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10 Recipes You Can Make Just Using a Microwave Oven

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Let’s face it – as fun as cooking is, it can get exhausting after a long day. Sometimes, it’s incredibly tempting to get takeout and call it a day. However, did you know that your microwave is the ticket for quick and convenient meals that don’t require much fuss? We often just use our microwaves to heat up leftovers or frozen foods, but these are some recipes that you can actually cook using just your microwave! Let’s jump into the recipes:

 

  1. 2 Minute French Toast in a Cup:

This easy-peasy recipe requires just 2 pieces of bread per cup (any type of bread at all will do!), butter, milk, egg and cinnamon (and your microwave of course!).

 

Click here to see the recipe.

 

For our busy lives, especially in the morning rush before school and work, there’s nothing better than a quick, easy-to-make breakfast. Using your microwave to cook French toast in it might be new to you, but it’ll soon become your staple! If you don’t have a microwave oven, look into purchasing one.

 

  1. Ropa Vieja

This Cuban dish of shredded beef in a tomato sauce is usually slow-cooked to get the unique flavour profile – something most people would never expect to obtain from a microwave! But this recipe shows exactly how you can achieve that, with only 10 minutes of prep time.

 

Click here to check out the recipe.

 

Slow cookers and pots can be quite pricey, so use what you have at home – your microwave! You get a healthy, exciting dish for you and your family, without the stress of hours of cooking and prepping.

 

  1. Lemon Bars

Dessert in a microwave? Yep, you got it! This amazing microwave lemon bar recipe will make you the star at bake sales, or potlucks. Easy, fresh and delicious, make a dessert favourite in your microwave.

 

Recipe can be found here.

 

Trying to do everything can get really exhausting, so instead of feeling bad for buying dessert for your next party, make it yourself in your microwave.

 

  1. Ratatouille

Who doesn’t love a good ratatouille? While this dish is packed with veggies, the traditional version is definitely labour-intensive, with each vegetable requiring dicing and sautéing separately. Your microwave version needs just 10 mins of prep time, with the remaining 20 taken care of by your appliance.

 

Check out the recipe here.

 

We bet you’ve never loved your microwave more! Invite over a bunch of friends, crack open a bottle of wine, and celebrate good food made easy!

 

 

  1. Cinnamon Rolls

It’s another “mug cake” recipe that only takes 3 minutes to make! The next time you have a craving for something sweet and fluffy, don’t fret. Your trusty microwave can handle all your whims.

 

The recipe can be found here.

 

Requiring just a few basic ingredients, most of which you probably already have at home, keep this recipe handy for spontaneous dessert-cravings. It’s also a crowd pleaser when friends unexpectedly drop in, or when you’re in the mood for a treat. The best part? All you have to do is mix the contents and put in the microwave, with the actual cooking being done without you!

 

  1. Mac N’ Cheese

Macaroni and cheese in a mug – really? Another mind-blowing dinner staple that can easily be made, especially for a single serving. On those days when you’re tired from work or school, quickly whipping up this famous comfort food will renew your spirits and have you thanking the inventor of the microwave.

 

Click here for the recipe.

 

The best part about this recipe is that it doesn’t use processed cheese, like the boxed kind. Thus, you’re getting a faster option that is also healthier! Win-win, don’t you think?

 

  1. Margherita Quesadilla

When you’re feeling a little Mexican-inspired but don’t want to spend the time standing by a hot stove, grab these 4 ingredients and your new BFF, the microwave, and boom, quesadillas like the pros. All you need is 1 flour tortilla, 1 sliced tomato, some mozzarella cheese, and 4 basil leaves!

 

Get the recipe here.

 

Quesadillas are a delicious meal that can be eaten for lunch or dinner. Making them in the microwave probably never occurred to you, but this Margherita-style recipe is great when you’re craving a good meal but can’t be bothered to put in the effort!

 

  1. 10-Minute Microwave Enchiladas

Speaking of Mexican food, how about some enchiladas? Another incredibly good, flavourful meal are enchiladas. Traditionally though, these guys can take quite some time to prepare, making them more of a once-in-a-while type treat. Your microwave eliminates all the fuss and gives you ready-to-eat, perfect enchiladas.

 

Click here for the recipe.

The microwave really is the best for this type of meal, seeing as once you combine all the ingredients, all you have to do is stick it in the microwave. When you’re hungry, have a family to feed, and are running short on time, the microwave couldn’t come in handier.

 

  1. Baked Potato

Is it still called a “baked” potato when made in the microwave? Semantics aside, a classic comfort food is the baked potato. What isn’t so comforting is the time it usually takes to make. With the microwave, you can make a baked potato in mere minutes, using all your leftover time for some Netflix binging.

