This is What "Quick & Easy" Recipes Really Look Like
Move over Martha Stewart, you've been replaced with Facebook. These days all it takes is a 45 second video with cheesy music to show the world the next quick and easy recipe. I see these on my Facebook timeline everyday posted by family and friends. But I’ve never known any of them to attempt any of these recipes. With the help from my girlfriend and taste tests by my roommates, I pulled three different videos from Facebook to recreate. Are they really that quick and easy? Let’s find out.
Blue Moon Orange Jello Shot Slices
1. Cut the oranges in half, lengthwise. Use a small knife to cut the flesh away from the pith around the edges, then use your hands to peel out all of the flesh.
2. Whisk the Jell-O powder with ¾ cup of boiling water. When it’s fully dissolved, add ½ cup of ice cold water, then pour in the bottle of Blue Moon.
3. Put the hollowed oranges into a large, flat-bottomed tupperware or baking dish, then carefully pour in the Jell-O mixture.
4. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
5. When the Jell-O is solid, use a sharp knife to cut each half into 3 wedges.
6. Serve immediately…
I choose this one because it seemed simple and it gave me an excuse to buy a six pack of Blue Moon.
Hollowing out the oranges wasn’t too complicated but we didn’t use a knife like instructed. It was a lot easier to use a spoon to scoop out the insides. The first one I did broke and made the orange unusable. Making the Jell-O was easy. Just follow the instructions given by BuzzFeed instead of the Jell-O box.
The main issue came when we tried putting them in the fridge. The oranges tended to not stay upright so balancing them with the liquid Jell-O inside made a mess. We spilled a bit. The article says to leave it in for at least 4 hours, but that was not the case at all; it was basically still water. At eight hours, it was more solid and that’s when we tried them. The result was not that great. It was really inconsistent. Some bites tasted just like Blue Moon, while others tasted slimy and gross. I was disappointed.
However, the next morning I tried some of the leftovers that I left in the fridge overnight and they turned out really good. It was a lot more consistent and solid. So if attempting this recipe I recommend doing it the day before rather than just four hours before like BuzzFeed recommends.
Result: Easy, but not quick. Taste is okay. Probably easier to just make regular Jell-O shots.
3-Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Roll-ups
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Pop open your crescent dough, then separate and stretch each triangle.
3. Drop a small spoon of pumpkin pie mix onto each triangle and top with half a marshmallow. Roll and repeat.
4. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 10-12 mins.
5. Serve warm.
I choose this one because it's October. I was craving pumpkin pie.
The only real issue was knowing how much pumpkin to put in each roll. The instructions are non-specific as to the amount. A small spoon of pumpkin isn’t exact but we tried our best to figure it out. It was also challenging to roll the rolls into proper shape but that’s more user error than a fault in the instructions. We had to bake them longer than 12 minutes. It wasn't until 15 minutes in the oven were the rolls brown and fully cooked. When they were finally ready, I was happy with the results. They tasted great!
Result: Quick, easy and delicious. Would make again.
Tea Cup Raspberry & Ricotta Mug Cake
1. Whisk ¼ cup each flour and ricotta, 2 tablespoons each melted butter and maple syrup, and 1 large egg.
2. Top with ⅓ cup raspberries.
3. Microwave on high for 2 minutes.
4. Dust with powdered sugar and serve immediately. Serves one.
I had my doubts about this one. I love cake, but cake takes time. One of the best things about cake is the smell as it bakes in the oven and fills the house. Then you have to wait for it to cool down before you can eat it and the anticipation only makes you want it even more. This takes away that experience so it had better be really delicious to make up for it. Don’t hold your breath. It wasn’t. The instructions were easy to follow, and it only took two minutes to make. But it was awful.
First, I’m glad I used a bigger cup than the one in the video because it expanded so much it would have overflowed and made a huge mess. Dipping my spoon in brought out this really wet dough-y thing that didn’t look too appetizing. It tasted like bad pancake batter. It wouldn’t consider it food, let alone cake. I can’t say I was disappointed because going in I didn’t expect much.
Results: Quick and easy, but awful. Refuse to make again.
Overall, my experience with these quick and easy recipes wasn’t too bad. They were actually pretty easy to make and for the most part turned out good. The only issue is precision. If you try any of these recipes, be prepared to make your own adjustments. These videos should be treated as general guidelines rather than strict rules.