Break out the muffin tins, but forget the sugar. We’ve rounded up recipes that put your muffin tin to work for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and these “mini meals” pack a punch. We’re talking tiny taco bowls, spaghetti pie and oatmeal you can hold in the palm of your hand, and we promise – no muffins or cupcakes to be seen.

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Baked Oatmeal
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Oatmeal can be a breakfast go-to, but it’s not the easiest thing to munch on if you’re running out the door. Skip the bowl and spoon with this baked oatmeal alternative.
Baked Oatmeal
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Oatmeal can be a breakfast go-to, but it’s not the easiest thing to munch on if you’re running out the door. Skip the bowl and spoon with this baked oatmeal alternative.
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6-8muffins
Servings
6-8muffins
    Ingredients
    • Baked Oatmeal Muffins
    • 2 whole Eggs
    • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
    • 1 cup Brown Sugar packed
    • 1/2 cup Applesauce
    • 1 1/2 cup Milk
    • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
    • 1/2 tsp Salt
    • 1 tbsp Cinnamon
    • 3 cups Old Fashioned Oats
    • 2 tsp Baking Powder
    • Additional Topping
    • 2 tsp Nuts
    • 2 tsp Dried Cranberries
    • 2 tsp Fresh Berries
    • 2 tsp Chocolate Chips
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    Ingredients
    • Baked Oatmeal Muffins
    • 2 whole Eggs
    • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
    • 1 cup Brown Sugar packed
    • 1/2 cup Applesauce
    • 1 1/2 cup Milk
    • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
    • 1/2 tsp Salt
    • 1 tbsp Cinnamon
    • 3 cups Old Fashioned Oats
    • 2 tsp Baking Powder
    • Additional Topping
    • 2 tsp Nuts
    • 2 tsp Dried Cranberries
    • 2 tsp Fresh Berries
    • 2 tsp Chocolate Chips
    Servings: muffins
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      Instructions
      1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare muffin tin by spraying each cup lightly with oil or lining with paper liners.
      2. In a big bowl, whisk eggs, oil and brown sugar until combined. Add applesauce, milk, vanilla, salt and cinnamon. Whisk until combined. Stir in oats and baking powder.
      3. Fill muffin tins with ¼ cup of the oat mixture.
      4. Sprinkle with your favorite toppings such as nuts, dried cranberries, fresh berries or chocolate chips and gently push the toppings down into the batter with a spoon.
      5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a tester comes out clean.
      Recipe Notes

      You can dress up this basic recipe with your favorite toppings. Try about 2 teaspoons of add-ons like nuts, dried cranberries, fresh berries or chocolate chips.

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      Easy Egg Muffins
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      A few ingredients, a muffin tin and about twenty minutes, and suddenly you have breakfast to go for the whole week.
      Easy Egg Muffins
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      A few ingredients, a muffin tin and about twenty minutes, and suddenly you have breakfast to go for the whole week.
      Servings
      12Muffins
      Servings
      12Muffins
        Ingredients
        • 12 whole Eggs
        • 12 slices bacon
        • 1 pinch Salt & Pepper to taste
        • 8 oz Shredded Cheese
        Servings: Muffins
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        Ingredients
        • 12 whole Eggs
        • 12 slices bacon
        • 1 pinch Salt & Pepper to taste
        • 8 oz Shredded Cheese
        Servings: Muffins
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          Instructions
          1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
          2. Prepare muffin tins by lightly coating with cooking oil.
          3. Cut bacon strips into two pieces, then lay in a criss-cross pattern in each tin.
          4. Crack an egg into each tin.
          5. Season with salt and pepper, and add a sprinkle of grated cheese.
          6. Cook 13 to 17 minutes until eggs are cooked to your liking.
          7. Once cool, store in airtight container or freeze.
          Recipe Notes

          These muffins are ripe with possibility. Go vegetarian – just sauté your favorite veggies until crisp-tender and add to the muffin tins, omitting the bacon. You can also substitute breakfast sausage for the bacon. Cook crumbled sausage (chop links into pieces) until brown, then add to tins before cracking an egg on top.

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          Tiny Taco Bowls
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          Pair these with rice and beans for an easy twist on standard tacos. Same great taste, fun new look.
          Tiny Taco Bowls
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          Pair these with rice and beans for an easy twist on standard tacos. Same great taste, fun new look.
          Servings
          12bowls
          Servings
          12bowls
            Ingredients
            • Basic Taco Bowl With Filling
            • 1 lb Ground Beef
            • 1 pck Taco Seasoning
            • 2/3 cup Water
            • 12 whole Flour Tortillas
            • 2 cups Shredded Cheese
            • Toppings
            • Lettuce
            • Tomato
            • Guacamole
            • Sour Cream
            • Salsa
            Servings: bowls
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            Ingredients
            • Basic Taco Bowl With Filling
            • 1 lb Ground Beef
            • 1 pck Taco Seasoning
            • 2/3 cup Water
            • 12 whole Flour Tortillas
            • 2 cups Shredded Cheese
            • Toppings
            • Lettuce
            • Tomato
            • Guacamole
            • Sour Cream
            • Salsa
            Servings: bowls
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              Instructions
              1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
              2. Lightly grease muffin tin cups.
              3. Prepare taco meat by browning your ground beef in a pan then drain the grease. Add 2/3 cup of water and stir in taco seasoning. Let meat simmer for a few minutes
              4. Use a pastry cutter (or DIY it with a pizza cutter and a standard margarita glass) to cut four-inch diameter circles out the flour tortillas.
              5. Wrap three to four circles in a wet paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds to soften them, then mold circles into lightly greased muffin tin cups.
              6. Add a layer of shredded cheese, two tablespoons of meat and another sprinkle of cheese.
              7. Bake for 20 minutes until cheese is lightly browned.
              8. Top with your favorite garnishes like lettuce, tomato, guacamole, sour cream and salsa.
              Recipe Notes

              You can bake the leftovers if you have extra tortilla chips around – just lightly coat with oil, sprinkle with salt and bake at 350 until crisp and beginning to color.

