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I love to cook. It is hard to fit in my busy life, sometimes, but chopping and combining and finding the best recipes (Pinterest, hello?) and all of that has always been a healthy release for me.
But there are still the nights I wonder what we will eat for dinner or those Sunday afternoons when I meal plan and I am stumped. So, I am going to try to be more reflective and 1) remember those family favorites and 2) try more recipes, especially healthy and easy ones. Along the way, I hope to share with you some of my favorites from the sea of recipes out there on the internet.
Each month, I am going to list the recipes I have found online and cooked for myself and my family. Each entry will also have the following categories:
Description: A quick description of the recipe.
My Story: How and when I cooked it; any interesting tidbits.
Easy to Hard Scale: 1 is super easy. 10 is super hard. Thinking about the amount of dishes it takes, how many cooking methods and appliances. How fast it is to pull together.
Unhealthy to Healthy Scale: 1 is super unhealthy with no redeeming ingredients. 10 is super healthy. I am considering whole foods, fruits, vegetables, proteins to be the most healthy. Any straight white carbs would be the least healthy.
Would I Make it Again? Is this recipe worth adding to the rotation? How often would I make it? Would I recommend it to a friend?
But first, three of my favorite internet recipes from the last few years.
Description: This is a yummy mix of angel food cake, strawberries & blueberries, and a fabulous cream.
My story: I made this for the Fourth of July and it was a huge hit. Well, I made this recipe minus the blueberries because the store was out. And I thought I had lemon juice but it turned out they were all expired bottles and I had no lemons. So I used a little bit of Sprite. Awesome, right? And since that added sugar, I reduced the amount of sugar in the cream mixture. And so it seems I didn’t make this exact recipe. But I made the best version of this that I could and it was still awesome.
Easy to Hard Scale: 6 out of 10. No real skills required, but you do have to use the stove, mixer, and a knife.
Unhealthy to Healthy Scale: 3 out of 10. It has berries, but it is a decadent dessert.
Would I make it again? Of course!
Description: These are yummy flour-free banana muffin. muffins that are super moist, easy to adapt, and very forgiving.
My story: I have probably made them 8 time over the last few years. They are super moist, easy to adapt, and very forgiving. They freeze well and my kids like them too. I have made them with chocolate chips, pumpkin instead of banana, and with coconut oil.
Easy to Hard Scale: 4 out of 10. It is a little bit of a pain to make the oat flour. But these are so forgiving and yummy that they are worth it.
Unhealthy to Healthy Scale: 7.
Would I make it again? Already have.
Description: Delicious shredded chicken. A little spicy and a little sweet and tangy.
My Story: I think I first saw this recipe on Instagram and then found the recipe on the blog Carlsbad Cravings. I have made the recipe twice and it is suuuuuuuper easy and really delicious. It also freezes well and tastes yummy after thawed and reheated. Note: I did my own thing with the actual chicken, I didn’t follow the taco recipe exactly.
Easy to Hard Scale: 2 This is such an easy recipe. I love crock pot recipes!
Unhealthy to Healthy Scale: I am going to give this a 8. Pretty decent.
Would I make it again? Yes!
Thanks for joining me on this journey! Which of these recipes will you be trying? Comment below or bring the discussion to Alicia’s Organic VIPs to share recipes, beauty info, and more! And don’t forget to subscribe to my blog to get updates on my meal reflections in the future!