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39 pancake mix recipe

DIY Pancake Mix Recipe

Do you ever want a homemade pancake mix that isn’t full of all of those unknown ingredients you get in the boxed versions? Let me show you how to make a homemade pancake mix so the next time you are running late but your kids are begging for pancakes, you can say YES to pancakes and watch their sleepy faces grin.

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20 Strawberry Muffins

Strawberry Muffins

Looking for a yummy strawberry muffin recipe to use up your frozen strawberries? This is the perfect one!

Strawberry MuffinsMuffins are perfect year-round for a quick breakfast on-the-go or a sweet addition to an awesome school lunch. Don’t have time to whip these up from scratch? Check out this post and learn how to freeze muffins

From these warms muffins to a bowl of hot chili or soup, MOMables has enough recipes and ideas to see you through the fall—come and see! 

These muffins are very quick and easy to put together. You can have your kids help you out, and in no time, you’ll have some delicious muffins ready, straight out of the oven!

It may be difficult to wait, but trust me, you’ll want to let them cool down, or you’ll burn your tongue (not that I would know!). The turbinado sugar adds just a little bit of sweetness and crunch to the top of the muffin, which I particularly enjoy, but it is completely optional and can be omitted.

I usually prefer baking my muffins in either silicone baking cups, or directly in the pan, to reduce waste and to save money. For this recipe, I actually did have some liners in the pantry and decided to try out the recipe with them to see how they would bake. I determined that if you are using paper liners, I would add a bit of cooking spray to prevent the muffins from sticking, or you can scrape the stuck muffin parts off the liner with your teeth. My daughter prefers to do the latter.

But what happens when you get so excited that you make tons of batter? Well, freeze it for a quick breakfast for tomorrow or the next day! See How to Freeze Muffins here!

These muffins are also perfect to put inside your lunch box!

Strawberry Muffins

Strawberry Muffins
  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Yield: 16 1x
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries (washed, dried, and chopped)
  • Turbinado sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. Lightly spray a muffin pan, or use paper liners.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. With a mixer, beat the butter for 30 seconds, until light and fluffy.
  5. Add the applesauce, sugar, eggs, and vanilla, and mix until combined.
  6. Add the flour mixture, and mix until combined.
  7. With a wooden spoon, or spatula, fold in the chopped strawberries.
  8. Divide the batter among the baking cups, and sprinkle the tops with turbinado sugar, if using.
  9. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Enjoy your muffins, and keep the extras in an airtight container or FREEZE and save for later!

 

ghost tortilla chips

Halloween Ghost Tortilla Chips

Need a fun and healthy Halloween treat?

ghost tortilla chipsWith all the sugary treats circulating during this time of year, it’s time to share something fun and healthy that your kids will LOVE!

Using our Toufayan plain wraps, we made these delicious ghost tortilla chips! You can easily enjoy them by themselves, or you can serve them with some dip and fruit.

All you need to do is use a ghost cookie cutter to cut out your chips, and bake them in the oven with a little bit of cinnamon and sugar. The best part about these is that you control the ingredients! There don’t need to be exact measurements—you can decide what is best for your family. When you buy store-bought chips, there is no choice, and many times I have found that those chips can be too sweet. That is why I love making our own chips. Not only can I make them in the “coolest shapes” (according to my daughter), I can also control the amount of sugar that goes in each chip! That’s what makes these the perfect healthy Halloween treat!

ghost tortilla chipsYou can either use a food-marker or melted chocolate to add a face to your ghosts. I prefer not to put faces on every chip, but my daughter thinks the faces are a lot of fun, so they make a great opportunity for your kids to help you out in the kitchen! Need more ideas to get your kids involved in the kitchen? Or just simply need more ideas to pack in their lunches on a regular basis? MOMables has you covered!

These chips would also make the perfect addition to your kid’s Halloween school lunches!

MOM tip: If you are having trouble cutting through your tortilla because it is too cold or you only have a plastic cookie cutter, stick the tortilla in the microwave for 15 seconds for easier cutting.

