You know how you pin all the things and then never do them? Well, I’m on a mission to change that. When meal planning, I’ve started checking my Pinterest recipe board for ideas. There’s some really good stuff there (that’s why I pinned it…)! So here’s a run-down of recipes I’ve tried recently; some were hits, delicious and crowd-pleasing. Others were just not what I wanted them to be. Hopefully, you find a least one or two that sound good for you, your family, or your next party.
Southwestern Roasted Butternut Squash
This was my first butternut squash attempt and it was delicious. I used to make it all the time for the girls when they were small and I made all their baby food, but never tried it myself. Now I’m hooked. I just bought another one to wrestle with this weekend.
These weren’t as good as I was hoping. The bottom kept falling out of them and so I ended up eating more Rolo than cookie. And I love some Rolos like nobody’s business so I was hoping they’d be better. They weren’t bad and I feel like I’ll attempt them again (because they were so easy), but I wasn’t impressed on my first time around.
White Fruit & Nut Bark
This was a hit! The girls and I made two batches of these for gifts, wrapping them up in cute bags and passing them out to family members. Everyone loved them. My grandma even had to call me for the recipe. With the first batch, my instinct was to add more of all the fruits and nuts, but that made it too thick and didn’t spread as neatly as I wanted. So go easy on the extras, maybe even a little less than what’s listed on the recipe. The second batch had a good white chocolate to fruit/nut ratio.
One Pot Wonder: Thai Style Peanut Pasta recipe
An easy week night dinner option, Chris and I both liked this one. I added a little extra heat because we like it spicy, but it didn’t take very long and was perfect for a night you crave takeout but don’t want to spend the money (or the calories). I’ll do this one again soon.
Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon
I could roast broccoli or cauliflower every night for dinner, I love it that much. So adding a little cheese and lemon to the cauliflower was just the icing on the cake (too many food analogies? nah.). Low in calories and great as leftovers too. Cauliflower is finally getting the attention it deserves. (I love how dramatic that cauliflower sentence is so I’m leaving it. You’re welcome for such excellent writing.)
Slow Cooker Chicken Philly sandwiches
You know the great Philly sandwiches at Penn Station Subs? This is the homemade version. It’s delicious, easy, and cheap; all my favorite things. There is one random ingredient that I had to spend a minute looking for at the store, but the recipe gives you helpful instructions about where to find it and it was right where she said it was. Make this one for your family or double it for a party, everyone’s going to love it.
Stove Top meatloaf
I’m not a big fan of meatloaf, but Chris loves it so when I came across this super-simple recipe, I gave it a try. I thought it was okay, Chris said it tasted like stuffing meatloaf. Which isn’t really what you want in a good meatloaf so I’m going to stick with my mother-in-law’s meatloaf recipe. That one never gets complaints.
Korean Crock-pot beef tacos
Last summer we spent a lot of time eating from food trucks downtown. It was glorious. So when this recipe said it was just like food-truck food at home, I got on it. And it was really, really good. The one thing I would change is the shells; it says corn tortillas go best with it (the recipe is from a gluten-free website so that makes sense), but after we started eating, it was obvious flour tortillas would have been the best option for us. We love us some gluten. I’ll make this one again.
Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Bell Peppers
Sometimes I struggle with finding a recipe both Chris and I will eat. I want something low-cal and he wants something meaty and delicious. This one was good for both of us. Plus, just like the Philly recipe above, we love this type of food so it wasn’t a stretch. I’ve made this more than once and one time I tried to just layer all the ingredients and skip the cooking step. Don’t do that. It will taste okay, but the step where you combine all the flavors is what makes it so good.
These are a good substitute for high calorie pizza and still hit the pizza craving. If you’re watching your calorie intake, this one is good! Add turkey pepperoni or grilled veggies as toppings if you’re feeling crazy.
Salty, spicy, and crunchy. If that’s where it’s at for you, then you’ll love these amped-up saltines. I made them for Christmas parties and there was a strong reaction every time; people either loved them or hated them. I baked them a lot longer than the recipe suggests and kept mixing them to coat the mixture on while they were cooking so that more was absorbed (and not just left on the bottom of the cookie sheet), but they still didn’t take very long to make and it’s a really easy recipe to follow. And they’re good with your favorite dip.
Oreo layer dessert
This will last approximately five minutes after dinner. Make it for anyone you want to win over. Make the whole pan for yourself. Just make it.
Easy Crockpot Potato Soup
I’ve made this one countless times and it is always well-loved. It’s super-easy and would be good for company or a winter night when you’re snowed in. It’s creamy and flavorful, plus adding bacon, green onions, and cheese to the top makes it unforgettable. If you’re a fan of Outback or O’Charley’s potato soups, this will become a favorite of yours too.
Hot Ham and Cheese Pinwheels
These made a great hot (or cold) appetizer for a party we went to. They were gone pretty quickly, and they were a hit with kids and adults alike. I feel like I’ll make them again but have the girls help me and I bet they’d eat them for dinner. Bread, ham, and cheese are all no-fail dinner options for my little ones.
baked spinach chips
These were okay. I was excited because they would be zero points for Weight Watchers and I’d be eating chips! Except they’re a lot more time consuming than they’re worth. The recipe doesn’t make very many, and it was just too much effort for the measly few spinach chips that resulted. While they weren’t gross or anything, they weren’t showstoppers. It is spinach, after all.
That’s it for now. Have you tried any pinned recipes lately? Anything that I should try?