I was browsing my phone photos the other day putting together this post, when I realized that..I have a lot of freaking food photos on my phone! LOL! Most of which, if I’m being totally honest, never see the light of day. For whatever reason, I just really like the catalog what we eat, so I can use it for inspiration for meals to come. In any case, I decided to do a roundup of recipes I’ve found on Pinterest, tested out in my own kitchen and what we thought of them. It’s so easy to get caught up in pinning delicious recipes on Pinterest and never making them (GUILTY!), so I’ve been making a consistent effort to actually make what I pin. Today I’m sharing how that’s working out!
10 Recipes I Found On Pinterest + What I Thought
1. Cinnamon Bun Crust Pie. I’m sure you’ve seen the apple pie recipe where you use cinnamon buns as the bottom crust. I have been so intrigued by it, that I finally broke down and tried it. I’ll be honest – it wasn’t great. The flavor was good, but cooking it was kind of a nightmare. The bottom baked much slower than my top crust and even when the top was nearly burned, the bottom still wasn’t fully cooked, so it was majorly gooey. Not my idea of a great pie, but the taste was good, so I’ll give it that. Would I make it again? Probably not.
2. Spicy Cauliflower Rice Plantain Slaw Bowls. I will be honest – I was practically drooling as soon as I saw this recipe on Pinterest, but I had every intention of completely skipping the plantains. Why? Because I thought plantains were glorified bananas. My friend Heather convinced me that I needed to use them and that skipping them would probably make this recipe fall flat. She was SO RIGHT. My gosh – this meal was so delicious and completely out-of-the-box for me. The plantains 100% make it and were, in my mind, the best part. Would I make this again? 100% yes.
3. Sweet Potato Noodle Enchilada Skillet. If you follow me on Instagram, this meal probably looks familiar to you. It’s because since I discovered it on Instagram, we make it at least 2-3 times per month. It’s a major favorite in this house for a few reasons. 1. It’s really simple to make and 2. The leftovers might be better than the first night, which says a lot since leftovers aren’t really my jam. We nix the cut-up tortillas and used the homemade red enchilada sauce referenced in this recipe. This dish is packed with flavor! I typically serve it with diced avocados and a dollop of Silk yogurt (in place of sour cream). YUM! Would I make this again? You probably already know this answer – YEP!
4. Pull Apart Pizza. This photo always makes me laugh, because it’s so far out of the box from something I would normally make, but I whipped it up for Super Bowl (yes I realize that was 8 months ago, LOL). Dane LOVES pizza, but honestly – I get kind of bored with it, so this was a fun way to make it different. It was surprisingly really good, but next time I would make it for a much larger crowd than the two of us…ha! Would I make it again? Yes, it would be great for a happy hour or party with more people and I would also mix up toppings.
5. Homemade Hollandaise Sauce. For so many years growing up, my parents always made big breakfasts on the weekend and Hollandaise sauce was on the menu anytime benedict was involved. I grew up loving it! But to be honest – it always intimidated me and I think if I knew it involved an uncooked egg yolk, I might never have eaten it. #realtalk — But it remains one of my favorite dairy-filled indulgences. Dane is a big benedict fan too, so I set out to attempt it on my own this year and it was a total win! The first few times I followed the recipe EXACTLY, but I’ve since branched out and tried it with vegan butter + ghee (it’s good, but not as good). Would I make this again? ABSOLUTELY.
6. Butternut Squash Summer Pasta. This recipe is is actually a mix of two I’ve found – the one linked and then one I pulled from a cookbook we got for our wedding “One Pan, Two Plates”. I cooked the pasta and then tossed it with sauteed asparagus (not too long – you still want it to crunch) and butternut squash. While that was cooking, I had a cup of chopped cherry tomatoes marinating in olive oil, vinegar and fresh garlic. I mixed it all together and it was really good! I also omitted the cheese and meat. Would I make it again? Yes, and would probably add different vegetables depending on the time of year!
7. Sweet Potato Gnocchi. So, I guess this one might not be completely Pinterest-based, because it’s my own recipe, just the sweet potato version. I wanted to get really crafty and make it with Okinawa sweet potatoes since they are purple and every time I see them at the store I marvel at how beautiful they are. While pretty in theory, it was a little bit weird in practice. I just tossed them in garlic and ghee once cooked, but they had a purple-grey look and were overall kind of unappetizing looking, even though they tasted great. Would I make this again? Probably not. White or orange sweet potatoes from here on out!
8. Zucchini and Sweet Potato Fritters With Poached Eggs. As soon as I saw this, I knew I needed to make it in my own kitchen. I love any kind of “fritter”, so the addition of eggs to make it a heartier meal just spoke to me! I added avocado on the side (because why not) and some diced onions and olive oil for the top. Oh my goodness – it was so dang good! My photos don’t do the meal justice, but I would eat this at least once a week if I could. Would I make it again? Absolutely.
9. Super Fresh Beach Buddha Bowl. I am a big fan of Buddha Bowls, as you probably know if you have been around for a little bit. They’re just such an easy meal idea and prepping them is simple if you are able to plan ahead. I found this recipe on Pinterest and then, kind of like everything else, made it my own. You can see all the modifications I made here, but it’s safe to say this one has been on heavy rotation. It’s just delicious – and don’t skimp on the sauce!
10. Sweet Potato Crust Quiche. I was kind of hesitant about this one, because I love a good crust. Can you blame me? But I also really love sweet potatoes, so I thought – what the heck? I’ll try it! I used the white sweet potatoes and cut them super thin (slightly difficult without a mandolin), but worth it! I swapped out spinach (no thanks) for broccoli, peppers and onions and skipped the cheese altogether. Overall – this was really good! Next time I might add a little bit of salt or garlic for a bit more flavor, but I was shocked by how much I liked it. Would I make it again? Yes, but I would buy a mandolin first!
What are your favorite Pinterest recipe finds?