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Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Last week, we had some ripe bananas I wanted to use up. So I took our favorite Banana Bread recipe and made it into muffins instead.

I used whole wheat flour and added chocolate chips — because, of course! 🙂

These were so delicious… though I won’t tell you how many I ate over the course of a few days. But they had all whole wheat flour and bananas, so they are totally healthy, right?? 🙂

Looking for more ways to use up ripe bananas? Check out this list of some of my very favorite ides here.

My Newfound Love of Roasted Vegetables

It was only in the last few years that I discovered this thing called roasting vegetables in the oven. I know, I know… I must have been living under a rock?

At any rate, this whole roasted veggies thing has rocked my world and helped me discover that there are veggies I didn’t think I liked that I actually love, so long as they are roasted.

The thing about roasting veggies is that you basically can’t mess it up. I never use a recipe. I always just eyeball it. And it always turns out yummy!

You can basically roast any vegetable! (Well, I don’t know that iceberg lettuce would be really great if it’s roasted, but pretty much anything else is fair game!)

Our favorite veggies to roast are broccoli, sweet potatoes, and brussels sprouts. (Here’s how we roast Sweet Potato Fries and here’s an amazing Roasted Brussels Sprouts recipe. I also highly recommend these Homemade Kale Chips.)

Basically, all you need to do is throw the veggies on a pan, sprinkle them with herbs or spices, drizzle them with oil, and roast them to perfection. We also love to sprinkle parmesan cheese on broccoli. It’s SO good!

What are some of your favorite ways to roast veggies? I’d love to hear!

World’s Easiest Breakfast Casserole

Looking for a quick and easy breakfast recipe? This simple Breakfast Casserole one is one we’ve loved for years.

My mom used to make a Breakfast Casserole at Christmastime that we always looked forward to. Her breakfast casserole recipe had a few more ingredients in it, but this version still brings back memories of those Christmas brunches.

This pared down version of my mom’s Breakfast Casserole is one we ate often in our lean law school days. Any time I found a really amazing deal on cubed ham, I’d buy it up and package it in little baggies in the freezer to make this recipe. Then, I’d look for a deal on eggs and cheese and I had the makings of this casserole.

We didn’t eat a lot of meat in those days, so this felt like a really extravagant meal, but it was one I could make for $3 or less per pan by shopping sales and it would make enough for us to get three dinners from. We’d serve it with whatever fruit I’d gotten on sale that week and it’d be a special dinner for us!

My target price for dinners in those days was to shoot for $0.50 to $1 per meal per person and this meal fit that bill. We had such fond memories of it — and it’s one we still make today, even though we’ve raised our grocery budget quite a bit!

I love that this recipe is so versatile! You can add in chopped onions or peppers or spices to jazz it up. If your family likes spicier foods, you can serve it with salsa or hot sauce.

If you’re gluten-free, you can just use gluten-free bread. If you’re dairy-free, well, I can’t help you there. I’m just sorry that you have to live in a world without cheese!

What’s YOUR favorite frugal breakfast recipe?

Freezer-Friendly White Chocolate Pumpkin Bread

This White Chocolate Pumpkin Bread is a twist on a yummy traditional fall recipe! It's SO delicious and it freezes wonderfully!

It’s my favorite time of year — when you can pull out your leggings and sweaters and are in the mood to cook and bake all things pumpkin!

My sister concocted this incredible recipe for freezer-friendly White Chocolate Pumpkin Bread. It’s a fun twist on traditional pumpkin bread and would be perfect to bake for snack or dessert (or you could even eat it for breakfast, you know! ;))

This would be a great recipe to bake ahead and then have on hand to share with friends or to serve at fall get-togethers! Yum! -Crystal


Easy Individual Chicken Pot Pies {Freezer-Friendly!}

These mini individual chicken pot pies are freezer-friendly and can be made ahead of time! They're perfect for on-the-go lunches or dinners! They also work great for single people, busy schedules, and work/school lunches!

Looking for a great freezer-friendly one-dish dinner idea? After the popularity of my sister Olivia’s Easy Individual Mini Meat Lasagna recipe post, I asked her if she would create another freezer-friendly individual serving recipe for you all.

This recipe is great for when you need a quick dinner for one or two people or when you are wanting a yummy lunch to take with you to work or school.

These can be reheated in the oven or microwave and are very portable! Also, feel free to experiment with different vegetables or meat in the filling! Enjoy! -Crystal

Easy Individual Mini Lasagnas {Freezer-Friendly!}

Note from Crystal: I’m so excited to have my youngest sister, Olivia, sharing this freezer-friendly recipe for mini lasagnas with us today!

Looking for more freezer recipes? Check out these 20 quick & easy make-ahead freezer dinners for busy moms, including mini chicken pot pies, bean & cheese burritos, spaghizza, southwest chicken casserole, and SO many more!

These mini lasagnas would be fantastic for those of you who need single-serving recipes or great ideas for on-the-go lunches! This is also a great freezer lasagna recipe to prep ahead of time and have on hand in the freezer for those chaotic weekday nights!

prep for mini freezer-friendly lasagnas

Looking for an easy freezer  dinner idea?

These individually-sized mini lasagnas are the perfect go-to lunch or dinner! They work amazingly well for single people, busy schedules, and hungry boys. 🙂

Take them to work (you might make all your co-workers jealous!), send them in your older kids’ lunches, or even bring them as a frozen meal to someone else!

ingredients for mini freezer-friendly lasagnas

cooked meat in a pan with Classico sauce

layering mini lasagnas in aluminium foil pans

mini lasagnas ready to be cooked

cooked mini lasagnas fresh out of the oven

mini lasagnas cooked and ready to be frozen

Looking for other freezer recipes? Try these:

Psst! Looking for even more freezer cooking meals? Be sure to check out the extensive New Leaf Wellness eCookbook Collection! It has something for everybody — even those with specific diets such as gluten-free, vegetarian, paleo, and more.