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Breakfast Burrito Cups

Today, I baked these Breakfast Burrito Cups because I like the idea to keep them in the fridge or freezer and pop them in the microwave for a quick, healthy, hot breakfast.  Sweet Stackers layer foods using a stackable food storage system in a variety of containers.  This prevents foods from sticking together or getting soggy.

Breakfast Burrito Cups

Happy New Year!  Personally, I have never been into making resolutions.  This year is different and I am setting a goal that is taking one more step to eating better for the whole family.  Drumroll please…..I am not buying cereal!

Overall, I believe that we do well eating well rounded meals.  But breakfast is the one area where I think we can do better!  The mornings are hectic.  First, I am NOT a morning person.  My kids know that Mom needs to have a few sips of coffee before we can start discussing any aspect of the morning routine.  Three young kids bring the typical morning rush trying to get them out of the door on time.  Cereal is the perfect quick breakfast.  But even the cereal that we have considered to be the “less-sugar” cereals are still packed with sugar and limited nutrition.  I myself quit eating cereal for about 2 years because I realized I was starving by 9 or 10 A.M.  Unfortunately, my kids LOVE cereal and will even eat it as an afternoon snack since they can make it themselves.  So if I don’t have cereal in the house, no one will eat it.

I have been doing some research as how to make quick heathy breakfasts!  This is one of the make ahead recipes to keep in the freezer.  A variety of fillings can be used, so get creative!

Breakfast Burrito Cups

yields 12 individual cups

3 – 10 inch flour tortilla

variety of diced veggies/cooked meat [green pepper, mushrooms & ham]

5 eggs

2 TB milk

shredded Cheddar cheese – optional

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 12 count muffin tin with oil.

Cut the tortilla into quarters.  Press gently into the muffin tin to form cups.  Sprinkle the diced veggies and meat into the cups.  In a small bowl, whisk the eggs and milk together.  Poor even amounts of egg mixture into each cup.  Sprinkle a pinch of shredded cheese on top of each cup.  Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.  Uncover and bake for an additional 5 minutes until the egg is cooked through and lightly browned.

 

 

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Lunch Box: Frozen Sandwiches

Attention Moms with school aged kids!

Preparing school lunches turns into a dreaded chore for Moms, especially during the morning rush.  A couple of years ago, one of my Mom friends mentioned that they freeze sandwiches.  Pull a sandwich out of the freezer when packing lunches in the morning and by lunch time the sandwich is perfectly thawed.  At the time I didn’t think much of it, but I also only had one lunch to prepare.  Now that I have two kids in school – I totally get this idea!  Of course I have two kids that have their own preferences – one like cheese, the other doesn’t – one likes mayo, the other prefers mustard.  How can I keep track??!!

Lunch Box

This is a great way to save time preparing your kid’s lunch box!  Now I make it part of our Sunday night routine.  The kids prepare clothes and backpacks and I make sandwiches for the week.   Sandwiches can be stored in plastic storage bags or plastic wrap, but I am trying to make an effort to reduce waste and especially at school.  I use an air-tight food storage container that will fit sandwiches in layers, using a Sweet Stackers tray to separate each kids lunch.  One kid’s sandwiches are layered on the bottom and the other’s layered on top – this way I can keep track when I am packing them.  Since, I am not storing the sandwiches for a long period of time, there are no problems with freezer burn or the bread drying out.  The kids love them and they do not get soggy.  Plus I like that the sandwiches are kept colder longer preventing deli meat or spreads to spoil.

Many Moms have asked, “What type of sandwiches do you make?”.  I do prefer to use whole grain breads, but I noticed that my kids get bored with the same sandwich.  All kids are different, but changing up the “traditional PB&J” can be fun and a good change for them!  This week I am making ham and cheese sandwiches using Hawaiian dinner rolls and peanut butter and Nutella on whole grain Raisin Bread.

A couple of tips:

  • Do not freeze lettuce, tomatoes or other similar toppings on the sandwich.  Pack these items separately on the side.
  • When making PB&J, smear peanut butter on both sides of the bread (at least a thin layer) to prevent the jelly from touching the bread.  Jelly will make the sandwich soggy.
  • Bento style storage containers (with dividers) are fun for the kids to store sides, dips, crackers, fruits & veggies.  (We found some neat ones in the dollar section at Target!)
  • Make your own Uncrustables – there are tools that will seal and cut the crust off.
  • Shaped sandwich cutters (or cookie cutters) are a fun way to remove crust and cut into cute shapes.

 

Do you have any great tips to share?

