Chicken fried rice. Let's be real, nothing tastes as good as the take out stuff, no matter what the reviews say. I like my fried rice greasy and delicious, okay? But I also like my heart beating, so I don't mind a somewhat healthier version (meaning I at least know what is in this one). This was very easy, relatively quick and tasty. Can't believe I've never made fried rice before! I added sesame oil and veggies.
Turkey buffalo balls. I made these for KC's lunch because I knew they'd be too spicy for me, but I actually had a bite and it wasn't bad at all. I made them bigger than she made hers, I added some bread crumbs and used cheddar instead of blue cheese, per KC's request. Mine look absolutely nothing like hers, but KC loved them so high five.
Chicken Shawarma. I made this for one of our new Sunday meals, KC had his with salad in a pita pocket and I had mine on corn tortillas. Unfortunately, this was a bummer meal, it didn't turn out as amazing as I hoped. I'm sure it was me and not the recipe though because I've never had a bad recipe from Budget Bytes. So don't let that discourage you, because hers looks amazing.
Goulash. I think my mum made something similar growing up - I'm sure lots of people did, basically just pasta + meat + tomatoes. It was really tasty, I really enjoyed it and it was so easy. I made it with a new GF pasta I found in Trader Joes - it was 'penne' but it definitely was not penne, but that's okay because I wanted more like macaroni anyway. I was so shocked that it worked in the 'one pot' meal though, I've never tried GF pasta in a one pot meal. I'll definitely be making this again. Something I want to note, for those trying to get more veggies, I added 2 zucchinis that I had grated. You can barely see them, and you could hardly taste them. I'll definitely be doing that again.
Quinoa pizza crust. This was good. It wasn't oh my gosh this is better than real pizza good, but it was good. It was surprisingly easy as well, I kept waiting for it to like blow up in the oven, or not cook properly because surely I did something wrong.. but nope, easy as pie. Or pizza. But I will say next time, I'll make smaller ones, as the centre was a little soft and that's when you really noticed you weren't eating papa johns.
Avocado, chicken & chickpeas. This is a recipe I kind of made up myself based on two others (chickpeas and chicken). I am not a recipe sharer (or even creator) and I have a post in my drafts but I am not sure if I should share it or not, if anyone would even be interested. KC loves this and so do I - but I have it without chicken. The avo fills you right up, which is great.
Spinach & Feta stuffed chicken - I also sprinkled some bread crumbs on either side.
Beef & Broccoli. Oh my word, this was amazing. We've had this at least 5 times and it's just as good every time. We serve it over rice, but something happens once it's served (we inhale it) and I never take a photo of it... so here's a photo of it cooking.
Corn, chickpeas, tuna & mayo - another one I kind of made up myself and I know it sounds super weird... and doesn't look the best. But if you like those ingredients, you might like this, and maybe there is a weirdo out there like me! I keep meaning to try avo instead of mayo, but I use such little mayo I couldn't be bothered. Basically I take 1 can of each (oh the horror! cans!) corn, chickpeas and tuna. I rinse and drain the corn and chickpeas, drain the tuna. Mix it all up, divide into two containers. One goes in the fridge for the next day, the other goes in the microwave for like 2 minutes. Then I add a small dollop of mayo and mix it all up. The mayo kind of coats everything, but it doesn't taste like mayo (but I don't have a heart attack when someone mentions mayo, so maybe that's why). This was something I just threw together one day back in the apartment based on what was in my pantry, and I'm still eating it a few years later.
Black bean & lentil tacos - I didn't really follow a recipe for this one, just kind of winged it, but I did use the one linked for inspiration. These were really tasty, but KC had 5 and I had 4 - way too many! Next time, we will have these as a main, with something else as a side - which we never do with tacos, but it's necessary with these. It was just too much of the lentils/black beans, we both had stomachaches the next day. But not in a bad food poisoning way, in a 'you ate too many beans and lentils' way. I added cheese after I took the photo, not sure why I didn't do the cheese and then photo, but whatever. Of course I added cheese! They are tacos!
Black bean burgers - saving the best for last. This is not a new recipe, I think I've talked about this before, but it is seriously one of our favourites. It is quite easy but it's time consuming. I'm a complete and utter novice in the kitchen, so when I say it is easy I really mean it. I do let the mix sit a little bit so that it forms patties easier, and I use oats instead of bread crumbs (I just put them in the food processor first, separately) but seriously these are SO tasty. KC goes through phases where he wants to eat less meat, but even when he's in a super meaty phase, he loves these, and so do I. I reckon these are the best black bean burgers in the world, and okay, they are the only ones I have ever made but why should I go looking for more when these are as amazing as they are?!
I know this seems a bit of an odd/boring post, but I love to see what people are eating, seriously. I'm not a good cook, I'll never 'create' a recipe, but I will mash a few together. I do love sharing what I've made and seeing what other people are eating. Hint. Just kidding. I really am always on the lookout for simple - legit, actual, really simple - recipes.
Any recipes you think a novice like me should try?