Halloween Ghost Tortilla Chips

ghost tortilla chips
  • Author: MOMables.com

Ingredients

  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Toufayan plain wraps tortillas
  • Cooking spray
  • Ghost cookie cutter
  • Food-safe marker or melted chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon together.
  4. Using your cookie cutter, cut ghosts out of your tortillas.
  5. Lightly spray your ghost chips with cooking spray.
  6. Sprinkle your cinnamon-sugar mixture onto each tortilla.
  7. Bake for 8 to 15 minutes (time varies based on the oven).
  8. Let the tortilla chips cool down fully.
  9. Add ghost faces with a food-safe marker or melted chocolate chips (if desired).
  10. Serve with dip and fruit, and enjoy!

 

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pumpkin tortilla chips

Halloween Pumpkin Tortilla Chips

Need a fun Halloween snack to help shake things up a bit?

pumpkin tortilla chips
This time of year, it seems that only candy is being passed around and shared during classroom snack time. How about adding some healthy snacks into the mix? I like to serve these pumpkin tortilla chips with some salsa! Not only do these chips make a great snack, they are perfect for packed lunches too! The best part about these chips is that they can puff up after being baked. So they actually look like little pumpkins!

To make these fun pumpkin tortilla chips, we used our Toufayan sundried tomato wraps. These are so incredibly easy and quick to make—you may even start to wonder why you even buy store-bought tortilla chips at all! I only sprinkled salt this time, but next time, I think I will put some red pepper to make some spicier chips. The best part about making your own chips is that you can mix and match your ingredients. I like my chips a little bit spicier, while my daughter won’t eat anything remotely spicy. This way, I can make chips for the whole family.

pumpkin tortilla chipsAnd make sure not to throw out the scraps! Scraps taste just as good too. ;) Cut them into smaller pieces and add them to the tray to be baked. The pumpkin-shaped tortilla chips “taste better” to my daughter, so I let her eat those. I am more than happy eating the scraps!

These chips would also make the perfect addition to your kid’s Halloween school lunches!

MOM tip: If you are having trouble cutting through your tortilla because it is too cold or you only have a plastic cookie cutter, stick the tortilla in the microwave for 15 seconds for easier cutting.

Halloween Pumpkin Tortilla Chips

pumpkin tortilla chips
  • Author: MOMables.com

Ingredients

  • Toufayan Sundried Tomato Wraps
  • Pumpkin cookie cutter
  • Cooking spray
  • Salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Using your cookie cutter, cut pumpkins out of your tortillas.
  4. Lightly spray your ghost chips with cooking spray.
  5. Sprinkle salt onto each tortilla.
  6. Bake for 8 to 15 minutes (time varies based on the oven).
  7. Serve with salsa and enjoy!

 

10 25 pancake add ins

Pancake Add-Ins

Need some ideas for some fun pancake add-ins? Look no further!

25 pancake add ins

Pancake Ideas

Not only is breakfast the most important meal of the day, it is the only meal we always eat together every day no matter what our schedules look like. We are all such huge breakfast lovers that we sometimes enjoy breakfast for lunch or dinner, too.

Pancakes have always been a favorite in my family. However, sometimes we want to jazz up our pancakes and try something different. We’ve put together a list of 33 pancake add-ins you will surely enjoy! No more complaining of “plain pancakes” with these add-ins. Simply start with our homemade pancake mix and add in these great options for some delicious homemade pancakes!

Pancakes are obviously a family favorite for me, but having them every morning for breakfast can get tiring for the kids. So if you need more amazing breakfast ideas, along with ideas to fill your kid’s lunch boxes, come join us! You can also sign up for our FREE newsletter and get ideas sent straight to your inbox weekly!

MOM Tip: Double or triple your recipe and freeze the extras!

Need a gluten-free pancake mix? You can find ours here.

