AOne of my favorite things about our married life/routine has been making dinner almost every night during the week. It allows us to eat a lot healthier than we would if we went out and its also is a lot more economical!
I think I've mentioned here before, but I'm more of a creative cook than a precise cook... which is one reason why I consider myself a much better cook than a baker. When I'm using ingredients I'm familiar with, I rarely measure anything out and instead just "eye-ball" it, and then just taste test. I think I have more fun with it this way because I like to put creative spins on different recipes.
I've posted a few meals lately on my Instagram that I wanted to share some of my favorite recent recipes with y'all!
Avocado (I used 1 1/2 because that's all we had!)
Grape Tomatoes (cut in quarters)
Corn (~1 spoonful of canned corn, though I usually prefer frozen)
Black Beans (~1 spoonful of canned beans)
Lime (~1/4 of fresh lime juice)
Salt, pepper, cumin, and a pinch of cayenne pepper
Mix and serve with chips- margarita optional! ;)
*The key to this guac is not to mix up the avocado too much so that it's still chunky!
Shredded Mexican Cheese
Hearts of Romaine
*Optional: Corn, Black Beans, Red Onion
Salt, papper, cumin, paprika, chili powder, garlic salt, pinch of cayenne pepper - this is my homemade taco seasoning! I don't like to use the packaged stuff because there's usually a ton of salt and other ingredients I can't pronounce. After I brown the turkey, I season it with these spices- heavy on the chili powder!
Cut up the lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, onion, etc. and throw it all together... so easy and so yummy- clearly this is a favorite in our house! :)
*I've also made an option dressing for this with plain greek yogurt and lime juice.
Red bell pepper
Chop up bell pepper and start sautéing in a pan with a little bit of oil- I usually use grapeseed oil. Then cut the (pre-cooked) Canadian bacon in small pieces and throw in the pan with peppers. Next, whisk together a few eggs (2-3 per person) with a splash of milk or water and add the eggs into the pan. Use a spatula to make sure to keep mixing everything so the eggs don't stick too much to the pan or overcook. When eggs are almost done, toss the spinach and tomatoes on top and keep mixing everything up. Lastly sprinkle with cheese, top with sliced avocado! You may also need some salt and pepper to taste.
Grape Tomatoes (ok I guess it's obvious that I kind of love grape tomatoes!)
Red bell pepper
Lemon juice (fresh is better but from the bottle works too)
Salt & Pepper
*optional: pre-cooked chicken strips, a great little cheat to add some protein if this is your whole meal
Cook orzo as directed from the box and when you strain it, run cold water over it to cool quickly. Cut up veggies and mix with orzo. Pour lemon juice and olive oil over everything along with salt and pepper, mix again and you're done!
This recipe is inspired by one of my favorite recipes I've ever had from Nick & Johnnie's in Palm Beach (see their menu HERE... everything is so good!) When I made it at home I forgot a few ingredients and couldn't quite perfect the yummy dressing but I tried!
Roasted beets (this was the first time I ever bought beets, it was honestly a little bit intimidating... I didn't even know I needed to roast them first oops!)
Lemon- Soy Dressing
Lastly, this isn't an actualy recipe but I wanted to share this way of serving sushi and soy sauce- in hollowed out cucumber! This was from lunch at the Ocean House which was another yummy lunch (with a gorgeous view!) we had while in Palm Beach. I wanted to save this idea away for later in case I'm ever serving sushi, I think it adds such a cool, creative touch!
What are some of your favorite recipes? Have you tried any of these?
If you try them, I would love to know what you think!
STAY IN TOUCH!