 

 

Zucchini Oatmeal Cookies

Tomorrow is going to be filled with a lot of “firsts”!  My oldest daughter is starting first grade.  For me, it is the first time that she will be away from me all day and it will be a first that I have to pack a healthy lunch for her.  So I want it to be a special one!  It is also the first time I added zucchini to a cookie recipe.

Zucchini Oatmeal Cookies Sweet Stackers

I love zucchini bread, so why not add zucchini to a cookie recipe?  This recipe is perfect because there were a couple of zucchini sitting on my countertop that I just picked yesterday and all of the other ingredients in my pantry.

Zucchini Oatmeal batter

Don’t know what to do with all of the zucchini from your garden?  Try this recipe!

Zucchini Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup shredded zucchini
2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup raisins
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°.

With an electric mixer, add cooled melted butter and sugars until well combined.  Add the egg, vanilla extract and zucchini to the mixture.  At low speed, combine the flour, baking soda and salt.  Then gradually add the oats, raisins and chocolate chips.

Place a spoonful of dough, two inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges are lightly browned.  Cool on a wire rack.

SweetStackers - Zucchini Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies produced a chewy oatmeal cookie with melty chocolate chips on top.  SweetStackers are the solution to separate and layer your cookies without them sticking together in a container.  Visit sweetstackers.com to learn more about SweetStackers!  Mmm…I might just make another batch and freeze them like this!

Late night craving…

Late night cravingYes, I had a late night craving.

Oh…what to do….

Then I remembered that I have a secret stash of something sweet in my freezer!    Thawing is much faster than baking a whole batch of brownies or cookies and I am not really up for baking at this time of night, plus the aroma would probably wake up the kids.

My SweetStackers Stackable Food Storage System really did the trick!  They separated and stacked the remaining brownies that I made a while ago in a small 9×9 Tupperware container, perfect for the freezer.   Pull out one brownie (or all of them) when you have a craving.

Check out my original post on how I made these brownies, they are decadent!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Ganache         Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownie

Frozen Raspberry Lemon Muffins

I have to say that I was very intrigued with the “frozen” part of this Frozen Raspberry Lemon Muffin recipe.  Frozen Muffins, really?  Do these looks frozen to you?

This week I am trying to cram in as many summer activities as I can before my kids start school.   I took them to a local farm called You Pick Berries to pick raspberries at the peak of their season.  The raspberries were big, beautiful and plentiful.  We even tasted a few along the way.

Last night I couldn’t wait to bake something with our fresh raspberries, but I usually like to have my kids work with me.  So I made these muffins all the way up until the point of baking them and popped them in the freezer overnight.

Frozen Raspberry Lemon Muffins

2 C whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp salt

2 large eggs

2/3 C buttermilk (* see kitchen tip)

1/3 C canola oil

2/3 C granulated sugar

1 tsp grated lemon zest

2 TB lemon juice

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 C fresh or frozen raspberries, plus more for topping

* Kitchen Tip – if you don’t have buttermilk on hand you can mix 1 C milk with 1 TB white vinegar or lemon juice and let it stand for 5 minutes.  Then measure out what you need for your recipe.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger and salt.  In another large bowl, beat the eggs and whisk in the buttermilk, oil, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla extract.  Gently stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until combined and then fold in the raspberries.  Fill 12 muffin cups just below the rim and place 3 raspberries on top.

The muffins are ready to bake or the muffin tin can be placed in a freezer until the batter is frozen (at least 3 hours).  The frozen muffins can be transferred and stored in an airtight container or freezer bag.

Do you ever get a sudden craving for homemade muffins with no work other than popping them in the oven?

When you are ready to bake, the frozen muffin cups should be placed back into a muffin tin and baked at 350° for 30 minutes.  Test the muffins with a toothpick until it comes out clean.

My kids woke up to the smell of homemade muffins and they were pretty excited to find out that they were made with the farm fresh raspberries that they picked.

Freezer Cukes! Cucumbers! Pickles?

This recipe has many different names they can be known as freezer cukes, cucumbers or pickles, refrigerator cukes or cucumber salad.

Last summer I had an abundance of cucumbers from my veggie garden.  This recipe is so easy and so refreshing.  Just mix all of the ingredients together and refrigerate overnight.  They are ready to be served or frozen.  I placed small batches of cukes in canning jars and some in freezer bags, making sure that I left enough head space for expansion.

Thaw and eat them all winter long as a nice way to remember summer’s bounty.

This salad is great as a side salad, to bring to a picnic or I like them on top of a sandwich.

Freezer Cucumbers

7 cups cukes, sliced thin

1 cup sliced onion

1 cup green pepper diced

2 tsp salt

1 tsp celery seed

2 cups sugar

1 cup cold vinegar