  1. Strawberry Banana—chopped strawberries and mashed banana or top with homemade Strawberry Syrup
  2. Peanut Butter (or nut-free spread) and Jelly
  3. Banana Nut (Walnut)—mashed banana and chopped walnuts
  4. Apple Cinnamon—applesauce (and/or tiny chopped apples) and cinnamon
  5. Mixed Berry—chopped strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, etc. (can use frozen) and my Blueberry Homemade Syrup
  6. Lemon Blueberry—lemon zest, lemon juice, and blueberries
  7. Pumpkin Pancakes—pureed pumpkin and pumpkin spices
  8. Cinnamon Roll Pancakes—brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla top it with Cinnamon Syrup
  9. Chocolate Chip Pancakes—mini chocolate chips
  10. Coconut Pancakes—coconut milk, topped with coconut flakes
  11. Chocolate Pancakes—cocoa powder
  12. Yogurt/Greek Yogurt Pancakes—add in favorite yogurt
  13. Orange Cranberry—orange zest, orange juice, and chopped cranberries (dried or fresh)
  14. Honey Pancakes—drizzle honey in batter
  15. Raspberry White Chocolate Chip—raspberries and white chocolate chips
  16. Bacon Pancakes—cooked bacon
  17. Carrot Cake Pancakes—finely shredded carrot, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla
  18. Nutty Pancakes—a mix of chopped nuts
  19. Oatmeal Raisin Pancakes—oats and dried raisins
  20. Mint Chocolate Chip—mint extract and chocolate chips
  21. Buttermilk Pancakes—substitute buttermilk for milk
  22. Pineapple Pancakes—crushed pineapple
  23. Coffee Lovers—espresso powder
  24. Gingerbread Pancakes—ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and molasses
  25. Maple Cinnamon Pancakes—pure maple syrup and cinnamon
  26. Banana Split—mashed bananas, mini chocolate chips, and chopped cherries
  27. Zucchini Pancakes—sneak in shredded zucchini
  28. Chocolate Peanut Butter—cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and peanut butter
  29. Nutella Pancakes—MOMables sunflower seed Nutella
  30. Snickerdoodle Pancakes—brown sugar and cinnamon
  31. Macadamia Nut—chopped macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips
  32. Eggnog Pancakes—eggnog instead of milk
  33. Lemon Poppyseed—lemon zest, lemon juice, and poppyseeds
10 how to freeze butter

How to Freeze Butter

Can you freeze butter? You might be surprised that you can!

how to freeze butter

I love to bake a lot, and one of my staples of baking is butter. I admit that I’m guilty of starting to measure out everything, I’m almost ready to mix, and only then do I turn to the fridge and find we are out of butter and I have no alternatives in the house. So when I see butter on sale, I try to stock up and put some in the freezer to keep for when I get in a baking mood.

MOMables has so many tips just like how to freeze butter that are made available to you. Better yet, we provide a weekly meal plan that gets sent straight to your inbox! No hassle! All you do is print out your shopping list, hit the grocery, and boom! You have everything you need for the entire week! Interested? Get started here!

How to freeze butter couldn’t be any easier. Simply keep your butter in its original packaging, place it in a freezer-safe bag or container, and put it in the freezer! It is as simple as that. Don’t forget to put the butter inside a freezer-safe bag though because the butter can absorb the smells and tastes of other things in the freezer, which is not a good thing. Not that I know from experience or anything.

When you are ready to use your butter, just thaw it in the refrigerator, or you can use it straight from the freezer if very cold butter is needed for a specific recipe.

Not a fan of butter? Check out our list of baking substitutions you can use instead!

How to Freeze Butter

how to freeze butter
  • Author: MOMables.com

Ingredients

  • Butter
  • Freezer bag or container

Instructions

  1. Keep the butter in its original packaging, and place it inside a freezer-safe bag or container.
  2. When needed, you can thaw butter in the fridge, or use it directly from the freezer if a specific recipe needs very cold butter.

Notes

Butter can keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.

 

 

 

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Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Do your kids love those packaged chicken pot pies that come in a box? Now you can have it in soup form!

chicken pot pie soup

This recipe is one your entire family will surely enjoy!

Quick dinner recipes are always a favorite in my house. Sometimes as a mom, the pressure is on to continually deliver dinner and lunches that satisfy all members of the family! And it can be hard! Fortunately, MOMables is here to relieve some of that pressure and help you put together lunches and dinners your family will love!

