Top 5 Ways Your Muffin Tin Can Make Meals Fun, Simple, And Freezable
We all get into ruts with food, and usually, it’s because we are understandably trying to streamline our lives. We are busy. Luckily, there are super simple ways of keeping things interesting in the kitchen and saving time too, and most of the solutions can be found in your home already.
Muffin tins, for example, seem like single-taskers used for birthday parties only, but they are shockingly multi-purpose. Plus, their design fits in organically with a batch-cooking, freezer meal mentality that will actually make your meal planning easier, especially if you can ask your nanny or housekeeper to do a bit of prep work. Check out these ideas below:
Individual frittata cups
This is the ultimate freezer-friendly breakfast. Simply crack some eggs, mix in some sauteed veggies, shredded cheese, or crumbled bacon, and pour the mix into pre-greased muffin tins. Bake at 375 degrees until everything cooks, let cool, and pop your mini frittatas into big Ziploc freezer bags. When you are ready to eat, or when your kids need a quick but wholesome breakfast, simply throw the frittatas in the microwave covered by a damp paper towel, and enjoy!
Mini lasagna cups
This one does require a bit of prep, but it’s totally worth it. Line pre-greased muffin tins with pre-boiled lasagna noodles (a great step for a housekeeper or nanny to take care of for you ahead of time), and fill with jarred marinara, shredded cheese, ground beef, and sauteed veggies. Bake everything in a 350-degree oven until the noodles get brown and crispy (everyone always loves the crispy bits!) and the cheese is melted. Pop the mini lasagnas out, allow to cool, and freeze.
Mini taco cups
Very similar to the lasagna cups, but these use tortillas instead. Simply line the muffin tins with flour or corn tortillas that have been brushed with oil, fill with ground beef and cheese, and bake. Pop them out, cool, freeze. When you are ready to eat, simply re-heat in the microwave and top with shredded lettuce, salsa, and sour cream!
Mini pizza cups
You guessed it: This time it’s pizza dough! No, you don’t need to make your own. Most grocery stores sell pre-made pizza dough these days, and all you need to do is allow it to reach room temperature, roll it out as thinly as possible, and use a circle cookie cutter or even a water glass to cut out circles of dough. This is really fun for kids, too, because they can fill their pre-baked pizza cups with any toppings they like! Then, simply bake them at 400 degrees until everything is brown and bubbly. Eat now or freeze and save for later.
Asian chicken salad wonton cups
Wonton skins are really the stars here. Brush three skins with oil, and layer them into the bottom of a muffin tin. Bake them at 350 degrees for a few minutes, or until the cups become golden brown. Once you pop them out, you can freeze them immediately! I love the idea of filling these cups with Asian chicken salad and some shredded cabbage, but the sky’s really the limit here. Just make sure to re-toast the frozen cups in the muffin tins, rather than allowing them to defrost in the fridge or on the counter. It will keep them crispy.