Thursday, January 26, 2017

What I'm actually cooking these days

I read a lot of cooking blogs and follow many chefs on social media. It is helpful and inspiring as far as meal times, but can also be a bit overwhelming - sometimes I feel like I just see too many recipes to handle.

I like to know what people are actually cooking, which recipes work out well for the "regular at-home chef," and which ones turn out too complicated or not that great. I thought I'd share a few recipes that have made it past the internet and onto our plates lately. Maybe you will find a new idea for dinner this week!

Tater Tot Chicken Pot Pie
recipe from TODAY Show

This recipe is so good that it's actually been made twice at our house already! It's comfort food to the max, and even better as leftovers a day or two later. That's my kind of meal!

Modifications: cook the chicken in a skillet prior to mixing it in with everything else - the directions in the recipe say to add it raw to veggies & such that are already cooked, and that idea makes me gag a bit. Also, get the "Extra Crispy" tater tots if possible (they hold up better when you're eating the leftovers).

Triple-Hitter Toddler Muffins 
recipe from

I've been looking for a way to get more vegetables into the baby's diet, and this one a good one! These are toddler and mom-approved - I've eaten as many as he has!

Modifications: I used what I had and shredded three carrots and one small zucchini to get about two cups total of vegetables. I used unsweetened applesauce, and added 1/2 a cup of raisins. My mom suggested making mini muffins, and I think I may try that next time.

Baked Oatmeal
recipe from SkinnyTaste and recipe from Once Upon a Chef

Oatmeal is a galactagogue, which was my initial reasoning for eating a ton of it over the course of the last year, The fact that it's easily and hearty is a bonus. I combined two recipes to create one that works for me, and have basically lived off this baked oatmeal since going back to work last April. I make a batch of it on Sunday and portion it out into containers for the week ahead. Then in the morning, all I have to do is grab one and microwave to have a hot breakfast that holds me over for several hours.

I do the banana / blueberry step from this recipe and the oatmeal / custard portion from this recipe (minus the melted butter; just leave it out and never miss it) and it is SO delicious. The baby loves it, too!

Feel free to share some recipes or meal ideas that you actually make that work for you and your family - we are always looking for fresh ideas! Let me know if you try any of these... I promise they are delicious!

1 comment :

The Lady Okie said...

Thanks for the muffin recipe! R is almost out of all of her muffins that I made a few months ago so I need to make more!