in a muffin tin. Try our fridge cleanout frittata recipe if you’ve got extra meat or vegetables on hand. It’s simple: Sauté it all, then put the beaten eggs into muffin tins and bake until set. Done and done. Want to get extra fancy? Have your Little Sous line each muffin tin with a piece of prosciutto for a grab-and-go version of ham and eggs.
What’s better than chicken pot pie? A mini chicken pot pie you don’t have to share. You can make your own dough, but a shortcut with crescent dough makes the whole process a snap.
Homemade pizza is always a favorite, but what do you do when one kid wants just cheese, another loves bell peppers and pepperoni, and the grownups want spicy sausage, olives, and mushrooms? Make pizza in a muffin tin and everyone gets what they want. If you don’t have time to make dough from scratch, pick up some ready-made pizza dough for a meal in minutes.
Need a new idea for weekend mornings? Break out the muffin tin to make single-serving baked oatmeal cups. Lightly sweetened with maple syrup and mashed banana, this recipe leaves room for infinite variations. Kids can swap blueberries in their cups with their favorite fruits, nuts, or other add-ins to customize their breakfast creations.
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