February 15, 2014

a few recipes I've tried and loved (and have to share)...

As a part of my grand plan to be a more domestic kind-of-a-gal, I've been doing more meal planning and recipe-trying. I do my grocery shopping every Wednesday (or Thursday, if things get cray) and I've been mindful to slip in at least one new recipe each week—both dinners and baked goods, because we never want to forget dessert. Right? Right.

This is where good ol' Pinterest comes it. It has truly been one of my favorite resources for finding new and delicious recipes. As well as making me wanting a hundred newborn babies and an entirely new wardrobe and a fancy haircut and a shoulder tattoo and the innate ability to turn trash into some sort of statement jewelry. But that's aside the point, so let's just move along…

My favorite part about finding recipes on blogs or Pinterest is the real-human-being factor. Not that a real human didn't write the recipes in my favorite magazine or cookbook, but online there is a more conversational feel. And it seems more forgiving and less intimidating. I like reading the little tips and tweaks related to whatever recipe is being posted, and it makes me feel less stressed out when trying something new. (And I am totally that person who is so stressed out when trying something new. Just ask my husband. Or anyone who has ever spent more than a few minutes with me.)

But since I've had a bit of luck with a few recipes, I thought I'd share which ones I recommend! Also, for the record, we do actually eat more than just cookies and pasta around here, but those seem to always be my go-to new sort of recipes to try. (Although, if given the option, I could totally survive on cookies and pasta…)

Creamy Spinach and Tomato Pasta from Budget Bytes — This recipe is pretty much fool-proof, and impossible to mess up. Which is my kind of style. Since we're veggie at home, I like finding new pasta recipes that add in an extra punch of vegetables. I love that this recipe doesn't use jarred sauce, either! We eat enough of that, and it made me feel fancy making sauce from scratch.

Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies from Everyday Home Cook — These are amazing. Everything you dream they will be. Make them immediately. I'm a fan of cookies that remain soft until you finish the last one in the jar (or, in my case, ratty old Tupperware), and these live up to that test!

Super Easy Skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna from Pinch of Yum — I made this using spinach as the vegetable, because we always have spinach around here (and also because kale scares me). I loved the flavor and how crazy-simple the recipe was, but I think next time I'll cook it for a shorter amount of time. I had it in the crockpot for the recommended 3 hours (on high) and then let it sit for only 45 minutes after (they recommend 1 hour). I felt like the noodles were a wee bit soft for my taste, but it was still good enough that I ate more than my share. As per the usual.

Spinach Tortellini Soup from Shutterbean — This soup is ridiculously simple to make, and ridiculously delicious. I can't wait to make it again. I love finding recipes that use things that I almost always have on hand! Makes weekly shopping much easier (and less expensive). My only other comment about this recipe would be that next time around I'll put in only half the recommended amount of red pepper flakes. I can deal with spicy, but this seemed way too spicy (or maybe our red pepper flakes were just extra potent?). Eisley didn't end up eating any of it because of the level of heat. But, still. I definitely recommend trying it!

Chunky Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies by Nestle Tollhouse* — The cookie in the above photo is from a batch I made from this recipe. If you are looking for a chocolate chip cookie with just a hint of something different, then you must try these. I was wondering why there would be cinnamon in a recipe for a chocolate chip and peanut butter cookie, but now I never want to go back! Since I used chunky peanut butter, I didn't add in the extra chopped peanuts, and they still turned out great.

If you've tried any new recipes lately, please share! They don't have to be cookies or pasta. Promise.

*If you said this like Phoebe Buffay, then let's be best friends.


  1. I recently compiled all my Pinterest recipes into a Word doc that I then printed and put into a binder -- it's my go-to "recipe book" now. I may have to try a few of these.
    xx Abby a geek tragedy

  2. I like recipes from budget bytes, too! There's couple of one pot pasta recipes (vegetarian too) that I love. The one I like in particular 'spinach artichoke wonder pot'. It's so yummy. I also cook a lot of real simple recipes. But they can be hit and miss.

    And LOL on tollhouse! :D

    1. Ooooh, I love the idea of one-pot recipes. Awesome! I will have to take another look at the Budget Bytes site. :)

  3. I'm so glad you enjoy the soft & chewy peanut butter cookies! By far, that's the most popular recipe on my blog :)

    1. Oh, yay! Thanks for stopping by my blog, Alicia! :) So happy to share the recipe…I could make them every week, I tell you this. Yum!

  4. These are my favourite cookies:


    My husband and son don't like them quite as much, so all the more for me :D

    I use a lot of recipes from Budget Bytes too!

    1. Oooh, yum! Just pinned those cookies and will be making them ASAP. Thanks for the tip! :)

  5. I baked the cookies last night and they were a hit at work today! I had some leftover Reese's peanut chips, and used those instead of the chopped nuts, and a bit less of the chocolate chips. Delish! Thanks for the share, and I really enjoy reading your blog. :)

    1. Awesome! So glad they were a hit, Amy! And oh, my gosh…adding the Reese's chips must have been absolutely amazing. I don't allow myself to buy those because I will eat the entire bag before I cook anything. ;)

      And thank you for the sweet compliment! You're a gem.


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