Here’s a fun idea for kid-friendly meals that will also help you get rid of some leftovers! If you missed our tips on using leftovers, head over here to check it out! You’ll be able to get creative with this recipe idea, and even be able to make several mini meals in one muffin pan – all different to suit your family’s tastes! Picky eaters in the family? This allows you to customize each meal, and cater to those with specific requirements for theirs. These are also great for on-the-go meals, quick lunches and road trip snacks.
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For a base, use this recipe:
* 1/2 cup Bisquick
* 1/2 cup milk
* 2 eggs
Mix together and put about 1 tablespoon in each muffin cup, and if you choose to, add another tablespoon to the top of your mixtures (listed below)! Use a spatula to spread the mixture around in each cup to coat the sides. Alternatively, you can use plain pancake mix, and forgo the milk and egg. Another idea is to use cornbread mix – just follow the package directions, and put them in each cup.
Now comes the fun! You’ll fill the cups the rest of the way up with leftover chicken and veggies, steak shreds, shrimp or whatever else you have laying around or need to eat up before it expires. Bake at 375 for about 30 minutes. Even better, you’ll be able to freeze these in freezer bags, take them for lunches and re-heat in the microwave! Sprinkle your favorite seasoning on top for an extra bit of flavoring, before popping into the oven.
1. BBQ chicken + cream cheese: throw on a dollop of sour cream when it’s done cooking, and you have a delicious and unique little meal!
2. Ground Beef (leftover taco meat) and mashed potatoes: this makes for some sweet mini meat loaf or shepherds pies!
3. Egg & mashed potatoes: like getting hash browns, a muffin and egg all in one little cup!
4. Veggies: broccoli, carrots, tomatoes and grilled bell peppers make for this awesome veggie cup!
5. Broccoli, Chicken & Cheese: a mini casserole in the perfect size! You can also see a great recipe for Broccoli Chicken Casserole HERE!
6. Chili: leftover homemade chili (get a recipe HERE for Beef & Bacon chili!), topped with diced onions, all cozy inside it’s own little batter cup!
Here are 15 more ideas:
Create your base (recipe above), then add some marinara sauce, cheese, onions, pepperoni, olives and pineapple! Kids can pick their toppings and make their very own mini pizza cups!
Use leftover chicken and either shred or cut into chunks. Pour about 2 tablespoons of alfredo sauce over it for a quick and easy chicken alfredo, in the perfect size portion!
*BEEF & BROCCOLI:
A beef & broccoli pot pie!? Mmmmm….Top your cups up with some beef and broccoli florets, then drizzle soy sauce or teriyaki over it! If you have sesame seeds, that would make for a fun and decorative topper!
Take your Thanksgiving meal and make tiny muffin cup servings! Pour in your base (recipe above), then add a few chunks of turkey, about a 1/2 tablespoon of stuffing and 1/2 tablespoon of mashed potatoes. Drizzle with gravy when you pull it out of the oven!
Ground beef, ketchup and cheese over your base will create mini cheeseburger cups! You could add steak sauce, diced onions , relish or whatever else you would normally put on your burger!
Use: shredded, leftover chicken and top with Rotel, cheese, olives, jalapenos and hot sauce!
*CHICKEN CORDON BLEU:
Add leftover chicken and ham pieces to your base mixture in the cups. Place pieces or shreds of swiss cheese over them, sprinkle with garlic powder and pepper, then top with more base mixture OR with bread crumbs (crushed croutons work well)!
Throw together some of your favorite vegetables, then sprinkle with pepper, lemon, marinades, balsamic vinegar or any other delicious topping you can think of for a fun veggie cup!
Mix together leftover ground beef, Ranch Style Beans, onion dices and tomato sauce. Add cheese or seasonings as desired to have some mini chili cups! Top with the base to have chili pies!
*SAUSAGE POTATO LASAGNA:
Take crumbled Italian sausage and mix with mushrooms, egg, leftover mashed potatoes and ricotta cheese. Put about 2 tablespoons on top of your base, then layer with spinach! You’ll have a unique and flavorful mini meal!
Use leftover taco meat from last night’s meal. Add to your base, then top with cheese, tomatoes, avocado and seasonings. These would be nice to re-heat for lunch the next day, or freeze for another meal later in the week! Once heated, you can top with cold lettuce and sour cream!
*ITALIAN MEATBALL MEALS:
If you had spaghetti and meatballs for dinner, consider using your leftovers to create fun little meatball cups! Place a meatball in on the base, then pour on a flavorful combination of tomato sauce and italian spices. Sprinkle with shredded swiss or parmesan cheese.
*POT ROAST CUPS:
Place small pieces of leftover pot roast, potatoes, onions & carrots into each cup with the base. Pour in some beef broth, cover with more base and ta-da! You have portable pot roast cups!!
Create your base, then crack an egg into the cup. sprinkle in bits of bacon, cheese and any spices you like! You could also mix the egg with milk and onion powder, and scramble, before pouring into the cup. Brush on some maple syrup around the base before adding other ingredients to really kick this breakfast into high gear!
Use uncooked broccoli florets and mix with a bit of cream cheese, swiss cheese, diced mushrooms and onions, then put 2 spoonfuls into each base-lined cup!
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