Chances are, that muffin tin you've got hanging around has some seriously untapped potential. They may be designed to bake up batches of muffins and cupcakes, but as it turns out, your muffin tin can (and should) be a pretty clutch dinner tool, too.
My foray into the world of muffin tin dinners happened the way most of my culinary obsessions in college did: via Pinterest. Mini crustless quiches got me through many busy, late nights, and muffin tin turkey lasagnas became the ultimate comfort food to pair alongside a simple side salad.
Unlike many of the Pinterest cooking trends I got into—and let's be real, there were many—muffin tin dinners are still a go-to. I love that they're so easy to make ahead for meal prep, and many muffin-sized creations freeze like a dream. And because they automatically freeze individually, having them on-hand means you'll always have a perfect last-minute dinner solution for one person. As another bonus, they've got portion control built right in.
These 12 recipes just might turn you into a convert—trust me, you'll never look at your muffin tin the same way again.
The edges of these mini lasagnas are deliciously crispy, while the insides are as chewy and cheesy as lasagna should be. Get the recipe here.
These sandwich-inspired quinoa cups are a tasty way to sneak in some extra vegetables at dinner. Get the recipe here.
Load these babies up with your favorite fresh taco toppings like tomatoes, red cabbage, and jalapeños (if you're feeling adventurous). Get the recipe here.
Spaghetti and meatballs isn't typically considered finger food, but these spiralized potato bites make it happen. Get the recipe here.
These sweet and savory cups are the perfect balance between crunchy and creamy. Get the recipe here.
Sure, you can bake falafels on a regular sheet pan, but a mini muffin tin is a genius way to portion out all of that chickpea goodness. Get the recipe here.
Shredded chicken, black beans, and a sprinkling of Mexican-blend cheese pack these bites to the brim with protein. Get the recipe here.
This bite-sized comfort food recipe includes ground turkey for a boost of lean protein and calls for high-fiber cereal in the place of breadcrumbs. Get the recipe here.
These Asian-inspired mini meatloafs can trick even the most vegetable-averse into eating a little something green. Get the recipe here.
The best thing about these low-carb mini quiches is that you can switch up your mix-ins every time you whip them up. In this case, turkey kielbasa, tomato, and spinach star. Get the recipe here.
These grown-up pizza bites are a portion-controlled way to enjoy pizza night. Get the recipe here.