Why Busy People Need the Epicure Steamer

Since marrying my husband nineteen years ago, I've survived on a few pots and pans, a crockpot, a roasting pan, a toaster, a dutch oven, and an instant pot as the leading cookware in my kitchen.  I don't have a lot of bells and whistles when it comes to cookware. So what I'm about to tell you may surprise you based on my cookware buying history. 

One afternoon while scrolling through social media,  I discovered the Epicure website. This Canadian company had recently launched in the U.S. The concept behind its time-saving cookware and non-processed seasoning ingredients intrigued me. I stalked a few demonstrations on using its multipurpose steamer on social media. Eventually, I decided to purchase its value-kit for $99, including the steamer and several quick meal solutions and seasonings. 

All Epicure seasonings and meal solutions are non-processed, gluten-free, low in sodium and sugars, and you can pronounce every single ingredient in them. Epicure even has a never-list of ingredients that you will never find in its products. When you cook with Epicure products, you know what you are putting in your body, and that is important to me, just like it is when I use clean beauty. 

Chicken Parmesan in less than 20 minutes

Considering that I don't buy much for my kitchen, especially on a whim, this purchase was very out of character. Fast forward to six months later, and no doubt, this one steamer has been one of the best kitchen cookware tools of my life.  I use it almost every day and have now purchased the round, oval steamer for soups and rotisserie chicken. 

Epicure steamer saves so much time in the kitchen. It can be used in the microwave, oven and is dishwasher safe. 

The Multipurpose steamer is a true workhorse in the kitchen. You can cook an entire meal. You can steam veggies in minutes right from the freezer. You can steam frozen chicken, ground beef, pork, seafood. You can cook rice, pasta, eggs, make soups, and so much more. It's truly spectacular. I cannot imagine not having this steamer.  It has made my life in the kitchen so much easier and has helped me get meals on the table for my family quicker. 

This past Thanksgiving in 2020 is when I truly learned of this steamer's power in the kitchen. I, fortunately, have two ovens. However, I'm Southern, and a traditional southern Thanksgiving menu calls for casseroles. Southern food requires some pre-cooking before you assemble sweet potatoes, squash, or cranberries into its main dishes for the menu.  I looked at my Thanksgiving menu, and I needed to save time because I had several things that needed to be pre-cooked before becoming the main dish, and each pre-cooking would have taken up to thirty to sixty minutes in the oven. 

I also steamed the sweet potatoes in ten minutes.  It was ready to turn into a sweet potato casserole. I cooked squash in the same amount and cooked cranberries in 20 minutes, coated in sugar. It was amazing the time I saved, and that, in truth, when I learned the power of this Epicure steamer. I knew after Thanksgiving that everyone needed to learn what this one product could do, and right then, I added the company as a blog affiliate. 

Epicure offers a bundle value of the steamer and the Good Mexican Real Fast Seasoning Kit plus the ctirus press, or you can purchase the steamer alone for $52.50 in U.S dollars. 

I use the Epicure steamer almost daily to cook one or two chicken tenderloins for my daughter.  She likes sauteed chicken in butter as her protein, so I take a frozen tenderloin, steam it for two minutes, add my favorite Epicure Souvlaki seasoning, then sautee the tenderloin in butter on the stove.  It takes no time to get her a quick meal before cheer practice.  Sometimes, she is at the cheer gym for five hours a night, so she has to eat earlier than the rest of us. The Epicure multipurpose steamer has helped us so much with our busy schedules during the week. 

I promise you that you will never look back once you purchase.  I have found I can plan meals on a whim if I keep seasonings, produce, and meat in stock at all times.  I have even lowered my grocery bill, and I'm eating nothing processed. Epicure seasonings have hardly any sugars or sodium in them, so I control my sodium by adding salt back into the cooking. 

When someone cooks with processed foods by well-known grocery store brands, they are not used to adding sodium back because most of the food contains more sodium than you need per day in one serving. I think this is the one thing you do need to get used to when it comes to cooking with Epicure meal solutions and seasonings. 

However, the reduced added sugars have helped me maintain my weight over the past six months. Some people naturally lose weight because of that, but that has to be in line with portions and exercise. 

You can make steamer mashed potatoes in under 15 minutes. 

You can make 4-minute steamer salmon and asparagus. You can cook salmon from frozen, but you would need to adjust. The entire time from prep to cooking is less than 15-minutes. 

Epicure steamer beef and broccoli pasta is a customer favorite ready in under 20 minutes. 

Do your kids like Mac and Cheese? Epicure has some of the best Mac and Cheese seasoning I have tasted. It can be made on the stove or in the steamer.  It's so easy. 

You can even make desserts and popcorn in the steamer.  I have an entire database of recipes that I share in my A Dash of Flavor with Leigh Powell Hines Facebook group.  I hope you join me there. 

