This week I discovered Ramekins
These tiny little bowls that can go in the microwave or the oven
And now I am OBSESSED
Because I have found them to be the perfect way to make a meal
They are great for portion control
And the perfect size for my stomach which after surgery is 85% smaller than it used to be
A Ramekin is cute
And you can essentially make a tiny portion of a bigger meal
They are easy to clean too!
Here is a picture of it next to my Tylenol to show how small it is
I started doing some research to get ideas for what to do with them
But I’ve found experimenting is kind of fun!
I just throw some things in it and toss it in my Smart Oven
I feel like a kid again playing with her tiny bowls and Easy Bake Oven!!
One day I lined it with some butter and put pico de gallo on the bottom
I topped that with some feta cheese
And then I threw some cooked ham, a few olives with a cracked egg on top
I added some shredded parmesan/mozzarella cheese on top
And then I baked it for about 15 minutes
Here is the finished product
I don’t know what to call it but it was really good!!
Most everything I eat is very low carb so if you’re wondering why I choose certain ingredients….that’s why!
I was really excited about trying a version of Eggplant Parmesan
I sliced a few pieces of eggplant and put some seasoning on top
I threw some diced onions on top
Followed by some ricotta cheese
I was planning to layer it but the ramekin was so small it was already filled up
So I just topped it with the shredded parmesan/mozzarella
I realized I had forgotten the sauce so I threw that on the top and added a little bit more cheese
As you can see…I am not a chef
I’m basically a big kid experimenting with her grown up Easy Bake Oven!!
It may not look like much but it was delicious!
I ate about half of it and then put it in the fridge and warmed it up later
I felt pretty excited that something so simple and easy could turn out so great!
It takes a tiny amount of ingredients and a short amount of time
And clean up is a breeze because it’s a tiny bowl!
This morning I made a quick “omelette” in the microwave
I splurge a bit and buy the pre-diced onions and peppers
I just cracked an egg and scrambled it up
Then I threw in some onions, peppers and cheese
If I had diced ham I would have thrown that in too
There are so many things you could add to it
Just throw it all in and then microwave it for a minute
Voila! Breakfast is ready!
Sorry that pic was blurry
But it was really good!! I even threw some salsa on top
Tonight I made my favorite one yet
I put a red pepper in the bottom
Then I sautéed some onions and peppers in a pan
With a tiny piece of ground turkey
After that I put it in the center of the pepper
I put some mushrooms on top
And then I poured a tiny bit of Coconut Creamer over the top
Don’t ask me what my rationale is behind all of this!
I just pull things out and put them in there
A grand experiment of sorts
I topped it with cheese
And it turned out SO yummy!!
The coconut creamer really gave it a nice creamy taste
Another great thing to do with these Ramekin bowls
Is to make mini faux taco shells!
You just throw some shredded cheese in the bottom of the bowl
I use the Mexican mix of monterrey jack etc
Then microwave it for about one minute
It will get a little hard and crispy
Then you just peel it off the bottom of the bowl
Once you get it out, you just fold it over like a taco
And then fill it up with whatever you want
It gives you the feeling of a taco without the carbs!
You can also do the same thing and then break them off for “chips”
I’ve done a similar thing to make a “pizza”
I just microwave the cheese in the Ramekin
Then I take it out and put it in the smart oven
And top it with a little sauce, shredded cheese and pepperoni
All of these are things I’ve done with my Ramekins this week!!
Next I plan to do some kind of a layered taco dish
The possibilities are endless!
If anyone has ideas, send them my way
I’m in love with my Ramekins
Now I just need to find some cute ones to add to my collection
I have a feeling I’m going to be having a lot of fun with these in the future
I hope you all enjoy them too!
****Since writing this post several people have said they’ve come up with their own ideas for Ramekins. I’m continuing to experiment too and I hope to post again on this subject. If you have any great ideas that you’ve come up with send me a pic and recipe at email@example.com and I will post it on the blog with a link to your blog if you want! More Ramekin fun!!****