Muffin Tin Meals

When you’re stuck in a cooking rut, it’s hard to find new recipes that both you and your children will love. Switch up your meal routine by cooking with a muffin tin! These easy recipes are delicious and the end result is so cute! You can serve them as meals, snacks, pack them in the kid’s school lunches or grab them on the go. Here are 3 great ideas for muffin tin meals!

Granola Cups With Yogurt

This recipe is the perfect after school snack for both you and your children. It’s super healthy and is just the right serving size. To make this recipe even easier, use your favorite pre-made granola.

An awesome muffin tin recipe for granola and yogurt cups.

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups quick-cook rolled oats (not instant)

1/3 cup wheat germ

1/2 cup chopped almonds

1/3 cup hemp hearts

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup chopped dried apricots

1 teaspoon lemon zest

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 large egg

1/2 cup honey or brown rice syrup

1/4 cup melted coconut oil or other oil of choice

1 cup plain yogurt

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, stir together oats, wheat germ, almonds, hemp seeds, cranberries, apricots, lemon zest, cinnamon, allspice, and salt. In a separate bowl, lightly beat egg and stir in honey and oil. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until everything is moist.

Divide mixture among 12 medium sized greased muffin cups. Using your fingers press into the center of each muffin cup and then work your way around the edges to form a granola bowl. It really helps to keep your fingers wet during this process.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown. Let cool several minutes before unmolding.

In a bowl, stir together yogurt and vanilla extract. When ready to serve, add some yogurt to granola bowls and, if desired, top with fruit like raspberries. Make sure not to add the yogurt too long before serving or the granola cups will become somewhat soggy.

Mini Mexican Pizzas

This is an awesome alternative to taco night! These mini pizzas make the perfect well balanced meal or snack. And you’ll be surprised by how healthy they are.

A fun muffin tin meal, mini mexican pizzas

Ingredients

3-4 large whole wheat tortillas

1 cup lean ground turkey

1/2 cup salsa of choice

2 tsp dry taco seasoning

1/2 low fat refried beans

1/2 chedder cheese

topping of choice (lettuce, sour cream, tomatoes)

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a 12 count muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.

Start by laying each tortilla out individually on a flat surface, and use an empty can, glass cup, or cookie cutter to cut 3-4 medium circles out of each wrap. Press each wrap circle into muffin tin using your fingers.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together the ground meat, salsa, taco seasoning, and refried beans. Stir until well combined. Scoop 1/8th cup of meat mixture into each wrap

Top with cheddar cheese and bake for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Wait to cool and add toppings!

Bite Sized Pies

If you’re in the mood for something sweet but don’t want to over-indulge, these mini pies are the perfect treat. They’re great for portion control and you barely need any ingredients!

A muffin tin recipe for mini pies!

Ingredients

2 (2-count) packages Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crusts

4 cups cans pie filling of your choice (cherry, blueberry, apple, peach, etc.)

1 egg, whisked

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 12 muffin cups with cooking spray.

Roll out a single pie crust on a flat surface. Use a large cookie cutter or any sort of circular lid to cut out a 4-inch circle of dough. Press each dough circle into the bottom of a muffin tin so that a tiny rim of dough remains sticking out the top. Repeat with remaining dough to fill all 12 muffin cups.

Fill each cup with about 1/4 cup pie filling, or until the filling nearly fills the cups.

Use the remaining dough to cover the tops of each pie. To make a lattice crust, use a knife or pizza cutter to cut out thin strips of dough, then lace together to form a lattice. To make a standard crust, cut out a circle of dough just large enough to cover the top of the crust. Use your fingers to gently press the top crust to the bottom crust until they stick together and no gaps remain.

Use a pastry brush to brush the tops of each pie with the whisked egg. Then bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the crust is lightly golden and the filling begins to bubble.

Remove and let cool for at least 15 minutes. Then very carefully use a knife to loosen the edges of each pie and gently lift each pie out. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate.

Recipes via www.skinnymom.com

Work-Life Balance? YES it is possible.

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My daughter Ashton plays tennis. She works hard and is fun to watch. Last year during her senior year of high school I was determined to make every match – I wanted to be there to watch her and cheer her on with no regrets. That was no easy feat for any busy mom – but add in the fact that I am also CEO of a multi-million dollar company and I knew it would take some expert planning. Because it was important to me, I treated it as such and put it on my calendar like I would any other business meeting. When the year ended, I had made it to all but one of her tennis matches. It was wonderful to see her compete and have that time with her.

The reason I am sharing this story is that I am often asked, “How do you do it all? How do you find time for your family and your business?” It isn’t easy, but it is possible if you follow a few key steps and are intentional in all you do:

1-    Say NO: That’s right. N-O. It is hard for many of us, especially women, as we want to please everyone and help out where we can. Chose to be intentional in the things that matter to you. Are the things that you are spending your time on, getting you closer to the goals that you have for yourself? Remember, we all have the same 24 hours in a day so when you do say “yes” to something, that means you are giving up something else.

2-    Plan your “downtime”: Whether it is time with family, friends, working out or alone time, you need to plan it and put it on the calendar. I schedule my time with family, friends, my workouts etc. and stick to them. I am very protective of my “me” time.

3-    Ask for help: When you run a company or have a demanding job, you can’t do it all. It is impossible. Surround yourself with a team of people to help get the work done. Determine what your time is worth and outsource tasks such as errands or housekeeping.

So take out that calendar or smart phone and schedule some family or fun time today!

Enjoy – Shannon

ShannonHeadshot2014By Shannon Wilburn, CEO of Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc. @ShannonWilburn (Twitter and Instagram)

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