My night class schedule is on hiatus until September, so I am hopping back into the kitchen (hopefully)! During the semester I cook 90% of the time in a slow cooker, so I look forward to using my pots and pans again. I find most of my recipes from Pinterest. It can be a gamble. Some of those food bloggers take beautiful pictures, and what I end up with is a big yellow brown mush. Or the flavors sound great in writing, but blah in reality. I’m also learning to cater to picky eaters, so I have to avoid mustards, mushrooms, wet breads (?), and anything that I think is exciting or adventurous. Merp.
This week I was led to the following blogs in an attempt to recreate their recipes:
- “Easy Broccoli Cheese Chicken Casserole” from Play. Party. Plan. Well-received. https://www.playpartyplan.com/broccoli-cheese-chicken-casserole-recipe/
- “Summer Corn, Tomato & Feta Salad” from Meaningful Eats. Easy, refreshing side to pair with a rotisserie chicken. http://meaningfuleats.com/summercornsalad/
- “Pineapple Coconut Baked Oatmeal” from Kate Moving Forward. Toddler approved. http://katemovingforward.com/2016/01/18/pineapple-coconut-baked-oatmeal/
My favorite thing this week, though, was recommended by a sorority sister and fellow city-dweller-turned-suburban mom. Strawberries with graham cracker crumbs and whipped topping. Cool Whip sort of scares me, but I really like its more natural alternative, Tru Whip.
A few other Pinteresting favorites:
- “Mississippi Roast” from Table for Two. SO EASY. http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/mississippi-roast/#.UstjE7TIxYy
- “Sausage, Ricotta, and Spinach Stuffed Shells” from Craving Some Creativity. Laborious, but so good. http://www.cravingsomecreativity.com/2015/08/31/sausage-ricotta-and-spinach-stuffed-shells/
- “Slow Cooker Three Cheese Italian Chicken” from Clarks Condensed https://www.clarkscondensed.com/food/main-dish/slow-cooker-three-cheese-italian-chicken/
- “French Onion Chicken Noodle Casserole” from Plain Chicken. So good. Don’t bother counting the calories. I mean, onion isn’t onion a vegetable…? http://www.plainchicken.com/2014/09/french-onion-chicken-noodle-casserole.html
For the health-conscious (maybe):
- “Cabbage Noodle Tuna Casserole” from Peace, Love, and Low Carb. I wouldn’t save the left-overs, but this doesn’t feel low-carb when you are having to eat low-carb. http://peaceloveandlowcarb.com/cabbage-noodle-tuna-casserole-low-carb-gluten-free/
- “Crockpot Italian Zucchini Casserole” from Mostly Homemade Mom http://www.mostlyhomemademom.com/2016/08/crockpot-italian-zucchini-casserole.html
- “Roasted Root Vegetables with Tomato and Kale” from Simply Recipes. Just don’t get too crazy in the produce section. Last time I made this I used root vegetables that I couldn’t identify/name/that had cool colors. Blech. Stick with the carrots and potatoes, ok? http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/roasted_root_vegetables_with_tomatoes_and_kale/
- “Zucchini Noodles with Sauteed Vegetables” from thank your body. I generally am not a fan of foods that pretend to be other foods (ahem, speggheti squash as a pasta substitute? You’re not fooling anybody.). This satisfies a pasta craving, while not pretending to be anything other than zucchini. Another laborious one, but very nice. http://www.thankyourbody.com/recipe-zucchini-noodles-with-sauteed-vegetables/
I have to do a blood panel tomorrow morning, so I’m fasting right now. Really bad time to put this list together. Oof. Anyhow, I would truly appreciate any dinner recipes that you have to share!