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Coconut Key Lime Bread ~ NEW 31 Days of Freezer Cooking Recipe

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Last week a dream came true for me. This dream has been 2 years in the making. Not long after I found out I was pregnant with Cuatro in the summer of 2012, a terrible longing for the beach came over me. Like, a crazy longing. To be at the beach, by myself…with my girlfriends. (My husband is a mountain guy, so a beach vacation with him might be a bad idea!)

When you have young kiddos going on vacation as a family kinda like a crisis. And it’s also very expensive.

So when the opportunity came up for me to go on a beach vacation with the girls in the Turks & Caicos Islands, I JUMPED at the chance! My husband is very excited that I get to go on this beach vacation I’ve been longing for over 2 years…as maybe now I’ll stop “whining” about not being able to go to the beach! And I’m VERY grateful to my husband for holding down the fort while I was away…sitting on the beach…with my toes in the white sand…

Now that I’m home and have quenched my thirst for a beach getaway, I decided a little tropical reminder of my time away…in the form of Coconut Key Lime Bread…was in order!

I made 2 loaves…one for our family and one for our neighbors…and #2 boys declared this the best bread he’s ever eaten IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. (He really shouted!) And has asked me to make it every day.

Coconut Key Lime Bread

Note: This recipe is easy to half if you just want to make 1 loaf. (Although I’m not sure why you’d only want 1 loaf of this bread…it’s just that good that you’ll be glad you have a second loaf waiting for you after you polish off the first loaf.)

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Coconut Key Lime Bread

Adapted from Taste of Home Key Lime Bread

Yield – 24 slices, 2 9×5 loaf pans

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 50 to 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 key limes, zested and juiced
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup sweetened coconut flakes

Coconut Lime Glaze

  • 2 key limes, zested and juiced
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp sweetened coconut flakes, finely chopped
  • Drops of milk, if needed to thin the glaze

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray 2 9×5-inch loaf pans with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a stand mixer bowl or using a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Stir in the eggs, one at a time, until creamy batter forms.
  • Add the zest and juice from 2 key limes, the vanilla and mix until smooth. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and mix together. Mix in the milk, then fold in the coconut flakes.
  • Spoon and scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pans and bake in the preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes, or until knife comes out of the middle clean. Let cool on cooling racks for about an hour.
  • Prepare the glaze in a small bowl by mixing the zest and juice from 1 key lime with the powdered sugar. If needed, add a few drops of milk to thin out the glaze. Mix in the finely chopped shredded coconut, then pour the glaze of the tops of both loafs of bread.
  • To Freeze: Freeze before adding the glaze. Let cool completely and freezer the loaf whole, or slice into snack or dessert size portions and freeze individually in small plastic baggies.
  • To Thaw: Whole loaf – let thaw in the fridge overnight, then on the countertop until thaw. Glaze before serving. Slices – let thaw on the countertop for 10-15 minutes. Drizzle some of the glaze on the pieces as you serve them.
  
 

Freezer Friendly Cashew Parmesan Crusted Pork

Freezer Friendly Cashew Parmesan Crusted Pork | 5DollarDinners.com

Company supper right here, my friend.

Next time you have company coming over and you find yourself wondering what to prepare. I’ve got the answer for you right here.

CASHEW. PARMESAN. CRUSTED. PORK.

You’re gonna be shocked at how simple this is.

AND…it’s freezer friendly!

You can freeze this before baking the pork. Now you’ll have something fabulous waiting for you in the freezer….when you’re just having a rotten day, you can completely turn it around with this amazing dinner!

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Cashew Parmesan Crusted Pork

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup parmesan, finely grated
  • 1/3 cup cashews, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme, dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano, dried
  • 1 lb. pork cube steak, or 4 small pork chops

Sauteed Onion for serving (optional)

  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Directions

Prepare for Freezing

  • Combine all dry ingredients in shallow dish such as a pie pan.

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  • Coat both sides of each pork steak/chop with the dry mixture.
  • Place into oven-safe disposable baking dish in single layer.
  • Cover and freeze.

Thawing the Steak

  • The night before you are going to cook this you should place the frozen steaks in the refrigerator to thaw overnight.

Baking

  • Set oven to 375 degrees.
  • Bake on center rack for 15 minutes.
  • Remove pan and turn steaks.
  • Bake for another 15 minutes or until pork reaches internal temperature of 165 degrees.

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Preparing Sauteed onions

  • While the meat is baking, prepare the onions.
  • In a small saute pan or skillet, melt the butter and then add the onion slices. Stir often, as they cook over medium low heat for 10-20 minutes, allowing them to caramelize.

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  • Serve Cashew Parmesan Crusted Pork with onions on top.

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  • (Recommended side dishes: mashed potatoes or rice and your favorite veggie)

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31 Days of Freezer Cooking Recipes: Beef & Butternut Squash Stew

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Ever since starting this little food blog a few years back, I’ve been on a mission. Not only to help people to spend less $$ on groceries, but also to help you learn to love new meals and try new foods (maybe that you were afraid to buy because you didn’t know what to do with them). Butternut squash is one of those items that people are afraid to buy because they don’t want it to go to waste because they don’t know what to do with it.

Well, here’s what you do with it. You cut it up and you add it to a stew. This is a fantastic, budget-friendly Paleo recipe for you…one I know you’ll love!

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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.

See all of the 31 Days of Freezer Cooking recipes and tips here!

  
 

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