Related: Top 5 Thermos Containers We’ve Tested

I love to be able to put together a dinner in less than half an hour and be done (well, except for all the dishes)! This Chicken Pot Pie Soup is exactly that.

The ingredients are simple—things we usually have in our pantry, and everything comes together so quickly. My husband absolutely loved this dish—he is a chicken pot pie lover, so this soup was a huge hit with him! My daughter prefers the soup without “spiciness,” so I have to lower the amount of seasonings to her taste, but when I did that, she absolutely loved it too! This recipe was a big win in our family, and I’m sure it will be in yours, too!

This soup would be perfect in a thermos the next day for lunch!

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

chicken pot pie soup
  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Yield: 6 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken breasts
  • 2 cups dried medium egg noodles
  • 1/2 teaspoon each seasoned salt, dry mustard, chili powder, and ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 cup half and half or light cream
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped fresh broccoli
  • 1/3 cup frozen peas

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, heat the butter until melted
  2. Add the carrot, celery, onion, and garlic to the pot, and cook until tender, for about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the broth, chicken, noodles, and seasonings.
  4. Bring the soup to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat, cover the pot, and simmer for 10 minutes or until the noodles are tender.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together the half and half and flour, then add it to the pot.
  7. Add the broccoli and peas to the pot.
  8. Simmer, uncovered for about 5 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
  9. Spoon into bowls and enjoy!

 

9 how to freeze eggs

How to Freeze Eggs

Have you ever wondered if you can freeze eggs?

how to freeze eggs

It is actually very easy to freeze eggs. If you have more eggs than you can use within a few weeks, then you can always freeze them to preserve them. I always love finding new ways to use my freezer!

There are a few ways you can freeze your eggs.

First, you can freeze whole eggs, or freeze the yolks and whites separately. You can also freeze your eggs using different containers. You can either use ice cube trays or freezer-safe bags/containers. The method you use is completely up to you.

I personally prefer freezing whole eggs, but when I am baking, sometimes I have an extra egg white or yolk that I didn’t need to use and freezing is the perfect way to save it for later. Otherwise, I forget about it in the fridge, and they end up going bad and being thrown out.

MOMables isn’t here just to help you pack fresh lunches, we are here to help you waste less, stretch your grocery budget, and come up with great ideas to feed your kids fresh foods. When you sign up for the weekly newsletter, you’ll get lots of great tips and recipes each week.

To freeze whole eggs, you simply mix the eggs together and pour the mixture into either an ice cube tray, or a freezer-safe container or bag. If you will need to use individual eggs, it would make more sense to make sure each ice cube tray holds only one egg so that you can easily separate them. If you don’t need to pop out one egg at a time, you can easily pour your egg mixture into a labelled freezer-safe bag or container.

If you want to freeze the whites and yolks separately, you can do so as well. With egg whites, you simply place one egg white into an ice cube tray. Allow the egg whites to freeze separately on their own, and then combine them into a freezer-safe container or bag.

If you are going to freeze just the yolks, you will need to mix in either salt or sugar in order to prevent thickening. If you will be using the yolk in a main dish, add a pinch of salt per each yolk. If you are going to use the yolks for baking or desserts, add approximately 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar per yolk. Freeze individually in ice cube trays, or in a freezer-safe bag or container.

Your frozen eggs can last in the freezer for 6 months to a year! When you are ready to use them, just allow them to thaw in the refrigerator. It’s really as simple as that! Just remember to label your bag or container with how many eggs and if you added any seasonings to them!

 

12 how to freeze muffin batter

How to Freeze Muffin Batter

Can you freeze muffin batter? YES!

how to freeze muffin batter

This is a common question that members of the MOMables staff get continually, and the answer is YES. You can freeze your muffin batter. Having frozen muffin batter in your freezer ensures that you can have freshly baked muffins almost any time you please. Muffins are so versatile and can be enjoyed with breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack.

By freezing the muffin batter in paper liners, it makes your job easier. It’s so much easier to just simply take out the paper liner and bake it.

