My parents are in town!! I'm getting ready to spend the day with them (probably hitting up Niagara Falls!) so this morning's post will be short and sweet. I hope you have an awesome Friday and an even more awesome weekend!  

 

A few culinary discoveries this week:

 

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1. You can freeze breakfast casserole!

I was getting tired of having to make a new breakfast casserole every week. It's not that time intensive, but it would be nice if I could make one that lasts longer! So I made a double batch, cooked it in a 9x13 pan (for the same amount of time) and then cut into 12ish pieces. (oh and I've been leaving out the quinoa from the original version-- we can't find it cheap up here so we haven't been buying it!)

 

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I individually wrapped each piece in saran wrap and froze them in ziploc baggies. Now whenever I want a quick breakfast, I take a square out, defrotst it (2 mins on power level 7) and BOOM. Breakfast!

 

 

2. Oven roasted corn on the cob

We discovered this while at the beach with our friends-- put the whole ear of corn (yup, husk and all) into a 350* oven for 30 mins. Then take it out and peel the husk off (it comes off really easily- but be careful because it's lava hot) and voila! Easiest corn on the cob ever.

 

 

3. Coconut balls

I am a big snacker. I used to keep cookie dough balls in the freezer (you know, for cookie emergencies!) but found myself breaking into the bag and eating them as a snack waaaay too often.

 

I decided to find a healthier alternative-- and after a few minutes on Pinterest, I stumbled across Coconut Crack Bars and fell in love.

 

Mike and I whipped up a batch of them this weekend and are already OBSESSED. I love the recipe because it uses totally normal ingredients: unsweetened coconut, maple syrup, coconut oil, salt, and vanilla! I hate recipes that call for really weird/expensive ingredients that you know you're never going to use again.

 

(oh and the recipe calls for a food processor- we did it without and they were fine!  just a little chunkier)

 

We made them into balls and keep them in the freezer- our next experiment will be to dip them in chocolate and have a healthier version of a Mounds bar... yum!

 

 

 

Have you made any exciting culinary discoveries lately? Please share!