 

Recipe can be found here.

 

The only things you need for this are the potatoes, a paper towel and your microwave! It couldn’t be simpler, and you still get the same amazing taste.

 

 

  1. Couscous Greek Salad

With all the freshness you could want, this is the perfect summer (or any time of the year) salad that is packed with veggies and good-for-you ingredients. Making the couscous is usually the cumbersome part, but thankfully, your microwave can handle it for you.

 

Check out the recipe here.

 

A healthy and delicious salad that couldn’t be any easier to make!

 

These 10 microwave recipes are sure to impress, whether it’s just you for dinner or your family and friends. Being tired from work doesn’t have to mean takeout or unhealthy frozen dinners anymore – your microwave can take your cooking to the next level while you get quality time spent with your family. If you don’t have a microwave, consider grabbing one to make life a lot easier!

Dollar Daze of Summer – Flipp

There is only a little over a month left of summer and soon the kids will be heading back to school. It has been a rainy and chilly break for us all. This week with all the great dollar daze of summer. This week I have found some deals that will make dinners a breeze. If you like quick and easy meals that can be made in a slow cooker or 1 pot, keep reading.

Dollar Daze of Summer

No Frills Valid July 27 – August 2, 2017

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Frescho Valid July 27 – August 2, 2017

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Combine some meat with the vegetables below.

Basics July 27 – August 2

Pick ups some nacho or tortilla chips and make a batch of guacamole dip. Here is a quick and easy recipe to use.

Easy Guacamole Dip

  • 2 avacados
  • 1 ripe tomato diced
  • 2 green onions chopped finely
  •  clove garlic minced
  • 1 lime juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Just mash the avocados in a bowl and combine all ingredients and it is ready to serve.

With all the different vegetables and meat combinations, there are many 1 pot meals to be made. Make it an easy week in the kitchen.

Pull out your device and head on over to Flipp and see all the other amazing dollar daze of summer deals. From quick snacks to cake mixes this week is a win for grocery shopping.

Keep an eye out in the coming weeks as we prepare for all the best Back to School deals.

Downloaded the Flipp app and don’t miss out on savings and cash back. Download Flipp from Google Play or the App Store and start saving

If you haven’t started using the coupons and rebates with the app, you can find some helpful information with Flipp’s Guide to Rebates. Print off your coupons to match them with deals.

Don’t forget to add all your loyalty cards to Flipp and you always have them with you.

5 Easy Cheesy Recipes for Teens to Make for #Cheesefest

I have an amazing teen daughter who is studying cooking in high school. This semester she has come home with all kinds of cooking ideas, and she even brings home some of the things she cooks. She has always loved to cook and one of her favorite ingredients is cheese. Really, I think that girl would eat anything, even food she hates, if I simply added cheese. I think every day is #cheesefest around my house.  Now with her love of cooking, she is always looking for recipes that she can try. One of her favorite resources for finding new recipes is the Kraft Canada website, because we always have Kraft cheeses in the house.

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She often looks for recipes that she can do on her own, and, having been born in New Mexico she has a love for everything Mexican. Which is why  the Easy Baked Taco Pie is a staple in our house.

Another of her loves is pasta, and another recipe she found easy to make was the Simply Lasagna  on the Kraft Website. Make sure you watch the video.  This is another cheesy recipe that is in regular rotation in our house.

Another of my teen’s favorite things to make are loaded smashed potatoes . When I make steak she is eager to make these as a side dish. They are heaven for her.

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Now when my teen is on her own will sometimes open a box of Kraft Dinner for a meal. Does she have it just as Kraft Dinner? Never; the chef in her comes out and she gets creative. She will often do things like the Double-Cheese and Veggie Macaroni .

Now if you have a teen in the house, hopefully they are like my teen who loves to bake.  One of her favorite things to bake is red velvet cake and what goes best with a red velvet cake? If you answered cream cheese frosting, you are correct. You can find a very easy recipe for Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting on the Kraft website.

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Getting teens into the kitchen means that they are learning great life skills while having fun and hopefully giving mom a break from the kitchen. If you leave your teen in the kitchen long enough who knows what cheesy creation they might come up with. Trust me, I have had a few unique ones over the years. Remember you can always pick up cheese at a grocery store especially during #Cheesefest. Kraft Cheesefest takes place at Loblaws March 19th – April 9th. You and your teens can check out the following products.

