Can you believe we are already halfway through August? I sure can't. This year is flying by! But, this time of year means one thing. It's back to school time. With school starting, so do all the extracurricular activities. With the change in schedules (and usually every family member's schedule is 100% different) is also the change in eating schedules.
Today, I am sharing 5 ways to use one of my favorite tools - the muffin pan - in the kitchen for easy meal prep with some recipe ideas.
The muffin pan (or tin) is a versatile tool in the kitchen. It is essential to have on hand for your meal prep days. You can make a big batch of a recipe, put them into the muffin pan and freeze. When ready to eat, you have a pre-portioned food (or convenient food hacks) ready to re-heat and head out the door.
Here are some of my favorites way to use a muffin pan:
Freezer Oatmeal Muffins
This has been a lifechanger in my breakfast routine! You've seen my version of oatmeal muffins on Instagram. These oatmeal muffins are a great way to eat a super filling and nutritious breakfast quickly (or to take on the go with you to the office). You can also get creative with toppings and flavors that you and your family love. Plus, you can individualize them depending on your family's preferences. (Get a recipe via The kitchn)
This is another great make ahead breakfast that you can totally personalize for each family member. If you love omelettes, you'll love this recipe. (Get recipe via Gimme Some Oven)
Make ahead (or leftover) Soup
With the winter months just around the corner (gasp!), having a delicious homemade soup on hand will warm you right up in no time! This is a also great way to use up vegetables in your fridge. This can be done with any soup! Try your favorites! This is also a perfect way to have homemade marinara sauce and chicken stock on hand. (Get a recipe via Super Golden Bakes).
Family Favorite Dinner
What is your family's favorite meal? Meatloaf? Lasagna? Tacos? Well... you can make all those ahead of time in a muffin pan. Freeze and save for those crazy busy nights. Dinner will be served super fast and it will be a hit! This is much faster (and more delicious and homemade) than hitting up the drive-through. Win-Win! (Get a recipe via Eating Well)
Leftover Herbs & Greens
I love this one! I love using fresh herbs and greens, especially this time of year. They add so much freshness and flavor to any meal. But, let's be honest - sometimes they go bad before they get used up. And I really do not like #foodwaste. This is a great way to save them and use for later - especially in the winter months. (Get recipe via Little Green Dot)
What are some of your favorite ways to use a muffin pan? Share in the comments below or by #MealPlanningMethod.