Mornings are always hectic, especially when breakfast hasn’t been planned and lunches aren’t packed for the day. This is where MOMables can step in and make your life easier! Click here if you would like to make your mornings a lot less stressful!

It really is as simple as that! All you have to do is take them out of the freezer, place them into the tin, and bake. Add a few more minutes of baking time if you take the batter directly out of the freezer.

I usually use a freezer-safe bag to store my muffin batter because that is what works best in our small freezer. I place my frozen muffin batter in the bag and try to squeeze out as much air as I possibly can. I then take that bag and place it in another freezer bag to prevent freezer burn. When my bag is empty, I then rinse it, let it dry, and use it again for the next batch. I reuse the bag as many times as I can.

How to Freeze Muffin Batter

how to freeze muffin batter
  • Author: MOMables.com

Ingredients

  • Paper liners
  • Muffin/cupcake tin
  • Your favorite muffin recipe
  • Freezer-safe container or bag

Instructions

  1. Place paper liners in your muffin/cupcake tin.
  2. Follow your muffin recipe, and mix the ingredients well.
  3. Scoop out your muffin batter into the paper liners.
  4. Place the entire muffin tin in the freezer (on a flat surface) and freeze until solid (at least 2 hours).
  5. Once the muffin batter is completely frozen, take the paper liners out of the tin and place them in a freezer-safe container or bag.
  6. Return the batter to the freezer.
  7. When you’re ready to bake the muffins, place the liners inside the muffin tin as needed, and bake accordingly (adding a few minutes to the baking time if taken immediately from the freezer)

Notes

Muffin batter can be stored up to 3 months in the freezer.
Using a large ice cream scoop can ensure that you divide the batter equally for each muffin.

 

9 how to freeze waffles

How to Freeze Waffles

Did you know you can freeze waffles?

how to freeze waffles

I love breakfast foods, especially waffles. To me, waffles are a lazy man’s pancake. You pour your pancake mix into the waffle iron, close it, and wait for it to ring when it’s ready.

That’s it! It means no hovering over the stovetop or the griddle, or watching the batter to see when you have to flip it. And sometimes you make the mistake of doing too many things at once, and some pancakes burn (not that I would know anything about that). So I love to have waffles for breakfast on those days where I can’t seem to shake off the sleepiness.

I know if you are anything like me, then most of the time you are dragging your kids out of bed and prodding them to get ready for school, and I’m sleepy, too! MOMables is here to make that morning process just a bit easier! With our menu planning and our massive recipe index, you have everything you need!

My secret to having waffles on those days is that I actually raid my freezer stash. I am not a morning person, and sometimes even pouring the batter into the waffle iron is too much. I just dive into my freezer stash and reheat the waffles. I can then enjoy a few moments with my coffee, and breakfast is done!

I usually use a freezer-safe bag to store my waffles. My waffle iron can make four waffles at a time, and I can fit 8 waffles in a gallon-size freezer bag. I squeeze out as much air as possible and double-bag the waffles in order to prevent freezer burn. To help my waffles cool faster, I let them cool on a wire rack.

Need to know how to easily grease your waffle iron? Check out this post HERE.

How to Freeze Waffles

how to freeze waffles
  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Category: Breakfast

Ingredients

  • Your favorite waffle mix
  • Waffle iron
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet
  • Freezer-safe bag or container
  • Permanent marker

Instructions

  1. Cook the waffles and allow them to fully cool down.
  2. Place the waffles on a parchment paper–lined baking sheet.
  3. Put the baking sheet into the freezer until the waffles are fully frozen, for about 2 hours.
  4. Once the waffles are frozen, place them in a freezer-safe bag or container.
  5. Use a permanent marker to label the freezer bag or container.
  6. When reheating the waffles, you can use the microwave, toaster, or oven to reheat and enjoy.

Notes

Waffles can stay in the freezer for up to 3 months.
MOM Tip: If you’re using a freezer-safe bag to store the waffles, try to squeeze out as much air as possible in order to prevent freezer burn. Also, using two bags helps as well.

 

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