Six Recipes I’d Recommend

October 7, 2015
My sister, Merrick, and I were chatting the other day and talking about how we can hardly remember anything my mom ever made for dinner. 
I feel a little bit the same way about my cooking – I make dinner virtually every night and then I sit down to make the menu for the week and I think, “I can’t remember one dinner I’ve ever made. What are we possibly going to eat this week?” 
What is that bizarre mental block? 
If you’re the same way, here are a few recipes our family has LOVED and I’d highly highly recommend (and if you want more dinner inspiration, I post our weekly menu over on Instagram most weeks):

1. Pink Lady Cake: For months before her birthday, Ella told me that she wanted a strawberry cake and so, when her birthday rolled around, this is the one I made. I’ve been wanting to make this cake since I first saw it on Smitten Kitchen in 2008 and it was everything I’d hoped for. Also, I thirded the recipe because I didn’t need that much cake.

2. Roasted Sweet Potato Chicken Quinoa SaladI made this when my parents were visiting for Labor Day and it was amazing. There are a couple of dressing options, but the maple bacon one sounded the best to me. I didn’t have bacon olive oil, so I just used regular olive oil and tossed in a few slices of cooked bacon. It was delish.

3. Easy Banana MuffinsI posted this recipe last December and it almost immediately became the single most popular post on my blog, out of the 2000+ posts I have here. And I can’t blame anyone – these are seriously the easiest, best muffins ever.

4. Tuscan Chicken and Quinoa Soup: I’ve made this soup a couple of times over the past year and every time I wonder if it’ll be as good as I remember. And it always is. Perfect cool weather dinner. Also, I never use a whole chicken – I just use one chicken breast.

5. Smoked Salt Potato Salad: I got this recipe from a Raw Spice Box subscription and was all “how exciting can a potato salad be?” You guys, this was AMAZING. It was absolutely the best potato salad I’ve ever had. I’d never had smoked salt before, but I was immediately looking it up online (you can buy it on Amazon for a few dollars).

6. Coconut Curry Noodle Soup: This is one of those recipes that really tastes like something you’d order at a restaurant. And isn’t that always the goal of dinner?

P.S. Other recommended recipes here.

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  • Reply Elisabeth October 7, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    The pink lady cake was also my daughter's birthday cake this year! She wanted a pink party, so this worked perfectly and it was delicious.

  • Reply Kristi October 7, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    I have all the things for that Tuscan soup! Well, assuming my cream hasn't gone bad (but if it does I have half and half, that'd be okay right?). Sweet, dinner crises averted!

  • Reply Julie October 7, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Have you ever used canned tomatoes for the Tuscan chicken quinoa soup? did it turn out ok? or better with fresh?

    • Reply Janssen October 7, 2015 at 5:47 pm

      I think that'd be fine! (But I've never tried, so don't quote me on it).

  • Reply Paige Flamm October 7, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    I'm going to have to try that curry soup! I had curry for the first time last month and now I'm totally hooked!

  • Reply Katie October 7, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Those recipes sound great! Have you ever tried the loaded baked potato salad from Mel's kitchen cafe? My husband loves it! It is always the first thing eaten at a potluck.

  • Reply Lindsay Sanchez October 7, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    These look wonderful! I always have the same mental block, like I know I've been making dinner almost every night for 8 years but I can't remember any it.

  • Reply KT October 8, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    I feel the same way when I menu plan! It is easily my least favorite chore because I can never ever come up with something to eat. Thanks for the recs!

  • Reply Allison October 9, 2015 at 1:56 am

    This is one of my favorite kind of posts that you do! It is SO hard to remember good recipes.

  • Reply Emily October 10, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    How much salt should be added to the potato salad? I didn't see that in the recipe.

    • Reply Janssen October 12, 2015 at 2:39 am

      I'd start with about 1/2 Tablespoon and then add more if you think it needs it. It just came pre measured in the subscription.

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