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Batch baking for back to school!

Posted August 25, 2013


Since my girls are starting the new school year on Monday, I did a little batch baking today and made a bunch of banana muffins for their lunches.  Lowes Foods had some ripe bananas marked down earlier in the week and they were perfect for muffins today.  I finally had to cut off the hubby and kids from eating the muffins so I actually had some to put in the freezer!

You can find the easy recipe I used at SimplyRecipes.com.    I did not include the coffee or any nuts because I don't like coffee and one of my girls is in a nut-free school.   You can make the recipe a little healthier by using whole wheat flour or a mix of half whole wheat and half white flour.

What things do you bake for your kids' lunches?


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  • RaleighFoodBlogger Aug 27, 1:00 p.m.

    Here's another good and simple option... I make up on Sunday and then wrap in a tortilla and heat up in the mornings as needed! You could also roll into corn tortillas and bake until crispy for a fun taquito.

    San Francisco Special Breakfast Burritos

    1 medium onion, finely chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1/2 stick of butter, melted
    1 pound ground beef
    1 medium tomato finely chopped
    1 package frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and well drained
    1 teaspoon oregano 1 teaspoon dried basil 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg Sprinkle of red pepper flakes 8 eggs Salt and Pepper to taste Flour tortillas (I used spinach wraps and they were fabulous!)

    Saute the onion in melted butter in a large skillet. Once soft, add in ground beef and garlic and cook until browned over med-high heat. Add in spinach, tomato and seasonings. In a separate pan, scramble the eggs, and salt and pepper. Then gently fold the scrambled eggs into the meat mixture. Roll up in flour tortillas.

  • scoutmomof2 Aug 26, 2:54 p.m.

    I do sausage and egg muffins with cheese and bisquik mix. They freeze and microwave really well.

  • cassandrastr Aug 26, 2:48 p.m.

    For those who are making egg sandwiches, I use a short cut. Scramble the eggs and lightly grease a 9x13 pan and bake @ 350' for about 30 min. Cut into squares and place on the muffin when cooled. It makes it so much easier than making each egg individually.

  • melissawieszun Aug 26, 1:22 p.m.

    I have never frozen breakfast sandwiches before. How is the best way to freeze them?

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Aug 26, 12:25 p.m.

    Well done, Packy! I am going to make another big batch of muffins this week with some good looking blueberries I bought today.

    Your granola sounds tasty, Mom2two!

  • Packy Aug 26, 10:57 a.m.

    Well, this is right on time as I spent half the day in the kitchen yesterday. I made sausage biscuits, ham & cheese biscuits, bacon biscuits, breakfast burritos, bagel pizzas, turkey and sub sandwiches and a lasagna. Whew, it was a day...but my freezer is stocked for a few weeks. :)

  • Mom2two Aug 26, 7:27 a.m.

    I make homemade granola bars, using equal parts sugar, corn syrup and peanut butter as a binder (Microwave sugar and corn syrup together until sugar is dissolved, then add the peanut butter). I use oatmeal, walnuts, almonds, pecans, and pumpkin seeds, and raisins and dried cranberries, but any assortment that will suit you should be fine. I suppose you could also eliminate the peanut butter, but I haven't ever done it that way. I did once try to put in chocolate chips, but the binder is too warm, and is too stiff if you let it cool. I cut the granola bars into squares and freeze them.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Aug 25, 11:24 p.m.

    And did I mention that the banana muffins were really really good with some honey nut cream cheese??!!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Aug 25, 11:23 p.m.

    RaleighFoodBlogger - thanks for the recipe - it look sgreat and I will add it on Monday!

    jdouglas - I have learned the flour lesson the hard way and you are right. I only sub whole wheat for half flour now (unless it's a recipe made for all whole wheat flour).

    tgarrett - great ideas for batch cooking and freezing. Thanks!

  • tgarrett Aug 25, 10:42 p.m.

    I just made 6 sausage biscuits and 6 sausage egg and cheese biscuits. These freeze well and reheat in microwave for about 45 seconds. Great breakfast really fast. Much better than the store bought ones. I also do choc chip muffins ,pancakes, waffles, and of course a bunch of frozen entrees that I made two weeks ago. Love cooking and freezing!