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Make & Freeze Homemade Waffles

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Here’s a quick homemade breakfast idea for busy weekday mornings! Consider making a batch of waffles, freezing them and then quickly popping them in the toaster when you are ready to eat. Not only are they great tasting, but they are also healthier and less expensive than their store bought counterpart!

Don’t have a waffle iron? Use your favorite pancake recipe instead and freeze!

Homemade Waffles

Recipe adapted from AllRecipes.com

Ingredients:

2 cups flour (all-purpose or wheat)
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 and 3/4 cups milk
2 eggs
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
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Directions: Preheat waffle iron. Beat eggs in large mixing bowl until fluffy. Add in the rest of ingredients and mix until smooth. Spray waffle iron with nonstick spray. Pour mix onto iron and cook until golden brown – about 5 minutes or so. Place waffles on cooling racks. Serve warm and add desired toppings. Makes about 7-8 waffles in my Krups Belgian Waffle Iron.

Freezing Directions: I like to double this recipe and freeze waffles flat on a cookie sheet for a few hours. Use parchment paper between each layer so waffles don’t stick. When completely frozen, place waffles in freezer bags. To remove any excess air in freezer bag, just insert a straw into the freezer bag after filling bag with waffles, close bag around straw, and suck out the air. Waffles should stay good for up to a few months. To reheat, just pop a frozen waffle into the toaster.


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Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie (Easy Restaurant Style Dessert)

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Does your family enjoy those delicious restaurant style “pizza cookie” desserts? Make this super quick and easy version at home and get ready to dive in to warm, gooey, chocolate chip heaven! :D

Restaurant Style Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet

Recipe from MarthaStewart.com

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips

https://h2savecom.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/make-a-skillet-cookie-with-just-one-bowl-hip2save-com.jpgDirections: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 10 inch cast iron skillet or a similarly sized cake pan with a little additional butter. In a large mixing bowl, mix together butter, egg, vanilla, and both sugars. Stir in salt, flour, and baking soda. Lastly, mix in chocolate chips. Spread into skillet evenly. Bake at 350 degrees for about 18-20 minutes until golden brown. Let sit about 5 minutes. Serve while still warm with vanilla ice cream if desired. Makes about 8 slices.


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Grilled Foil Packet Frozen Cheese Fries

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Don’t let the Summer end before you try this recipe for Grilled Frozen Cheese Fries! This recipe is perfect for camping, tailgating, and/or just watching football games at home.

Grilled Frozen Cheese Fries

Ingredients:

1/2 of a 10 oz. bag of frozen French fries
1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
2 green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon sour cream
2 tablespoons bacon bits, or crumbled bacon
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Directions:

Lay frozen fries on one large piece of foil with the edges crumpled up around the sides. Cover with another piece of foil over the top of fries, leaving room for steam at the top. Grill on medium high heat with lid down for 20-30 minutes – be sure to turn the foil packet halfway through. After 20-30 minutes, check to see if fries are brown and cooked to desired doneness (I like crispy fries!). Add cheese and grill for another few minutes. Take off grill and add sour cream, onion, and bacon. Serves about 3-4.


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Baked Ham & Egg Cups (Low Carb Breakfast On The Go Meal)

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Here’s an easy make-ahead breakfast idea that will come in handy for those busy school/work mornings. Bake these yummy ham and egg cups in a muffin tin for a handy breakfast on the go. Swap out veggies based on what you like and customize with ingredients your family loves.

Baked Ham & Scrambled Egg Cups

Ingredients

10 large eggs
12 slices of deli ham
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1 and 1/2 cups diced veggies (I used bell peppers, red onion, and green onion)
nonstick spray for muffin tin

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Directions: Spray muffin tin with nonstick spray. Place a piece of ham in bottom of each cup. Add a little shredded cheese to each cup. Whisk eggs together and pour into each cup.  Chop and sautee veggies for a few minutes with a small amount of olive oil and add salt & pepper to taste. Add a little of the veggies to the top each cup. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes until eggs are set. Makes 12 individual sized cups

These yummy cups can be quickly reheated in the microwave for an easy and filling breakfast.


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Homemade Vanilla Almond Granola

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Making homemade granola can cut down on your grocery bill and also happens to be super easy! Plus, I love that you can control the amount of sugar added and can customize to your liking by adding in your favorite nuts, seeds and dried fruits. In addition to making a great cereal, granola can be added to yogurt and fresh fruit for a breakfast parfait and makes a great snack all on its own!

Homemade Vanilla Almond Granola

Adapted from Chow.com

Ingredients:

3 cups Rolled Oats
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/3 cup Honey
1/4 Coconut Oil
1/2 cup sliced Almonds
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Directions: Mix oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, mix coconut oil, honey, and vanilla. Pour the liquid mixture over the oats mixture and mix until evenly coated. In a thin and even layer, spread out over a Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mat or a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper. You may need to separate into two baking sheets to ensure oats toast evenly and get that crunchy texture. Bake at 325 degrees for about 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Take out of oven, toss with nuts and/or dried fruit, and let cool. Texture will become crunchy as it cools. Store in airtight container.


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Chocolate Cream Refrigerator Cake (Easy No-Bake Dessert)

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Easy No Bake Chocolate Cream Refrigerator Cake Perfect for Summer

If you’re looking for an easy no-bake dessert, try this refrigerator cake layered with chocolate graham crackers. The result is a beautiful, creamy and fancy-looking chocolate cake that tastes even better than it looks (this cake is very addictive – don’t say I didn’t warn you! ;) )!

