Turns out I am not very good at being unemployed. What can I say, I love a routine and am a little out of practice when it comes to entertaining myself for 14+ hours a day – especially in a new city. Aside from job hunting and finding random errands to fill my day, I’ve turned to the ultimate time suck: Pinterest. But this time it’s different, I swear. I’m actually trying the recipes.
I’m not going to lie, the first time I tried cooking dinner for Clayton and I, I set off the smoke alarm 3 times. Personally, I blame it on the oven – and my mom backs me on this, so it must be true. The oven is brand new (no one has lived in our place prior to us, yay!) and it needed to be “broken-in” aka the chemical residue hadn’t been removed leading to lots of smoke and terrible smells. However, since the first night – it’s been smooth sailing.
I’ve never really cooked before so the more straight-forward and simple the recipe, the better. I’d like to thank Pinterest for making me look more impressive than I really am with these:
TWO INGREDIENT COOKIES
From: The Burlap Bag
The name ‘cookie’ is incredibly misleading – these are more of a breakfast bar. I like them because they aren’t too sweet but Clayton thinks I tricked him into eating a fake cookie because it was round. 2 old bananas + 1 cup oats + topping of your choice (chocolate chips, pecans, etc) for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. SO SIMPLE.
CHICKEN, QUINOA, LETTUCE WRAPS
From: Natasha’s Kitchen
Cook quinoa, cut up some veggies, grill the chicken and VIOLA! Fresh, filling and easy. Even if lettuce wraps aren’t your thing, check out this recipe for the quick, homemade teriyaki chicken recipe.
Next time we’re trying fresh spring rolls instead of lettuce wraps. The rice paper holds together better and it would be easier to serve.
5-MINUTE WONTON SOUP
From: The Lemon Bowl
I LOVE Asian soups and the thought of making them at home felt very daunting until I found this recipe. I wanted something to pair with the spring rolls because I wasn’t sure how filling they would be and this was perfect match. The secret to this recipe is frozen wontons. Broth base + spinach + mushrooms + frozen wontons = delicious soup and lots of leftovers.
Confession: the recipe took me longer than 5 minutes, but I’m a beginner and tend to overanalyze directions.
ROASTED CABBAGE WEDGE
From: Martha Stewart
The night before Clayton and I made halibut tacos and had 1/2 a cabbage left with no ideas on what to use it for. Martha Stewart heard my call (I LOVE her) and served me this pin – cut cabbage into 1-inch-thick rounds, brush with olive oil and salt and pepper and bake for 40 minutes at 400 degrees.
For more, check out my Pinterest page: Channeling Betty Crocker.