Favorite Recipes

So if you guys didn't know I love to cook! Every week I am making new recipes.  Sometimes I share on Instagram what Im making that week. I have been trying to buy cookbooks recently but my go to is usually Pinterest and I wanted to share a few of the go-to recipes that I make. If you like this types of posts please let me know! I have plenty of recipes I can share from trial and error based on categories like chicken, dessert, side dishes. I also have a lot of recipes for when you have guest over and wanna impress them. You name it Ive got it!! 

Healthy Blueberry Muffins - I love that these muffins made with better for you ingredients and these muffins come out so moist but not gummy.  They are easy to make and eat on the go!

Energy Bites - These are my favorite energy bites to date, I add chia seeds to mine even though I don't love them but I don't notice them! These are super yummy and really filling I don't need much!

Rainbow Veggies - I love making this for when I have guest over, not only do they ooh and ahh when they see it but they also can pick whatever veggies they like without me worrying! This recipe couldn't be easier and the veggies really do cook well all together

Taco Turkey Bowls - This is much better than you're average taco bowl, turkey can really take on any flavor you give it but by itself can be bland.  Cooking it with some broth really makes it so much more flavorful.  And I like trying to make taco bowls with turkey.

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes - I love this for a "meatless Monday" meal.  And although it is pretty simple its very filling and better than expected! 

Chicken Verde - I love that this is a crockpot recipe and I can dump everything and go.  Henry would eat this for every meal if he could.  The one thing I will say is it's a little soupy, haven't figured out how to solve that yet! 

Roasted Veggies and Sauage - I found that we were eating a lot of chicken and I just wasn't really liking it lately.  I have been loving sausage as a different protein its so flavorful and this recipe is amazing.  I try to always have recipes with veggies in them and this one is SO good. 

Tortellini Soup - this soup is easy and great for a winter day to warm up with! I'm not really a tomato girl so I'm surprised I like this soup but it gets my seal of approval.

Spiralized Sweet Potato Enchilada - I bought a spiralizer and was looking for recipes to use it on.  Although mine never looks this beautiful, it sure does taste good and is another great meatless Monday meal! 

Pumpkin Roll- Henry asked for this dessert whenever he can.  Making a roll can be a little intimidating but this recipe gives a lot of instructions and isn't too bad! 

We dont have any dietary restrictions and I just love trying new recipes so I hope you got some good ideas from this post. 

Let me know if you'd like more content on what I've been cooking.  I can't wait to move into our big kitchen and get items from my registry.  Then I will really be able to cook! 

I was in no way swayed to post these recipes, and all images are the original author.  Its just food I've really tried and love making time and time again. I hope you enjoy! If you make one of these recipes be sure to tag me!

Favorite Cookbooks

So I have been on a kick with cookbooks recently, I like the tangible books and they look so pretty in my house! I feel like I'm pretty picky with cookbooks since so much is online.  Also, I feel like a lot of the times I have bought cookbooks there's a lot of items I'm not going to make.  They seem pretty far fetched.  So here are some of my favorites, the ones that didn't really pan out and what's on my wishlist! Let me know if you have used any of these! 

Loves:

Wellness Mama - When we moved into our first apartment, I bought a few cookbooks to get us started.  I was least excited about this one, and now it turns out it's the one I use most consistently.  The recipes are easy to make, you don't need ridiculous items.  Sometimes I make recipes with gluten when she doesn't have them but overall I feel like I could really make and like 85% of these recipes. 

Real Food Real Simple - I've shared this on my Instagram before, I love this cookbook from my fellow Ohioian. She isn't lying with the real food real simple title.  A lot of these recipes have less than 5 steps.  They are healthy and flavorful.  It also helped me to jump just a little outside of my comfort zone with classics! 

Rarely Use:

Date Night In - I thought this was such a cute idea, but these recipes are ridiculous.  Henry can be a picky eater and really loves bland food, unfortunately.  I will say we've come a long way.  But these 3-course meals just won't ever happen. It's a cute idea to have the meals grouped together by month and make a whole meal but its sorta not practical unless you're making the entire recipes. 

A Year Full of Recipes - Um 365 recipes is a lot, it can be hard to find what you're looking for.  Again sorta like Date Night In, I'm finding I like the recipes to be categorized by meal type not date because the dates dont mean anything to me?

Alton Brown - I grew up on Alton Brown, and "Good Eats".  I was so excited to purchase this cookbook! And I really do like it, the reason it's on the rarely use list is that it's not really an everyday cookbook, even though it says so.  I don't know about you but I don't have liquid nitrogen lying around on a Tuesday to make recipes. 

My Wishlist:

I always thought it was a cute idea to get a newlywed cookbook for Henry and me to cook up a few things when we get married.  I had my eye on this one Newlywed Cookbook but then I saw that Martha Stewart had a version and I think this will be more usable and user-friendly! 

One Pan & Done - I think I would need to inspect this one.  But I love recipes that are just one pan.  Makes life a lot easier especially since I meal prep and make a lot of meals at once! 

True Roots - Mostly because I am a Hill's fan.  I skimmed through this, there are a lot of great recipes and then just some ones I'll never make, like bacon wrapped trout I believe.  But doesn't mean there are not some really great recipes! 

Do you have any recommendations for me? Where do you usually get your recipes? Do you like trying new things?!

Summer Reading List

I have had a lot of fun over this past year sharing some great books I've been reading.  But my favorite part is hearing from you what you're reading.  I love books and I love sharing that love with all of your guys.  After finishing up all my books for my Sunday Reading post, I went back to target, took photos of all the books that seemed interesting and then rented them through my library, because I am cheap. And I will tell you, I do slightly judge books by their covers, sorry!

Here the lastest To-Read list: 

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The Lonely Hearts Hotel - I love old time books to switch things up every once in a while, so this book sounded perfect.  Set in 1914, a love story, mystery, and music.  What could be better?

The Party - My friend recommended this book and it sounded like a book filled with gossip and suspend.  I am hoping that this one is a page-turner! 

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Surprise Me - I really liked the sound of this book because it seemed just like a different concept with a simple plot.  A marriage that is looking for some spice and turns into secrets. 

The Hazel Wood - I liked supernatural books and getting lost in a world I couldn't have imagined before picking up this book.  It seems more of a teen book but Im okay with that means a quick read for me and that sometimes just what I need! 

Crazy Rich Asians - This book is becoming a movie soon! It reminds me of another series like A-list (anyone read that?) or gossip girl.  Great summer read I can't wait to dive in!

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The Food Therapist - I'm working hard to get a healthier lifestyle, and I saw this book floating around Instagram so I want to give it a shot.  I am most definitely an emotional eater, learning to get that under control would really help further my fitness progress! 

So tell me! What's on your list? Anything being made into a movie this summer you want to read first?!

Also, for any of my Cincinnati friends out there I just read Eligible and it's based in Cincinnati and its so fun to read about all our favorite local places.  I also really enjoyed the story too!