Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

How to Freeze PB&J Sandwiches

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Jif® and Smucker’s®. 
All opinions are mine alone."
  #BetterTogetherPBandJ #WeAreBetterTogether #CollectiveBias

Take a look at how I make Freezeable Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches.
With school in session {or almost in session} this 15 minute prep idea will save your mornings!

How to Freeze PB&J Sandwiches...just 15 minutes of prep work on Sunday and this ONE simple trick will have school lunches prepped for the week!  #BetterTogetherPBandJ #WeAreBetterTogether #CollectiveBias (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I recently tried to sit back and think of how many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches I've eaten in my lifetime.  I might as well have tried to think of how many times I've used the restroom.  It's that many.  For 37 years I've probably whipped one up and had it on the go at least weekly, if not a few times a week {minus those early baby years}.

It has always been my go-to sandwich when in a pitch or just craving that smooth, nutty and sweet flavor.  Once I became a Mom that tradition continued.  If you start your kids on it early, they'll love them the rest of their life!


How to Freeze PB&J Sandwiches...just 15 minutes of prep work on Sunday and this ONE simple trick will have school lunches prepped for the week!  #BetterTogetherPBandJ #WeAreBetterTogether #CollectiveBias (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Here in Iowa, school starts soon {praise Jesus} and with that comes all THE THINGS.  Registering them, buying school supplies, making sure they have shoes that fit, cleaning out dressers and drawers, attending open houses, getting new socks, buying new backpacks and most importantly packing that everyday lunchbox.

I usually let my kids eat hot lunch at their school cafeteria once a week {often Fridays, because let's face it by Friday, I'm done}, but for the remaining days of the week we are packing lunches.  It's much more budget friendly and then I actually know what they are eating!


How to Freeze PB&J Sandwiches...just 15 minutes of prep work on Sunday and this ONE simple trick will have school lunches prepped for the week!  #BetterTogetherPBandJ #WeAreBetterTogether #CollectiveBias (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I recently stocked up on packaged travel snacks {for vacation} at our local Dollar General and also grabbed a 16 oz jar of Jif Creamy Peanut Butter and a 32 oz jar of Smucker's Strawberry Jam.  I set it aside for lunch box prep for when we got back.  

Head here to receive $1.00 OFF when you buy both!

Honestly, I've been holding on to this little trick for traditional PB&J's for years.  I've never talked about how I prep them, I just did my thing and my kids never knew the difference.  But now, after almost 9 years of food blogging I'm sharing my secret.


How to Freeze PB&J Sandwiches...just 15 minutes of prep work on Sunday and this ONE simple trick will have school lunches prepped for the week!  #BetterTogetherPBandJ #WeAreBetterTogether #CollectiveBias (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Right now is the perfect time of year to do this.  My kids love PB&J's and with two in full-time elementary school I could possibly be sending 10 sandwiches out the door a week.  Which basically means dragging out the ingredients each morning while everyone is scrambling to get out the door.

Instead, I prep them all on Sunday and FREEZE THEM.

Yep, I grab a loaf of bread, a container of Jif and a jar of Smucker's and take just 15 minutes on Sunday to make 10 at a time.  Then we are ready for the week ahead.

But, how do I keep them from getting soggy you say?

Great question.


How to Freeze PB&J Sandwiches...just 15 minutes of prep work on Sunday and this ONE simple trick will have school lunches prepped for the week!  #BetterTogetherPBandJ #WeAreBetterTogether #CollectiveBias (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Here's the trick.

You need to sandwich the jam in between two layers of peanut butter.  That way the drippy, sweet jam never touches the bread.  Traditionally, most people, will just spead peanut butter on one slice and jam on the other slice, but by spreading peanut butter on both slices of bread, then topping one of those slices with the jam, it ends up making all the difference between a bad frozen sandwich and a good one.

After that wrap tightly in plastic wrap, label if desired and place in the freezer.