  • Kraft Singles Process Cheese Product
  • Kraft Cheez WhizCheese Spread
  • Philadelphia Dips
  • Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese
  • Philadelphia Cooking Creme Cream Cheese Product
  • Kraft Dinner Macaroni and Cheese
  • Cracker Barrel Block Cheese
  • Kraft 100% Parmesan Shredded Cheese
  • Velveeta Process Cheese Product
  • MacLaren’s Imperial Cold Pack Cheese Product
  • Cracker Barrel Snacking Cheese
  • Cracker Barrel Natural Slices

Let me know: Do your kids cook? What has been their best cheesy creation? My inquiring teen wants to know, as she needs new suggestions to add to her cooking arsenal. Remember, Kraft Cheesefest takes place at Loblaws on March 19th to April 9th and you can always get cooking inspiration from the Kraft Cheesefest page on the Kraft Canada website.

Yummy Vegetarian Lentil Tacos or Nachos

I think I first fell in love with lentils at Blissdom Canada, so for the last year I have been playing with them, and then after a night out with Chef Michael Smith I was even more inspired to play with them some more. So my teen and I love Mexican food, that is where this recipe comes from so instead of using ground beef we often will substitute in some lentils to get a powerful healthy punch. Think yummy vegetarian lentil tacos or nachos with this lentil mix.

Lentil Tacos

 

Vegetarian Lentil Nacho or Taco Beans

Ingredients:

–          1 cup dry brown lentils

–          3 Tbsp cumin

–          1 Tbsp salt

–          ½ tsp chipotle powder (add more for more heat)

–          ¼ onion chopped

–          1 Tbsp olive oil

–          4 cups water

Directions

Rinse lentils well with water and discard any pieces of stem or other matter that is visible.

Add onions and olive oil to the bottom of a slow cooker and saute for 3-5 minutes until soft.

Pour in lentils, cumin, salt, and chipotle powder and cover with 4 cups of water.

Place the top on the pressure cooker and cook on low for 30-45 minutes. Release pressure valve and check the water level of the lentils. Continue cooking until all the water has been reduced.

Use a fork to slightly mash the lentils.

Serve with your favorite Mexican meals, we love them with nachos or tacos!

 

10 Leftover Ham and Hardboiled Eggs Recipes

10 Leftover Ham and Hardboiled Eggs Recipes

After Easter many a household including those in  my family will have piles of left over ham and about a dozen or so hard boiled eggs so what does one make with them? We have to tackle the leftover pile in the fridge. Here are some suggestions I have gathered:

Ham Recipes:

1. From Busy Cooks (Great for the Slow Cooker)  Wild Rice Chowder

2. From CEO of Me ( great if you got leftover potatoes too Ham and Potato Hash

3. From the Gooseberry Patch blog (for my lover of cheese) Cheesy Ham and Veg Bake

4. From Schneider’s (for my quiche lover) Deep Dish Ham Quiche

5. From Kraft Canada ( a staple meal in my home for years) Ham & Broccoli Casserole

 

Hard boiled Egg Recipes:

 

1. From Real Simple(we love a good Cob salad) Cobb Salad with with Garlic Vingerette

2.  From Martha Stewart (more lentils please) Lentil Salad

3. From 24/7 Moms a Classic Egg Salad recipe. 

4. From Betty Crocker (gluten free) Old Fashion Potato Salad

5. From Eating Well ( something new to try) Latin American Empanadas

If you have leftovers after Easter, what do you make with yours? Do you have a family recipe to share?

We love to cook in this house and more often now we are cooking things that are quick light and easy and making sure we use up all the leftovers in the house as well. How do you use up your leftovers on a regular basis?

We are taking part in this week’s Tackle Tuesday..

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

 

Happy Thanksgiving and Leftovers

Thanksgiving at the Trolls © by martha_chapa95

Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian readers!

What are you thankful for this year?

For me I am thankful for the lessons learned, the people met, my fabulous daughter and being in good health. That is a lot to be thankful for right!

So yesterday it was turkey time in my house, which means this week my menu planning is pretty simple as we tackle the leftovers.

Monday-more food coma as I am hosting a potluck tonight. I am serving the salad, everyone else is bringing something..

Tuesday-Turkey Stuffed Shells , salad

Wednesday-Turkey Tacos

after that made stock that can be frozen..

Thursday- Rachel is making her spaghetti and meatballs.

Friday- I am at Blissdom Canada for Rachel it is Subway..

Saturday-Cheese Pizza and salad

Sunday-Shrimp with Spicy Tomato Sauce and rice.

This menu will be shared as always at Organizing Junkie.

Menu Monday- My Eid Menu

It is that time of year Ramadan is coming to an end, and Eid is quickly approaching. Really here in our house the month of August has flown by. Hard to believe Ramadan is almost done and school will be back in just a week.

