Sunday, April 22, 2012

Pinterest Meals.

I love me some pinterest.  But really, who doesn't?  It provides such a great source of inspiration for decorating and clothes (among countless other things).  But recently, instead of just pinning pictures of tasty food, I've actually been making them.  Go figure!  Everything I've tried has been super successful!

Here's a rundown of some of my recent pinterest meals.

Simple Spaghetti Sauce -- I picked up one of those roasted chickens from the store and added some of it to the spaghetti for some protein.

Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili -- I added chopped jalapenos to mine for a little extra flavor.  We also topped it with some sliced avocado and a dollop of sour cream and served it over brown rice.  I could probably eat some combo of chicken, corn, black beans, tomatoes, and spice every night.   

Crockpot Beef Stroganoff -- This was so very good.  You can't go wrong with classic comfort food that's easy to make!   

Crockpot Carnitas -- These are heavenly.  The pork is so tender it melts in your mouth.  Thanks Lauren for passing this recipe along!   

(You may have noticed the list is a tad heavy on the crockpot meals.  We recently got a new crockpot because our old one, which we received when we got married, burned everything we cooked.  I turned to pinterest for some recipes to test out the new one.  I'm happy to report there has been no burning with our new crockpot!)  

Pepperoni Cheese Stick Roll-ups -- Ever since the Double Dave's Pizza close to us closed, I've been craving pepperoni rolls.  While these aren't as good as Double Dave's, they are pretty darn good.  I would definitely make them again (they take less than 10 minutes to throw together).  I used shredded mozzarella instead of string cheese.   

Green Monster Smoothie -- I mentioned before how I've be on a green monster smoothie kick.  This is the recipe I use every time.  It is so good and doesn't taste like spinach at all! 

No Bake Energy Bites -- I'm not sure how much energy these gave me, but they tasted so good I didn't care!  I omitted the coconut because I don't like it, but they really needed something else to help bind them together.  Instead, mine ended up more like cookie dough, but that was ok by me.  I just ate it by the spoonful! 

Sprinkles Cookies -- These could not be any easier to make and were very tasty.  You could totally use this concept (using cake mix for cookies) for tons of different cookies.    

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread -- This is banana bread is amazingly good.  When I went to make this, I realized my bread pans were in storage, so I improvised and used a muffin tin instead.  I brought them to work, and everyone loved them.  I was almost embarrassed to tell them how easy they were to make!      

Brownies -- These aren't your out-of-the-box brownies -- they are so much richer and more decadent.  Don't serve these without a glass of milk! 

Frankly, after looking back through this list, I'm surprised there aren't more desserts.  I tend to find myself pinning a lot of sweets -- especially anything with nutella!  I'm proud to see that what I actually cook is a little more well-rounded than what my pins would reflect.   

Have you made anything from a recipe you found on pinterest that I need to try?


  1. Yum! All of these look so good - I want to try the pork carnitas - I love using my crock pot too on days that are too busy to make a meal - it makes my life so much easier :)

  2. Yumm indeed! and what a good suggestion to use pinterest for something that's actually useful...

  3. Hehehe...I love that last picture, it's *SO* freakin' true! Dang you, pinterest! And girl, I'm going to have to try that green smoothie, I keep hearing good things about it!

  4. Haha that e-card meme is so true! I love getting recipe and dessert inspiration on Pinterest! In fact you have me really craving brownies and cookies now... oh and Beef Stroganoff!


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