Then, that morning when packing lunches, you simply grab a sandwich out of the freezer and it's thawed come mid-day when ready to eat.

Easy as pie.

Or sandwich.


How to Freeze PB&J Sandwiches...just 15 minutes of prep work on Sunday and this ONE simple trick will have school lunches prepped for the week!  #BetterTogetherPBandJ #WeAreBetterTogether #CollectiveBias (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Moms are always wanting the best lunch options for their kids, but we are ALL short on time.  Just 15 minutes of prep on the weekend will help save time during the busy week. 

This easy solution will help save your morning sanity and keep your kids happy.  Only PB&J's made with Jif and Smucker's allow you to easily provide a homemade taste your kids will love every time.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Jif® and Smucker's®.  All opinions are mine alone.  #BetterTogetherPBandJ #WeAreBetterTogether #CollectiveBias

Yield: 10 sandwiches

How to Freeze PB&J Sandwiches

Freezing pre-made PB&J sandwiches is a great time-saver once school is in session. Simply pull one out of the freezer in the morning, put it in their lunchbag and they are thawed by noon!
prep time: 15 minscook time: total time: 15 mins

ingredients


  • 1 loaf of sandwhich bread
  • 16 oz. jar Jif Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 32 oz. jar Smucker's Strawberry Jam
  • roll of plastic wrap

instructions


  1. On a large cutting board, assemble ingredients/tools - bread, peanut butter, jam and a butter knife.
  2. Place two slices of bread on the cutting board.  Spread peanut butter on one side of EACH of the two slices of bread.  This will help to prevent the jam from soaking through and making one side of the sandwich soggy.
  3. Spread the jam on top of the peanut butter on one slice of bread.  Place the two slices together to form a sandwich.
  4. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap, labeling "PB&J" and place in the freezer.  Sandwiches will stay fresh for up to 1 month.
  5. When wanting to eat for lunch that day, simply remove a sandwich from the freezer and place in a lunch tote, bag or or the counter and it will be thawed by mid-day.  Thaw time is generally a couple hours.
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Sunday, August 12, 2018

30 Back to School Dinners in 30 Minutes

Kids are heading back to school!
And with that comes Moms trying to get dinner on the table quickly and easily.
Here are 30-in-30.

30 Back to School Dinners in 30 Minutes...the ultimate meal plan!  30 easy, family friendly, delicious, simple dinners that everyone loves.  Use this meal plan to get orgranized when school starts! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Here in Iowa our kids head back to school towards the end of August.  We are just a couple weeks out!  Who is rejoicing?  Who is sad?  Who is nervous?  Who wants to throw a party?

I'll let you guess where I'm at, but to give you a hint, it's somewhere between rejoicing and throwing a party.

No shame here, but my kids need to go back.  We need routine again in our lives and I need my sanity back.  Love them to pieces!  And even though I'm a stay-at-home-mom I'm still working here at home and I, just like a Mom who is out of the house from 8 to 5 p.m., also needs help getting dinner on the table.  Perferably, easy ones that come together quick.

Double bonus, my kids need to like them.  The adults in this house will eat pretty much anything, but sometimes getting all three kids on board can be a challenge.  So I have hand-picked my top 30-in-30.  This means 30 dinners that can be made in 30 minutes!  How about that for a list?

Start bookmarking, printing and making a list Mamas.  You are bound to find a few on this list that will work for your family.

