Recipe Round-Up: June 2017

Recipe Round-Up: June 2017

I love cooking almost as much as I love Sweetgreen, and I try to make a couple of new recipes each month based on what I’ve bookmarked on Pinterest. Below are some of the recipes I’ve made recently (linked to the originals–unless noted, none are created by me!), as well as my reviews.

The Good

5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Energy Bites – Pictured Above (Chef Savvy)

 

These are bae. I mean, look at them. It’s pretty hard to screw up anything with peanut butter, chocolate chips, honey, and oats. I didn’t have flaxseed when I made these, so technically I made 4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Energy Bites, but I can’t wait to add flax seeds next time. These guys are dangerously good and a little caloric for me to have for anything but dessert, but I’ll definitely make them again. Added bonus: these go in the fridge instead of the oven, so they’re perfect to make when it’s hot as balls outside.

 

No Sugar Added 3 Ingredient Cookies (Together As Family)

I’ve been cooking with oats a lot lately, and I found this recipe during my no-added-sugar kick. These are perfect for when you have a craving for sweets, plus they’re gluten free (depending on what oats you use). You literally just mash bananas, mix in oats and cinnamon, and bake. You can add in any other mix-ins you want, too, but I’m boring and lazy so I left it as is.  I’ve already made these several times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skinny Bell Pepper Nachos (Skinny M’s)

I’m definitely not a low-carb lady, but if I can find a good way to sub a low-carb ingredient into a recipe, I’m always down. These bell pepper nachos were perfect since the bell peppers take the place of tortilla chips. Word to the wise–these are more of a meal than a snack since the ground turkey + cheese combo is very filling!

 

 

 

 

 

The OK

One Pan Pizza Chicken (Damn Delicious)

As noted above, I’m always down for a low-carb alternative to something I love, and I loooove pizza. However, this recipe left a bit to be desired. I did modify it a bit–I left out the basil and used a very basic tomato sauce (no added sugar!) and added the spices from the recipe. The recipe calls for basically fully cooking the chicken on the stove, then using the oven to melt the cheese. My pan was so hot that oil was splashing, so I seared the chicken on the stove then put it in the oven to cook it the rest of the way. After that, I added the sauce/cheese/pepperoni and finished it off in the oven. Overall, this wasn’t bad, but it was kind of boring. I think the chicken parmesan I make is much better, and it’s basically the same except the chicken is slightly breaded and there’s no pepperoni.

 

 

 

 

 

The Not-So-Good

Zucchini Parmesan Foil Packets (Damn Delicious)

Again, this may be my own fault because I used the oven instead of a grill, but since the zucchini is wrapped in foil, I didn’t think it would make a crazy difference. I followed the oven cooking times in the comments section of the recipe. Unfortunately, the cheese on my zucchini didn’t crisp up, so I ended up with a lot of cheese mush. Further, I tried to store this in the fridge and it turned even mushier from sitting in the sauce. I couldn’t even finish the leftovers. I’d give this another shot on the  grill if I had one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slow Cooker Coconut Lime Chicken (Slow Cooker Gourmet)

I was so excited to try this recipe. It’s a bit more caloric than the chicken I usually make (coconut milk + pineapple juice + dark meat with skin) but looked worth a shot. I cooked it on high in the slow cooker for 3 hours and the meat came out so tender that the drumsticks fell off the bone – great in theory but bad for serving! I also tried to sear the meat when it was done for the extra crisp in the photos but it didn’t really make a huge difference. But my main qualm with this dish is that it SOMEHOW HAD NO FLAVOR. You’d think that between the coconut milk, pineapple juice, lime juice, and spices, I’d taste something, but nope. I mean, the meat was really tender so it was still not bad, but definitely disappointing!



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