I HATE doing dishes!! If you’re like me, there’s nothing better or easier than a one dish dinner. The article below lists 10 dinners made in ONE POT! YEAH!
“Dirty dishes are generally unavoidable when you’re cooking, but there is no rule that says you can’t use fewer dishes when life calls for it. And I would say life most definitely calls for it right now.”
Are you sheltering in place or stuck at home? Are you tired of the same boring recipes? I’ve found 5 different websites that offer a recipe search by ingredients. The basic idea with these sites is you tell the site what you have on hand and it spits out recipes you can cook using those ingredients. I tried them all out and some are better than others. But you should be able to find something at one of these five sites. Step out of your routine and get creative! I’ve also included 10 recipes I found while searching these sites. I hope you enjoy!
On this site, I input tuna and rice. and, eventually, came up with this recipe. This site was a bit more frustrating to use. Many of the recipes I wanted, led to a general site and not the actual recipe. I had to sift through a lot of “tuna salad” and “tuna casserole” recipes before finding this one.
This site was quite different than the others. It has a “pantry” function. I was able to put in 15 different items. You can unlock premium features and put in more for a one time fee of $9.99.
Here’s the recipe I found after figuring out how the site worked. I was a bit frustrated at first. It seems unnecessarily complex. However, once I figured out how it worked, I realized this site is jam packed with recipes. I believe it may be worth the one time fee of $10. The pantry function is nice. The ability to put in more than 15 items would be wonderful. You could fill the pantry with everything you have on hand and find just the right recipe.
This site was just okay. I don’t think it was quite up to the quality of the other sites. On the main page, you select ingredients from a limited list and search. Unlike the other sites, which link to other recipe sites on the internet, the recipes here appear to all be submitted by other users and limited to just this site. This is fine, but limits the number of recipes available. Here’s what I found:
Life and food doesn’t have to be boring, even when you’re stuck at home. Think of it as a challenge…you have 5 random ingredients and get creative…or use one of the five sites I’ve highlighted here. Go ahead…let out your inner chef!
We know meal prep is a good idea. It helps us eat healthy food and avoid prepackaged, processed food or worse, fast food. However, if you’re like me, you procrastinate, or don’t do it at all. After all, who wants to spend a weekend day cooking? I mean I like to cook, but, weekends are my time with my better half. So, I’ve searched the internet and come up with some super easy and quick ways to meal prep. My personal favorite are the mason jar soup cups. I think this is a brilliant idea!
How to Meal Prep Smoothies
Here’s a smoothie formula along with a video highlighting 3 ways to prep smoothies.
Mason Jar Salads
Who needs to try an make a salad each morning or even the night before. Here’s an infographic for mason jar salads and one mason jar recipe video
The Overnight Oats Builder
Overnight oats are a great way to meal prep breakfast. Below, you’ll see an infographic for overnight oats, along with 2 videos with a total of 7 recipes.
Everyone likes a good burrito bowl! Here is an infographic showing how to build your own, plus a recipe to get those creative juices flowing.
DIY Instant Soup Cups
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! I think it’s brilliant. I created the infographic below based on the recipe video at the bottom of the page. Once the cups are made, store them in the fridge until needed. If you add protein eat it within 2-3 days. When you eat the cups, remove them from the fridge at least 10 minutes prior to consuming. This will prevent the cold jar from breaking when the water is added. When you’re ready, fill the jar with hot water and let it set until it’s heated through. At this point, eat it from the jar, or pour it into a bowl. I haven’t yet tried my own soup cups. However, I will absolutely try them, because my better half loves soup!
These ideas are super quick to put together. You could throw some burrito bowl ingredients in the oven. While that’s cooking, you can make a few soup cups, a couple of jars of overnight oats, and throw together some smoothie packs. Then, put the burrito bowls together when they’re cooked. I estimate this would take 1-2 hours tops. Then you have up to a week of lunches prepped.
Hello everyone. Earlier this week, I decided to dive into the cookbook below and try a few recipes. Something stood out in this book, the author has several recipes, such as cakes and bread, that you don’t normally think to make in a slow cooker. One in particular that stood out, “Buttery Coconut Bread”, and decided to give it a try. AND, in just 4 hours, I had a loaf of bread, made in a slow cooker.
Why use a slow cooker to make bread?
Why in the world would you make a loaf of quick bread in a slow cooker, when you can make it in the oven in a fraction of the time? There are health benefits to making foods at a low/slow temperature and pace. (1,2)
Retain natural oils
Retains nutritional content of food – many vitamins are destroyed at high temperatures. Cooking low and slow retains the vitamin content.
Improves taste, texture and flavor of food
High temp cooking can chemically alter food, often resulting in carcinogens and toxins in the food.
Due to copyright, I’ll list the ingredients, but not the amounts. This article is more about technique than the actual recipe.
Mixing the batter
I first mixed the liquid ingredients together in a bowl. In a smaller bowl, I mixed the dry ingredients together. I added the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
I added the batter to a greased 8″ x 4″ bread pan.
The recipe indicates to “place the pan on a rack in a slow cooker.” Well, I didn’t have a rack, so I made 4 balls of aluminum foil and placed them in the bottom of my slow cooker.
I then placed the bread pan on top of the foil. You don’t want the pan setting directly on the heating element, which is the purpose of this step.
Here’s what the bread looked like prior to cooking:
I set the slow cooker temperature on “low” . The recipe indicates to cook for 3-4 hours. I checked mine after 3 hours. I left it another 30 minutes.
Here’s what it looked like after 3 1/2 hours
The results? How did I like this bread?
Well…to be honest, I didn’t really care for this coconut bread, and probably won’t make it again. In fact, I ended up throwing it away. HOWEVER, I did enjoy the slow cooking bread technique and am anxious to try other forms of quick bread to see how well this technique works. This cookbook has many other slow cooker “baking” recipes I’m anxious to try as well, such as carrot cake, lime-raspberry custard cake, brownie chocolate cake, gingerbread, delectable peanut butter cup cake, almond golden cake, and pound cake…to name a few. I’ll let you know if/when I try any of them.