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Panasonic #MicrowaveOnly Challenge and Giveaway



I am taking part of Panasonic’s #MicrowaveOnly challenge. What exactly does that entail? Well, for one day, I have to create all of my meals in the microwave! It’s actually a lot easier than I thought it would be.

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For this challenge, I’m using Panasonic’s Full-Size 1.6 cu. ft. Genius Prestige Countertop / Built-in Microwave Oven with Inverter Technology, aka Model #NN-SE782S.

Since living in an apartment, I’ve always been a little frugal with my microwave. I figured that since my living situation was only temporary, I shouldn’t buy a “good’ microwave because I’ll end up moving and selling it anyways.

I was thrilled when Panasonic sent me a microwave to use for this challenge. Heck, this microwave is even better than “good,” it’s awesome. With a cooking power of 1250 watts, you can heat up things in no time! My little microwave before this took forever just to heat up water for some tea. With this, well, you’ll see…


For breakfast, I made Creamy Oats with Apple, Cherry, and Walnuts. I adjusted the recipe from Panasonic by using almond milk rather than apple juice for that extra creaminess.


The result was a hearty and fulfilling breakfast that kept me full all morning.


Creamy Oats with Cherry and Walnuts


  • 1/2 cup Quick-cooking oats
  • 2 tbsp Dried Cherries
  • 1 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon, ground
  • pinch of Salt
  • 1/4 cup Greek Vanilla Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Walnuts, chopped


  1. Combine the oats, dried cherries, almond milk, cinnamon, and salt in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Cook on P10 for 2-3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until thickened.
  3. Top with yogurt and sprinkle with brown sugar and walnuts.


Since the oatmeal kept me pretty full, I wasn’t starving when lunch came by. I decided to stay on the healthy track and eat a sweet potato.


Thanks to Panasonic’s inverter technology, my sweet potato cooked evenly and kept it’s texture and taste. The inside of the potato was just as warm as the outside, so there were no cold spots anywhere!



Microwavable Sweet Potato


  • 1 sweet potato
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon


  1. Rinse and scrub the sweet potato.
  2. Pierce the potato all over with a fork. Wrap the potato in a damp paper towel.
  3. Microwave for 4 minutes. Turn it over and microwave for another 4 minutes.
  4. Be careful removing from the microwave when it's done-- it'll be hot! Unwrap the potato and cut it in half. Dollop with the greek yogurt and sprinkle the cinnamon on top. Serve warm!

For dinner, I admit that I heated up some leftovers along with a bag of microwavable popcorn. #guilty You really have to keep an eye out on your popcorn when using different microwaves– with this Panasonic, I only had to do it for a minute and twenty seconds rather than almost two minutes!

For other recipes and cooking tips, check out Panasonic’s website here.

Now for the good stuff! I’m giving away…

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That’s right.. I’m giving away a full size Panasonic microwave along with a product pack (as pictured above)!! All you have to do is tweet a picture of your own #microwaveonly meal with a short description to @HomePanasonic and @kimberlywyn to win! You must also follow @HomePanasonic in order to be qualified.

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This is a sponsored post, but the opinions expressed are my own.

Hatchery Box Cottage Cheese Parfait




This is my second Hatchery Box that I’ve received and I am still impressed with the contents. They wrap every sample individually with bubbled kraft paper and personalized tape. It’s like opening six individual presents!


I saw an opportunity to use two ingredients from this month’s box to make a cottage cheese parfait. I’m actually quite new to eating cottage cheese; I just tried it for the first time earlier this week! Since it’s more on the savory side, I wanted to incorporate some sweetness into the snack. The strawberry chipotle jam was perfect for this dish because it’s sweet with a kick at the end. The cottage cheese flavor mellows out the spice of the chipotle.


See what I mean about opening six little presents? A subscription to Hatchery Box is only $20 a month, including shipping. You get 5-6 hand selected artisan ingredients, exclusive member promos and discounts, a culinary concierge support team, and recipe tips. You can sign up here (they also make great gifts!).


Here are the items that came in my box:


Ohia Lehua Honey from Big Island Bees // Fuego Salsa from La Fundidora// Strawberry Chipotle Jam from Potlicker Kitchen


Sweet & Smoky from Causey’s BBQ // Original Blend Spice Rub from Ole Man’s // Jalapeño Garlic Olive Oil from Calivirgin



The jam had a nice smooth flavor with a spicy kick and the honey was purely sweet with a slightly grainy texture. Put them together with some cottage cheese and you have a good balance of sweet and salty.



How do you eat your cottage cheese?

Hatchery Box Cottage Cheese Parfait



  1. In a small bowl, mix together the cottage cheese and jam.
  2. In a serving cup, layer some of the sliced bananas on the bottom. Pour the cottage cheese on top.
  3. Add the remaining sliced bananas and granola on top. Drizzle with honey.

Mini German Pancakes




These pancakes are AWESOME. Mostly because they change so much and shape while baking, but they taste great too. They rise and puff in the oven, and I was amazed at how pretty they came out despite my skeptical thinking.


I added a sweet blueberry mixture in the middle, but the pancakes would taste great plain with maple syrup. You can even squeeze some whipped cream on top and add sliced strawberries if you want something a little fancier. It’s a great base recipe for you to get creative with.


You could even make a breakfast bar and let people make their own personalized mini German pancakes! Leave out some chocolate chips, agave, peanut butter, powdered sugar, fresh fruit, jam, butter, bacon, Nutella, chocolate syrup… the possibilities are endless.



See what I mean about them puffing up so perfectly from a thin batter? It’s amazing! Each pancake is unique in appearance, but all are equally delicious.


I can’t praise this recipe enough. Even the ingredient list is simple! You should already have everything in your kitchen pantry right now. Don’t believe me? Go check!

You don’t even need to use your mixer. Whisk the batter by hand since it’s so light and airy anyways. You won’t even break a sweat.


The recipe makes a lot so if you’re only feeding yourself, there’s no need to make the entire recipe. I cut the recipe in to 1/3 and made that. It was still plenty for my DF and I.

I also got a little impatient waiting for the sauce to thicken so I added more corn starch, but it wasn’t necessary. If I would have used less, the syrup would have been clearer (see how it’s just a little foggy?). Don’t make the same mistake I did! Be patient with your syrup thickening.


Recipe from Chef in Training. Happy breakfast baking!

Mini German Pancakes


  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 cup blueberries


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Whisk together eggs, flour, milk, salt vanilla and butter until smooth.
  3. Pour evenly into greased muffin tins about 1/2 way full.
  4. Bake for 15-18 minutes until done and puffed up.
  6. Cook water, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla and cornstarch in a medium saucepan over medium heat until it begins to thicken. Stir in blueberries and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  7. Fill each mini german pancake with blueberry sauce.

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