This post is sponsored by Breville.
One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced since having twins back in July has been finding the time and space to cook. And I’m not talking about canning or project cooking. Making space to do basic, life sustaining, everyday cooking has been a huge challenge.
I’ve been dealing with this struggle by making huge batches of things (soup for three nights!), leaning heavily on assembly meals (thank you, Trader Joe’s), and now that the boys can be relied on to go to sleep at a semi-regular hour, cooking into the late evening to have something for dinner tomorrow.
I’ve also been on the hunt for tools to help me cook as fast and efficiently as possible. It was during that search that I first heard about the Breville Combi Wave™ 3 in 1. It’s a microwave, air fryer and convection oven, all in one. As soon as I learned of its existence, I was obsessed with the concept of a single oven that could do so much.
And so, I reached out to the folks at Breville with an idea. What if we teamed up? They could provide me with a Combi Wave and I could spend a month writing about how it helped me find my way in the kitchen again.
Wonder of wonders, they really liked the idea and we were off to the races. I’ve now had the Combi Wave in my kitchen for a little over two weeks and it has become an invaluable tool.
It does a wonderful job reheating leftovers and my morning bowl of oatmeal (I make a big batch of steel cut oats at the start of the week and then reheat a hunk with some milk each morning).
The air fryer feature is super fun (though I haven’t yet explored it as much I plan to). And having an additional oven space to work with was such a boon on Thanksgiving.
The aspect that I’m loving the most right now is the Fast Combi setting. It couples the power of a microwave with browning power of an oven, so that you can cook at speed without sacrificing flavor or texture.
I have already used it to bake both white and sweet potatoes and couldn’t get over what a good job it did (half an hour for sweet potato that’s tender on the inside and crisp on the outside).
Over the course of the next month, I’ll be sharing my experiences with this speedy countertop appliance, both here on the blog and on Instagram (I’ve explored some of these thoughts on Instagram already, using the hashtag #cookingwithinfants, if you want to read more).
What’s more, I’m giving one Combi Wave away over on my Insta, so if the idea of 3 in 1 tool appeals to you, make sure to head over to enter.
And check back on Wednesday, when I’ll be sharing a recipe for my smothered baked potatoes. It’s a recipe I picked up when I was in college and have been making for more than 20 years now. It’s adaptable, customizable, and is a great meal for the busy holiday season.
Disclosure: This post is written in partnership with Breville. They have provided me the Combi Wave 3 in 1 at no cost to me.