30 Back to School Dinners in 30 Minutes...the ultimate meal plan!  30 easy, family friendly, delicious, simple dinners that everyone loves.  Use this meal plan to get orgranized when school starts! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


30 Back to School Dinners in 30 Minutes...the ultimate meal plan!  30 easy, family friendly, delicious, simple dinners that everyone loves.  Use this meal plan to get orgranized when school starts! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


30 Back to School Dinners in 30 Minutes...the ultimate meal plan!  30 easy, family friendly, delicious, simple dinners that everyone loves.  Use this meal plan to get orgranized when school starts! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


30 Back to School Dinners in 30 Minutes...the ultimate meal plan!  30 easy, family friendly, delicious, simple dinners that everyone loves.  Use this meal plan to get orgranized when school starts! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


30 Back to School Dinners in 30 Minutes...the ultimate meal plan!  30 easy, family friendly, delicious, simple dinners that everyone loves.  Use this meal plan to get orgranized when school starts! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


30 Back to School Dinners in 30 Minutes...the ultimate meal plan!  30 easy, family friendly, delicious, simple dinners that everyone loves.  Use this meal plan to get orgranized when school starts! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


30 Back to School Dinners in 30 Minutes...the ultimate meal plan!  30 easy, family friendly, delicious, simple dinners that everyone loves.  Use this meal plan to get orgranized when school starts! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Need additional meal planning help?

Here are some fun ones to scroll through.


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Oven Baked Tostadas

Mexican food in any form is a good idea to me.
These Oven Baked Tostadas come together quick and a family favorite!

Oven Baked Tostadas...a simple, fun family meal!  Crunchy tostadas are layered with ground beef, refried beans and cheese and then topped with all the toppings! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Our dinners last week were a bit hit and miss.  I was prepping and preparing for vacation, which in turn means...buy less groceries for the week and scrape, skimp and throw together ALL THE FOOD in your fridge and try and make something that resembles dinner.

I didn't want a ton of food hanging out having a mold party while we were gone, so I did my best to use up all those food morsels in every stinking meal.

I mean one night we had B.L.T's {delicious} with a side of three day old leftover chicken stir-fry {not so delicious}.  Sometimes you win, sometimes you don't.  At least half of the meal tasted great.

Oven Baked Tostadas...a simple, fun family meal!  Crunchy tostadas are layered with ground beef, refried beans and cheese and then topped with all the toppings! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Each year I look forward to this vacation.  I mean, who doesn't look forward to vacation?  We have been blessed to make it an annual event the past 6 years at a beautiful resort on a gorgeous lake.  My full goal each week is to do the following.

1.  Relax.
2.  Relax.
3.  Read many books.
4.  Relax.
5.  Lay on the dock.
6.  Eat delicious food.
7.  Relax.

So yeah, last week I busted around packing, baking, making meals and freezing them {each family makes dinner one night}, doing laundry and spending many eye-breaking hours on a laptop scheduling out blog posts when everyone else was sleeping so I could actually ENJOY my vacation.


Oven Baked Tostadas...a simple, fun family meal!  Crunchy tostadas are layered with ground beef, refried beans and cheese and then topped with all the toppings! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

After a few days of this craziness I came up with these Oven Baked Tostadas and every single member of the family, including a somewhat picky 4 year old, gave them two thumbs up.  I loved how quick they came together and the kids loved eating with their fingers and me not scolding them for it.

Tostada shells are exactly like hard taco shells yet they come FLAT.  You find them in the same section, but they come in a bag instead of a box.  They require no prep work!

After cooking up the ground beef, you simply start layering.  Tostada, refried beans {don't skimp on those, they are the glue that holds it all together} and cheese.  A simple bake in the oven and then top however you like!

I prefer loading mine up - shredded lettuce, tomatoes, avocado and sour cream.  Bring that up to your mouth and tell me you don't like these!

Oven Baked Tostadas...a simple, fun family meal!  Crunchy tostadas are layered with ground beef, refried beans and cheese and then topped with all the toppings! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Do me a favor.  If you make these share the love!  Tag me on social media {@sweetsavoryeats} and I promise I'll write back.  Promise.

Promise.

Until then, you can find me on the dock.

Relaxing.