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              spaghetti pie muffins
              Spaghetti Pie
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              This one is a mini meal take on a dinner classic. Serve one or two of these with a salad and dinner is served.
              Spaghetti Pie
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              This one is a mini meal take on a dinner classic. Serve one or two of these with a salad and dinner is served.
              Servings
              16Pies
              Servings
              16Pies
                Ingredients
                • Crust
                • 4 cups Cooked Spaghetti
                • 1/3 cup Melted Butter
                • 2 whole Eggs
                • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
                • Filling
                • 1 lb Ground Beef or Sausage
                • 1/2 tsp Dried Basil
                • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
                • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
                • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Seeds
                • 1/2 tsp Salt
                • 1 jar Tomato Sauce
                • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese
                Servings: Pies
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                Ingredients
                • Crust
                • 4 cups Cooked Spaghetti
                • 1/3 cup Melted Butter
                • 2 whole Eggs
                • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
                • Filling
                • 1 lb Ground Beef or Sausage
                • 1/2 tsp Dried Basil
                • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
                • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
                • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Seeds
                • 1/2 tsp Salt
                • 1 jar Tomato Sauce
                • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese
                Servings: Pies
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                  Instructions
                    Crust
                    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
                    2. Mix spaghetti and butter.
                    3. Whisk eggs in separate bowl, adding Parmesan as you whisk.
                    4. Combine egg mixture to spaghetti mixture and combine.
                    5. Grease two large muffin pans and divide spaghetti mixture evenly into cups.
                    6. Use you fingers pressing firmly to form little nests around the muffin tins.
                    Filling
                    1. Brown meat, then add tomato sauce, then add basil, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper seeds and salt.
                    2. Stir and simmer about ten minutes.
                    3. Spoon evenly into spaghetti nests, top with mozzarella cheese and bake about 30 minutes until lightly browned and bubbly.
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                    Broccoli Puffs
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                    These bite-sized broccoli puffs bake up a little brown and crispy – a tasty way to get those veggies down.
                    Broccoli Puffs
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                    These bite-sized broccoli puffs bake up a little brown and crispy – a tasty way to get those veggies down.
                    Servings
                    8puffs
                    Servings
                    8puffs
                      Ingredients
                      • 1 bundle Broccoli
                      • 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
                      • 1/3 cup Chopped Onion minced
                      • 1/2 cup Breadcrumbs
                      • 2 whole Eggs
                      • 1 pinch Salt & Pepper to taste
                      Servings: puffs
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                      Ingredients
                      • 1 bundle Broccoli
                      • 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
                      • 1/3 cup Chopped Onion minced
                      • 1/2 cup Breadcrumbs
                      • 2 whole Eggs
                      • 1 pinch Salt & Pepper to taste
                      Servings: puffs
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                        Instructions
                        1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
                        2. Put one inch of water into saucepan and bring to a boil.
                        3. Add broccoli, covering and reducing heat to medium.
                        4. Cook five to six minutes until tender (broccoli should pierce easily with a fork).
                        5. Drain and allow to cool, then squeeze broccoli with paper towels to remove as much water as possible.
                        6. Finely chop the broccoli.
                        7. In a bowl, combine all ingredients, seasoning with salt and pepper.
                        8. Lightly grease muffin tin, then fill the cups with the broccoli mixture.
                        9. Press the broccoli mixture down so it’s compacted.
                        10. Bake 18 to 20 minutes until golden brown.
                        Recipe Notes

                        Be careful to get as much liquid as you can out of the broccoli. Too much moisture will make your puffs soggy.

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                        Mini Meatloaf Muffins
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                        A bite-sized take on a hearty and classic comfort food. (Image via Food.com)
                        Mini Meatloaf Muffins
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                        A bite-sized take on a hearty and classic comfort food. (Image via Food.com)
                        Servings
                        12muffins
                        Servings
                        12muffins
                          Ingredients
                          • 1 tsp Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
                          • 1 cup Onion finely chopped
                          • 1/2 cup Carrot finely chopped
                          • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
                          • 2 Garlic Gloves minced
                          • 1 cup Ketchup divided
                          • 1 1/2 lbs Ground Beef extra lean (raw)
                          • 1 cup Saltine Crackers finely crushed
                          • 2 tbsps Mustard
                          • 1 tsp Worchestershire Sauce
                          • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
                          • 2 Eggs
                          • Cooking Spray
                          Servings: muffins
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                          Ingredients
                          • 1 tsp Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
                          • 1 cup Onion finely chopped
                          • 1/2 cup Carrot finely chopped
                          • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
                          • 2 Garlic Gloves minced
                          • 1 cup Ketchup divided
                          • 1 1/2 lbs Ground Beef extra lean (raw)
                          • 1 cup Saltine Crackers finely crushed
                          • 2 tbsps Mustard
                          • 1 tsp Worchestershire Sauce
                          • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
                          • 2 Eggs
                          • Cooking Spray
                          Servings: muffins
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                            Instructions
                            1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
                            2. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large nonstick skillet. Add chopped onion, carrot, dried oregano and minced garlic and sauté for two minutes.
                            3. Combine onion mixture, 1/2 cup ketchup and remaining ingredients (except cooking spray) in a large bowl.
                            4. Coat muffin pan with cooking spray and spoon the mixture into the cups. Top each with two teaspoons ketchup and bake for 25 minutes. Let stand for five minutes.
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