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Freezer Friendly Maple Dijon Salmon Marinade ~ 31 Days of Freezer Friendly Recipes

Maple Dijon Salmon Marinade Recipe on

Delicious and easy.

That’s the name of my cooking game friend!

This salmon is both of those things…super simple to prepare and oh, so tasty too!

Salmon recipes are not ones I share around here often, but I think it’s important to serve fish and seafood as part of a balanced diet. When I do serve salmon or other more expensive meats, I try to pair them with other inexpensive ingredients like rice or homemade bread. Keep the meal simple, yet scrumptious.

This is a freezer marinade…and one that I use often for salmon (and chicken too!). I find that I often have my meals planned out for the week when I spot a great sale or deal on salmon. So I’ll scoop up the salmon and then add some marinade to it and freeze it until it’s time to enjoy it. I could rearrange the meal plan…but I can freeze it too!

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This marinade is super basic and easy to prepare for smaller or larger amounts. It’s 1 Tbsp maple + 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard for every 1/4 lb. of salmon (or chicken!). Hope you enjoy it!


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Freezer Friendly Maple Dijon Salmon Marinade

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 15 minutes


  • 1 lb. salmon, cut into 1/4 lb. steaks
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 4 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • Suggested sides: rice or bread, salad or veggies


  • Add the salmon to a plastic freezer baggie or container. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper over the top of the steaks.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the maple syrup and the Dijon mustard. Pour over the salmon in the baggie or container. Seal and freeze.
  • Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then grill or bake until salmon is cooked through. Serve with side of rice or bread and salad or veggies.

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New coupons have been added to the free coupon app, Checkout 51, including savings on the following items:

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Whole Wheat Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls ~ 31 Days of Freezer Friendly Recipes

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls. Double Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls. But really, they are triple pumpkin cinnamon rolls.








The dough is so soft. The pumpkin filling literally melts in your mouth with the dough…and the pumpkin spice icing.

You HAVE TO make these at some point this fall or winter. It’s a command, really ;)

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Dough cycle in the bread machine.

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Divide and knead.

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Roll ‘em.

Tyler is an excellent sous chef…he’s always wanting to help me in the kitchen!

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Thin layer pure pumpkin.

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Brown sugar. Don’t be shy.

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Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice. Don’t be shy again.

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Ready to roll.

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Roll as tight as you can.

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Place in baking dishes. Let rise an hour in a warm place.

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Post-rising. Bake.

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Whole Wheat Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Yield – 24-26 rolls

Preparation Time – 3 hours

Cooking Time – 20 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups warm milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tbsp yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • Filling
  • Couple Tbsp butter
  • about 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • about 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • about 1 Tbsp homemade pumpkin pie spice
  • Icing
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp homemade pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 Tbsp pumpkin puree
  • Milk, 1/4 tsp at a time


  • Add the dough ingredients into the bread machine in the order they are listed and set on the dough cycle.*
  • Once the dough cycle is complete, add the dough to a clean and floured countertop and turn the dough, kneading it until smooth. Divide into 2 balls and roll out into 2 rectangles.
  • Spread thin layer of butter, then pumpkin puree, then brown sugar and spice mix. Roll tightly and then slice into 1″ inch wide rolls.
  • Place the rolls into greased baking dishes, leaving a little space between the rolls for them to expand and rise. Cover with dishtowel and let rise for an hour in a warm place in your kitchen.
  • Preheat oven to 350. After the rolls have risen, bake for 16-20 minutes, or until middle rolls are cooked through.
  • Prepare icing by mixing the powdered sugar with the spice mix, then gently stir in the pumpkin puree. Finally, add milk, 1/4 tsp at a time, mixing well until icing forms consistency you prefer.
  • Add icing to the tops of the rolls and serve warm.
  • *If you don’t have a bread machine, you can make the bread by hand. In a small bowl, add the milk, sugar and yeast and let it proof. In a large mixing bowl, add the beaten egg and pumpkin puree, salt and then pour in the milk-yeast mixture and gently combine. Add the flour, one cup at a time, stirring into a wet dough, then into more of a dry dough. Cover with dishtowel and let rise in warm place. Once the dough is ready, complete directions listed above.

31 Days of Freezer Cooking Recipes: Hawaiian Meatloaf

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Here’s another $5 Dinners fan favorite! For me, it’s the tangy and subtly sweet flavor within the meatloaf and in the sauce that bakes on top! I usually make a double batch anytime I prepare meatloaf…one to bake for dinner and one to freeze. I prefer to freeze them raw, but you can certainly cook it then let it cool before slicing and freezing in single serve portions! Enjoy!

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While I love being in the kitchen, I need to make my time spent cooking as efficient as possible…and how I accomplish that is with batch cooking, freezer cooking and keeping easy and quick meals or ingredients ready to go in the freezer. This month, I’ll be sharing all my favorite freezer cooking recipes, tricks, hacks and how-tos.

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Featured Pinterest Board: Potatoes


I think one of the most popular comfort foods has got to be potatoes.  They are so versatile, inexpensive, and yes, while they are high in carbs, they actually contain a variety of vitamins and nutrients that are healthy for you!  Besides, most of the time, it’s not the potatoes that are the high calorie part of dinner…it’s the butter, cheese, and sour cream.  Oh, but those are SO good on a yummy baked potato!

So, make them healthier or make them indulgent with these amazing recipes:

Take a look at some of my favorite Potato recipes…


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