Raise your hand if cooking is the last thing you want to do after a day of “homeschooling” / working.
I’m all about easy. Seriously, I have about 10 recipes that are on solid repeat because I can cook them without a recipe and I know they take less than 30 minutes.
But since we’ve been home, and since I’m now…in between opportunities, I’ve been trying new things.
We ere towards Trader Joes since that’s apparently the place to shop if you don’t know how to cook – I shop there since I don’t LIKE spending lots of time cooking and their food compliments that tendency quite well. Some of the recipes we’ve tried during quarantine life have been huge hits, and well some… less so.
Below are a few recipes we’ve tried and loved over the past few weeks.
Blueberry French Toast Casserole
I found this recipe on Pinterest and cooked it for Easter Brunch and oh man, it was delightful and so so easy to make. Would be perfect for breakfast for the week, or even for a breakfast for dinner type of night. I’ll be cooking this again this weekend because it was THAT delightful.
Fiesta Turkey Skillet
I busted out an old recipe that I had been meaning to try for a while. It’s been two years since I last did Body Back really, but I still go back to the recipe book because the recipes are easy and I know they’re healthy. Here’s a similar recipe to the one I used. We topped with cheese but really sour cream and green onions would go perfectly with this as garnish.
Healthy Mac and Cheese
Y’all, I love me some mac and cheese. Unfortunately, I’ve been cutting back on gluten/carbs because it’s less agreeable with my thyroid. But this recipe was on point and so easy even with the homemade roux for the cheese sauce. Add in some spinach and broccoli and BAM. I used Banza chickpea pasta and just…wow. Now if only it would pass muster for the little man….
Pollo Asado with Spanish Rice
Trader Joes has some delicious preseasoned meats. The pollo asado is one of our favorites here, I’ve made chicken fajitas, but one night we grilled up the chicken and served over Spanish rice and smothered in pico de gallo and queso and the result was EPIC. The recipe is here.
Cream of Crab Soup
A friend of mine gave me her Cream of Crab soup and it was…delightful and so so easy to make. Here’s a good one to try if you’re looking for something a little heartier (great on rainy days, just sayin’).
Shrimp Lo Mein
Tonight, I cooked up this DELIGHTFUL lo mein dish. I added shredded carrots, broccoli, and red pepper. I was missing hoisin sauce so my sauce was a little improvised but quite frankly, still turned out pretty flipping good, and since I managed to snag actual lo mein noodles on a recent grocery trip, I felt pretty good about these.
Mornings have been some delightful avocado toasts, and hearty bowls of cereal (which is pretty much my go-to – I’ve been a cereal fiend since my youth, except I’ve moved on from cereals like Alphabits and Fruity Pebbles to you know, cheerios with fruit and almond milk. Cheers to me cutting my sugar addiction, y’all.
What interesting recipes have you tried lately?