Monday, September 2, 2013

Breakfast Cookies

Ingredients:

3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or apple sauce
1 egg
3 mashed ripe bananas
1 cup flour
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups uncooked oatmeal
1/2 cup raisins or craisins

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a large bowl mix all the ingredients and drop onto ungreased cookie sheet. 
Make them large or small.

Bake 8-10 minutes if using smaller cookies or 14-16 if using ice cream scoop sized cookies.  You do not want to over bake.

Cool and enjoy or once cooled freeze for enjoying later.

Submitted by:  Caroline G.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bread

Ingredients:

5 T butter, melted and cooled completely
2/3 C sugar
1 t vanilla
1/4 t salt
1 C vanilla yogurt
1 egg
3/4 t baking powder
3/4 t baking soda
1 1/2 C flour
3/4 C chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine butter, sugar, vanilla, salt, yogurt and egg.
Mix well.
Stir in baking soda and baking powder.
Add flour and mix until just combined.
Fold in chocolate chips.

Grease a loaf pan, and fill it with batter. Bake bread for 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Submitted by:  Caroline G.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Whole Wheat Chocolate Pancakes

Makes 12-16 full-sized pancakes

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 1/4 cups buttermilk (or make your own...1 cup milk with 1 tablespoon or vinegar or lemon juice - let it sit for 5 mins.  Make what you need).
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 Tablespoons brewed coffee
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Directions:

Combine flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, combine beaten eggs, buttermilk, melted butter, coffee and vanilla.

Add wet mixture to the dry ingredients and fold in with a spatula until just combined. Allow the mixture to set for a few minutes to thicken.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Melt a teaspoon of butter in the pan. Ladle 1/4 cup of batter into the pan and cook pancakes until small bubbles begin to form on the surface. Flip and cook one to two minutes more. Transfer to a serving plate and repeat for the remaining batter.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.

To Freeze:

Lay cooled pancakes on a cookie sheet in a single layer and freeze for one to two hours. Remove from pan and stack in a ziptop bag. Seal tightly and freeze for up to a month.

To serve: Remove from freezer and warm in the microwave on high for one to two minutes, warm on a cookie sheet in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes or heat in a toaster oven.

Submitted by:  Caroline G.
Recipe adapted from February/March 2011 issue of Kiwi magazine.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting


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Cake mix ingredients:

18.5 oz. Chocolate cake mix
1 T. Cocoa powder, unsweetened
1-1/3 C. Milk
1/2 C. Vegetable oil
3 Eggs
1 t. Vanilla extract

Frosting:

1 C. Peanut Butter, creamy
1/2 C. Butter, softened
2 C. Powdered sugar, sifted
1/4 C. Milk
2 t. Vanilla extract

Prep Day:

Cake: Combine all ingredients for cake mix; beat together until smooth, about 2-3 minutes. Spray a 9×13 inch pan with oil and pour in cake mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Cake should be done when the center springs back to the touch and the sides are just starting to pull away from the pan.

Frosting: Blend peanut butter and butter with an electric mixer. Add in milk and vanilla; mix together. Add in the powder sugar and beat until frosting is fluffy. This is a thick frosting, but if it seems too thick add in another tablespoon of milk.

To Freeze: Allow cake to cool completely then spread frosting on top. This is a sheet cake so frosting is only applied to the top. Frosting should be spread on thickly, about an inch deep. Flash freeze to set frosting then cover with foil, label and freeze.

Serving Day – Thaw completely to serve.

Source:  http://freezersupperswappers.com/2013/05/02/tasty-treat-thursdays-chocolate-cake-with-peanut-butter-frosting/

This is a great website for all things freezer friendly.  One of the best I have found and refer to often.  I highly recommend it:  Caroline G.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Honey Mustard and Bacon Smothered Chicken Breast

Optimize flavor by assembling and freezing fresh chicken breasts, to be defrosted and baked right before serving.  
 
Recipe Yields: 24 servings (1 breast per serving)
Recommended Packaging: aluminum tins or other packaging of choice

Ingredients and Directions:

24 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
salt and ground black pepper

Work in batches as necessary. Remove any visible fat and gristle from each chicken breast. Place one breast, boned side up, between 2 sheets of plastic wrap. Working from the center to the edges, lightly pound each chicken breast with the flat side of a meat mallet to approximately ½-inch thickness.

To assemble uncooked: Place 4 fresh (not previously frozen) breasts (or 1 per serving) in each tin. Continue with directions as follows.

1 pound bacon

Work in batches as necessary. In the same skillet over medium heat (or in oven), cook bacon until crisp. Drain and crumble or chop bacon. Sprinkle over chicken breasts, dividing evenly among tins.

¾ cup Dijon mustard
¾ cup honey
6 tablespoons corn syrup
6 tablespoons mayonnaise
3 cups shredded Colby or cheddar cheese

In a large bowl, mix together mustard, honey, corn syrup, and mayonnaise. Spoon over chicken breasts and bacon, dividing evenly among tins. Sprinkle ½ cup (or 2 tablespoons per serving) cheese over chicken chicken breasts. Cover with a sheet of plastic wrap, pressing down to cling to food. Apply lid. Freeze.

Reheating Instructions:

Defrost in refrigerator. Preheat oven to 350°. Remove board lid and plastic wrap. Cover loosely with foil to prevent drying.  Bake fresh chicken until done (approximately 30-40 minutes).
Submitted by:  Caroline B.
 
Source:  www.cookingamongfriends.com

Website with some great freezer recipes

http://www.mealplanningmagic.com/category/recipe-freezer-friendly