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I find that cooking thin chicken breast (sold by my local discount club in bulk bags) seems to taste awesome when cooked on an electric griddle ([link]).
Maybe a little soy sauce on the rice. I cook my rice with a little olive oil and salt and find that I don't need to add anything additional to it.
Maybe a little vegetable broth?
A different possibility is the griddler with optional waffle plates, if she doesn't already have a good waffle maker. The waffle plates on this are really good with lots of overfill space to avoid countertop messes. All the plates are non-stick and dishwasher safe. Grilled sandwiches can be enjoyed for most lunches, grilled meats for many dinners, and waffles can be equally enjoyed for breakfast and desserts.
Personally, I like cooking and kind of get into the gadgets. If there's something he would enjoy making but requires some machinery, you can usually get a decent, relatively cheap version of it. Pasta maker, a nice wok. It's a little pricier, but I love my panini-maker/griddle ([link])
Sweet potatoes come out fine in the microwave and they'll help you address the carbs. You could get an indoor grill for meats, something like this (you can probably find a cheaper one but that's what I have and it's pretty boss cuz you can throw veggies on the other side). Personally I have an oven and rarely ever use the damn thing, but I'm a single person so it always seems a little overboard to cook things in there.
I found this while throwing the thrash one day in my apt one day ...brand new probably never used showed no signs of use at all ..... I love to cook on this |
For crisp bacon you might consider the Cuisinart Griddler, it's what I use. Bacon comes out flat, and as crisp or floppy as you desire. Use medium heat on the grill knob. Also makes reserving the fat simple.
Not sure your price point but I have one of these and love it, Cusinart Griddler
Benefit is it can be used for other purposes as well.
I have a Cuisinart Griddler and use it frequently.
I know you can make waffle cones without the neat texture on a flat surface. The reason I suggest it is Cuisinart has the Griddler. It has interchangeable plates, but they are waffle, griddle, and grill. It also works as a sandwich press. The waffle plates are sold separately but fairly inexpensive. I have the Griddler and use it pretty often. The waffle function is good and the griddle is pretty great. It's also temperature adjustable unlike most waffle irons. Just tossing it out there as there isn't much that has the specifics you are looking for.
my cuisinart griddler
I use mine everyday.
That ain't a George Forman grill you fool, that's a Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler!
This bad boy
best purchase I have ever made