Panasonic #MicrowaveOnly Challenge and Giveaway

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

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…

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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.

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

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Creamy Oats with Cherry and Walnuts

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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.
http://lovintheoven.com/2014/04/panasonic-microwaveonly-challenge.html

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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.

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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!

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Microwavable Sweet Potato

Ingredients

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

Directions

  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!
http://lovintheoven.com/2014/04/panasonic-microwaveonly-challenge.html

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

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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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!

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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.

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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!).

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Here are the items that came in my box:

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

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

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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.

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How do you eat your cottage cheese?

Hatchery Box Cottage Cheese Parfait

Ingredients

Directions

  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.
http://lovintheoven.com/2014/04/hatchery-box-cottage-cheese-parfait.html

Cinnamon Chip Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars and a Giveaway!

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Friday, April 4, 2014

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Did I have you attention at “cinnamon chip?” Or was it “snickerdoodle?” Perhaps “cookie bars?” Maybe you’re here for the giveaway. Either way, I’ve got your attention.

I found a bag of cinnamon chips at Target (where else?) and picked them up. They’ve been sitting in my pantry for a couple of months before I stumbled across them again while looking for something to bake with. It was fate.

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Cinnamon chips are way better than butterscotch chips. They look exactly the same with their color and texture, but butterscotch chips are kind of… meh to me. I do love See’s Candies butterscotch lollipops, though.

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Anyways, these bars are chock full of cinnamon and resemble a thick snickerdoodle. They’re a lot more rich, so you can’t eat as many of these as you could with cookies.

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These bars are also a lot sweeter than your regular snickerdoodle, so be prepared for a good sugar kick for the day.

Recipe from Epicuricloud

Cinnamon Chip Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars

Ingredients

  • 3 cups + 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 10 ounces cinnamon chips
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a rimmed half-sheet (17" x 12" x 1") baking pan.
  2. Combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in small bowl.
  3. Beat butter, sugar and vanilla in large bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.
  4. Gradually mix in flour mixture.
  5. Stir in the cinnamon chips.
  6. Spread in prepared pan and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  7. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until the center is set.
  8. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into 48 squares.
http://lovintheoven.com/2014/04/cinnamon-chip-snickerdoodle-cookie-bars.html

Speaking of sugar, have you decided what you’re baking for Easter? It’s coming up in just over two weeks!

To help you out with your Easter baking, SweetWorks is hosting a giveaway on my blog for some wonderful themed Easter candies. One lucky winner will receive:

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That’s a whole lot of goods! They’re great for stuffing Easter eggs with and the kids will be so happy to open eggs filled with shimmery spring Sixlets. I’d be happy eating the foiled solid dark eggs by itself. You could even hide the semi-solid milk chocolate rabbit as the “golden ticket” for kids to find on their Easter egg hunt!

To enter the giveaway, just fill out the Rafflecopter below:
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