I’ve never devoted a lot of time making my kids’ food “cute.”

Once in a blue moon I’ll pull out the cookie cutters for sandwiches. A few times I helped Rosie with twice baked potatoes that looked like mice. And I will occasionally fashion a heart on a cake using powdered sugar. But today cute meets practical and when that happens, I’m all about it.

Here are 25 ideas for little meals made in muffin tins.

(Okay, three of them are dessert, but who’s counting?). The practical part is that the finished recipes are:

  1. Highly portable. Translation? Most of them work in a lunch box or can be dinner-to-go on days when sports practice or music lessons run late. A number of the recipes are breakfast-friendly, so you and your kids can grab something nourishing on your way out the door in the morning.
  2. Freezer-friendly. Most can be made in a double batch and popped into a freezer bag. That makes it easy on days when you are pressed for time.
  3. Healthy. I crowd sourced these recipes by registered dietitians, which means good nutrition is part of the equation. 
  4. Cute! These mini meals might just inspire enthusiasm among kids who aren’t always keen to open that lunch box or come to the dinner table.

So pull out those muffin tins; you’ve got some cooking to do.

Try these 25 recipes for meals made in muffin tins, all from registered dietitians (so they're healthy *and* portable!). Click To Tweet

LUNCH AND DINNER RECIPES MADE IN MUFFIN TINS

Southwestern Meatloaf MuffinsSouthwestern Meatloaf Muffins (gluten-free)
by Abbey’s Kitchen

Mexican Taco cups

Mexican Taco Cups
by Chocolate Slopes

Mini Mac and Cheese Bites
from Mom’s Kitchen Handbook

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Baked Asian Chicken Rice Balls with Cheddar 
by MJ and Hungry Man

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Grilled Corn, Tomato, and Avocado in Bread Cups 
by Food, Pleasure, and Health

Asian-Turkey-WontonsAsian Turkey Won Tons with Mango Salsa 
by MJ and Hungry Man

Mediterranean-Feta-Quinoa-Egg-MuffinsMediterranean Feta and Quinoa Egg Cups 
by The Spicy RD

Baked Pasta CupsBaked Pasta Cups
by Food, Pleasure, and Health

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Zucchini Au Gratin Cups 
by Nutrition Starring You

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Buffalo Cheddar Quinoa Bites

by Hungry Hobby 

BREAKFAST, LUNCH, OR ANY TIME OF DAY!

Ricotta Berry oatmeal CupsRicotta Berry Oatmeal Cups 
By Nutritioulicious

Screen Shot 2016-03-04 at 7.13.52 PMMini Spinach & Sweet Potato Frittatas 
by The Average RD

Pretty Prosciutto and Spinach Egg Cups

Prosciutto and Spinach Egg Cups
by Mom’s Kitchen Handbook

4 Ingredient mini frittatas

Four-Ingredient Mini Frittatas 
by Homemade Nutrition

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Green Eggs and Quinoa Muffins 
by Nutrition a la Natalie

Chai French Toast Muffins

Chai French Toast Muffins 
by Nutritionist Reviews

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Salmon and Goat Cheese Mini Frittatas 
by Marisa Moore

Mini crustless quiche

Mini Crustless Quiche 
by Jenna Braddock

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Veggie Quiche Patties 
by Meal Makeover Moms

Baked French Toast Cups

Baked French Toast Cups
by Mom to Mom Nutrition

Scrambled egg muffins

Scrambled Egg Muffins 
by Real Mom Nutrition

Caprese Egg Cup Sandwich

Caprese Egg Cup Sandwich
by Bite of Health Nutrition

A FEW SWEET THINGS!
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No-Bake Matcha Cheesecake Bites 
by Kara Lydon

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Berries as Cute as a Cupcake
by Mom’s Kitchen Handbook

Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake Bites
Chocolate Strawberry No-Bake Cheesecake Bites

by Delish Knowledge

25 Healthy Muffin Tin Meals (2)