If you follow my Instagram (and if you don’t you should) you’ll have noticed that I have been posting even, more food porn than usual. One of the challenges I set for myself this year is to cook more. I don’t just mean spend more time eating in and less time eating out, I want to try my hand at making things I never had before. So my 365 challenge is for me to make 365 new (to me) dishes by the end of the year.
Now I don’t cook every day, but I do tend to make multiple recipes a few times a week to pack lunches for work and have some dinners ready for nights when I’m out late. I’ve had a lot of requests for specific recipes so I thought I would post them here throughout the year.
What do I cook and bake? Right now everything. At the moment I don’t have any dietary restrictions. You will notice that I rarely have a meat dish. I have gone back and forth for years between being omnivore, pescatarian, and vegetarian. I was meatless most of last year, but when my health issues hit their peak I was severely anemic. I wasn’t absorbing iron through food or through supplements. I had to receive iron injections and I was advised to start eating meat again. So I have been, but it’s not my favorite. I don’t eat it frequently and I wouldn’t be surprised if I stop eating it again in the future provided my iron levels stay up. Sometimes I do crave meat, usually when I have my period and my iron is lower than normal and so in keeping with listening to my body, those are the times I’ll eat meat.
For the recipes, I’ve included photos, links to the instructions or cookbooks I used, any tips or substitutions, and my rating which is (LOVED, liked, okay, or pass).
1. Rosemary and Salmon Cabbage
Source: 21 Day Sugar Detox
Notes: If you’re looking to reduce your sugar or eat more paleo style this is a great cookbook. I don’t really recommend it for vegetarians. Most of the recipes call for meat or fish.
2. Lemon Vanilla Meltaways
Source: 21 Day Sugar Detox
Notes: This is a low sugar recipe using coconut butter and coconut oil and that flavor overpowered the lemon and the vanilla for me.
3. Peanut Butter Cups
Source: 21 Day Sugar Detox
Notes: The actual recipe calls for seed or tree nut butter since peanut butter isn’t part of the detox. I wasn’t following the detox at the time so I used Peanut Butter and Co’s Smooth Operator. I recommend keeping these refrigerated as the coconut oil tends to separate when they get too warm.
4. Blistered Stuffed Jalapenos
Source: I Breathe I’m Hungry
Notes: I made this sans the chicken. Make sure you get all the seeds out they are deadly spice bombs. The tops got a little too burnt. If I’d made this again I’d take them out a couple minutes earlier.
5. Carrot Ginger Millet Salad with Kale
Source: Love & Lemons
Notes: The recipe calls for any type of lettuce. I chose kale but if you want something a bit softer on the pallet I’d go with romaine or spinach.
6. Shrimp Scampi and Creamy Garlic Fettuccine
Source: 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook
Notes: I don’t feel like I dried the zucchini well enough. The sauce was fairly watery but still tasty.
7. Rosemary Beet Chips
Source: Minimalist Baker
Notes: This was so easy and yummier than potato chips. I enjoyed these as a side dish with a veggie burger but these would also make a great snack on their own.
8. Baked Eggplant Parmesan
Source: Martha Stewart
Notes: I omitted the breadcrumbs and it still was to die for.
9. Slow Cooker Leek and Potato Soup
Source: The Improving Cook
Notes: I cooked overnight in the slow cooker. Instead of a blender, I used my Nutribullet to puree the ingredients. I often use my Nutribullet to chop or blend things. It is way less cleanup.
10. Berbere Chicken and Lentils
Source: Feasting at Home
Notes: I was given some unique spices as a gift recently and wanted an excuse to try them. One of them was berbere spice so I used that instead of blending my own. I used French green lentils. If you wanted to make this without meat the berbere spice would taste nice on cooked potatoes.
11. Broccoli and Spaghetti Squash with Peanut Sauce
Source: The Skinny Fork
Notes: This was a great mid week lunch. I cooked the squash overnight in the slow cooker and I steamed the broccoli in the morning. This is my new favorite recipe for peanut sauce.
Notes: This might be my new favorite cookbook! This dish was amazing. No need to sprinkle on any cheese it was perfect.
12 Slow Cooker Ethiopian Cabbage
Source: Slow Cooker Queen
Notes: This was very tasty. I served it with Injera flatbread. For the flatbread recipe, it really does taste better if you let the dough sit. I enjoyed the leftovers more than the original night I made this. The dish would also be good on its own.
14. Chocolate-Covered Cherry Brownies
Source: Happy Go Lucky
Notes: I didn’t realize till the first layer was in the oven that I didn’t have any powdered sugar for the second layer. If you’re ever in that pickle you can make your own by adding one tablespoon of corn starch for every cup of sugar and mixing it in a blender (or Nutribullet).
Notes: Did I mention how much I love this cookbook? Oh yeah, I did a few recipes ago. Seriously though I can’t wait to try more from this book. This recipe is suggested as a starter, but I found a serving to be satisfying enough for a meal.