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My Newfound Love of Roasted Vegetables

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

At any rate, this whole 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 Meat Lasagnas {Freezer-Friendly!}

These mini individual lasagnas 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!

Note from Crystal: I’m so excited to have my youngest sister, Olivia, sharing a freezer-friendly recipe with us today! This would be fantastic for those of you who need single-serving recipes or great ideas for on-the-go lunches!

Looking for an easy freezer-friendly dinner idea?

These individually-sized 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!

Looking for other freezer-friendly recipe ideas? Try these:

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


The Best Bran Muffins

These are the BEST bran muffins of all time! They are SO delicious, packed with nutrition, and easy to make!

If you’ve been around here for awhile, you know I love . So naturally, I loved , too!

When I first got , I dog-eared a bunch of pages with recipes I wanted to try. But one I didn’t really pay attention to was her .

However, when my friend, , said these were a family favorite, I knew I had to try them. Because I’ve learned to pay attention when Stacy recommends something. She know her stuff — especially when it comes to food!

Kaitlynn (my 10-year-old) made the first batch of these and I promptly fell in love. I fell so much in love with them, that I have been making 1-2 batches every week and eating at least a few of these every DAY.

They are easy to make, they don’t require a lot of steps, they are delicious, and they are packed with nutrition. If you’ve been looking for a good bran muffin recipe that is also really good for you, try these out!

By the way, Stacy sent me these as a gift. Now I know why she has sung their praises over and over and over again. They are amazing!

In typical Crystal style, I took the original recipe and re-did it. 🙂 You can .

Looking for more muffin recipes? Check out my post on My Top 7 Favorite Freezer-Friendly Muffin Recipes.

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