Apparently I’m subconsciously preparing for motherhood because I’ve gotten into cooking lately. Normally I hate following recipes and don’t have the patience for meal preparation, but somehow Pinterest makes cooking fun.
You can live vicariously through all my cooking successes and failures via my Pinterest Recipes I’ve Tried board, or cut to the chase with my top 10 favorite Pinterest recipes here.
1. Mushroom and Kale Lasagna Roll Ups in Creamy Gorgonzola Cauliflower Sauce
Impress your guests with this concoction from closetcooking.com. It’s a bit labor intensive and messy in the preparation stage, but it’s worth every second of it. The gorgonzola cauliflower sauce is to die for!
Insider tip: I intertwined the kale with some spinach I already had in the fridge. Turned out great!
2. Slow Cooker Chicken Philly Sandwiches
It doesn’t get much easier than this. With just seven ingredients and a crockpot, you’ll have yourself a real crowd pleaser.
Insider tip: I switched out their recommendation of mozzarella cheese for provolone, and next time I’m going to throw in jalapeño for an extra kick.
3. Spinach Artichoke Pasta
Thepioneerwoman.com is famous for mouthwatering eats, and this Spinach Artichoke Pasta ranks right up there with the best of ‘em. This recipes makes enough to feed the family and still have leftovers.
Insider tip: I skipped the breadcrumbs but not the red pepper flakes!
4. Honey, Lime & Sriracha Chicken Skewers
These chicken skewers from onceuponachef.com are packed with bold, spicy flavor delicately balanced out by the honey and lime. Perfect for a summer barbecue!
Insider tip: Garnish with cilantro and lime wedges for a festive flair.
5. Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole
This fix and freeze casserole is ideal for those times when you want to make a meal ahead of time. The recipe makes four freezer bags full of comfort food (each serving 4-5 people).
Insider tip: I cut the recipe in half and made one for myself and froze another to bring over to a friend.
6. Spaghetti Squash Alfredro
My Pinterest board is overflowing with spaghetti squash recipes right now, but this is one tops the list. So good, so easy.
Insider tip: You can make this “skinny” pasta even skinnier by replacing the Alfredo mixture with the gorgonzola cauliflower sauce from the Mushroom and Kale Lasagna Roll Up recipe.
7. Bacon Roasted Cabbage
Greenlitebites.com gives cabbage a new purpose with this recipe spiked with bacon bits and Worcestershire sauce. Great side for any meat dish.
Insider tip: Fry up real bacon instead of using bacon bits.
8. Spicy Avocado Chicken Enchiladas
If you’re a fan of avocado, you’ll love these enchiladas from the novicechef.com. The creamy, Serrano pepper sauce brings a modern twist to traditional enchiladas and packs a punch of heat for spice lovers.
Insider tip: Save time by buying a fresh rotisserie chicken from your deli department instead of cooking the chicken yourself.
9. Banana Bread Bars with Brown Butter Frosting
These banana bars from lifessimplemeasures.com are heavenly by themselves but when you add the brown butter frosting, it’s orgasmic! I’ve had several people beg for the recipe. The secret? SOUR CREAM.
Insider tip: If you don’t have a jelly roll pan, just use a normal Pyrex. I increased the baking time by 10 minutes or so and they still turned out uber dense.
10. Waffle Iron Hashbrowns
I love hashbrowns, but I have a hard time getting the texture just right. This easy peasy trick from recipesweet.net makes it foolproof. Tater tots + waffle iron = perfect hashbrowns. Who knew?!
Insider tip: Defrost the tots slightly in the microwave to speed up the process. I like to add diced onions to the mix and serve it with two eggs on top. Yum!