I’d say making dinner is the best part of my day. I love making dinner for me and my boyfriend. Discovering new recipes, adapting old ones, experimenting…it’s all so fun for me. And lucky for me I have a boyfriend who thinks everything I make is amazing, which really boosts my confidence. I love watching cooking shows and browsing Pinterest for new ideas. Cooking is just the best. (But washing dishes is the worst!) Over the past few years of being on my own and cooking for myself I have found a few recipes that have made it into constant rotation in my kitchen. Today I thought I’d share them with you and hopefully inspire you to make something delicious!
(Pictured above are some of my own home made goodies: One Pot Pasta, Chipotle Black Bean Nachos, Mushrooms with Polenta and Fried Egg, Butternut Squash Ravioli, Tomato and Salami Pizza, Roasted Vegetables for Pasta)
Meatballs are and obvious dinner here in America. I mean who doesn’t love meatballs! You probably already have a meatball recipe you use all the time, but you’ve got to try this one from the queen herself, Martha. The secret is ricotta. It makes the meatballs super, super moist. Also going simple on the seasoning (other than salt and pepper) is best here. Let that meat shine! I usually make my own ricotta for this, and sauce, but you don’t have to to make it delicious!
I think I found this recipe randomly on Foodgawker, and now it’s my most made dinner. As it says in the recipe, it’s more of a paella than regular arroz, but that doesn’t mean it’s delicious. Tons and tons of spices make this super flavorful, but it’s so easy. I always make the mistake of not buying enough chicken, so then I have tons of leftover rice but no chicken. The chicken sits in the rice as it cooks so it becomes tender and moist. The only annoying thing about this recipe is that I don’t have a pot that’s really big enough, so things get squished. But omg it tastes SOOOOO good.
It took awhile, but I finally found the perfect pizza dough recipe. It’s always easy to knead, rises perfectly, and turns into the most amazing crispy pizza crusts. I’ve made a lot of different kinds of pizzas over the years, but this crust is the base of all of them. Secret tip: Make the crust a day or two in advance. The yeasty flavors develop more and it’s easier to roll out.
Recipe: Lemon Chicken from Shutterbean
Probably my second most cooked meal. (Guess I like chicken thighs?) So happy I discovered this recipe from one of my favorite bloggers, Tracy Benjamin. I’ve always got onions, lemon, olive oil, and garlic, so as long as I pick up chicken thighs, we’re good to go. Onion, lemon and olive oil (or butter…) how could it go wrong? I prefer it super lemony, but the boyfriend doesn’t so I add some extra on my plate. It goes amazingly with most veggies, rice, pasta, or bread to soak up the juice. I need a bigger pan so I can make more at a time, great for leftovers!
Here’s a newer one in my cooking arsenal. Gordon Ramsay is most definitely my ultimate DILF. (Did I just write that?) Watching him cook is…intense, but I just love it. I actually got this recipe from a cookbook my boyfriend got me for our anniversary. The book has a section on cooking for two, which is perfect for me and the boy! We’re huge fans of leeks and mushrooms, so it obviously needed to be made. It’s super easy, the ingredients are cheap and easy to find, but it tastes like it’s straight out of a restaurant. I think there are other good recipes in book too, but every time I open it I just end up making this…
Alright I have now made myself royally hungry.
Other go to dinners:
Grilled Sausage with Salad
Whatever roasted veggies I have with whole wheat pasta and bread crumbs
Roasted Chicken Breasts and Veggies
Please send me recipes for your favorite things to make! I need to add a few to my brain.