How to Cook Bacon in the Microwave

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How to Cook Bacon in the Microwave

Jamie here!  I truly love bacon, but I rarely went to all the bother of cooking it until I learned how to cook bacon in the microwave.  It’s so much less messy, and you can cook just a few pieces at a time for an individual breakfast, sandwiches or to crumble over a salad.

I’ll admit, it seems like  it won’t work – I was a non-believer at first too!  But it’s come out crispy and delicious every time I’ve made it :)  Add in the fact that you won’t have to clean your entire stovetop afterwards, and I’m completely sold.

How to cook bacon in the microwave:

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Recipe Box: 50 Easy Breakfast Recipes for Back to School

Heading back to school means back to routine, and rushed mornings for many of us. Don’t skimp on the breakfast just because you don’t have a lot of time! Try these 50 Easy Healthy Breakfast Recipes for Back to School!

1. Mini Breakfast Pizzas
2. Breakfast Smoothies
3. Blackberry Mango Breakfast Shake
4. Tomato Egg Cups
5. Back Pack Bagels
6. Just Peachy Shake
7. Blueberry Pancakes
8. Power Granola
9. Waffle Sandwich
10. Crunchy Granola Wedges
11. Dressed Up Yogurt
12. Banana Breakfast Shake
13. Breakfast Bundles
14. Fruit Salad
15. Berry Cream Pancakes
16. Baked Oatmeal
17. Banana Blueberry Muffins
18. Pita Breakfast Pockets
19. Crescent Roll Breakfast Bake
20. Sweet Potato and Pecan Flapjacks
21. Pineapple Raspberry Parfaits
22. Egg in a Hole with Berries & Yogurt
23. Egg Panini
24. Bagels with Cherry Cream Cheese
25. Yogurt & Honey Fruit Cups
26. Greek Omelette in a Pita
27. Ham and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich with Mango Chutney
28. Buttermilk Pancakes
29. On-the-Go PB&J Wraps
30. Crepes
31. Eggy Creamy Cheese Bagel
32. Banana Bran Muffins
33. Homemade Whole Wheat Pop-Tarts
34. French Toast Sticks
35. Easy French Toast Casserole
36. Breakfast Muffins
37. Fig, Applesauce, and Almond Breakfast Loaf
38. Banana Waffles
39. Quick Breakfast Burritos
40. Breakfast Parfait
41. Whole Wheat Pancakes
42. Banana Cinnamon Waffles
43. Peanut Butter Banana Bagel
44. Homemade Granola
45. Easy Cinnamon Biscuits
46. Whole Grain Flax Muffins
47. Power Bars
48. Yogurt and Fresh Fruit
49. Kicked Up Quesadilla
50. Whole-Wheat Cinnamon Rolls

What’s your favorite Healthy Easy Breakfast Recipe?

 

 

Apple Cinnamon Freezer Pancakes

Apple Cinnamon Freezer Pancakes Recipe

Jamie here!  I may have mentioned before to you that I am not a morning person.  My kids know this – and yet they still suffer under delusions that I might get a wild hair one morning, hop out of bed early and whip up a batch of pancakes before they leave for school.  The poor dears.

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Simple Roast Chicken Recipe | 3 Step, No Prep!

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Jamie here, if you’re looking for a simple roast chicken recipe – here’s your guy.  No kidding – if I’d ever realized in the early years of marriage that making a beautiful roast chicken was this easy, I would’ve saved my husband from years of Hamburger Helper :)

I learned this tip from my friend Meg, who is an amazing cook and the type of woman you secretly kind of hate, who makes a home-cooked dinner every. single. night.  She’s also cute  - which is just unfair (right?).  But while hanging out with her recently she told me that she roasts chicken pretty often to make chicken salad for the week – or soup, or other recipes.

After she shared her secret, I had to try it right away.

Prep:

Nothing, girl.  Just put a cheap fryer chicken in a large Pyrex dish or roasting pan.  Do not butter the pan.  Do not cover in foil.  Do not take the innards out of the bird or get grossed out from man-handling it over a sink.  Just put it in the dish.  Done with that?  Good.  Moving on!

3-Steps to Dinner:

  1. Sprinkle salt & pepper on your chicken and put it in a 450 degree oven for 1 hour.
  2. After you take it out, to get crispy skin, baste the greasy juices in the bottom of the pan all over your chicken.
  3. Let it cool for about 15 minutes and serve.  (Or let it cool all the way and then tear it apart for chicken salad, soup, casseroles, etc….)

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After-dinner leftovers = Chicken Salad lunches and Chicken Quesadillas for tomorrow night!

Meg said she often puts two fryers in the pan side by side so she has plenty of roast chicken for lunches all week.  Instead of getting two fryers, I just picked up an extra pack of leg quarters that were on markdown.  (My husband and son really love the drumsticks)  Even after feeding my husband, myself, and four boys – we had this much chicken leftover!

I used most of the chicken for chicken salad and the rest to make Chicken Quesadillas the next night for the boys.

This large fryer chicken was $7.40, and the markdown legs were about $1.80.   We ate on them for two dinners and my husband got 3 days of lunches.  Not bad!