Yield: 6-8

Oven Baked Tostadas

One of our new favorite easy meals! These Oven Baked Tostadas are family friendly and taste delicious. Plus, they come together quick!
prep time: 15 minscook time: 15 minstotal time: 30 mins

ingredients


  • 6-8 flat corn tostada shells
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 15 oz can refried beans
  • 2 cups shredded Colby cheese
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • sliced avocado
  • shredded lettuce
  • sour cream

instructions


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Lightly grease a large, rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Cook the ground beef until no longer pink.  Drain off the excess grease and stir in the 1/2 cup of salsa.
  3. To assemble the tostadas, spread a generous amount of refried beans onto the tostada shell, followed by a couple scoops of the taco meat and then sprinkle with the Colby cheese.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until all the cheese is melted and the tostadas start to crisp up around the edges.
  5. Serve warm, topped with shredded lettuce, tomato, sliced avocado and sour cream.
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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Open Faced Egg-in-the-Hole Waffle Sandwich

Back-to-School season is approaching!
This unique, yet fun idea for your kid's breakfast needs to be on your radar.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  
All opinions are mine alone.  
#LoveMyEggo #ReadingWithEggo #CollectiveBias

Open Faced Egg-in-the-Hole Waffle Sandwich...back-to-school season is upon us and our kids need to start their day {and year} off right!  Eggo has partnered with Scholastic to help fuel kids' mind and body for the school year ahead.  This creative breakfast of a toasted waffle, fried egg, crispy bacon and maple syrup is top notch!  @eggorecipes #ad #LoveMyEggo #ReadingWithEggo (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I'm on a breakfast kick lately and I'm not going to apologize for it.  Are you like me and can eat breakfast anytime of the day?  I don't know about your family, but we are a bit divided down the middle.  A few of us vote for breakfast for dinner, while others like to keep it strictly for the hours of 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

They are missing out.

My mind is also swirling around breakfast ideas because in less than ONE MONTH {cue the thriller music} my kids head back to school.  This means we all need to be getting up early again and getting all our feet out the door by 7:45 a.m.

And when some of your children have been sleeping in until, say 8:30 a.m. this summer, this might be a tad difficult.  The thing is, they HAVE TO EAT before they leave.  And personally I try my best to give them something that sustains them until lunchtime.


Open Faced Egg-in-the-Hole Waffle Sandwich...back-to-school season is upon us and our kids need to start their day {and year} off right!  Eggo has partnered with Scholastic to help fuel kids' mind and body for the school year ahead.  This creative breakfast of a toasted waffle, fried egg, crispy bacon and maple syrup is top notch!  @eggorecipes #ad #LoveMyEggo #ReadingWithEggo (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I wanted to create a simple, yet creative breakfast idea for them that will kick off their year on the right foot.  And I did it!  This one is fun Mamas.

Growing up, I was the baby of the house and I distinctly remember being the last one left at home {my siblings were already off to college}, so in high school I ate a LOT of Kellogg's Eggo Buttermilk Waffles.  A lot of them.  By then I was getting up on my own and making my own breakfast before heading off to school.  I loved topping them the traditional way {butter and syrup} or my own way {peanut butter & jam}.

I tell you what these waffles are still delicious!  I headed to my local Walmart and picked these up while shopping {be sure to check out Walmart's Online Grocery Pickup service too!}.  

Open Faced Egg-in-the-Hole Waffle Sandwich...back-to-school season is upon us and our kids need to start their day {and year} off right!  Eggo has partnered with Scholastic to help fuel kids' mind and body for the school year ahead.  This creative breakfast of a toasted waffle, fried egg, crispy bacon and maple syrup is top notch!  @eggorecipes #ad #LoveMyEggo #ReadingWithEggo (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

The back-to-school season is important to Eggo and this year they wanted to help.  They've partnered with Scholastic to help fuel kids' mind and body for the upcoming school year.  By simply purchasing one Eggo product you can get a FREE Scholastic book for your child, your child's friend or their school.

You can purchase any Eggo product during this promotion {offer ends 9/30/18} and upload your receipt by visiting Kellogg's Family Rewards to receive your FREE Scholastic book.  Also be sure to sign up for ibotta and earn money back on the purchase of any Kellogg's Eggo variety {while supplies last}.