Chocolate Cream Refrigerator Cake

Recipe adapted from ClintonKelly.com

Ingredients:

1 box Chocolate Graham Crackers
3 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
1 cup Mascarpone Cheese or See Substitution Below
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 candy bars chopped or shaved for topping

1 cup Mascarpone Cheese Substitution: Cream together 6 oz. softened cream cheese, 2 Tablespoons sour cream, and 3 Tablespoons heavy cream.
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Directions: If using Mascarpone cheese substitute, cream ingredients together with kitchen mixer and set aside in separate bowl. Whip 3 cups of heavy cream for about 2 minutes until peaks form. Add sugar, vanilla, and Mascarpone cheese/cheese substitute. Combine all ingredients. In a casserole dish, place a layer of graham crackers on the bottom. You may need to break a few crackers to get an even layer. Spread 1/3 of the cream mixture over first layer, and continue until you have three layers of crackers and cream mixture. Chop or shave chocolate bars with a vegetable peeler over the top of dessert to garnish. Cover and place in refrigerator overnight. Serves 8-12 depending on size of squares.

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Easy Roasted Beer Can Chicken

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Beer Can Chicken makes roasting a chicken at home super tasty and super easy! Not only does the can act as a great platform to keep your chicken upright, but the beer within the can also keeps the meat moist and adds wonderful flavor. Want to skip the beer? Try root beer or another soda instead for similar results!

Easy Roasted Beer Can Chicken

Ingredients:

Seasoning Rub: 1 teaspoon garlic, 2 teaspoons paprika, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1 teaspoon oregano, 1/4 teaspoon Tarragon, 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard, 1 teaspoon onion powder

2 tablespoon Olive Oil

1 whole chicken (about 5-6 pounds)

1 can of beer
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Directions: Mix together spices. Clean chicken and remove insides. Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Pour out 1/2 of beer and place chicken upright on top of beer can in a roasting pan. Rub chicken with olive oil and spices. Pour a little of the beer in the roasting pan. Roast in the oven at 425 degrees for about an hour and 15 minutes until brown and internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.  Note: I like to baste the chicken several times while it is cooking in the oven.

This type of chicken is my family’s favorite because of the amazingly flavorful and crispy outside skin. The beer really does add a unique flavor and makes for a wonderful “sauce”. Leftovers are perfect the next day for chicken burritos or to serve with a salad.


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Homemade Zesty Italian Seasoning & Dressing Packet

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Zesty Italian dry seasoning packets are super versatile. In addition to using them to create homemade salad dressing, these packets can be used to quickly season grilled meat, create marinades, and to add to roasted potatoes & veggies and slow cooker meals. If you’re like me and use these packets often, try making this copycat version at home!

Homemade Zesty Italian Dry Seasoning Packets

Adapted from GroupRecipes.com

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
1 Tablespoon Garlic Salt
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Tablespoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Oregano
1 Teaspoon Basil
1/4 teaspoon Thyme
1 Tablespoon Parsley
1 teaspoon Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Celery Seed

Make your own zesty italian seasoning packet for dressing, marinades, and roasted veggies Hip2Save.comDirections: Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight seasoning bottle/container.

For Salad Dressing: Mix 2 Tablespoons of seasoning with 1/2 cup White Vinegar, 2/3 cup Olive or Canola Oil, and 2 Tablespoons water. Shake well. (Optional: I also add 1 teaspoon fresh minced red bell pepper and 1 teaspoon fresh minced carrot.)


Use these Italian Dry Seasoning Packets to create this easy one pan Italian Chicken Bake and/or this yummy Slow Cooker Creamy Italian Chicken.

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Homemade Pineapple Mango Fruit Leathers

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If you and/or your kiddos love snacking on fruit leathers, consider making your own all-natural version at home with no artificial dyes or ingredients! Use any ripe fruit combinations that your family loves and the result is a sweet and chewy portable snack. You can easily control the amount of added sugar by adding as much or as little of your choice of sweetener.

Homemade Pineapple Mango Fruit Leathers

Recipe idea from Door to Door Organics

Ingredients:

3 cups fresh or frozen pineapple and mango, chopped (about 2 mangos and 1/2 pineapple)
1 tablespoon honey (optional)
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Directions: Puree fruit and spread on a large baking sheet. Either use a Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat (I love the Silpat brand!) or cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a pie server or something smooth to spread mixture out evenly – it should be about 1/8 inch thick. Bake at 175 degrees for about 5 1/2-6 hours. Start by checking at hour 5 to see if sides are done. The texture will be smooth and not tacky if dried. If the sides are done and the middle is still wet, use a pizza cutter to cut off portions that are firm so they do not get crispy. Roll up pieces on parchment paper or plastic wrap if desired. Store in airtight container.


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Shrimp Scampi (Easy AND Quick Meal Idea)

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No need to visit a fancy restaurant to enjoy delicious shrimp scampi! This super easy meal can be made in around 15 minutes at home! Serve this buttery garlic shrimp dish with traditional, whole wheat, or gluten-free pasta or even zucchini “zoodles”.

Shrimp Scampi

Adapted from Food.com

Ingredients:

1 lb. Raw Shrimp, defrosted, peeled & deveined
3/4 cup white wine (I used Chardonnay)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup butter
3 tablespoons minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes
Garnish: Lemon, fresh parsley, grated Parmesan cheese
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Directions: In a large skillet over medium heat, heat butter, olive oil, garlic, and white wine until almost boiling. Stir in shrimp, red pepper flakes and parsley flakes. Cook for about 4 minutes until shrimp turns pink (take care not to overcook shrimp). Serve shrimp on top of pasta with butter sauce. If desired, garnish with lemon, Parmesan cheese, and parsley. Serves 2-3.

Time Saving Tip: Make ahead noodles a day or two before and store in a Ziploc bag with a little olive oil to prevent sticking.

My family loved this meal so much. The wine sauce was so flavorful and we thought it came out better than a restaurant! It would be easy to double this recipe for a larger dinner party as well.


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