Below is the value kit I purchased for $99 when I discovered Epicure. It includes the multipurpose steamer, the Great Mexican seasoning kit with digital recipes, prep bowls, a cookbook, scissors, the cutting board, a citrus press, plus your own website for sharing.  One does not have to be a blogger to purchase the kit.  Anyone can buy and buy from their own website or open an Epicure store in your community. 

Currently, I am about one out of 1500 U.S stores, and we have several states that do not even have representation. Contact me for more information. I love this company not only because it's healthy but it is a time-saver for me.  It has helped me so much with mealtime. For every Mac and Cheese Meal Solution purchased, Epicure donates a meal to organizations that help curb hunger in the U.S and Canada. 

Post contains affiliate links where I earn revenue from link clicks and/or purchases. Thank you for supporting my blog. If you want to more information about epicure, please contact me. 

5 Ways to Arrange Your Home for Productivity

For the first time in an entire year, I was in my home office alone without having kids in school in other parts of the house this week.  If you have been a reader of this blog in the past ten years, you will also notice that my productivity went way down during COVID.  I had a lot on my plate. 

I was also used to working in my home office, whereas many of you had to shift to the home office for the first time.

The remote work setup brought about by COVID-19 may have seemed glamorous at first, eliminating things like exhausting commutes to the office. However, the World Economic Forum reports that there are still apprehensions about productivity because of the shift. So due to the current climate, it’s crucial to re-evaluate and rearrange your makeshift office at home to ensure productivity. Here are a few ways you can do just that:

tidy and neat workspace

Declutter your home

Living amongst clutter impedes your cognitive abilities and has an impact on your mental health. A fast-paced culture of consumerism has only added to this problem. So it’s no surprise that Marie Kondo and her tidying methods have spiked in popularity over the last few years.

The organizing consultant’s patented “KonMari” technique encourages people to do away with items that no longer “spark joy” in their lives. While this may mean different things to different people, the underlying premise stays the same: decluttering your space — whether that’s your pantry or your work desk — spills over to other aspects of your life and can eventually lead to more productivity.

Separate work from living spaces

There are few things worse than being reminded of work as you’re unwinding for the day. But it’s a challenge to apply “out of sight, out of mind” when your work and living space are in the same house. As such, it’s a good idea to designate a “work only” area: a sacred space where work — and only work — gets done. Likewise, try not to bring your files and documents into the bedroom. This physical separation ensures that you can “shut down” and recharge properly to face the days ahead.

Hang up some art

grey chair and grey desk in home office
Art creates a productive worker, according to studies. This is a beautiful workspace from Overstock.

A happy worker is a productive worker, and research shows that surrounding yourself with art is one effective method to boost your mood. More precisely, Small Business Trends says that 53% are happier when there’s an art in the office.

To apply this to your own home, you can try putting up a gallery wall. It’s inexpensive but looks classy and elegant. An article on home improvement ideas published on HomeServe states that you can put up your own gallery wall with original art prints or even family photographs. Aside from reaping the benefits of being around art, it’s also a way to enjoy your memories and remind yourself why you’re trying to be productive in the first place.

Invest in ergonomics

Though it’s tempting to work in bed or hunched over on your couch, it can have adverse effects on your health in the long run. And during a global pandemic when hospitals are generally very busy, the last thing you want is to injure yourself.

PC Mag provides a quick rundown of what you need for an ergonomic home office. If you have the budget, consider investing in a chair with adjustable height and tilt features. A laptop riser is also a worthwhile purchase to prevent forward-flexing your neck. Otherwise, you can use typical household items like towels (for lumbar support) or books (to keep your laptop at eye level) to save money. Remember that with a comfortable work setup comes increased productivity and focus.

Work where there’s natural light.

Ranking above fitness centers and onsite cafeterias, office workers actually prefer access to natural light and outdoor views as their number one workplace perk report Harvard Business Review. In fact, 47% of employees admitted feeling low on energy when their workspace doesn't get enough natural light. For a work-from-home setup, this should be an easy problem to remedy. Consider stationing your work area near a window. Alternatively, draw the curtains back to allow sunlight to shine into your home. This can help improve your productivity by preventing eyestrain, reducing drowsiness, and lifting your overall mood.

sunlight lamp for the office
If you don't have good natural light in your office, you may want to try a sunlight lamp. 

Working is one of the few ways we can regain some semblance of normalcy during the pandemic. And while it can be difficult while working from home, that doesn't mean we should be less productive. Try out these simple home rearrangement tips, and hopefully, it will help boost your efficiency at work.

work space in the home

Post contains affiliate links. Also, don't worry about dinner slowing down your productivity. My affiliate, Epicure, can help you get healthy, affordable meals on your dinner table from raw to ready in 20-minutes or less. Check out this time-saving recipe for a weeknight meal.

chicken enchiladas made in the Epicure steamer

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