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Let’s face it, granola in the stores is pricey. A bag of granola where I live can easily run $3.00 -$4.00 for a 16 oz. bag. But making your own is so simple and frugal too. This cranberry orange granola recipe runs me about $1.50 in ingredients. Much cheaper. Plus I have 100% control of the ingredients in my granola. No artificial sweeteners, colors or preservatives. Just good old-fashioned ingredients! And it could not be easier. It literally takes me minutes to whip up a batch of granola on a Sunday night after the kids go to bed and I have an easy breakfast in the morning all-week long. I like to eat my granola with a little soy milk or over some nice vanilla Greek yogurt. But my husband likes to eat his plain straight from the jar or bag.
No matter how you like to eat your granola give this recipe a try…it’s a winner in my book!
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One of my goals for the new year is to do more freezer meals for my family. In looking over my spending habits for 2011 I can clearly see that our family spent entirely too much money eating out and I need to bring that down in 2012. So the plan is, to make more meals at home and have items in my freezer ready to be warmed up or cooked for easy meals that don’t cost me a fortune.
Even though I have a stockpile of food there are many days where I look and say “we don’t have anything to eat”. What that really means is that I didn’t thaw out any meat or plan something for dinner or I just don’t want to cook. I am a lucky girl in that my husband cooks 50% of the meals for our crew. We switch days on who cooks and who cleans the kitchen. That works for us. We both work a full-time job. It was not always this way however because I have been a stay-at-home/work-at-home mom for 20+ years and I used to do all of the cooking and cleaning. It took my husband some time to get around to the notion that I now work a full time job, often longer hours than he does at his job outside of the home.
So, back to the goal….do more batch cooking and have options in my freezer ready to go for those days we don’t feel like cooking and are tempted to going out for dinner or grabbing a donut or muffin at the store.
I hate cooking breakfast. I am not a morning person. I dislike the smell of food cooking first thing in the morning. And I don’t want to eat breakfast until after 10 AM. The problem is, I am the only person in my household who is like this. Everyone else wants to eat as soon as they wake up and on the weekends they all want home cooked hot breakfast and not cold cereal. So in our first freezer meal project my husband and I whipped up some yummy breakfast burritos.
2 lbs. bacon, diced
2 lbs. breakfast sausage
1 large onion, diced small
1 cup diced bell pepper (I used frozen diced bell pepper)
36 fajita sized flour tortillas
1 (8 oz.) bag shredded cheddar cheese
In a large skillet (I used my electric skillet) cook the bacon until browned. Drain grease from bacon and set aside on a plate with a few paper towels to absorb the grease.