Cook This Page is IKEA’s brilliant cooking hack

Finally, easy to follow assembly instructions from IKEA.

It’s hard to go wrong with the Cook This Page recipe parchment paper, an interactive recipe card from IKEA. Using food safe ink, the recipes are printed on parchment paper, with ingredient blanks measured to size. All you need to do is to place the ingredients on their corresponding images, roll it up and place it in the oven to bake.

Cook this page IKEA parchment paper - ingredients close up

Cook this page IKEA parchment paper - ingredients close up

The ingredients get steamed in the wrapper and when it’s done, cut it open and voilà! It’s ready to serve. And what I like most, it’s so easy to clean up. The lazy cook/ dishwasher in me is jumping with joy!

Cook this page IKEA parchment paper - blank

Cook this page IKEA parchment paper with ingredients

Cook this page IKEA parchment paper - cooked

Parchment paper cooking is not an entirely new idea, so we can’t give IKEA all the credit. The concept has been around ever since our forefathers learnt how to wrap food in leaves/ mud/ bamboo/ whatever. In my hometown, we have a famous salted chicken baked in parchment paper and it’s the yummiest ever and it’s been around since I was wee small.

But most parchment paper is just that – paper – they don’t come with recipes printed on them, with to-size measurements of ingredients. Well, this may change soon. I see a Kickstarter in the making.

Cook this page IKEA parchment paper - blank

Cook this page IKEA parchment paper with ingredients

Cook this page IKEA parchment paper - cooked

Kudos to IKEA and their agency Leo Burnett for the fresh twist. The extra step of printing the illustrations onto the paper makes it easier for “people who find new recipes intimidating. IKEA wanted to show people that getting creative can be deliciously simple,” it says in this video. It’s a great way for the beginner cook to get started on healthy homemade meals. I think it’s also an awesome way to introduce kids to cooking. What better way to keep little fingers busy than lining up shrimp!

The recipes incorporate IKEA food and kitchen items. From what I can see, each booklet comes with 4 recipes: Salmon with Lemon and Dill, Meatballs with Ravioli, Shrimp with Olives and Rhubarb Raspberry Crumble. Yums.

Cook this page IKEA parchment paper - blank

Cook this page IKEA parchment paper with ingredients

Cook this page IKEA parchment paper - cooked

Now, don’t get too excited. The Cook This Page recipe sheets were a promotional item for the IKEA Canada’s kitchen sale, so we may never see them in stores. But we’re keeping our fingers crossed, aren’t we?

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American Flag Salad and 7 Other Incredibly Easy Patriotic Plates

American Flag Caprese SaladBetween the backyard barbecues, beachy picnics and fireworks viewing parties, summer is packed with patriotic events. When planning your next party don’t limit the theme to the decor – food can be patriotic, too! And while a surprise-inside flag cake looks amazing, not everyone has the time to make one. We rounded up our favorite red, white and blue dishes that will look great, but won’t take all day to make.

American Flag Caprese Salad (pictured above)
The addition of purple potatoes to the classic mozzarella and tomato salad makes for a patriotic side dish, perfect for any summer party. It looks adorable in the flag design, but will look equally tasty mixed together in a bowl if you don’t have the patience to set it up.

Red, White and Blue Fruit CupsRed, White and Blue Fruit Cups
It sounds almost too simple, but red, white and blue fruit cups are a fail-proof dessert that’s ready in just about 10 minutes.

Patriotic Potato SaladPatriotic Potato Salad
Use three varieties of potatoes to create a red, white and blue side dish that everyone will love.

Red, White and Blue Pretzel SaladRed, White and Blue Pretzel Salad
Pretzel salad is a salty-sweet Southern dessert. Normally made with a combination of fruit, gelatin, whipped cream, cream cheese and, yes, pretzels, this patriotic take on the dessert takes only a few minutes to put together and then sets up in the fridge, perfect for a make-ahead treat.

Healthy Red, White and Blue Frozen PopsHealthy Red, White and Blue Frozen Pops
No artificial coloring needed for these ice pops: pureed strawberries, blueberries and coconut milk make up the separate layers for a healthy, refreshing summer treat.

Patriotic Cheesecake ParfaitsPatriotic Cheesecake Parfaits
Achieve the flavor of a freshly baked cheesecake without the hassle (or the calories!) in this patriotic parfait.

Blueberry French Toast Casserole with Whipped Cream and StrawberriesBlueberry French Toast Casserole with Whipped Cream and Strawberries
Handling the prep work ahead of time makes brunch a breeze with this blueberry-studded French toast casserole. Macerated berries and slightly sweetened whipped cream make for flavorful (and patriotic) toppings.

Red, White and Blue Cherry PiesRed, White and Blue Cherry Pies
Store-bought pie dough and cherry pie filling make these free-form pies so easy to make. A scoop of vanilla ice cream and fresh blueberry sauce drizzled over the top is a simple way to elevate this dessert.

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