Easy Homemade Croutons

Happy Veteran’s Day! I am so very thankful for the men and women who served our country to give us our freedom. I don’t think that we show this enough all year. It’s a huge sacrifice to put your life on the line for people all around the country that you don’t even know and I am eternally grateful for those who have done so!

I’m a bit of a crazy salad person. I have been ever since high school. I love the crunch of crisp lettuce mixed with creamy dressing and other tasty components that go along with a salad. When we’re picking out a place to eat, my daughter will judge if I will like a restaurant by if they serve salad or not. And then she’ll say “Mom, you’ll love this place. They have salad!”. Thanks darling…

While I do like my salad, I also really like croutons. Like, really really like croutons. They are kinda like potato chips to me. Once I start, I can’t stop.

Do you have kiddos who don’t like the crust on their sandwiches? Or perhaps you make things that require you to cut off the crusts.

For instance:
Grilled Cheese Rollups
3-Ingredient Lady Fingers
White Bread Cinnamon Rolls

It’s recycling in a way. You can even freeze the crusts and make croutons later if you don’t have time right away. Just thaw them out before preparing to make croutons. How awesome is that?

Try to line them up and then just cut them into smaller pieces like above. They already look just like croutons don’t they? And in minutes they will be! Preheat the oven to 400°.

Spread them quite evenly onto a cookie sheet. Spray them well with olive oil cooking spray or butter cooking spray like me. Sprinkle with seasonings of your choice. I used italian seasoning and garlic powder.

Bake for about 4-8 minutes depending on your oven and you’re done. Store them in an airtight container and pop them out when you’re ready to eat a salad.

Or just eat handfuls of croutons…

….I don’t do that.

…Ok, maybe I do. Don’t judge.

Easy Homemade Croutons
Recipe Type: Salad Topping, Snack
Author: Pennywise Cook
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Here’s a double duty tip when you have leftover bread crusts. Make up a batch of healthy and homemade croutons!
  • Crusts cut off the bread of your choice
  • Seasonings of your choice (1 tsp italian seasoning and 1/2 tsp garlic powder are great!)
  • Cooking Spray
  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Cut crusts into smaller square pieces or desired size.
  3. Spread evenly onto a cookie sheet.
  4. Sprinkle with seasonings.
  5. Bake for 4-8 minutes watching during baking to make sure they don’t burn. Mine took about 8 minutes.


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Life Is Like An Onion…

…you peel it off one layer at a time and sometimes you weep.

A quote from Carl Sandburg and boy he wasn’t kidding! It’s almost impossible for me to cut an onion without tearing up. Well it just depends on the circumstances. If the onion is very small, sometimes I can manage to chop without weeping.

But the tears aren’t the only problem that I have with onions. My favorite grocery stores like Aldi and Save-A-Lot tend to have 2-3 pound bags of onions on sale a lot. I find that I need a couple onions for my meals during the week and then I don’t use the last 4 or 5 and they go bad! Then the very next week, I’d need more onions and I’d grab another bag and the cycle continued. The frugalista inside me won’t let me just buy how many onions I know I need so just buying a few isn’t an option.

But those days are over folks. This is one of those “duh” tips that I’m sharing today. Even if you’ve thought about it, this might just make you wanna go ahead and actually do it.

Go ahead, buy that bulk bag of onions and feel no shame. Know that not one of those onions will go unused. Know that you have weeks and even months to create a masterpiece with those flavorful veggies.

Bust out the food processor and pop your onions in. Chop them up to your liking and then place them in a freezer bag, making sure to remove all the air.

I measured mine into 1 cup portions since that’s the frequent amount that I use. After my day 30 minutes of chopping, I ended up with 12 cups of pre-chopped onions ready to place into a tasty meal. I’ve already used a couple of the portions and I didn’t even thaw them to use them.  Though some recipes may need them to be thawed.

So there you have it. A simple tip from a simple mind. Save your time, tears, and most of all MONEY.

And by the way, this would also work with anything other vegetable that you use frequently of course. 🙂

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