Pinterest has revolutionized my life.
Okay, maybe that’s an overstatement. But only just barely! It has certainly revolutionized my meal-planning.
I love looking through a visual index of great looking food when I am preparing my grocery list or deciding on what’s for dinner. Everybody loves their family favorites and trusty cookbooks, but I think it is so fun to try something new and different sometimes! Or for me, every night I take the time to cook. While I would like to sit and ponder the prudence of such habits, I think I’d rather just show you some of the yummy new things we’ve tried lately so you can try them too if they strike your fancy. ….
Spinach-Artichoke Dip – i crave this stuff. it’s really delicious and creamy! we often have an “appetizer meal” on Sundays, so i will serve this up with a big platter full of a beautiful rainbow of red & green peppers, carrots and different crackers for dipping. you can easily double the spinach as it cooks down. this would be a great dish to bring to a party or serve as an easy snack for guests!
“Health Nut” Blueberry Muffins - made these several times already, with a couple of variations. delicious, moist, and healthful – does it get better?
Quinoa Stuffed Peppers – we LOVE quinoa around here! this is a tasty way to cook it up and it’s really good for you as well. even better, i found the recipe on a friend’s blog and then posted it to pinterest to try later. i think this would be easy to double, freeze and save for another day too. we ate the extra quinoa filling with eggs the next morning.
Smashed Potatoes - yummy, a little crispy-crunchy and very easy. i loved these potatoes! a nice change-up from the usual baked or mashed potato side dish. and of course, anything Pioneer-Woman inspired is worth a try in my book! i liked the flavor with rosemary.
Chicken Parmesan Casserole - croutons add a great crunch to this yummy meal! my husband loved it. great flavor and lots of garlic! and best of all, it didn’t involve me frying anything. our (sam’s club) chicken breasts took really long to bake, so next time i would slice them in half width-wise or pound a little or something?
Tuscan Pasta – this was our Valentine’s day dinner and the next day i went and bought ingredients to make it again. wow, was this delicious! the sun-dried tomato flavor was great and the fresh basil really made the dish. we skipped the white wine the first time because i was out of it and it was still delicious, so i may skip it again. we used Cascone’s alfredo sauce and it was good (my hubby is picky about store-bought alfredo and usually doesn’t like it). a little more expensive than these other budget-friendly meals, unless you maybe take the time to use your own sun-dried tomatoes and alfredo sauce rather than store-bought.
Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Loaf – i love lemon in and on just about anything. this lemon loaf is so tart-sweet and the blueberries add a great “pop”! it is a little labor-intensive to make the syrup & glaze, so i will probably only make this on occasion, but it turns out very pretty and would make a great gift for neighbors, etc. yum!
Sea-salt Nutella Fudge – what a treat! ohmyword. i need some more, but heaven help me if i don’t give it all away and fast! at first the texture seemed too glossy and weird, but as it set it improved a lot. the sea salt and nutella create a not-too-sweet, complex flavor. you really taste the dark chocolate and hazelnut. a special treat for a special occasion!
Mmmm..yum! What kind of cook are you? A make-it-up-as-you-go-er? A bring-it-home-from-the-burger-joint-er? An every-week-the-same-’ol-er? Do you use pinterest at all in your meal planning? Inquiring minds want to know!