Six Recipes I’d Recommend

Now that we’re back in a home of our own (you know. . . for six weeks), I’m really feeling back in the cooking groove.
And it is the best. 
I’ve made dinner basically every night since we arrived and I’ve been revisiting lots of my old favorites, plus a few new winners too. 
(Also, I’ve always thought you don’t need a lot of fancy kitchen equipment to make good food, but I’ll admit that this rental house is reeeeeally stretching me thin in the kitchen department. I bought a cheap blender and some measuring spoons, and I spend a lot of time thinking, “I miss my food processor. And my pizza stone. And a real blender. Also a rolling pin.”)

1. Chicken Gyros:  This was one of the first recipes I made from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe and I was an instant convert. It’s a fairly involved recipe, but nothing is hard, and it’s so ridiculously good. Worth the effort every time.

2. Chicken & Zucchini Enchiladas with Creamy Green Chile SauceI’ve made this a bunch of times, most recently when my mom was down a week ago for Ella’s birthday. I love how many vegetables it crams in there. And the sauce? I could drink it straight.

3. Double Chocolate M&M Cookies: Next to the best ever chocolate chip cookies, these are my all-time favorite cookies. We made these for Ella’s birthday, and then Bart and I ate the rest of them after the girls went to bed, like the awesome parents we are. Also, is it immature to love cookies with M&Ms? I guess I’m a five-year-old for life.Balsamic Chicken Pasta with Two Cheeses: A few years ago, we were making this all the time, but then I kind of forgot about it until this last week. And now I’ve been eating it non-stop for three days. Perfect summertime pasta.

4Healthy Orange Julius: I did this recipe for Spoonful months and months and months ago (did I ever mention that Spoonful shut down? I haven’t been writing over there for a few months now and I’m not complaining about the extra free time I have on my hands to do important things like play Uno with Ella and Ani). I’ve always loved an Orange Julius, but I don’t like that they are basically straight sugar. This one has no added sugar, but it’s just as creamy and sweet as the original, I think. Best afternoon snack in the summer.

5. Stove-Top Kettle Corn: I don’t really love kettle corn but Bart LOVES it. And then whenever I make this, I’m all “well . . . I guess I’ll have a LITTLE.” And then I eat half the bowl. Super simple and better than any store-bought kettle corn I’ve ever had.

6. Balsamic Chicken Pasta with Two CheesesA few years ago, we were making this all the time, but then I kind of forgot about it until this last week. And now I’ve been eating it non-stop for three days. Perfect summertime pasta.

(P.S. More recommended recipes!)

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  • Reply Elaine August 5, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    What do you mean that Spoonful shut down? They seem to be up and running.

    • Reply Janssen August 5, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      They stopped updating content there and I think eventually everything will be moved over to other sites.

  • Reply Alison August 5, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Now I'm hungry! 🙂 I've been trying to add some variety to our meals by trying new recipes from Pinterest. I think we'll be trying quite a few of your recipes. They look so yummy! One of the recipes up this week is crock pot chicken gyros. I'm curious how they compare to your recipe.

  • Reply Mari Reads August 5, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Thanks. They all look so yummy.

  • Reply Stephanie Kastelan August 6, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    OK, my girls officially love you even though they've never met you! We tried the kettle corn and orange Julius recipes last night and inhaled both. Thanks for sharing! We'll have to check out your other recipes.

  • Reply Carolyn August 7, 2014 at 5:23 am

    ooh I made green chile enchiladas last week and want to add zucchinis next time!

  • Reply Melissa August 9, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    I always love your recommendations. My mom has even started making the Halal Cart Style Chicken.

  • Reply april August 18, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Thanks for working on my meal plan for next week for me!

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