Okay, obviously this is a picture of In N Out, not an actual recipe! I went through my pictures and realized I did not have a single picture of food that I've made. I've never gotten into the food photography craze, like at all. The only reason I have this picture is because it was from my first day in California and I sent it to my mom!
Clearly I have no future as a food blogger because I can't make pretty food to save my life. However, I do love cooking!
Well, let me rephrase that. Cooking is a little bit of a chore, and something I don't necessarily look forward to after a long day. However, what I do love is finding recipes, grocery shopping, and knowing I have leftovers so I don't have to cook for a few days!
Anyone who knows me well knows that I'm typically a busy gal. Finding recipes that just get put in the slow cooker / oven / pan, don't require me to buy too many ingredients, and can save me from having to think about what I'm having for dinner for the next three nights is a dream!
When it's time to grocery shop, I typically look at the sales flyer for the week and base the recipes I source off of that. Typically we keep it simple for lunches (turkey sandwiches, salads, etc.) to cut down on the grocery bill, and then will make a meal for dinner and eat the leftovers for a few days. It's kind of like extra-chill meal prepping.
While I do love trying out new recipes, I have a few that I always come back to! I'm so thankful for the bloggers who actually take time to post these and curate beautiful pictures of their dishes, so I thought it would be fun to do a roundup of all the lifesaving recipes I've found!
Black Bean Turkey Burgers // These get made ALL the time! I always have most of these ingredients on hand and throw them on the George Foreman grill! Utilizing black beans with the turkey increases the protein / cuts down on cost per burger, so this is an economical and tasty recipe. Typically I'll serve them with sweet potato fries from the same blogger...or just chips if I'm feeling extra lazy!
Chicken Fried Rice // This recipe is slightly more intensive than others because you have to make the rice ahead of time, but it is tasty. When I was younger I would beg for us to go to the (only!) Chinese place in my home town so I could order chicken fried rice, and it's still one of my favorite dishes. This is a great meal, and it makes a ton for leftovers!
Taco Soup // This is something my mom used to make all the time when I was younger, and it's still a staple to this day! It's easy, filling, and super tasty. Harley doesn't typically like soup as a meal and he loves this stuff. We eat it with shredded cheese and Fritos on top!
Slow Cooker Baked Ziti // Holy cow. This meal is hearty but it is so, so tasty. I'm a fan of anything that you can put in the slow cooker, and this is one of the best slow cooker recipes I've found to date. As unhealthy as it is, I recommend garlic bread with this to soak up all the extra sauce bits.
Taco Casserole // This is actually a Weight Watcher's recipe, so it is healthy and tasty! It's extremely easy, and comes out like a beautiful, cheesy taco lasagna. I love casseroles because they're so easy and a complete meal!
Healthy Sweet and Sour Chicken // I crave this all the time! It's exactly like what you would get from a takeout restaurant, except it's not questionable, greasy chicken. I recommend making 1.5 of the sauce recipe so you have plenty for your rice!
There you have it, some of my favorite dishes! I love trying new recipes, so I'm sure I'll have a new version of this in a few months' time.