At best, I’m an adequate cook. I can follow a recipe proficiently. But I can’t improvise and definitely can’t create recipes of my own. Also, I only enjoy making things like chocolate chip cookies. Dinner preparation is not bliss for me. Nor is eating what I cook. I rarely eat one of my dinners and think, Yummy! It’s usually more like, Well, here’s more healthy sustenance. Since I cooked, at least I don’t have to do the dishes.
His Highness is also an adequate cook. He’s very good with the grill and with fish. But everything else he cooks on the highest heat setting possible. As a result, he almost always sets off the fire alarm nearest the stove, which sends our dog Sam into his fearful, big-eyed mode.
Since I’m home earlier than His Highness in the evenings, most of the dinner cooking falls to me. So what’s a mom of three (who’d rather be reading or watching Fixer Upper or even wrangling laundry) to do? Hunt for very easy, quick, and tasty recipes. That don’t include beef, pork, gluten, corn, soy, dairy, or peanuts thanks to our family’s dietary restrictions. Crock pot recipes are very welcome because making dinner at noon keeps mom a lot more sane than making dinner at 6.
My first recipe source was the recipe book I began compiling right before I married. My mom wrote out lots of recipes for me way back then, and I still have them all.
My first online recipe source was Allrecipes.com. I always choose recipes there that have been very popular with users. And I love that I can search for recipes that contain certain ingredients or don’t contain certain ingredients. Do I want to make Thanksgiving stuffing that contains cornbread? Boom. Do I want to make banana bread but have no butter? Boom. I found this peanut butter cup cookie recipe there and it’s fabulous.
Lately, though, the more active I’ve become on Pinterest, the more it’s become my ‘go to’ recipe source. The beautiful photographs are so enticing! And the tasty titles! White chocolate peppermint pudding cookies. Old fashioned cake doughnut mini muffins. Yes, please.
I’m the first to admit, however, that most of the Pinterest recipes I attempt turn out either okay or, in some cases, downright yucky. Here’s a yucky one I served up just this week…
Since great recipes are hard to find, I thought I’d share a few of the Pinterest recipes I’ve discovered that haven’t been duds. These are all so good, in fact, that I’ve made them multiple times: Perfect Gluten Free Buttermilk Biscuits, Crockpot Mediterranean Chicken, Greek Avocado Quinoa Salad, Balsamic Marinated Grilled Chicken, and Slow Cooker Ground Turkey Pasta Sauce.
If you’d like to make any of these recipes, head to my ‘Family Food Ideas’ Pinterest board. I’ve pinned them all right to the top. Double click on a pin and you’ll be taken to the site containing the accompanying recipe.
Where do you find your ‘go to’ recipes?