Cooking With Carrie: Easy Meal Ideas to Make At Home

For many of us, 2020 is the year we started using our kitchens to *actually* cook.

Which means at this point in the year, we're desperately in need of new recipe inspiration. But you're in luck: we turned to Carrie Nachmani, SN's resident chef and Arielle's mom, for a few words of kitchen-related wisdom and innovative meal ideas based on ingredients you already have in your pantry.

You're likely already an avid follower of Carrie's cooking on Instagram, and you might even have a favorite recipe from her cooking e-books, but no matter what, we can attest to how delicious her meals are. Below, we asked Carrie to share two new takes on classic menu options that are easy to make with ingredients you might even already have at home–and taste delicious to please a crowd of hungry eaters. Read on for more! 

Carrie's Signature Pancakes


  • 1 cup of pancake mix

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1 egg

  • Nonstick spray

  • Any toppings you'd like! We used chocolate chips


  • Heat up the griddle

  • Test to see if the griddle is ready by adding a drop of water and seeing if it "dances"–if it does, the griddle is ready to go!

  • Mix the pancake mix with the milk and egg

  • Spray the griddle

  • Pour the pancakes

  • As soon as they start bubbling, add chocolate chips

  • They'll cook quickly so get ready to turn them once they're bubbling!

Carrie's Simple (And Delicious) Rice With Veggies


  • 1 cup of white rice

  • 1 pound of fresh peas

  • Olive oil to coat pan 


  • Wash and strain 1 cup of rice

  • Heat olive oil in a saute pan; boil 2 cups of water in a separate saucepan

  • Add 1 cup of white rice once the saute pan is warm 

  • Once the rice starts to turn a little brown, add 2 cups of boiling water from the saucepan to the saute pan 

  • Cover and let it simmer for 10 minutes

  • Steam 1 pound of fresh peas for 2 minutes

  • When the rice is almost ready, mix in the peas

  • Add salt and pepper to taste