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9 minutes | 2 months ago
Power XL Smokeless Grill Review
As I live in Ohio, grill outside in the winter isn't much of an option for me. However, I want to batch cook lots of chicken (in this case) for the week. So I needed a decent sized grill, and I heard about the Power XL Smokeless Grill. IS IT SMOKELESS?Yes. You dumb two cups of water in a drawer under the grill and turn on a fan and somehow that deters any smoke. I did end up with some steam, but that dissipates and goes away quickly.I WANTED BIG AND I GOT BIGThe unit is 21 x 15.4 x 8.1 inches. For me, I had the shelf under my microwave open and it fits their nicely. Just realize this takes up some real estate.EASE OF USE AND CLEANINGThe unit goes up to 450 degrees and gets there pretty quick. I do have to grill my chicken a bit longer than my formal grill but the format cooks from both sides. This is still quicker as I would take me three grills on a format to fit all of my chicken thighs.The Power XL Grill is actually non stick and after using it four times everything snaps apart easily, washes quickly, and is pretty "no hassle." I use a brush to first get any leftover chicken off the grill and then use a sponge. It's pretty straight forward.While it's not a cheap item, I have no buyer's remorse as it seems to do exactly what it advertises, and I don't have to put on a winter coat to grill outside. Does it taste like the outside grill? No, but the chicken coming off this thing is still pretty yummy. Part of that is I'm using liquid smoke.
7 minutes | 3 months ago
Quick, Yummy Friend Egg Sandwhiches
For me, I need my food to be warm. Even when I make a salad I throw warmed up chicken into it. (see the "Not Chipotle" episode. One of my vices is the Egg McMuffin. Why? Because I rarely get an Egg McMuffin without getting the grease sponge that is the McDonald's Hash Browns, and a Coke the size of my head. So how can I make one at home?I bought a Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker, and was surprised how well it works. The idea is you put a muffin in the top, one in the bottom and an egg in the middle. There is a play that separates the muffins (and the surface that cooks the egg) when its ready, you gab a handle and it (more or less) pulls the rug out from under the egg and it lands on your muffin.For me, I need my muffins toasted and while the muffin is warm, I didn't feel it was toasted. So I improvised.It takes 3.5 minutes to warm up and 8 minutes to cook the 2 eggs solid (quicker if you use one egg).So I use my Amazon Alexa all the time. She's very hand in the kitchen. So I will have her set a timer for four minutes. Then I know the sandwich maker is ready. I come in crack two eggs, and poke them with a fork to break the yolk. I set another time for four minutes (as it takes four minutes to make toast). When the alarm goes off, I come in and start my toast, poor myself some water, and get out the butter.When the toast pops up, I better it and check the eggs (and by this time they are solid). I put my spatula under the egg and slide the handle to the left and egg falls on my spatula. I then plop it on to my toast, and take the second piece of toast and I'm done.An Inexpensive SandwichWith the bread costing $3. a loaf and $1.29 for a dozen of eggs, I get a sandwich for 52 cents.It's about 365 calories with 20G of protein, 19 net cards, and 21 grams of fat. I also find it fairly filling, and quite yummy (I put some salt on the egg). You have one dish, and the sandwich maker is one of the few nonstick items I own that has stayed non stick.
9 minutes | 3 months ago
Beef Veggie "Stuff"
With it getting cold here in Ohio, I wanted to make some stew type of beef vegetable. I purchased some McCormick Heart Beef Stew Seasoning Mix and a lb of Beef Stew meat (pre-cut), and a bag of frozen vegetables. The cost was right around $10. As I live alone I use a smaller crock pot, but in looking at Amazon, it appears crock pot (the company) doesn't make that model. However, you can get it at Walmart for $10. The closest I found on Amazon is the KOOC Small Slow Cooker, 2-Quart, Free Liners Included for Easy Clean-up, Upgraded Crock Pot, which is more expensive (but it does come with free liners). How I Messed This UpOn the back of the seasoning mix my eyes were drawn to the "slow cooker directions" where it said to mix the seasoning with water but didn't say how much. This lead me to guess and I dumped in around 3 cups of water. Later I would look at the seasoning package again and saw where they list the ingredients at the top and mention 1 and 1/3 cup. Ooops. So I will cook this for a few hours with the lid on, and then a few with the lid off to let some of the excess water evaporate. If it taste as good as it smells I'm in for a few good meals. Easy To Make - Not a Lot of MessOriginally I mixes the seasoning and water in a different dish. If I do this again I will mix this up in the crock pot. While the directions say to put the beef and vegetables in the crock pot and pour over the meat and vegetable, I could save dirtying a dish and then just stir the ingredients in the slow cooker. Cheap FoodAt $10 for all the ingredients and the likelihood of getting three meals out of this, that is $3ish for a meal. Cheaper than a value meal at a fast food join.
