Spinach Banana Muffins

Spinach Banana Muffins

I don’t know about you all, but we’ve been doing a lot of baking over these last couple of weeks. It’s a good way to pass the time and stock up my house with snacks for the freezer (and some sweet treats, of course).

We’ve been lucky to be able to sneak in online grocery orders and avoid the stores, but every time I get bananas, they aren’t as green as I’d prefer and so I’ve got a surplus on my counter. Maddie asked me to make some spinach muffins with them which is funny because she’d normally not want to go within 10 feet of a spinach leaf if I put it on her dinner plate. In smoothies or muffins though? She will happily eat it!

Spinach Banana Muffins

These muffins are super quick and easy and are sweetened with honey instead of sugar. A healthy and nutritious breakfast or snack indeed! I made two batches and stuck the extra in the freezer.

You can add in other ingredients like chia seeds, chocolate chips, or nuts if you want to as well!

Spinach Banana Muffins

Pepperoni Pizza Panini

Pepperoni Pizza Panini

I’m not sure about you all, but I have been going super simple on dinners and lunches. Having to adjust to working at home and having to do homeschooling for Maddie is a lot and dinner has been the last thing I’ve been thinking about!

I was searching the fridge recently and found some mozzarella cheese that I needed to use up and some turkey pepperoni. I also always have tomato sauce in the freezer in various size containers and found a smaller one to use up. Pizza Paninis it was!

Pepperoni Pizza Panini

You just need five simple ingredients for these: sauce, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, bread, and a pat of butter. These sandwiches are super delicious and comforting and offer a much easier way to satisfy your pizza cravings without having to make dough!

These sandwiches are so quick to make. Serve them up with a salad or alongside some soup for a more complete meal!

Pepperoni Pizza Panini

25 Easy Pantry and Freezer Meals

Hi friends! How are all of you doing? Raise your hand if you are staying put at home! My kiddo is off from school for at least the next three weeks and we are all being encouraged to stay indoors. These are unprecedented and nerve-wracking times.

And to make matters worse, grocery stores around the country are being wiped clean as we all want to make sure our homes are fully stocked with enough food and supplies to last us at least a few weeks in case. Heck, you can’t even find toilet paper.

I posted a poll on my Instagram over the weekend to ask how everybody is planning to cook over the next few weeks. With less frequent grocery trips and more difficulty finding certain ingredients, things aren’t feeling so normal. For me personally, I bought my usual list of groceries and fresh produce, but I also stocked up on extra meat, snacks, pasta, and canned goods just in case we are not able to leave the house at all in the coming weeks. I think most of you have the same plan as the poll was pretty split.

So, instead of a new recipe, I thought I’d round up 25 of some of my favorite recipes that include a lot of common ingredients you likely have in your house right now. A lot of these are also great for meal prepping if you have some fresher produce that you are worried may go bad. The soup, chili, and burger recipes will freeze really well if you want to make double portions. I’ve also added in two cookie recipes and some no-bake energy because snacks and sweet stuff is also a must when we are stuck inside the house!

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

You guys, time changes are the worst. I didn’t mind them too much before having kids, but now I despise them. As usual, my kids are all thrown off and it will likely be weeks before they adjust!

I don’t pull out my slow cooker too often these days if I’m being honest. I just prefer the Instant Pot, but sometimes the slow cooker just seems right, (like when you feeling too tired to stand at the stove for too long!). I love having that smell of delicious food cooking for hours. This dinner is super easy to prepare and really comforting! Perfect for Sunday night dinners.

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Pomegranate Ginger Mojitos

Pomegranate Ginger Mojitos

It’s almost the weekend and it’s been a long week so it’s cocktail time! Today we are talking mojitos! Truth is I’m not really a big mint fan and so I’ve never really been super into mojitos, but when my mom came to visit us last summer, we made them a few times and I developed a new appreciation for them. They are so refreshing!

Although we still have to wait a bit for summer, I mixed up this more wintry twist on the classic mojito – Pomegrante Ginger Mojitos!

This mojito is the perfect cocktail to enjoy as we come up to the end of winter and into spring. It’s perfectly sweet and fruity and I love the combination of pomegranate and ginger together.

Pomegranate Ginger Mojitos

The first step will be to make your pomegranate ginger syrup. For the simple syrup, you just need some pom juice, ground ginger, sugar, and fresh lime juice. Let it reduce on the stove for a bit and the syrup is perfection for mixing into cocktails! You can prep the syrup ahead of time if needed.

For the mojito, I used white rum, the pomegranate ginger syrup, and instead of traditional club soda, I went with ginger beer. Since ginger beer has sweetener in it, it obviously makes the drink sweeter than a traditional mojito that just uses club soda. I like the flavor that the ginger beer adds, but you can certainly swap it out for club soda if you would prefer!

One important thing to note about the recipe – the pomegranate ginger simple syrup recipe below yields about a 1/2 cup of the syrup which is enough for up to 4 drinks if you use 2 tablespoons per drink. If you or your guests prefer sweeter drinks, I recommend doubling the syrup. You may also want to consider doubling it if you are entertaining and anticipate making a couple of rounds of these mojitos!

Pomegranate Ginger Mojitos

Strawberries and Cream Baked Oatmeal

Strawberries and Cream Baked Oatmeal

Oatmeal is definitely in my top 3 of my favorite things to eat for breakfast. It’s just comforting and versatile. I love traditional oatmeal recipes and overnight oats too. I’ll basically take oatmeal any way that I can get it!

Baked oatmeal is something I haven’t made too often for the blog, so I wanted to change that! Baked oatmeal is a great alternative when you want or need to take breakfast on the go, but don’t want to have to worry about bringing a bowl or container for it. Baked oatmeal can be cut into convenient squares to take as needed!

Strawberries and Cream Baked Oatmeal

It’s been getting warmer here and I’m feeling some spring vibes for sure so went with strawberries and cream oatmeal! This flavor combo is simple, but perfectly sweet and I love adding strawberries to my oatmeal.

For the cream part of the recipe, I used a combination of half and half and milk. You can change this up as needed. You could use heavy cream or a mixture as I did with regular milk. If you don’t want to use dairy milk at all, almond or coconut will also suffice.

Strawberries and Cream Baked Oatmeal