Homemade Toaster Strudels {quick and easy}

I like to show my kids that things they like in the grocery store or restaurants can usually be made at home. It takes some of the appeal out of spending that money when you know that you can make the same thing at home, and often times they are cheaper, healthier, and taste better. I’m not saying these Homemade Toaster Strudels are any healthier, but they were SO easy and very tasty!

Homemade Toaster StrudelsThese literally come together in just minutes using puff pastry and pie filling! Of course, you could certainly make them completely from scratch, but that would require a lot more time and patience. My kids aren’t big on patience!   [Read more…]

Copy-Cat Burger King Cini-Mini Pull-Apart Rolls

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These copy-cat Burger King Cini-Mini Rolls are so easy and quick.

Last weekend, I wanted to make a special breakfast for the kids, but I didn’t actually feel like cooking. Does that ever happen to you?! I was so tired from being up most of the night with a sick child, but I wanted my other kids to have something other than cold cereal. So, what’s the answer when you find yourself in that dilemma? Canned biscuits to the rescue!

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I had quickly dismissed the idea of homemade cinnamon rolls….just too much work….when I remembered I had a can of biscuits in the fridge. In just a few simple steps, I had a yummy breakfast treat that had my girls super excited. (My little boy was still sick, so he missed out this go round, but they are so easy, I know we will be making them again!)

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They are reminiscent of monkey bread, but with a lot less sugar and butter.  I like to save ooey, gooey buttery Monkey Bread for special occasions!  My oldest said they were a lot like Cini Minis from Burger King, hence the name!

Cini-Mini Pull-Apart Rolls
Ingredients
  • 1 can of biscuits
  • butter spread
  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Flatten each biscuit to approx ½ inch thickness.
  2. Spread each biscuit with butter.
  3. Sprinkle brown sugar over butter.
  4. Sprinkle on cinnamon.
  5. Roll each biscuit into a 'cylinder' shape.
  6. Cut each rolled biscuit into 3 equal pieces.
  7. Place each mini roll (fold side down) into buttered cake pan.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees until biscuits are golden brown. Approx 10 mins for my biscuits.
  9. Carefully flip biscuits onto plate.
  10. Serve with icing for dipping, if desired.

You can see the steps and ingredients I used in the second picture above. The amounts of butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon are going to vary depending on your tastes. I used large Grands reduced fat biscuits, that come 8 in a tube, and opted to use a brown sugar/Splenda blend and Smart Balance Light butter spread.  For the brown sugar and cinnamon, I just sprinkled some on, without measuring…I told you this was an easy recipe!  A simple icing would be fun for dipping too.

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Whip these up, or even better, supervise while the kids do it! Then, sit back and enjoy…and you don’t even have to worry about super sticky fingers and faces once the kids are done! Well, I’m not making any promises on that one ;-)

If you want to discover lots of other uses for canned biscuits, check out a previous (and extremely popular!)  Ingredient Spotlight  on the subject.

KimM is a contributing writer for Eat at Home. She has three children, ages 12, 10 and 5; 2 fur babies, and blogs about her kitchen adventures at Makin’ it Mo’Betta. You can also follow on PinterestFacebook and Twitter.

8 Easy Recipes from Crystal & Co.

This is a guest post from Crystal & Co.  Her Crockpot Ravioli is a favorite at my house.  She’s got all kinds of fantastic quick meal ideas and lots of other solutions for moms too.

Do you struggle with getting dinner on the table? Is life super busy and you find yourself scurrying to feed your family come 6:00 each night? Without my crockpot and easy recipes dinner would never be served at my house.

I am excited to share with you eight of my favorite easy recipes that are time savers, budget friendly and will keep you out of the drive thru lines. Each of these recipes can easily be adapted to meet the size of your family.


 

  1. Apple Butter Pork Chops in the Crockpot- apple butter season is here and these pork chops literally fell apart when they were done. The flavor was amazing. I served them over steamed rice which helped to stretch the meal even more.
  2. Italian Crockpot Chicken - do you have any idea how tender a chicken breast is after it has cooked for hours over a tomato sauce? You will be asking for seconds. Top with cheese and serve over your favorite noddle.
  3. Crockpot Lemon Chicken- can gourmet and crockpot be used in the same sentence? If you love the way lemon and Dijon mustard combine, you’re going to lick your plate clean with this one!
  4. Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Casserole- who knew you could make something like this in the crockpot? This is tasty and feeds a crowd- perfect potluck meal.
  5. Baked White Spaghetti- this is a recipe I have been making for years and it comes together very quickly. Do you keep cooked chicken on hand?
  6. Beef Tips and Noodles (made in the crockpot)- I grew up on this recipe, my grandmother and mother made it when I was growing up. My kids enjoy it as well.
  7. Crockpot Ravioli- this is another recipe that cooks fast and looks and tastes like it was baked in the oven. Family favorite at our house.
  8. Easy Pasta Casserole- ground Italian sausage, cheese, your favorite pasta shape and your favorite jarred sauce and dinner is done in no time!

Delicious, easy and simple ingredient lists- that is what makes a recipe easy! (Well, add to that anything crockpotable!) Which of these easy recipes will you be adding to your menu plan?

Crystal is the author of the site Crystal & Co., where she shares her journey of raising five boys. On her site you will find loads of easy recipes, weekly meal planning inspiration, easy craft ideas, as well as mommy solutions and resources. Join her every Wednesday where she invites you to link up and share your mommy solutions and resources!

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