Meet. The electric skillet.

My new best friend?

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We are still working kitchen-less out here in the country. And now. Without a kitchen sink!

Have you ever done dishes in the bathroom sink? Like, a lot?

Jealous, aren’t you?

But. We do have cabinets! And new counter tops! And appliances!

kitchen cabinets

Getting there… ๐Ÿ™‚

But since we are still without a hooked up stove, it was time to look to my new bff the electric skillet for some dinner inspiration.

This recipe is the perfect solution to a flavorful one dish meal. Which fits the bill for a kitchen-less dinner. But also just for a super busy weeknight meal as well!

It’s super easy to throw together, and involves the use of a few short cut items…

aidells sausages

I’ve always liked these Aidells sausages. And if I can find them at a Food Lion in the midst of the cornfields, I know that you can probably find them pretty much anywhere! ๐Ÿ˜‰

A couple packages of pre-cooked rice also helped with the no-stove situation too.

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After a few minutes in the skillet it’s time to serve things up with a little extra spice!!

sausage and rice

An easy one dish weeknight meal. Whether it’s from a plugged in skillet or a pan on the stovetop, it’ll definitely be devoured!

 

Well. For the first time since college. I am kitchen-less!!

What happened hereeeee??

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Yep. Kitchen renovation is in full swing!

And I’ll tell ya what. Not having a kitchen sure does spark some creativity, especially now that post-college, Ramen noodles are no longer an acceptable meal of choice ๐Ÿ™‚

Take these huevos rancheros. Which I had been craving ever since they were ordered by a friend at brunch a couple weeks back.

huevos rancheros

Even though I didn’t order them, I couldn’t help but staring (longingly) at them the whole time.

But huevos rancheros with no kitchen? Could it be done?

I knew that this needed to be a yes and that I needed to figure out how!

There’s nothing like a kitchen renovation to help you remember how much you enjoy a home cooked meal ๐Ÿ™‚

huevo ingredients

So. I got to work.

I used this 48 (?) year old slow cooker to throw together a simple pinto and black bean mixture.

If they still made these slow cookers, I’d tell each and every one of you to go buy one. It’s not a crockpot (see the difference here). Just a way to cook anything and everything perfectly every time. I adore this thing!

But of course you could use the stove, or even the microwave too.

I also threw together a quick fresh salsa using goodies from my patio vegetable garden.

garden veg basket

That’s right. The country sure does lend itself to giving a try at your green thumb!

This year I think I’ve succeeded. The bounty has been plentiful.

Even with these guys around ๐Ÿ™‚

deer

Next year it’s onto in-ground crops me thinks.

But I digress. Back to the meal at hand.

The rest of this dish is just a matter of stacking ingredients on a plate. And lightly frying the tortillas and eggs.

Simple enough, right?

I used an electric skillet for the above. But for those of you that have a stove (oh those were the days!), that would work just fine too.

Here’s a quick outline of the recipe in case you want to give it a whirl.

It received two thumbs up in our house and I think it will in yours too ๐Ÿ™‚

Now if only eating this huevos rancheros would transport me back to the Mexican Riveria as well, right?

 

Well. Now’s as good a time as any, right?

I’ve missed the kitchen. I’ve missed the cooking. I’ve missed the sharing.

Sure I haven’t eaten everyyyyyy meal out since the last time we spoke, however I’d say perhaps a bit more than I would like to admit ๐Ÿ˜‰

And with life very busy these days, the easy go-to’s were all that seemed to happen otherwise!

But with colder weather just around the corner and a creative side resparked, I decided there has to be a happy middle ground here ๐Ÿ™‚

So. Recipe-a-week.ย That’s where we’re at. Fits oh-so-perfectly with my recent Sunday cooking extravaganzas in prep for those fast-paced work weeks. I’m sure you can relate.

And after a week of indulgent Thanksgiving fare this one will get things back on track, with lots of veggies, healthy protein and of course, delicious and family-approved flavor ๐Ÿ™‚

Serve plain, with bread for dipping, over rice, or just a shake of hot sauce if you so desire!

Coconut Lentil & Sweet Potato Stew

Serves 4-6

Coconut lentil & sweet potato stew

– half an onion
– 4 large carrots
– 4 stalks celery
– 2 cloves garlic
– 32 oz. container chicken broth
– 2 cups dry lentils
– 14 oz. can lite coconut milk
– 3 cups cubed sweet potatoes (I used frozen)
– 2 cups water
– 1 tsp smoked paprika
– salt & pepper

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Chop onion, carrot, and celery. Sautรฉ in a medium sized pot with 1 tablespoon olive for a few minutes until vegetables start to soften. Add garlic (chopped) and season with salt, pepper, and paprika.

Cook another minute, stirring until you smell garlic, then pour in broth and water. Bring to a boil, cover, and cook 10 minutes.

Wash and drain lentils and add to pot. Turn down to simmer and cook, covered, for 20 minutes.

Add coconut milk and sweet potatoes, extra water (if necessary), and reseason if needed (taste it). Cook, covered, 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Serve plain or with whatever carby delight you might like, enjoy!