Throughout the pages of my new book Cooking Light Dinnertime Survival Guide are tricks that help me save time, money, and sanity. I call them “Crazy Tricks That Actually Work”. I’m sharing a few of these on my blog.

Make Perfect Bacon in the Oven from Real Mom Nutrition

I’ve been known to say that I could be a vegetarian if it weren’t for bacon. (My kids have inherited my inclination.) Still, bacon is a treat in our house, and I either get it from my farmer’s market or buy Applegate bacon, which comes from animals that have been humanely raised and never given antibiotics.

As much as I love bacon, I’m not wild about the mess it makes, with bacon grease spattering my stove, backsplash, and invariably, my bare arms (ouch). That’s why I love this method. Just stick it in the oven, set the timer, and forget about it for 15 minutes. Here’s how:

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil, folding the foil up and over the edges of the pan.

How to Make Bacon in the Oven by Real Mom Nutrition

Place bacon strips on the foil.


 Bake for 15-20 minutes until desired doneness (thinner strips will take less time, thicker will take longer).

How to Make Bacon in the Oven by Real Mom Nutrition

Enjoy the bacon-y goodness.

How to Make Bacon in Your Oven by Real Mom Nutrition

Cooking Light Dinnertime Survival Guide

Disclosure: I’m happy to be working with Applegate this year as a member of their Advisory Board, because it’s a brand I buy and respect. I am compensated for my time. All opinions expressed are my own.

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{Recipe} Scrambled Egg Muffins

by Sally on June 16, 2014

Scrambled Egg Muffins from Real Mom Nutrition

We babysat some backyard chickens last week, dropping by their coop every day to feed them and say hello. The perk of this job: Lots of fresh eggs!

Scrambled Egg Muffins from Real Mom Nutrition

Luckily, both of my kids love eggs. I finally got smart during the school year and taught my 9 year old how to cook eggs for himself and his little brother. But I love the idea of having something to make ahead for busy mornings, especially with summer day camps approaching.

These Scrambled Egg Muffins can be modified based on what your family likes best. Using the base of eggs and milk, you could add spinach, broccoli, mushrooms, peppers, crumbled bacon, or whatever you have on hand. My kids are fans of sausage, so I used some of the new Applegate Breakfast Sausage Patties, which I quickly cooked in the microwave and chopped up. As with all Applegate products, the sausage comes from animals that were humanely raised and not given hormones or antibiotics.

Applegate Sausage Patties


Scrambled Egg Muffins
  • 8 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese (or cheese of your choice)
  • ½ cup sausage
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped green onions
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Generously spray a muffin tin with cooking spray.
  3. Whisk eggs and milk together in a bowl.
  4. Add rest of ingredients and stir to combine.
  5. Fill muffin tin with mixture (1/4 cup for each muffin).
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until set.
  7. Enjoy immediately or store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3-4 days, reheating in the microwave or oven.


Scrambled Egg Muffins from Real Mom Nutrition

Disclosure: I’m happy to be working with Applegate this year as a member of their Advisory Board, because it’s a brand I buy and respect. I received free samples of the sausage patties I used for this recipe and am compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are my own. 


My Favorite Packaged Foods

March 10, 2014

In the last few years, I’ve made a conscious decision to make more food from scratch. But I still buy packaged food (read “From-Scratch Cooking Confession: I Can’t Keep Up!“). Several readers asked me for more details on the kinds of packaged products I buy, so I wanted to share some of my favorites. When […]

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{Recipe} Peaches & Vanilla Green Smoothie

February 5, 2014

The Polar Vortex got me dreaming of warmer temperatures in faraway places–where thermometers have never seen minus 10 degrees at high noon and where you don’t need to wear a ski mask to take out the recycling. That was the inspiration for this smoothie, a new favorite of mine. Close your eyes and it’s part […]

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My 5 Favorite Boxed Cereals

January 27, 2014

As a kid, I ate my fair share of Boo Berry and Smurf-Berry Crunch. I was the type who saved all her Lucky Charms marshmallows until the very end of the bowl and then slurped down the blue- and pink-tinged milk. But when I had my own kids, I struggled with what to do about […]

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{Recipe} Banana Oatmeal Cups

January 2, 2014

When I first made these oatmeal cups by Roni from Green Light Bites a few years ago, I fell in love with them–because I always had the ingredients on hand, because they were the perfect thing to grab as a breakfast or quick snack or pop into lunchboxes, and because my kids gobble them up. I […]

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Make-Ahead Green Smoothie Packets

December 6, 2013

I’ve seen these make-ahead smoothie kits all over Pinterest. But I wasn’t convinced until my friend Kelly recently texted me to report that yes, freezing fresh spinach totally works. Kelly and I, who share a love of green smoothies, often bemoaned the fact that the small box of spinach was never enough–but the jumbo one […]

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One Of The Best Things You Can Do On A Sunday

September 3, 2013

If you read my last post, you may be thinking that by “one of the best thing you can do” I mean “go to yoga class” or “ignore the mountains of laundry and snuggle with your kids” (read “A Back-To-School Pledge To Myself“). And yes, do those. And go to religious services. Or watch football. […]

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The Trouble With School Breakfast

February 22, 2013

Seven words I never thought I’d hear my 8-year-old son say: “Mommy, I’m getting sick of Cocoa Puffs.” I don’t buy Cocoa Puffs. My son has been eating them at school as part of the free breakfast program. I am not happy about this. For months, I have wrestled with what to do about school […]

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Guest Recipe: Creamy Dreamy Banana Date Shake

June 17, 2012

Ever since my two week No Added Sugar Challenge, I’ve kept added sugars out of my breakfast completely. And I’ve been drinking a lot of Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothies.  But my obsession has turned to a new morning drink: The Creamy Dreamy Banana Date Shake. It was created by Katie Morford at Mom’s Kitchen Handbook, a […]

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