I have found myself collecting recipes over the past couple months, something I haven’t done in a long time. My renewed interest in cooking stems from a couple things: I have backed away from some of my volunteer activities so I have more time, and we received a couple weeks of Blue Apron meals.
The BA meals were largely good, although not necessarily as good as something I might cook myself, but they involved a tremendous amount of cutting and chopping for a meal with no leftovers. (I can cut and chop with the best of them, but there are limits.) There was also an inordinate amount of packaging. BA says that people can send the packaging back to them for reuse and/or recycling, but who want to
pay for that postage* go to all that trouble? But the upside was that I remembered that I enjoyed putzing in the kitchen and wanted to do it again.
Now, back to the recipe collecting.
First, there was Pure Wow. Somehow I got on their mailing list, and every day there would be an email in my inbox with several recipes. Not all interested me, of course, but there were enough that I started a folder on my desktop called Recipes. It currently contains 45 items. Full disclosure: I stopped subscribing to their emails a month or two ago. Enough was enough.
Once I had that folder set up it was easy to start saving recipes that I found elsewhere. Looking back through them now, I see that Damn Delicious provided a few. Allrecipes, Taste of Home, Food Network, and Martha Stewart all appeared more than once as well. It is not that I peruse those websites, though; I think what happens is that I read about something a blogger made that sounds good, and I google for a recipe, ending up at one of those sites.
Another favorite site that I follow is 101 Cooking for Two, written by a retired pediatrician. His recipes often qualify as comfort food, a category I heartily endorse. The author has largely taken over the cooking at his house since he retired, and he also peppers his posts with photos of his two English golden retrievers. You know that animal photos will get me every time.
My criteria for saving a recipe are that it has to not require obscure ingredients that I can only get by a quick –not! — trip to the Twin Cities, it has to be relatively healthy, and preferably it should not be high-carb (Smokey is diabetic). Anything with a healthy dose of garlic is automatically a go.
Okay, enough blather. Here a
couple of few recipes that I found and saved; I cannot actually recommend them because I haven’t tried them yet. But they sound great.
Parmesan Mayonnaise Baked Skinless Chicken Breasts. I used to make a similar thing that was sautéed and that my family loved; these sound easier and even better.
One Pan Beef Tips with Gravy. He had me at gravy.
Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches. I just recently discovered this site, Iowa Girl Eats. Looking forward to more easy recipes. She and her family have health issues related to food — celiac and allergies — so this might be a site that could be useful to others. Happily, we have no such issues here. The author has two small children at home, so you know her recipes will be non-complicated to prepare. Also, slow cooker.
One-Pan Pasta Dish. Easy and good, carbs be damned.
Poached Salmon in the Microwave. This is not actually the recipe that I found, but that one was so simple I didn’t bother saving it. Fish in the microwave is soooo easy and good. I like to throw some pesto and/or halved cherry tomatoes on top of the fish.
* Customers can return the packaging to BA for free via UPS.
Note: that photo at the top? Not one of the featured recipes, but you can find it here.