Freezer Cooking in an Hour: Banana Bread, Bacon, & Trim Healthy Mama Pancakes

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I saw some bananas sitting on my counter and it inspired me to do some freezer cooking last week. I’ve gotten out of the habit of regular freezer cooking in recent months and oh how I’ve missed it!

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I’m not even sure why I got out of the habit… I can give a long list of excuses reasons, but I think it just boils down to me not making it a priority. And by not making it a priority, I’ve realized just how much freezer cooking benefits our family and makes life easier.

So it’s good to be back into it again.

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I made two loaves of our favorite Banana Bread. (Recipe link is here.)

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I enjoyed listening to Kat Lee’s Inspired to Action podcast while cooking. I’ve listened through quite a few episodes over the last few weeks and have truly been inspired to action.

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I added chocolate chips to the top of one of the loaves… because, of course. :)

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Apparently, it takes a lot of bowls to make banana bread. :)

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This bread is so, so yummy and freezes so well!

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While the banana bread was baking, I pulled out the bacon and started getting it ready to stick in the oven. This was a total experiment idea. We love bacon at our house, but I don’t love the process of making it.

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Jesse devised this bacon-cooking plan that works really well — put the strips of bacon on a cooling rack on a foil-lined pan and bake at 425 degrees for 17 to 20 minutes.

I wanted to see if I could make a bulk batch and freeze. It froze well, but when I reheated it in the microwave, it was fairly limp instead of crispy. I want to try one more time and bake it until it’s really, really crispy and see if that makes a difference in how it freezes.

It may not work well to freeze, in the end, but we’ll still suffer through eating it to experiment. 😉

Has anyone had success in freezing and reheating bacon?

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I also boiled a pot of eggs. Not for the freezer, but just to have on hand for quick snacks for our kids.

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And then I made a batch of Trim Healthy Mama Pancakes.

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I was excited to try using the new package of Sweet Blend that I recently got.

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Unfortunately, I didn’t love the pancakes as much as usual with the Sweet Blend instead of Xylitol (that we usually use). I think it’s just because I still can’t get over the taste of Stevia, try as I might.

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While I was finishing up in the kitchen, I made myself a pot of this Tranquility Tea. It’s so calming and refreshing — perfect to drink with some cream before bed.

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

I cleaned up the kitchen and surveyed the fruits of my efforts. It might seem like just a little bit, but for a small amount of work, I now have some snacks and breakfasts in the freezer at the ready. And little things like that can be such a sanity-saver!

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  • Buttered Maple French Toast Casserole, 3 batches
  • Cinnamon Apple Oat Cakes, 2 batches
  • Spicy Turkey Egg Bake, 2 batches
  • Steel-Cut Oats, 2 batches (servings vary)
  • Ham and Gruyere Quiche, 2 quiche
  • Lemon Drop Scones, 2 batches
  • Maple Vanilla Almond Granola, 1 batch
  • Basic Pancakes, 2 batches mix
  • Homemade Waffles, 2 batches (baked)

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