Bits of Sweetness: Meal ideas & resources

Meal ideas & resources

When does the scramble start at your house? Scramble, you ask? Yes. The scramble which begins either late in the afternoon or early evening when one hears little voices (or, a husband-like one) inquiring with the ever-detested question, "So, what's for dinner?" If you're like me, you are scrambling to think of some kind of answer. I thought I would share some of my favorite places to go to find the answer to that question- something yummy but something that doesn't take 2 hours to prepare. The criteria must be met!
(Of course, there are the days that we just end up going out to eat or ordering a pizza to bake at home since it is super fast and easy and some days, my sanity is hanging on that!! Ha!)

Some of my favorite places for ideas-

I have been a long time fan of this site! I love it! Not only can you see recipes with beautiful photos, and helpful instructional videos but you can also read reviews, see suggestions from other users and good adjustments, search by a keyword and ingredients to leave in or out (this came in handy when I was looking for a scalloped potatoes recipe without any cream of anything soup!) It's really easy to print the recipes and you can even select which size you would like to print it in.

This is a newer favorite site. It is chalk full of healthy, yummy, easy recipes for kids that look pretty adult-friendly too! This BBQ Chicken Quesadilla is really yummy!

This site has an ingenious idea- compile all the top recipes from the best sites in one handy place! It's incredibly useful! You can search by keyword, by diet, and there are tons of enticing photos to easily let you search through all the yummy dishes. There are tons of recipes on my to-make list from this site including this Sweet Potato Turkey Shepherd's Pie.

The 4-Hour Chef
Ok so this is technically a book, not a website, but it comes out later this month and is a great find! It has tons of great tips for easy ways to cook like the pros. I don't know about you, but I know sometimes I feel like I am just winging it in the kitchen (hmm should I use this spice or this one? Does this knife even cut this? What do you serve with this interesting dish? Hmm I guess it will work!) Yeah... enter in Tim Ferriss' handy book. Lots of great ideas to spice up and spruce up your own cooking! Worth your read. (Not to mention Tim Ferriss has been featured in the New York Times and National Geographic Traveler.

Epicurious is like the Lexus version of allrecipes. It is worth checking out! They feature recipes from Bon App├ętit
and Gourmet and feature a community
where you can share recipes, find tips, join a group with similar interests from budget cooking to vegan-friendly 
diet ideas. There are also tons of neat tutorials and of course lots of great recipes! 

I know, I know. Everyone and their brother is on Pinterest and you are still 
wondering what all the fuss is about. I totally understand! I was there myself
not that long ago!! It seemed like just one more site to add to the many I 
already use, and it wasn't like I needed one more site to be "addicted"
to, right? I thought so too.. until I discovered how incredibly useful Pinterest is. This baby is amazing for saving
recipe ideas all in one place. And, there are pictures. I don't know about you, but I am very visual. I don't 
really get what something is just by the description. I need the picture to really have an idea of what you are 
talking about. Pinterest is pretty nifty. It is my go-to on the days I am in a rut and don't really want to make 
top ramen. Again. It's like a bulletin board on your computer where you get to save pretty pictures of great ideas
and the pictures are linked to the recipes so it's pretty easy peasy! (Check out my Pinterest page 
here if you'd like some good ideas!) 

Recipe exchanges- You can find these on Facebook, blogs, and locally too. They are an awesome way to find new recipes as well as to share some of your own favorites. One such page on Facebook was started by some ladies who wanted to share some of their favorite crockpot recipes. Users love to add their own yummy dishes and with over 600,000 subscribers to the page, there are just oodles of recipes to try. (They even have their own magazine now!)  One fun idea with a recipe exchange is to get a bunch of people together and everyone bring a dish for the guests to try.  The host has recipe cards for everyone to fill out (or everyone brings their own already filled out) and it's a win-win all around! You could have a lot of fun with this doing a theme like a cookie exchange or crockpot meals.

What are some of your favorite places to find meal ideas?

1 comment :

  1. I've used all recipes. I even have an app for it. :)
    I have not heard of the others - except pinterest.
    These sites are always handy, especially when you are looking for something quick or new.
    Thanks for sharing!


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