Recipes We've Tried & Loved Lately

Hey friends!

As I’ve mentioned, I set a lot of goals for 2019–maybe more like a list of things I wanted to do a lot more of. One of them being cooking. I really eat at home most of the time, but I tend to go for easy, prepared or frozen things from Trader Joe’s and a whole lot of eggs.

But. I’m 30 now and maybe someday I’ll have a husband and a family and such and I bet they won’t want to eat like my single self. I thought it was time to step up my game. My aunt always leaves me her old copies of Better Homes and Gardens and HGTV magazines, so I started ripping out recipes I wanted to try this year and starting small---maybe one or two new recipes a week. I’ve been ripping ideas out of magazine and filing them away for years, BTW, so imagine how much in heaven I was when Pinterest became a thing! Even still, there is something about a magazine page idea that I’ll just always love. I keep a little recipe file folder on my counter along with some cute cookbooks and flip through it each week before I go shopping. I take a couple magazine pages to the store with me each week to make sure I have everything I need to make it and then I hang them up on the fridge to keep them in front of me and hold me accountable. It’s definitely working! I thought I would share a couple of my favorites from recently with you on the blog today—

I figure that for the recipe itself, it’s much easier to just share the photo I pulled from the magazine. Let’s be real, it’s prettier than any photo I could ever take of the version I attempted! But, I’ve also pulled the grocery list from each recipe so that you can know easily what you need to buy--that’s often the most annoying part of trying a new recipe for me! I hate reading through the recipe and hoping I get all of the necessary ingredients! So, I’m doing that part for you :)

Before we get into the recipes, here’s a thought idea I am planning to try. I’m in search of a cute clipboard to hand below my quote board in my kitchen. I’m planning to hang the recipes I’ll be trying that week on the clipboard. This way they will be in front of me so I can’t make excuses and just not do it, and also they’ll be easily accessible while I’m cooking! I’m currently using a magnet to hold them on the fridge, and that is just not working out! (Let us know if you have great ideas for storing and displaying recipes!)

Now for the food!

Roasted Curry Chicken and Cauliflower

I’ve tried this one a couple of times now and really loved it! This one lays out pretty nicely what you’ll need on the side, just add chicken thighs or whatever chicken you prefer I suppose! #yum

Sheet Pan Dinners 

So I didn’t make this exact version (though it still looks delicious and remains on my must try list) but I’ve used it as my inspiration to run with the sheet pan dinner trend. I’ve made lots of “somethings like this” and really loved the simplicity and yumminess. I’ve done chicken breast with rainbow carrots and zucchini and broccoli. I’ve added bacon and sweet potatoes. I love these because they really just require whatever meat you have and whatever veggies you have on hand as well. You don’t have to really plan ahead too much and you don’t need a lot of time to actually make a home cooked meal that’s pretty healthy. The sheet pan dinners last a few meals for me as well.

  • Cube your sweet potatoes or cut them into coins (I usually use about 1.5 if I’m only making sweet potatoes—I also have a very small sheet pan) heat the oven to about 400 degrees
  • Lightly oil the pan (I use olive oil or olive oil spray)
  • Sprinkle some rosemary, thyme, sea salt, and pepper over the oiled pan. I prefer to use the fresh herbs you can get in the produce section of the grocery store, but I’m sure that dried herbs will work if that’s what you’ve got on hand. 
  • Toss the potatoes in the oil and herb mixture. Drizzle with a bit more oil and sprinkle a bit more seasoning over top. 
  • Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until they are as soft or as crispy as you like 
*I eat this as a side to chicken, veggie burgers, or even as a breakfast potato with a weekend brunch!

Baked Farro with Sausage and Squash

You can tell this one is well loved and well used by the wrinkly look of it! This one is a bit more complicated (for me anyways) but O so yummy. I say complicated because cooking is a bit complicated for me. I feel like there are a lot of steps to keep track of and things to remember all at once. Strangely enough I struggle to multi task in the kitchen though it’s s strength of mine elsewhere…..? Anyways. This one was so good and it made a lot and I took it for lunch all week! Listing below what you’ll need. (I know they list it above but I’m simplifying :)
  • olive oil
  • one small butternut squash
  • farro (at least two cups)
  • fresh sage 
  • one box chicken stalk (4 cups)
  • salt +pepper
  • sweet Italian sausage (½ pound)
  • small container heavy cream 
  • Parmesan cheese 

Here are the recipes I’m planning to try in the next week or so!

Seeded Miso Sweet Potato Bread 

Homemade Ramen 

Watch for story updates on these recipes! I try to share when I make something new and let you know the glitches I run into and how they actually turn out! Be sure to post some things that you’re trying lately along with updates on how they go—and tag us so we can see and give them a try too!

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