It's very simple!  Buy some waffles get a book.  That's it.  Again to redeem, please go here.

Open Faced Egg-in-the-Hole Waffle Sandwich...back-to-school season is upon us and our kids need to start their day {and year} off right!  Eggo has partnered with Scholastic to help fuel kids' mind and body for the school year ahead.  This creative breakfast of a toasted waffle, fried egg, crispy bacon and maple syrup is top notch!  @eggorecipes #ad #LoveMyEggo #ReadingWithEggo (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Now, my kids love waffles and double bonus they also love eggs.  All three of them!  I wanted to combine the two into a wholesome and filling breakfast and these Open Faced Egg-in-the-Hole Waffles Sandwiches did just that.

By taking a Kellogg's Eggo Buttermilk Waffle, toasting it a bit, slathering in butter, cutting out the center and cracking an egg in the middle, flipping to cook, then topping with crispy bacon bits and a drizzle with maple syrup....well, my friends you've just created yourself a great breakfast.

It can be eaten portable, folded in half jet setting out the door {probably minus the maple syrup}, it can be prepped ahead of time {cook up that bacon on Sunday night!} and it can even be eaten as a TRUE sandwich {not open faced} by simply making two of these and stacking them together eaten straight out of your hand.

So many possibilities.


Open Faced Egg-in-the-Hole Waffle Sandwich...back-to-school season is upon us and our kids need to start their day {and year} off right!  Eggo has partnered with Scholastic to help fuel kids' mind and body for the school year ahead.  This creative breakfast of a toasted waffle, fried egg, crispy bacon and maple syrup is top notch!  @eggorecipes #ad #LoveMyEggo #ReadingWithEggo (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

And why not?

Why not make breakfast fun for your kids?  We all get tired of cold cereal and grabbing a granola bar as we run out the door.  Take a few extra minutes to give them something where as a bit indulgent, yet filling enough to get them through their day.

I'm guessing their mood will perk up a bit once they enter the kitchen that first day and see what they are eating.  I know mine would!


Open Faced Egg-in-the-Hole Waffle Sandwich...back-to-school season is upon us and our kids need to start their day {and year} off right!  Eggo has partnered with Scholastic to help fuel kids' mind and body for the school year ahead.  This creative breakfast of a toasted waffle, fried egg, crispy bacon and maple syrup is top notch!  @eggorecipes #ad #LoveMyEggo #ReadingWithEggo (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  
All opinions are mine alone.
#LoveMyEggo #ReadingWithEggo #CollectiveBias


Yield: 2

Open Faced Egg-in-the-Hole Waffle Sandwich

Back-to-School time is nearing! With that comes the need for hearty breakfasts without much fuss. This jazzed up waffle gives your kids added protein with an egg, plus a double bonus of bacon & maple syrup!
prep time: 5 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 15 mins

ingredients


  • 2 Kellogg's Eggo Buttermilk Waffles
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 strips of bacon, diced
  • 1 T. butter
  • 2 T maple syrup
  • pinch of salt

instructions


  1. Heat a non-stick frying pan to medium heat and coat with cooking spray.
  2. Place the diced bacon in the pre-heated skillet and cook until crisp.  Remove from the pan and drain on a paper towel lined plate.  Wipe out the excess bacon grease.
  3. Place the two waffles in a toaster and lightly toast.  Remove from the toaster, spread with butter and using a rimmed drinking glass or cookie cutter, cut out the center of the waffle.  Lay the cut-out waffles in the pre-heated pan.
  4. Gently crack two eggs into the middle of the waffles and sprinkle with salt.  Allow to cook 1-2 minutes a side, depending on how firm or runny you like your eggs and flip gently.  Place the circle cut-outs also in the pan to warm back up.
  5. To serve, plate the egg-in-the-hole waffle on the plate, top with the crispy, chopped bacon and drizzle with maple syrup.
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