As a mom and a dietician, I love cooking with and for my family. When I have the space, I love to take time to teach my kids about food and include them in the process. It’s a fun shared experience for us and a great opportunity for me to teach what I know.
However, what happens when you don’t have the time? Busy days are not uncommon for working parents. On mornings where I’m trying to get the family out the door, or nights where I’m exhausted, I just want a hot meal that I can whip up quickly. This is where our griddle pan comes in. Read on to learn more about why everyone needs a griddle pan at home.
Hot food, fast
For many of us, the idea of hot breakfast feels like a luxury. Who has the time, especially as a parent, to cook a hot meal before school starts? A griddle pan solves this problem for you by heating up fast. Unlike a traditional pan, the griddle pan’s flat and wide design allows it to heat up quickly and evenly, perfect for a hot meal in no time at all. All of the sudden, starting your day with a healthy scramble before a busy day doesn’t seem too difficult. It might even become your family’s preferred breakfast!
Unhealthy classics made better
Griddle pans are incredibly versatile. Imagine sitting in a booth at a diner, looking at the list of delicious (but not very healthy) food.
Many of those classic dishes can be recreated at home with your griddle pan, in a much healthier way. The extended surface area of these pans makes them ideal for perfectly golden grilled sandwiches, from grilled cheese to reubens. It’s also a great vessel for easy at-home burgers, for when you don’t feel like waiting for a grill to heat up. Don’t eat meat? No problem! Break out the tofu for some amazing vegan treats made right on your griddle pan.
Easy to cook, easy to clean
If you’ve ever worked in food services, you might have an image in your mind that makes you wary of buying a griddle pan. That image features a beleaguered line cook, furiously scraping and scrubbing the surface of the old griddle in the restaurant, trying to get it ready for the next service.
If this image haunts you, I want to reassure you that modern griddle pans come in a variety of materials, many of which are non-stick and easy to clean. This makes it so much easier to incorporate into your day-to-day life. You don’t need a special brush or steel wool. Just grab your regular sponge and your dish soap, and your griddle pan will look good as new!
Breakfast: The most important meal of the day
It would be a crime to talk this much about a griddle pan without giving breakfast the shout out that it deserves. For all of my talk about other meals (which, I promise, are tasty), breakfast is still where the griddle pan shines.
Pancakes and french toast cook through evenly, but fast enough to stay fluffy and delicious. Bacon crisps up perfectly and fried eggs are so easy to cook right to your desired level of firmness. Whether you’re planning a brunch for friends, or just looking to make a cozy meal with the family, the griddle pan will quickly become your go-to for an amazing morning meal.
Long gone are the days of griddles being relegated to the back of an old diner. With a griddle pan, you can bring this versatile cooking style directly into your home, letting you put together fast and easy meals for your family.