I love the idea of trying new recipes, but don’t like the uncertainty about whether or not they’re good until I’ve gone through the expense of obscure ingredients and lengthy preparation. While I love to cook and spend time in the kitchen, by the end of the workday I’m usually pretty tired and want something easy and tasty to whip up for dinner. In case you’re like me and love trying new recipes, but prefer a personal recommendation to some online comments, here are some we’ve tried recently and really enjoyed:
P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps
These are so good and tasted identical to the real thing. I served them with some plain brown rice, but I think they would also be great with a side of cauliflower fried rice or steamed green beans!
Teriyaki Salmon Bowls
We eat salmon once a week, typically, so I’m always looking for new ways to serve it. My default is to bake it with a simple butter/garlic sauce and dish it up with rice pilaf and broccoli. While I like have a “pantry” dinner option, this teriyaki version is just as simple and delicious! I loved having the veggies on the side, too, to add some crunch to every bite.
No Knead Rosemary Bread
This was my first go at homemade bread and I’m hooked! It was so easy and turned out delicious. It also made me feel a little bit like an iron chef, but that’s just a bonus. You could easily omit the rosemary, or swap it with a different herb you like. The only thing I would do different is add a little more salt. Mike took one bite and looked at me saying, “oh my, this is so good”. (Make sure to read through all of the directions before preparing – it has to rest for 18+ hours and then another 2 before baking)
Cilantro Lime Quinoa
All the flavor of Chipotle’s signature rice but with a healthier spin. I like to serve this with crockpot chicken tacos and some veggies on the side!
Healthy Chicken Salad
Most weeks, I buy and prep salad ingredients for us to eat for lunch. Sometimes, though, I like to change it up a bit with something like this chicken salad. I love that it’s a lightened version of the classic. It has such a good crunch with the apples and red onion, too. We like to eat with some crackers on the side, although it’s also delicious on a croissant! I leave out the cranberries, but you could easily sub in/out anything that you don’t love.
Turkey Stuffed Peppers
So much flavor and so easy to whip up, we love these peppers! I add quinoa for added protein and to avoid the need for a side dish. It’s an all-in-one meal, which means easy clean-up.
I just picked up the Magnolia Table cookbook at Target last week and cannot wait to make some of the recipes inside. Everything looks so easy and delicious. It’s a lot of classic recipes, some with a new twist that I’ve never tried.