Food for Thought #13: May (okay, December-May).

Heeey! I’m back – and I have a new favorite category of food in my life. Let’s call it “food that tastes good but you don’t have to do anything”. Or maybe we can come up with a more streamlined title?

To start: waffles. Our old waffle maker bit the dust right around the same time that we discovered Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes Protein-Packed Flapjack & Waffle Mix at Costco. (Note: apparently it’s only available seasonally at Costco, so when I run out of my stash I’ll have to get it via Amazon [affiliate link], which is a bit pricier.) I’ve always been all, pancakes/waffles are sooo easy! You don’t need a mix for that! Which is true! But it’s also true that a cup of dry mix plus a cup of water is undeniably easier, and the waffles are light and crisp and so, so good. This mix has a list of ingredients I love. I see the protein as a bonus but they also have several mixes that don’t have it – and they’re all whole grain!

After much research (did you know you can compare waffle makers by “waffles per hour”?) we got this All-Clad classic waffle maker (affiliate link) and I’m really pleased with it. I like a classic waffle over a Belgian, for butter-melting-in-each-hole purposes. Nom. It also makes the crunchiest, happiest hash browns ever (follow me on Instagram for the scoop).

kodiak cakes waffle

Costco is also the source of my next new favorite – this smoked pulled pork. Now, I’m always going to think Jay’s pulled pork is The Best, but this is VERY good, especially if you crisp it up a little in the skillet. You can bbq sauce it or use it in a burrito bowl or however the heck you want. It’s a freezer staple here now. (I recommend dividing the package before you freeze it!)

And yes, this is a microwaveable roast, also from Costco. (Ooh, maybe we should call this category “Beyond the Rotisserie: Pre-cooked Costco Cuisine”. Yes.) This is still my favorite pot roast, but for a hands-off 10 minutes, I don’t think you can beat this guy. The first time we had it we were having friends over for dinner, which was microwaved baked potatoes with microwaved roast and it was pretty dang good and took less than 20 minutes to make. These friends sometimes come over in sweatpants to watch Planet Earth 2, but if we hadn’t already been at that level this dinner would have gotten us there. #realfriendsmicrowavemeat

So, if you like to eat good food, and you also like sanity and happiness and having someone else do most of the cooking for you sometimes, these are some winners.

Oh, and I also like these Rx Bars – see how they list the ingredients right on the front? Thanks for doing that, Rx Bars. I keep one in my bag at all times!

rx bars

If you need something to do with all the time you save barely cooking the above foods, my artist friend Megan has these printable coloring sheets in her Etsy shop – they’re so fun! You know I love crafts for the uncrafty! My oldest daughter likes doing these “grown-up” coloring pages with me, too. :o)

coloring page by mackerels


Or you could spend your time reading a new cooking magazine – Milk Street, by Christopher Kimball (the former America’s Test Kitchen guy). You can get a free charter issue here! (Beware, though, you’ll probably be inspired to cook again!)

I have some recipes coming your way this summer! I’ve missed blogging more frequently this year…but in 2 weeks, my babiest baby turns 1, and I’m going to miss this even more.

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  1. You are the best. I need to try that pork!! So many great suggestions here!

    1. You really do! It’s so easy and versatile. ????

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