I am still just loving the muffin tins. I make them at least 5 days a week for the kids for lunch and they are still asking me every morning, “what’s in our tins today?” Just to give others a bunch of ideas and to be able to reference this myself in the future when I run out of ideas, today, I’m going to highlight one tin, but also post pictures and lists from many of the tins I’ve made in the last few weeks.
-Kraft Dinner crackers
-Mexi fries (tator tots)
-mini taco pies (*recipe below)
I came across a recipe at Unworking Mom for something called BBQ cups. I adapted the recipe (since I don’t eat beef) and doubled it and we had it for supper one night (huge hit!) and I served the leftovers in this tin for lunch a few days later. Since it is in the shape of a muffin already, it’s perfect! Here is my adapted version of the BBQ cups, which I called Mini Taco Pies. Keep in mind that this is the doubled version, which will make 24 of the little “pies”.
Spray the muffin tin(s) with olive oil.
Fry up 2 packages of Yves Mexican meatless ground round (or ground beef). Add 1/2 an onion, finely minced. Add taco seasoning (I didn’t measure how much, but to taste).
When meat or “meat” is browned, add 1/2 – 1 cup of barbeque sauce or tomato sauce.
In bottom of each muffin tin, add 1/2 a Pillsbury Country Biscuit. Spoon some of the meat mixture on top. Finish with some grated tex mex or cheddar cheese.
Bake at 400 for 10-12 minutes.
We served ours with hot sauce or salsa, but you could serve with sour cream, lettuce, green onions, or tomatoes.
-Chocolate Cheerios (free with coupon)
-Ranch dressing for dipping
I had seen this idea on several other blogs. The kids can take the pretzel stick, dip it in peanut butter, and “fish” the goldfish crackers up. My kids thought it was awesome and had competitions to see how many fish they could catch at a time (4 was the record). Peanut butter also goes well with celery and bananas. I had planned for raisins to go in instead of oranges, so that the kids could make ants-on-a-log, but I forgot to buy the raisins.
Chocolate Cheerios, marble cheese slices, soda crackers, a hard boiled egg, pickles, baba ganouj for the girls and tuna for the boys. Baba ganouj is a roasted eggplant dip which my girls love. Einstein is allergic to eggplant oddly enough and Snuggle Puppy hates it, but they both love tuna, which the girls won’t eat, so this worked out really well. As usual, the kids had fun “playing” with their food and made some interesting cracker sandwiches. Even the Cheerios made their way into a tuna, cheese sandwich (ugh)!
My intention was that the kids would make bunwiches out of everything but the applesauce, but most of them chose to add some dressing to their lettuce and eat it as a salad instead of putting it in the bun. It’s fine with me as long as they are eating it! This lunch was a great way to use up ham leftovers.
This week, I also made an “A” themed muffin tin, which you can see here. I have also provided a list of foods that begin with “A” for those who want to give it a try.