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Pudding Mix Dark Chocolate Brownies & Balancing School and Work

You and I, we’re friends, right?  So then we can both admit that–if you had any– you’ve broken your New Year’s resolutions by now.  Come on, statistics are against us with this.  Well, if you haven’t you’re about to because these pudding mix dark chocolate brownies are too tempting to pass up.

Pudding Mix Dark Chocolate Brownies

But first…about balancing school and work

The new semester has started, which means my time has become a little more pressed.  As you may recall, I’m taking a full-time schedule this semester.  This is on top of my full-time work schedule.  I’m trying to find some way — any way — to fit more hours into the day. I’ve failed.  However, what I have done is found ways to be more efficient in other areas of my life.  So far, these are the things that have saved me the most time and hassle:

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  1. Grocery pick-up: We don’t live in an area with Amazon Fresh, but we do have a few options for grocery pick-up.  How it works is that you select and order your groceries online (where you can shop the current sales), pick a time to meet an associate at the store where they will load the groceries into your car and explain any substitutions.  You can even specify details, such as “green bananas or “over-ripe bananas” to ensure you get exactly what you want.  We use our local Kroger’s option called Click List.
  2. Amazon Subscribe & Save: We buy a good amount of our regular non-perishables through Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program. Especially the heavy stuff that we don’t want to carry up our condo’s three flights of stairs.  The nice thing is if you have enough items in each order, you can save an additional 15% off the total price.  I use the Amazon Chase Visa, coupled with a Prime membership, which gives me an additional 5% of cash back.  That’s a 20% savings all together!
  3. Plan your meals ahead: Batch cooking is probably the best way to save yourself time and ensure that your family has a nutritious meal all week long.  Simply dedicate a whole day each week to cooking, packaging, and freezing meals for each day of the week.  But, if you can’t commit to doing this, the second best thing is to simply plan your meals for the rest of the week.  I spend time throughout the week pinning recipes to Pinterest.  Then, I picked a day of the week–Friday, during my lunch break–to pick out each meal, order any needed groceries on Click List, and write out the menu.
  4. Utilize kitchen gear: Use your time-saving gear to the max!  If you don’t already have one, buy yourself a pressure cooker.  Whether you choose the popular electronic multi-pots that include a pressure cooking setting (like an Instant Pot) or a stove-top version as I do, it will change the way you cook.  Additionally, they’re not like your grandmother’s old jigging-top pressure cooker–new safety features mean you don’t have to worry about the pressure building up and causing a small but messy explosion.  And, of course, we can’t ignore the loyal kitchen helper for so many busy families, the slow cooker.  My All-Clad slow cooker can cook up to 20 hours, making super long-simmering broths a breeze.

These are just a few suggestions to help balance busy schedules while still cooking good food for our family.

Pudding Mix Dark Chocolate Brownies

Why would you put pudding mix in brownies?  Because they made them so incredibly chewy, soft, and moist, that’s why!

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These brownies have a perfect crust, too.  Let’s not even go into how much I love dark chocolate, too.  If you love brownies, then try these pudding mix dark chocolate brownies.  I think you’ll really love them!

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Pudding Mix Dark Chocolate Brownies
Pudding mix gives these brownies a boost in the soft & chewy department.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35-45 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a saucepan, melt butter and unsweetened chocolate over low heat. Stir occasionally until melted and smooth.
  3. Whisk in pudding mix. Remove pan from heat. Let sit for about 5 minutes.
  4. Whisk in sugar and vanilla until combined.
  5. Stir in the eggs, one at a time.
  6. Slowly stir in flour until halfway incorporated. Mix in chocolate chips. Your batter should be VERY thick.
  7. Spread batter into an 8x8 or 9x13 greased pan.
  8. Bake for 35 minutes. After 35 minutes, check for doneness by inserting a toothpick. If still too gooey, allow to bake for another 5-10 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Modified from The Pioneer Woman's Dark Chocolate Brownies

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And an announcement!

Almost Kosher will be doing another series.  Our “10 Days of Sous Vide” series was received so well, that we decided to do a “5 Days of Pressure Cooking.”  Stay tuned for some of our favorite pressure cooker recipes!