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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.

Cran-Pistachio Cookies




With March coming to an end, I’m already thinking about April. It’s Earth Month! I’ve taken the pledge by the Bulk is Green Council (BIG) to purchase bulk foods once a week during Earth Month. BIG is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of the environmental and economic benefits of purchasing foods from the bulk bins.


Did you know that:

  • “If Americans purchased all of their almonds in bulk for 1 month, 6,000,000 pounds of waste would be saved from landfills. That’s the equivalent weight of 522.5 elephants.
  • Purchasing oatmeal from the bulk bins saves 5x the waste of its packaged equivalent.
  • If the average American family bought peanut butter in bulk for 1 month, 172 pounds of waste per family would be saved from entering landfills.
  • If Americans purchased all of their coffee from the bulk bins for 1 month (Earth Month), 20,000,000 pounds of foil packaging would be saved from landfills. That’s the equivalent weight of 7,667 compact cars.”



That’s a whole lot one person/family can do for the world. Come and take the Love Bulk Foods pledge every week in April with me over at lovebulkfoods.com! You’ll be entered to win a prize pack filled with everything you need to create a natural pantry stocked with foods from the bulk bins. The prize pack includes:

  • two 100% recycled glass storage jars for an eco-friendly way to store bulk foods
  • one “Love Bulk” branded canvas, all-purpose , reusable tote bag for your grocery shopping trips
  • samples of food from the following companies that can be found in most bulk foods aisles of grocery stores nationwide:
  • non-GMO Certified whole grains from Lundberg Family Farms
  • natural and USDA-Organic trail mix from SunRidge Farms
  • USDA-Organic spices and tea from Frontier Natural Products Co-op
  • All natural French Vanilla and Wild Bluberry Flax granola from Attune Foods

Approximate value of the pack is $75. Winners will be drawn once a week during Earth Month.


This is a soft cookie recipe from AllRecipes. The pistachio flavor from the pudding is very light, so the actual pistachios are a pleasant touch. It’s a great recipe that you can make with the kids, since most of the ingredients come from a box. This would also be a great recipe for Christmas because of the festive colors.

Cran-Pistachio Cookies


  • 1 (1 pound 1.5 ounce) pouch Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
  • 1 (4 serving size) package pistachio instant pudding and pie filling mix
  • 1/4 cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup dry-roasted salted pistachio nuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped


  1. Mix cookie mix, pudding mix and flour in bowl. Stir in melted butter and eggs until soft dough forms. Add pistachios and cranberries; blend well.
  2. Using small cookie scoop or teaspoon, drop dough 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Press with fingers to slightly flatten.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F for 9 to 11 minutes. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered at room temperature.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with a Walnut Streusel




Have you guys gotten your flu shot yet this year? My DF read an article about how someone our age passed away in the bay area from it within a week of getting sick and immediately demanded that we both go down to the nearest pharmacy and get our flu shots. After arguing back and forth trying to convince him that I didn’t need it, we ended up in his car on our way to CVS.


I know my line of work is pretty much the worst thing ever when it comes to getting sick. Being stuck inside of a long metal tube with recycled air for x amount of hours isn’t exactly the best environment for staying healthy. I mean, who knows what you can catch from all of those passengers!?


Apparently, there have already been 95 reported deaths from the flu this year as opposed to 5 last year. That’s insane.

Side note: I’ve never gotten a flu shot before. Like… ever.

Back to the story. We’re at CVS and there’s one older lady in front of us waiting to get her flu shot as well. I’m looking around wondering if there’s another room that they take people to give shots to, but I see no such thing. Who gives you the shot, anyways? I’ve never been one to be scared of shots or needles. I used to donate my blood every couple of months at UCLA.


As I’m sitting in what I thought to be a waiting chair, a man in a white lab coat comes out and asks if I mind and that he’s going to be giving the older lady a shot first. “Of course I don’t mind,” I tell him. He’s lingering over me longer than normal, until I finally put the pieces together. The chair that I’m sitting in is not a “waiting chair.” That’s where they give the shots! Right out in the open, just like that.

I get up and let the guy do his thing. He’s trying to explain to her that they’re out of the normal flu shot and the one that he’ll be injecting is the intradermal one. I’m standing to the side, eavesdropping on their conversation since I’ll be next. Instead of just injecting a part of the dead virus, they’ll be giving us the entire virus. If you’ve never had the flu shot before or are older, you’ll be more prone to getting the symptoms right after the shot.


The older lady freaks out a bit and ultimately decides that she doesn’t want the shot. She tells the guy that she needs to discuss this with her doctor before taking further action. She basically bolts out of the door without getting the flu shot. The guy then looks at us and goes, “Okay, who’s next?”

My DF is now hesitant in getting the shot after seeing the first lady decline it. My DF keeps looking back at me asking me, “Do YOU want it? What do YOU think? I don’t know anymore… I don’t want to get symptoms…”


In the end, I’m the one that sits in the chair first to get it over with. My DF finally follows suit and gets his shot as well. Days after, neither of us have any symptoms. The only downside is that neither of us can feel our left arms. The lightest touch sends us falling to the floor, crying out in pain.

Bottom Line? Getting your flu shot isn’t that bad. Just be mindful that you’ll have a dead arm for the next couple of days.


As long as I have my blog, you can bet your bottom dollar on endless banana bread recipes. Every recipe is slightly different from the next and seems so promising. Plus, there are always brown spotted bananas to get rid of. This recipe has to be one of my favorite banana bread recipes (top 5) and the chocolate chips add a nice touch.

I received some nuts from SunRidge Farms and thought that the walnuts would be perfect for the streusel. These nuts from SunRidge farms are organic, natural, and non-GMO. I find the resealable bags extremely convenient since I hardly ever use an entire bag of nuts at once. I don’t need to use any clips or ziploc bags to keep the nuts fresh.


Not only that, but their packaging is BPA-free! Their snacks are produced in a solar-powered manufacturing facility, so they’re also environmentally friendly. Delicious tasting snacks that are good for the environment and your body– now that’s a win-win situation.

This recipe comes from Annie’s City Kitchen.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with a Walnut Struesel


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • Streusel:
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup crushed walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 9"x5" loaf pans.
  2. Mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl to combine.
  3. Add in the bananas, sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla until just incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. For the streusel, combine all ingredients in a small bowl until crumbly and well incorporated.
  5. Divide the batter evenly between loaf pans. Sprinkle the streusel on top.
  6. Bake 35-45 mins or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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