Now what do you make for Eid in your house if you celebrate it?

Eid for Muslims is a time for sweets and good cooking. So what am I cooking? Well since  I am still a fairly new Muslim and it is just my daughter and I celebrating together here in the GTA, we are going to keep it sweet and simple, and then there will be lots of leftovers for the week.

Monday-breaking the last day of fasting. So for our final iftar meal we are having a shrimp noodle dish that my man taught me.

Tuesday-EID…

I am going to be making

Butter Chicken-I found a great video for this one.

Tomato and Roasted Pepper Salad

Curried Rice and Lentils

Tabbouleh

and for the Sweets..

Strawberry Trifle

Sellou

Wednesday-leftovers

Thursday- leftovers

Friday- Taco Squash Skillet

Saturday-Breakfast for dinner- Eggs, Toast, Chicken Bacon, sliced tomato

Sunday- Roast Chicken Dinner

As always if you are interested in seeing what others have on thier menus this week you should check out Organizing Junkie’s Menu Monday.

Menu Monday: More Iftar Meals

For Muslims globally we are smack dab in the middle of Ramadan (the holy month of fasting). We have just over 2 weeks of fasting left. We are almost at the time when many Muslims get more serious for the last 10 days of Ramadan when  many pray longer, harder, read more. So to be able to do this you need a wee bit of fuel. Fuel comes from the iftar meal and the suhour mea. The Iftar is eaten just after sunset after you have broken the fast and suhour is eaten just before the morning prayer. So what are we eating here?

Suhour is usually 2 eggs, some toast, some tea, some water and a piece of fruit.

My iftar meal plan for this week includes these meals:

Monday–we are doing breakfast for dinner and making cornbread muffins, eggs, chicken bacon, and fruit( my daughter requested this)

Tuesday-Chicken Balti, rice, brocoli

Wednesday-Easy Baked Pasta

Thursday-Quick Jambalaya ( yes there is sausage in this recipe, we use a halal chicken sausage)

Friday- Lemon Garlic Chicken, mashed potatoes, carrots

Saturday- Will be eating at the masjid.

Sunday- Will be eating at the masjid.

What will you be cooking at your house this week? Have a recipe you care to share? I am off to check out the recipes shared on Org Junkie and the link up there.

7 Iftar Meals in a Jiffy

It is Ramadan time for us Muslims and many of us like to spend as little time in the kitchen as we can. For Muslims this month is about worship. There are some though who have made it about the iftar meal (the meal Muslims break a fast with). At the end of a long day of fasting, I know I don’t like to be in the kitchen. So what is one to do? This week all the meals I am making for dinner can be made in less than 30 minutes giving lots of time for prayer and worship. So if you want to get in and out of the kitchen here are some meals you can try.

Monday- Curried Shrimp and Rice

Tuesday-Shredded Chicken Salad

Wednesday-Vegetarian Chili Mac

Thursday- Easy Sweet and Sour Chicken

Friday-Homemade Soft Taco Dinner (grab a kit from the grocery store to make this with ease)

Saturday-Creamy Tuna and Mushroom Pasta (video)

Sunday-Jamcian Jerk Chicken Wraps

What is on the menu at your house this week? Is it quick and easy? I am always looking for the quick and easy recipe, something that helps me stick to my budget. As well I love having leftovers as they make for a great lunch for the kids. I do participate in Organizing Junkie’s Menu Monday. If you are looking for recipes you can try you may want to visit some of the great posts linked on her blog.

31 Days and 31Ways to Save- Bulk Cooking and Menu Monday

What a busy week that was! It flew by for our family. Can you believe we are now half way through the 31 days series. I hope you are finding ways that you can save.

One of the ways to save especially if you have a family on the go is by bulk  cooking. You cook ahead. For families on the go this works and it does cut down on the urge to grab and go on the run from the local fast food places.

So since we don’t bulk cook all that much here as I have limited freezer space I wanted to share some resources I found on the subject:

So those should get you started on bulk cooking and saving, so now it is time to look at the menu for this week.

Monday-teen cook- Spaghetti with Tomatoes and vegetable sauce.

Tuesday- Stove Top Tuna Noodle Casserole and salad

Wednesday- Easy Chicken Pot Pie and salad

Thursday- Slow Cooker Beef Stew and Rolls

Friday-left overs

Saturday- We will be eating out this long weekend.

Sunday- We will have another meal out.

So what is cooking at your house? and do you have anything planned for the long weekend? Now I am off to Organizing Junkie to see what is on the menus of many of my friends.

PS* the winners of the Tenderflake coupons are Kim Richards and @katsima. Hope you enjoy your pie making.