I haven’t written a blog post in a while, and to be honest, I haven’t done a ton of recording of my cooking or food adventures. Because of this, I just wanted to share some of my favorite food/recipes that I like to make. Most of these are relatively easy to throw together, so I hope they inspire you to make something delicious.
1. Ramen Noodles
I love ramen, whether it’s from a restaurant, homemade, or even spiced up from a package. Most of the time, I try to spice up the packages of ramen noodles. This is my favorite brand of Ramen. I usually add some extra veggies in my ramen, like carrots, spinach, corn, etc. Typically what I have on hand. I’ll also add in some kimchi and a medium-boiled egg (I don’t like the yolk too runny in my ramen).
Sometimes, when I make the broth from scratch, I’ll even cook up some pork and have it with the ramen. It’s such an easy meal to throw together!
I love nachos. Probably in my top 5 favorite foods. The most basic nacho I’ll eat is just chips, tostitos cheese, and jalapenos. Simple and delicious. If I’m feeling more adventurous, I’ll make chicken and add more veggies. And when my husband and I have our vegetarian dinner nights, I’ll make this quinoa “meat” from Ellen Fisher‘s cookbook. Super delicious, and while it’s not necessarily ground meat, it’s a pretty good substitute if you’re looking for something healthier and still tasty!
Quick side note: I found the sauce in the above photo (Habanero condiment) at World Market and it’s some of the best sauce ever! It tastes really good, has some decent spice to it (it tends to build upon itself rather than being outright spicy). Highly recommend if you like spicy food.
I think most people enjoy pizza, in many different forms. Whether it’s with a regular crust, gluten free, cauliflower, etc. And whether you eat pizza with cheese, without cheese, with a million toppings, or just one. Pizza is great and I love to have it. One of my favorite pizza places is in Austin, Texas- Home Slice. Probably the closest to New York style pizza you’ll get in Austin, possibly even in the whole state of Texas!
But I digress.
I usually try to make pizza from scratch, make my own crust, etc. I do like Trader Joe’s premade crusts, as well as the premade pizzas from Aldi. I typically lean toward pepperoni, jalapenos, bell peppers, and onion on my pizza. Sometimes I’ll even make some without cheese and top it with nutritional yeast, arugula, and balsamic vinegar, if I’m feeling less cheesy. All in all, pizza can be just about anything you want it to be!
4. Pasta Aglio e Olio
This is one of my favorite pastas, I think, hands down. Of course, this pasta was made pretty popular by the movie Chef (if you haven’t seen it, I highly (highly) recommend this movie. Such a great foodie movie.) and then again by Binging with Babish.
I actually bought Andrew Rea’s cookbook, Eat What you Watch (again, highly recommend. Check out his Youtube channel first, though!) and made the recipe from there. Although, all his Youtube videos make it very easy to follow a recipe.
And I have to say, when I made this, I fell in love! It is such an easy dish to make, requires very little effort, and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. Plus, it has so much flavor packed into it, you’d be surprised how good it tastes!
5. Loaded Sweet Potatoes
I tend to watch a lot of vegan Youtubers, and again, Ellen Fisher’s videos hooked me onto these. If you’ve never had a chili loaded sweet potato, you should try it. There’s something about the savory-ness of the chili, mixed with the sweetness of the sweet potato, that creates an awesome flavor combination in your mouth!
I’m not a vegan, but I do incorporate vegetarian/vegan meals into my life. I just enjoy trying new foods and seeing what new flavor combinations are available to me. Sometimes I’ll make these sweet potatoes with a vegan chili (again, using Ellen Fisher’s recipe) or I’ll make a turkey chili and top the sweet potato with that. Then I’ll add cheese or vegan “cheese” sauce (again, using Ellen Fisher’s recipe) and top it with jalapenos, that habanero sauce, or any other veggies I might want.
It might sound like a weird combination, but I promise is tastes amazing!
I love hummus! It’s so versatile. You can use it as a dip or spread, you can eat it with so many things! Veggies, sandwiches, bread, etc. I normally buy hummus from the store, but the first time I ever made it from scratch. Oh man, was that an experience.
It was the creamiest, most beautiful hummus I have ever tasted. Granted, I’ve not had the chance to have hummus from where it originates, but one day. In the meantime, however, I will stick to this recipe I used. It was very flavorful, very creamy, and I ate most of it in one sitting. No shame.
And here are some honorable mentions:
Buffalo Wings (specifically the Baker’s Gold flavor from Pluckers)
Spring Mix Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Cheese Boards with Charcuterie