I tell everyone to get an Instant Pot. I buy them for friends as housewarming or wedding gifts, and I sing their praises to people who probably are sick of hearing about them (until they get one too and then they can’t shut up either). At first glance, it seems like it’s just an electric pressure cooker… And it is! Which is great even alone. But [in my Billy Mays voice] that’s not all, friends. That’s not all…
A couple months ago, I was gifted this book. It’s basically a collection of easy-to-throw-together breakfast bowl recipes. So my question for you guys is this… What are your favorite STUPID-EASY to throw together meal in a bowl? (That doesn’t require making your own yogurt, or having some rare healthy grain?)
With recipes in most cookbooks and websites ranging for 4-to-6 servings per recipe, this usually means we have a LOT of leftovers. We have been halving the recipes we’re eating, but often this doesn’t work. Does anyone have any suggestions for cookbooks/websites that specialize in smaller portions, or any reducing portion size tips you’d like to pass on to a novice?
My boyfriend pointed out the Taco Bell Bold and Creamy Spicy Ranchero sauce at our local grocery. We snagged it, some tortillas and shredded cheese. As my boyfriend pointed out, we got the stuff for 8+ quesadillas at the price of two through the drive-thru. He also proposed this “no-dish” cooking method, which uses ZERO DISHES in preparation. I was skeptical at first. But the prospect of not dirtying a single dish to make dinner intrigued me…
I fully recognize that I’m one of the last people on the planet to discover rice cookers. I’m also fully aware that cooking rice shouldn’t be hard, right? It’s just a pan with water. IT’S JUST A PAN WITH WATER. So why can’t I ever make rice without burning it? Why is it always undercooked or burnt and blackened at the bottom of the pan? The answer is simple: I’m stupid and I suck at cooking. I mean, I’m no Megan (sorry, bitch!) but I’m just not very proficient in the kitchen.
Enter the Rice Robot.
Last week I found myself starving and low on groceries. In a moment of desperate MUST-NOM-NOW-ness, I created this monstrosity, the Peanut Butter & Jelly Banana Dog. The recipe here should be pretty self-explanatory: it’s just a pb&j sandwich on a hot dog bun, with a banana nestled inside.
We prepare for Day 4 with some comfort foods: french toast for breakfast, a sweet fruity snack, and a creamy baked mac and cheese to take us into the night.
We’ve reached Day 3 of the Offbeat Home Food Challenge, but will Megan survive? Will Cat continue her torturous pace of cooking challenges? Will Ariel continue to hold up during a week of procedure-less posts?!
This post won’t answer any of these questions, but it WILL give you the recipes for Day 3. Cook along IF YOU DARE.