Before the pandemic struck I got an email from someone at Our Place asking if I wanted to try out their newest pan. I said yes. The pan arrived. I let it sit in a box for two months without touching it. Then 2020 took an unexpected turn and stay-at-home orders were our new reality. Overnight I transformed from working mom with kids at school, to stay-at-home working mom/teacher/short order cook for boys who apparently eat ALL day long…..And then I remembered the always pan.
Cooking is not my favorite thing in the world, but if a new workout outfit can motivate me to move, maybe a new pan could motivate me to cook?
First impression? Ladies, let me tell you… this pan is a looker.
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She’s pretty enough to leave out on your stove between meals, but I guarantee you won’t put her away even if you wanted to. The “hype” of the Always Pan is that it replaces 8 pieces of traditional cookware. You can braise, steam, sauté, boil etc… It is also made with non-toxic ceramic and is dishwasher safe. It comes with a stainless steal mesh basket for steaming/boiling and a wooden spatula with it’s own little nesting spot. It also has knobbed lid and a pour spout. With all of these bells and whistles, it’s just 3 pounds. What I’m trying to say is, I’ve found myself using the pan so much (as in, every meal) that I don’t even have time to put it away.
And can we talk cleaning for a second? Maybe cleaning is why I don’t like cooking? Or cooking is why I don’t like cleaning? Either way, this pan is hands down the easiest pan to clean. Even after making eggs, you can pretty much just wipe it clean. In my 6 months of using this pan, I have never once had to soak it. Sorry not sorry to my husband who loves “soakers” so he can just get to it later. Hint: he never gets to it later, but I digress….
This is a long way of saying that, the Always Pan is worth every penny and now my entire family uses the it and they all share my praise.
I loved the pan so much I recently got the entire dinner bundle which includes the pan, 4 nesting bowls, 4 plates hand painted porcelain, and 4 hand-blown drinking glasses (that are stackable!). Hot Tip: If you have a wedding coming up, this bundle is the PERFECT gift!
And while I use my Always Pan for eggs on the daily, I thought it would be fun if I shared some of my go-to weeknight recipes below. My family also chipped in and shared some of their favorite family recipes to make in the Always Pan.
Sausage + Sweet Potato Rice Bowl
Shallot or 1/4 onion chopped
1 pound turkey sausage (loose or removed from casing) or ground turkey meat
1 sweet potato diced
Half can black beans
1 cup broth
1 cup rice (I use ready-made)
1-2 cups fresh spinach
Preheat oven to 400 and roast sweet potatoes in a little olive oil, salt and pepper until soft (about 15-20 minutes). Meanwhile, sauté shallot in olive oil, after a minute add sausage and cook completely through. Add rice, black beans, and broth and cook until heated. When sweet potatoes are cooked, add to mixture. Throw a cup or two of spinach on top and integrated it until wilted. Serve hot. (My kids like it with a little shredded cheese on top)
“Green Noodles” – kid favorite
1 pound fresh spinach linguini
2 tablespoons butter
2 table spoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic
salt to taste
Fill Always Pan with water, and insert mesh basket. Cook pasta as directed (if fresh, usually 2-3 minutes). Lift basket and discard water. In the empty pan, melt butter and add olive oil. Sauté garlic until fragrant (watch that it doesn’t burn). Add the pasta back into the pan and mix. Add a pinch of salt and serve with Parmesan cheese.
Sausage + Peppers
1 round sweet/mild Italian sauage
2 red peppers sliced
1 red onion sliced
1 can V8 or marinara (I like Rao’s)
1 tbsp tomato paste (only if using V8)
Italian rolls and Parmesan Preheat oven to 350.
Bake sausage in Always Pan with water covering the bottom of pan (about 20-30 minutes until mostly cooked). Flip sausage over half way.
Heat olive oil in a large pot then saute peppers, onions, and mushrooms until softened.
Remove sausage from oven and slice into bite size pieces.
Add sausage to vegetable mixture and add one can of V8 juice (or marinara sauce).
Add tomato paste (only if using V8 and desire a thicker sauce).
Stir the mixture and saute untl sausage is fully cooked.
Serve with Italian rolls or in a bowl with parmesan cheese.
1 slice of bread
1 tbsp butter
Cut a hole in the center of the bread. Melt butter on Always Pan and coat both side of the bread with melted butter. Crack the egg into the hole of the bread and fry on both sides for a few minutes (flip half way). Egg should be a little runny in the middle. Season with salt and pepper!
Ok ok so this isn’t a family recipe… It’s Ina’s. But now that I’ve been cooking so much I feel like we are practically related, so just go with it. Check out her amazing meatball recipe here.
If you have any questions about the Always Pan (like which color to get 🤗) or the Dinner Bundle, I am happy to help! Remember to use code MOTHERCHIC10 to save 10% off your order!
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