Cranberry Bran Buds Muffins

A few weeks ago I received a coupon in the mail for a free box of All Bran Buds cereal. While I love anything bran, I didn’t feel like just eating it as cereal, so I made muffins. They were going to be raisin bran muffins but I either forgot I was out of raisins or Dillon ate them lol. Thankfully I knew I had a partial bag of frozen cranberries, so I added them instead.

These muffins are nice and moist, not dry like some bran muffins can be. And they freeze really well. I like to keep a few things in the freezer ready to pop in lunch boxes on the off chance I don’t feel like baking one week!

Sandie

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Meatball “Cupcakes”

I suppose the title may not sound very appetizing but “the boys” ate three each of them lol!

I bought 2 big packages of lean ground beef when I got groceries last week because it was a really good sale and I thought it would be a great opportunity to add to my list of “Freezer Meals.” I not only made the meatballs for this recipe, but I also made another 3 dozen meatballs to freeze for another night’s dinner.

This recipe makes 12 “Cupcakes,” enough for 2 dinners in this household so I got at least 4 meals out of the “Club Pack” of ground beef! Can’t beat that for under $10!

Sandie

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Meatloaf and Potato “Muffins”

I made these last week for dinner because they are always a hit.  I don’t know why but Dillon seems to love meals that I make in muffin tins.  Maybe because he thinks anything made in a muffin tin can be eaten by hand lol 😦

The meatloaf part can be made ahead of time, adding the potatoes just before cooking.  When I made them this time I forgot to add a bit of grated cheese to the tops of the meatloaf part before topping with the potatoes.  Adding that bit of cheese helps to keep the potatoes from sliding off the meatloaf when serving.

Sandie

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Garlic & Cheese Potato “Stacks”

For Sunday dinner I made a nice Herb & Garlic Pork Tenderloin and had to decide what I wanted to make to have with it alongside the requisite vegetable.  I knew I wanted to make some sort of potato side dish but I couldn’t decide on what.  I thought about scalloped potatoes, I thought about mashed potatoes but I wanted to do something different. I ended up making these potato “stacks,” loosely based on different versions I saw online.  Because the potatoes are sliced so thin they cook relatively fast and you end up with a garlicky, cheesy stack of delicious potatoes that look way fancier than how easy they are to make.

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I hope you enjoy the recipe!

Sandie

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Lemon Cranberry Muffins

I don’t know about you, but I love the combination of lemon and cranberry.  The tartness of the flavours together are delicious.  I had some fresh cranberries and thought this would be a perfect way to use them… these are a favourite of everyone in this house!

(The muffins didn’t rise as much as usual… maybe I need to replace my baking powder… but they more than make up for it in taste!)

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Sandie

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Fruit “Filled” Muffins (Copycat “Fruit Explosion Muffins”)

I have a favourite muffin I get whenever I am at a certain coffee shop.  They do not call it fruit filled muffins, it has “explosion” in the name.

When I was making some lunch box treats the other day I thought I would like to try making my own version of these muffins so we can have them more often.  While mine aren’t as “pretty and perfect” looking as this certain coffee shop, the taste is just about bang on!

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Sandie

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Mashed Potato “Muffins”

When I was making the Chicken Burgers the other night, I also decided to try my hand at making Mashed potato muffins to go with it.  We love mashed potatoes and finding another way to enjoy them is just a bonus in this house.  Add some garlic and cheese into the mixture and it is a sure winner for us!

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These would be great to make and freeze as individual portions for a quick side dish to any meal!

Sandie

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