Tuesday, August 28, 2012

pinterest recipe reviews

i'm not terrible at cooking/baking, i just kinda hate doing it. but it turns out that pinterest has actually helped me enjoy cooking just a bit more. a tiny bit. hey- something is better than nothing, right?

over the last few months, i've tried quite a few of my pinterest recipes so i thought i'd share what i've made so far and whether or not it was a hit.

bon appetit!

smothered beef burritos: i made these just last night and we loved them! i couldn't believe how easy they were, too! the only thing i changed from the recipe is that i threw in some cumin, chili powder, salt/pepper, and dry minced onion to the crock pot while it cooked. the spices added just the right amount of kick without being overwhelming. to top it all off, we added some sour cream as a garnish. this also makes for great leftovers!

asparagus, sausage, and arugula pizza: another winner! crazy easy, crazy good. and it's healthy! bonus! to make the recipe even more simple, we used a boboli thin crust pizza crust. but be sure to buy two crusts because the topping is enough for two whole pizzas. we had this two nights in a row and didn't mind one bit!

citrus cake: ok, so we actually didn't make this one. but my sister did so it kinda counts, right? from what she tells me, this cake was a total labor of love...intense labor. but super worth it! the cake looks beautiful and tastes so yummy. the frosting is to die for! so your best bet is to just have someone make this puppy for you. then eat it and love it. :)

chicken crescents: we like to call these "chicken pockets." not the healthiest dinner on the block, but really easy and oh-so-comforting. we'll probably make this again when it gets cold outside. it'll be the perfect, cozy dinner for a winter's night.

oatmeal lemon creme bars: we made these for a family party and they were a huge hit. personally, they're a bit too rich for me but, like i said, everyone else looooved them. plus, they're easy peasey lemon squeezey.

southwestern egg rolls: these little guys were so fun to make and...you guessed it- really easy! (are we noticing a theme here?) they're actually vegetarian, as well. i think they're originally intended as an appetizer but we just had them straight up as the main course for dinner and they were totally filling! the recipe also makes lots and lots of leftovers so we just froze the extras and reheated them later for a future good dinner on the fly!

turkey, cucumber, cream cheese wrap: this is officially my new favorite lunch. easier than making a pb&j and (probably?) healthier. i love how fresh these wraps taste! try them and you'll agree.

baked creamy chicken taquitos: we made these a while ago and i honestly don't remember much about them. i do recall them being a bit lack-luster. good- not great.

easter bunny cake: the best part about this cake was the fact that it's a cake that's also a bunny. it was a really fun easter weekend project but turned out way too sweet to want to make again. (as a fun variation, we dyed half the frosting brown and made not only a white but a brown bunny, too!)

creamed avocado and lime chilled pasta: we were actually pretty disappointed with this one. it looks and sounds like it's gonna be a home run but it ended up just tasting super weird and kinda yucky, in our opinion. bummer.

7up biscuits: love these! easy, fast, and seemingly fool-proof! we've also made these to use as biscuits for big, yummy, bad-for-you sausage and egg breakfast sandwiches...for dinner. (follow?) even though they're so great, we try not to make them too much because they're kinda like eating donuts as a dinner side. awesome but not necessarily something you want to do on a regular basis. still- i'd say they're definitely worth a try!


Anna said...

I totally get that! Pinterest is SO perfect for inspiring me to try and cook dinner. or make cookies every day of the week. :) It's almost too inspiring sometimes.

Lisa Fly Rondo said...

wow did you take all of those pictures?

Carley said...

wow we did almost the exact same post today! how weird! im guessing we would probably get along juuust fine. haha love your blog, and your cutie little girl!


♥k said...

I love this post! I'm also enjoying making recipes from Pinterest, it's helped spice up our normal dinner routine for sure! I ended up pinning 4 of the recipes you just talked about :) Try this recipe - http://www.snixykitchen.com/2012/05/24/baked-creamy-chicken-taquitos/ - for the Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos if you're willing to get them another try. I made them and my family LOVED them! My husband are like 8 of them!

Alexis Kaye said...

I tried the 7up biscuts and loved them too! The part that was the most labor intensive was rolling it out and cutting it up. Now I just do drop biscuts and they work wonderfully too!

Amy Harrison said...

wow, all these look awesome :D I love the bunny cake :D
Amy x

Melanie said...

Ooo, I can't wait to make the cake and the pizza. I made the oatmeal lemon bars and the baked chicken taquitos and neither was my favorite. Not terrible, but not good enought to make again in my opinion.

I'm past (or immune to) the Pinterest obssession, but it is a great place to bookmark and store recipes.