Mini Pizza Muffins

Here’s another pizza lunchbox idea 🙂 These savory little muffins were so good! Just serve with a side of pizza sauce.

mini pizza muffins

Mini Pizza Muffins

3/4 cup flour

3/4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp each: basil, oregano, parsley

pinch of salt

1/4 tsp garlic powder

3/4 cup whole milk

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 cup shredded mozzarella

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 cup cubed or diced (turkey) pepperoni

Pizza sauce for dipping

1. Preheat oven to 375*. Grease a 24-cup mini muffin tin.

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, herbs, salt and garlic powder.

3. Whisk together the milk and egg. Mix it in the flour mixture. Add the cheeses and peppersoni; let stand for 10 mins.

4. Stir the batter and divide among the muffin cups.

5. Bake until puffy and golden; about 20 minutes.

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Baby Twice Baked Potatoes

I got the idea for this when I was doing research for great lunchbox ideas, and thought it would make a great lunch for Number Two. Of course, these little stuffed potatoes would make a good side for any meal, but for those who are packing lunches for older kids and/or adults, this is a yummy addition to any recipe list.

I totally winged this, so I don’t really have any measurements. But you can easily see that it’s not necesssary anyway. There’s really no way to mess this up. I used what I had on hand, but there are so many options as far as what you can put into your little stuffed potatoes, such as sour cream, chives, broccoli or other veggies.

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Baby Twice Baked Potatoes

Small, yellow potatoes

Grated or shredded cheddar cheese*

Bacon Bits or crumbled (turkey) bacon

Salt & Pepper

1. Bake potaotes until tender and allow to cool slightly.

2. Cut of tops and scopp out potato, placing into a bowl.

3. Mash up the potato with a fork and combine with cheese (*any cheeses you like) and bacon crumbles. Salt & Pepper to taste.

4. Spoon filling gently back into potato skins and mound high.

5. Bake again until lightly browned on top and potatoes are set.

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Super Easy Trail Mix

Is there a trail mix that isn’t easy??

Which brings me to my point. WHY would you spend the money on pre-packaged trail mixes that are full of preservatives and junk when you can easily make an economical and healthier mix yourself?

What I love about trail mixes is that they fit into any lunchbox and can be used as a side, a dessert, or just a pick-me-up snack. Trail mixes offer energy and protein, and there are so many options in mixing them up that you’ll never get bored.

Today’s trail mix is rather standard. I wanted something that both the boys would like, that I could tailor serving sizes with. But there are no real rules to a trail mix. You just put whatever you like in them. Below the recipe are some other simple additions that can easily go into a trail mix, but not a complete list by far.

*Note there are no measurements because you put what you want into it.

trail mix

Trail Mix

Honey roasted peanuts

Chocolate chips

Yogurt-covered raisins

Orange flavored dried cranberries (Trader Joe’s)

Pretzel snaps

Other options: almonds, cashews, walnuts, other nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, dried fruits, M&M’s, goldfish crackers, cheddar nips crackers, Cheerios or other cereal, granola chunks, roasted edamame, banana chips, yogurt/chocolate covered pretzels, coconut flakes, wasabi peas, rice crackers, and rye chips (Gardetto’s style).

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