The black hole of time. Where productivity goes to die. The self esteem boost from all the stuff that you CAN do. The lowering of the self esteem when you see all the stuff that you HAVEN’T done. Oh yes, it’s Pinterest. But do not fret over the overwhelming and endless parade of pictures, I have searched through and picked some recipes and then, dare I say it, I tried the recipes! And now I want to share some of the good ones I’ve found with you!
I don’t think I altered any of these too much either and they were approved– with proof from the empty plates of my family. Let’s begin.
Spicy Sweet Potato and Black Bean and Avocado Tacos : I served them on a whole wheat tortilla and didn’t add cheese but did add the lime. I really liked this one because it’s great for Meatless Mondays and combines superfood and is super filling. Served with mexican spiced brown rice and more avocado. (I have to phonetically sound out how to spell avocado every time. Anyone else have this problem?)
Strawberry and Cucumber Salad with Balsamic Dressing : And God said let there be the most perfect summer salad and this salad came into existence. Try it. Now. Stop reading and make it. It’s that good.
Lemon Chicken Romano : a nice twist on chicken parmesan. In my humble opinion I think it had more flavor and was a nice summer dish. I served it with a nice slice of provolone on the top for the family and had mine without and it was delicious. I served this with the salad mentioned above.
Jalapeno Chip Crusted Chicken : Easy chicken dish with a kick of flavor! What’s not to love. I served it with caramelized balsamic brussel sprouts to add some greens and another flavor. The brussel sprouts are just pan fried in olive oil until a nice caramel brown color and then drizzle some balsamic vinegar on them for the last 2 minutes.
Creamy Tomato and Crab Fettuccine: I made this one a while ago for Jon and I cheated on it too… I didn’t puree fresh tomatoes but instead got some smoky and spiced tomato sauce from the grocery store and it turned out wonderful too. I also added almost twice as much crab and it was a delicious decision. I also ate the leftover 4 days straight after this. Not ashamed either.
Finding new recipes is daunting and it always helps to know if it will turn out well even if a professional chef turned blogger didn’t make it. Hope this helps make meal planning a little easier and feel free to share your success/failure and other recipes you’ve found on PInterest too!