10 minutes | 4 months ago
Colgin Liquid Smoke Makes Things Tasty
With it getting cold where I live, I can keep grilling outside. I had known about Luquid smoke but had never used it. I've used it twice and I have a sneaking suspicion I will be putting it on everything. I put it on some chicken thighs and it gave a bit of that "off the grill taste" but for me the one that I can wait to try again was when I put two frozen Talapia Fillets from Walmat on my George Forman grill.This created a taste I had never had before, and I will be adding this to my frequently used list. It's a quick dinner, and I loved the flavor. You can get a two pack and try them both.Make Your Sure Indoor Smokeless Grill is SmokelessI saw the reviews on YouTube and other place on the Power XL Smokeless Grill. It looks good. Sounds fun, but the price was up there. What did I do, I started bouncing around amazon and went for the Amazon Recommends purchase of a Hamilton beach for half the price. The problem is its not a smokeless grill. With this in mind, if the goal is to by an indoor grill that is smokless, make sure it says so in the description. The Hamilton Beach is a nice grill, but just because it has a hood does not mean the smoke/steam magically disappear.Enjoy the show? Help support it and "Buy me a coffee."
11 minutes | 7 months ago
The Grill of Oz
Today I tried cooking some bone-in chicken thighs and ended up with the towering inferno on my back porch. I share some tips on grilling courtesy of Char-broil. Check out their chicken thigh recipeSPONSOR: Save time, save money, get organized with Plan to Eat.If you are looking for a great meal planner, recipe organizer, and grocery list creation tool, you've found it. I made today's recipe while having my app in the cooking view, and it made it so easy. Check it out at www.podclick.me/plantoeat
15 minutes | 7 months ago
Shrimp Fried Cauliflower Rice
In this episode I share a new episode. I picked this one basically because I have eaten most of the ingredients. It's shrimp with a Chinese tint to it. Make your own takeout but swap the white rice for riced cauliflower! This fried “rice” dish is packed with pea pods and carrots for color and water chestnuts for crunch. Plus, shrimp is a quick cooking protein when time is of the essence. Finish each dish with thinly sliced green onion and a sprinkle of sesame seeds for restaurant-style presentation.SPONSOR: PLAN TO EATIf you are looking for a great meal planner, recipe organizer, and grocery list creation tool, you've found it. I made today's recipe while having my app in the cooking view, and it made it so easy. Check it out at www.podclick.me/plantoeatTesting the New Shrimp Cauliflower DishI had to be sesame oil (which isn't cheap) and shrimp (also not cheap), and the rest I could find in the produce section (so dicing the garlic and ginger were done).I bought carrot sticks and just broke them up. Super easy meal prep. You mix the sesame oil and garlic and (more or less) end up cooking everything in it. In the DUH! department, upon first eating it - it didn't taste like anything else I had ever eaten. Maybe because I had never eaten this dish...It didn't take long to cook, and didn't create much of a mess. I bought frozen cauliflower rice (which was about $2 cheaper than the nonfrozen). I Think There is An Easier WayI think if I make this again, instead of buying the carrots and peas you can buy frozen cauliflower rice and peas already in it. I might mix in some sesame oil after cooking the rice in the microwave. Then cook the egg in the sesame oil and add the salt and pepper. The other thing I would do (as I live alone) is I might not use the full bag of shrimp. It makes a LOT with the rice, veggies, and shrimp.If I cook this again I'm going to buy the rice with the veggies in it, and only use whatever I feel is "one serving of shrimp." I ate this meal the next day for lunch and the shrimp had turned somewhat gray, and I felt like I was pressing my luck. By only mixing in one serving of shrimp, I lower the cost, and enable myself to eat it again without the worry. If you're feeding more than one, you won't have this issue. I feel I could've fed about four people with the full bad of shrimp, cauliflower, veggies, and veggies. The dish also has some "Zip" to it due to the pepper I believe so I might cut back on that as well (if you don't like too much zip in your meal).All in all I liked this dish. It was easy to make, not too messy, and pretty filling. Check out the recipe at https://www.plantoeat.com/recipes/24785286Try Plan to Eat for free go to www.podclick.me/plantoeat
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