Have you seen the muffin tin?
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If your weekday mornings are all about time-saving breakfasts, breakfast hacks and make-ahead-ing, then it’s time to invest in a muffin pan. If you already have a muffin pan but only use it to make the obvious, then read on. This kitchen tool is MacGyver in metal form, so no matter your breakfast preferences, there are countless ways to use a muffin pan. Imagine waking up and starting your day with a perfectly portioned, portable breakfast that you’ve spent no more than 10 minutes preparing that morning. Sounds like a too good to be true Pinterest hack, right? Nope. Incorporating a muffin pan into your breakfast preparation can cut down on the time you spend in the kitchen.

Smoothie-making just got smoother. Blend fruit and greens together in big batches and freeze in muffin cups ahead of time. When you go to make your morning smoothie, just pop a few of the frozen smoothie pucks into the blender with your liquid of choice.

Eggs. All kinds of eggs. Ever tried baking your hard boiled eggs instead of boiling them? Just preheat your oven to 325°F, place one egg into each muffin cup and bake for 30 minutes. You’ve got hard-cooked eggs for the week.

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Frittatas, quiches, omelets. Just portion out your favorite recipe into the muffin cups and bake until the eggs are set. Once they’re cooled, individually wrap them in freezer paper and foil and freeze. All you have to do in the morning is reheat them in the microwave or oven.

Edible bowls, or should we say edibowls? Muffin cups are the perfect shape for baking food into perfect single-serving shapes. Just press granola into the muffin cups before baking, and fill these granola bowls with yogurt and fruit; you’ve just created the ideal portable parfait.