If you asked me five years ago what I could cook I would have answered embarrassed with: Mac n’ Cheese, pasta with jar sauce and scrambled eggs. That is all I knew how to make when I moved away to college. I never had any interest in getting in the kitchen with my mom and learning from the best. (Seriously, my mom can cook anyone under the table!) I regret it to this day. When I moved, I was single and worked most nights which meant that I wasn’t cooking much. If I made dinner it was always pasta which left me with a ton of leftovers for one person since my roommates were never home. When I moved in with my husband, I knew I had to start teaching myself how to cook. Judd could cook anything and he did it well! It was almost embarrassing that I couldn’t cook anything else for him.
Along came Pinterest. Pinterest opened my eyes to cooking and finding new recipes to try. I dove in head first! I started by finding quick and easy recipes to try-I am a bit of a perfectionist and I wanted to master cooking starting from the bottom. Pinterest offered a wide range of recipe ideas for beginners like me which encouraged my desire to learn and get better at cooking. I mastered cooking for beginners quickly and started scheduling my favorite recipes I found into our weekly dinner schedule. We both had favorites and I loved to make them often! I began to challenge myself into trying new recipes each week which expanded our dinner menu and it’s variety. My husband loves chicken and I simply couldn’t eat chicken every night so I found a few different ways I could make chicken without it getting boring or old. Pinterest has taught me that I can make anything I want AND make it lactose free. (You have no idea how hard diet restrictions can be until you are allergic to something!) If you are learning how to cook or just need some motivation, start by looking on Pinterest! Below are a few of my favorite recipes I have made from the site.
My Pinterest Recipe Favorites: (A BIG Thank you to the bloggers linked below who posted these on their sites.)
Grandma’s Goulash– My husband’s favorite and my go-to recipe! I make it every other week for dinner.
Chicken Schnitzel– This is my favorite take on chicken thus far! The lemon and chive provide a nice flavor to the chicken.
Baked Spaghetti Casserole– A new take on a traditional recipe. I don’t make this one often but when I do it’s a treat.
Bacon & Egg Crescent– Hosting a brunch or breakfast in bed? This recipe is perfect and simple to make.
Southwestern Flatbread– Instead of Taco Tuesday have Flatbread Friday with these! I love all the toppings you can put on top of each flatbread.
Avocado Pasta– I am obsessed with recipes that use avocados and this recipe is perfect with minimal ingredients.
Baked Tilapia & Tomatoes– We make this recipe at least once a week. The ingredients make the fish flavorful and super delicious. I usually pair with brown rice.