Recipes that I Can’t Live Without

Happy Tuesday, everybody!

I love to cook, and I’m trying to do more of it now that I’m focusing on eating better and saving money. In that vein, I thought that I’d share some of my favorite recipes today.

I don’t have the knack for making up my own recipes, and I tend to follow fairly closely the recipes that I find — but I like to think that just putting a meal together takes a certain amount of talent! My husband and his family are much better at just throwing ingredients together and having them turn out fantastically. I think that has been one of the most difficult things for me about learning to cook Puerto Rican meals — measurements in family recipes are never exact!

Also, since I grew up in Pennsylvania Dutch country, I love any and all comfort foods. I’ve broadened my horizons quite a bit — what was life like before Indian and Puerto Rican food?! — but I still love meat and potatoes. And, as I mentioned on my last WIAW post (in so many words), mashed potatoes are a gift from God.

Just a disclaimer — not all of these recipes are healthy, but they are all delicious! Everything in moderation, right?

Mushroom-Stuffed Chicken

I made this recipe for dinner last night for the first time — achieving one of my goals for the week — and I think it’s going to become a staple. Although it was my first time preparing something “stuffed” from scratch, it was fairly easy to do. The flavors are fantastic.

Chicken Tetrazzini

I discovered this recipe about 10 years ago, and it changed my life. Definitely make this if you need comfort food. Apparently other people love it, too — this 5-star recipe has been rated over 1,000 times!

Chicken and Biscuits

I love this recipe, because it is chock-full of healthy vegetables and chicken. And better yet, it comes together in the slow cooker! I actually serve the biscuits alongside the chicken mixture and eat it more like a soup/stew. Also, I would say that this recipe makes more like 6-8 servings, instead of 4.

Bistro-Style Short Ribs

This recipe is a Sunday dinner staple in our home! Although the cooking time is lengthy, the overall process is quite easy. My husband and I made this together for family over the weekend, and it turned out amazingly — but I didn’t realize how fattening short ribs are until I went to log them in MyFitnessPal! The deliciousness is worth every calorie in my opinion, though, especially because we don’t make it that often. I think the end result is less greasy and more meaty if you use boneless short ribs instead of bone-in.

Ham Hock and Lentil Soup

I’ve actually only made this recipe once, but I fell in love. I used the leftover meat and hock from the ham we served at Christmas, and I thought it was delicious, so don’t worry if you don’t have 3 or 4 hocks to use. I plan on making this again with the leftovers from the ham I serve for Easter dinner.

Em’s Mac and Cheese

I actually just ordered a new mac and cheese cookbook today — yes, an entire cookbook filled with mac and cheese recipes! — at the recommendation of a friend/co-worker, but until I try those, this version of mac and cheese remains my favorite. Recently, we started making this with a block of cheddar that we shred at home using the food processor (as opposed to buying a bag of the pre-shredded stuff) and it makes an enormous difference in the texture. Also, I double the amount of cheese added to the sauce.

Chicken Pot Pie

A family friend made this chicken pot pie a few months ago, and I immediately asked for the recipe! Super easy to prepare, this recipe uses a store-bought rotisserie chicken and pre-made pie crust.

I don’t think I could live in a world without any of these foods. I’m so glad I don’t have to!

What is your favorite recipe? Please share — I’m always looking to try new (especially healthy) ones!

Do you follow measurements when cooking, or do you just make things up as you go along?

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2 thoughts on “Recipes that I Can’t Live Without

  1. An entire cookbook dedicated to mac ‘n’ cheese sounds amazing!

    I think I’m getting pretty good at “eyeballing” ingredients, but I still like to have a general recipe to follow!

    • I know — I’m so excited for the cookbook to arrive tomorrow! My coworker brought in that cookbook and one full of 300 soup recipes, and I ended up buying both! It was either that or photocopying them in their entirety. 🙂

      I think I’m going to make mac and cheese for Easter dinner — the whole day is just going to be a splurge — and trying two of the variations in the cookbook, including one with bacon. 🙂

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