meals in a cupcake pan

One of the main talents of college students is their creativity. When it comes to meals, students don’t really have time to make super fancy steak dinners with homemade mashed potatoes. It just doesn’t happen. So, coming up with quick and easy ways to cook meals is key. One of my favorite things in my kitchen is my cupcake pan! I needed one to actually make cupcakes one time for some friends, but then after looking at my Pinterest page, I realized I could do so many more things with it!! Here are some of my favorite ways to make creative meals with a cupcake pan:

1. Chicken Pot Pies

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    Aren’t these so cute?  (Picture by princesspinkygirl.com)

    Campbell’s Creamy Herb & Garlic Soup (14.5 oz small box)

  • 2 packages Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • Frozen Vegetables, thawed
  • 1 Cup of Chicken cut into small pieces
  • 3-inch round cookie cutter
  • Cupcake pan

How to:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Lay the crescent roll flat and cut out 12 rounds
  3. Press them in the cupcake pan along the bottom and up the sides
  4. In a bowl mix the soup, thawed vegetables and cut up chicken
  5. Spoon the filling mix into the cups – be careful not Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 1.56.41 AMto overfill – it will bubble up while cooking
  6. Using a pizza cutter, cut strips of crescent dough to cover the top of the cups – I did 2 across each way – so four strips total per cup.
  7. Bake about 18 minutes – until top and sides are golden brown. If the top gets too brown, cover it with foil until the bottom is cooked. I used a knife to peek along the side of the cup to check to see how cooked the sides were.
  8. Let cool and then use a knife to loosen and lift out of cups

Recipe by: princesspinkgirl.com

 

2. Egg Muffins

  • Eggs or egg beaters (beaters would make this even easier!)
  • Muffin/cupcake pan
  • Veggies/mix-ins of your choice (I like adding chicken sausage!)

How to:

  1. Pour egg beaters (or beaten eggs) into greased muffin pan – fill 1/2 way
  2. Add toppings directly into eggs
  3. Bake for 375-degrees for 30 minutes
  4. When on the go or in a hurry, put a few of them in the microwave for about 45 seconds and you’re ready to go!
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(Picture and recipe by Brit Morin at http://www.brit.co)

3. Meatloaf

  • Favorite Meatloaf recipe
  • bbq sauce
  • salt & pepper
  • cheese (cheddar works great!)

How to:

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(Picture and recipe by ilovetocool.org/meatloaf-cupcakes/

  1. Spray your muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. Place in a handful of prepared meatloaf into each muffin tin.
  3. Press your thumb into each meatloaf ball, making a space for toppings.
  4. Squirt a dollop of bbq sauce into the space and salt and pepper.
  5. Bake in a pre-heated 375* oven for 30 minutes or until cooked through (160F).
  6. Add your favorite cheese and bake for another 5 or so minutes.

Side note: You could even make mashed potatoes and add it as a topping to the meatloaf. (The icing on the cake!)

 

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