Cozy Recipe Roundup

img_2718-1As I'm sure everyone has noticed, I've been cooking an inordinate amount lately. I just keep finding new recipes I want to try - and the cooler weather always puts me in a baking mood. Pinterest is my best friend when phases like this strike, and it's a fantastic resources for finding recipes that are both hearty & healthy. I also love that most recipes on there are tailored towards families, because when I make things for just the two of us it means we have leftovers for days (my favorite thing!).

Below you'll see some recipes I've tried very recently, but will definitely be making their way into the regular rotation:


Libby's Pumpkin Bread // I decided I might as well start with the baked goods! This isn't so much a recipe as a kit, but I'm telling you - try. this. bread. I cannot tell you how many years I've seen this at Target and never gave in, but I am so glad that I finally did. It's about as simple as making boxed cake or brownies, and in return you get 2 perfectly-sized loaves of the most delicious bread.

Pumpkin Banana Muffins // Like banana bread, but better. I wanted to make another pumpkin good, but I also had a few bananas I desperately needed to use. I couldn't believe how difficult it was to find a simple recipe that used both of those ingredients, but here it is. I just used an entire can of pumpkin and omitted the egg so I didn't have a weird bit of pumpkin puree left over; aside from increasing the baking time it turned out lovely! I also didn't have muffin tins so I used a bread tin...so obviously this recipe is almost fool proof.

Weight Watchers Lasagna Pasta // As soon as I made this for the first time, Harley said "I wouldn't mind if you made this every week". Normally I cycle between a LOT of recipes but this one keeps working it's way back in. It's fast, it's pasta, and it's Weight Watchers so it might be a little healthy. I serve it with roasted broccoli and it is incredible.

Turkey Taco Sweet Potatoes // If we're being honest, I was very hesitant to try this. I love sweet potatoes and tacos but I had a difficult time imagining them in union. My doubts were certainly quelled with this one though! Cooking the sweet potatoes in the microwave makes it so much easier, and the turkey and cheese are a great savory to balance out the sweet.

Crockpot Creamy Chicken Enchilada Chili // I love my slow cooker, and though it is slowly giving out on me I'm still getting a few last runs out of it before I cave and buy a new one. I love a good chili, and doing it with chicken means there's no browning before you throw all the ingredients in! The enchilada and cream cheese flavors blend together so well; I was sad when this got all eaten up.


I also made a Olive Garden copycat minnestrone soup (pictured), but I made SO many modifications I'll have to share that one at some other date! Please feel free to send any simple recipes you have my way, as well!

BONUS // Next time you make a grilled cheese, instead of cooking it with butter or oil, spread mayonnaise on the outside of the bread instead. Trust me.

UncategorizedAmanda McDowell