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Pinterest recipes I tried that weren’t epic fails

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Last week was a sort of “food revolution” for me. I’ve been struggling to find recipes and make food that actually appeals to my appetite (I know how “first world problem” that sounds), but I have so many food aversions during pregnancy that I pretty much don’t like anything. I eat the same things over and over again.

Since I do all the meal planning and preparation these days, I’m sure this has been rough on everyone. Sorry, family.

Last week, I found myself on Pinterest doing a recipe searching marathon, and something happened. I started to…wait for it…get excited about food again! Maybe it was the beautiful pictures, or the new ways the food was presented, but I fell for it and made a whole list of Pinterest recipes I was going to make.

Anyone who’s tried stuff on Pinterest knows that some things end up being a gem of a find while others are complete disasters. You never know what you’re going to get!!

I tried out numerous recipes and decided to share the ones that ended up being worthwhile and something I’d make again. Before I jump in, a word of caution:

It’s great to be inspired by these recipes and man, they look so easy! The reality was that I got a little too excited and wanted to make like 15 new things. In order to make everything I found, I had to spend every spare moment preparing, making, and cooking food. I was living in the kitchen.

Sweet, Pookie’s asleep! Maybe I’ll check my email or watch an episode of a show – oh wait – I planned to make X for everyone’s lunches tomorrow. Back to the kitchen. Sigh.

It was a sure way to kill my food-excitment buzz.

So, I’ve learned my lesson and will now save all the cool looking recipes I find, but only make 1-3 new things the coming week. The goal is to keep things fresh without making me want to shoot myself.

So, here are the recipes I found on Pinterest that I’d make again:

Crockpot White Bean Chicken Chili

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This was a TOTAL winner! I loved it, Pookie loved it, Rob loved it. Since I’m not eating tomatoes, but love chili, this was a pretty exciting find! I subbed the small amount of tomato in the recipe for roasted red bell peppers (from a jar) and it turned out great. This recipe will definitely go into our regular rotation. It would also be an easy and tasty dinner to serve if you have company over. Highly recommend.

Tortilla Rollups

This is actually a Pinterest steal from a friend who served these at a get-together a couple weeks ago. It was a hit at the party and I immediately searched for it on Pinterest. I also confirmed with her that I had the correct recipe.

Notes: I made a couple with wheat wraps and some with white tortillas. My friend made hers with spinach wraps. I highly recommend the spinach wraps. They not only offered a nice pop of color, but the texture was better suited for this rollup. Once assembled, they have a sort shelf life, so plan to make them, refrigerate and then eat. Overnight is ok, but not much longer. I made about five wraps worth of rolls due to the amount of spread and vegetables the recipe called for. We couldn’t eat them all and they turned soggy. Yuck-o. So, if you’re having a party, make the full recipe. If you’re making them for yourself and your family, I’d say half the spread you make.

Zucchini and Corn Side Dish

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We love our veggies around here, but sometimes they get a little dull. Steamed broccoli again?? I was pretty stoked when I came across this vegetable side dish recipe. Yay for something new! Honestly, it was not really a win, but with a few changes, I’m willing to try it again and think it would be a winner.

The biggest issue was that the recipe calls for WAY too much lime. And I love me some lime. It also is too large of a recipe. When I make this again, I will half the recipe and start with a “splash” of lime and go from there. It’s got a lot of potential.

Parmesan Peas Side Dish

Ok, truth time. I got excited about this recipe and come time to make it, it was too much work in addition to the main dish I was making (baked fish). I decided instead to just saute the frozen peas in butter, garlic, and salt. They turned out super yummy. Not really the recipe at all, but maybe someday I’ll make the real thing. Until then, the quicker version will work just fine.

Apple and Peanut Butter Snack

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Snack time. Oh how I love and hate you. I’m thankful that everyone in my house is a healthy eater with a good appetite, but we all want snack time and I just don’t want to prepare another darn thing to eat! I’m already doing three meals a day!! So snack ends up being granola bars and chips.

I’ll give myself a pat on the back if I manage to break out the hummus, crackers, and carrots. Best mom ever.

But really, I don’t want to live in the kitchen, and preparing snack sometimes sends me over the edge. Enter: Pinterest Apple Slices with Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chips. Hellz yeah! I can get into this!

I made it and it was super easy, delicious, and on the healthy scale. The biggest note I have on this is that I recommend granny smith apples only. I used gala and it just was a little too sweet. The tartness of a granny smith would have been divine.

Flourless Blueberry Muffins

A big thumbs up from me, a thumbs down from Pookie, and a “meh” from Rob. I’m still including it because I liked it, so therefore I will make them again even if I’m the only one that eats them. I think the family didn’t like them because they didn’t have the texture and sweetness of regular muffins. My response? Yeah, because it’s a flourless muffin with no regular sugar. It’s better for you! They didn’t really care.

I’d say try this recipe out if you’re cool with the whole “I-can-still-make-baked-goods-without-flour” philosophy.

Breakfast Banana Split

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I fell in love the moment I laid eyes on it.

Maybe it was the beautiful photography, or the presentation, but I thought it was the tastiest looking thing I’d seen in seven months. And I don’t even like banana splits!

This is one of those Pinterest items that would be fun for a special brunch or sleepover. For a normal day, ain’t nobody got time to freeze the yogurt beforehand. You wake up, you’re hungry, you wanna eat.

I basically took this recipe as a way to add pep to the regular yogurt and granola routine. Put a sliced banana on the side, yogurt in the middle, granola and fruit on top, and “voila!” it’s not yogurt and granola, it’s a breakfast banana split! I’m a genius!!

Here’s the big downside with this: who actually owns banana split serving dishes? You? Not me. It’s hard to make a breakfast banana split look like one without the dish and I’m not about to go out and find them for this one little thing. So…I ended up using tupperware I had and had us use our imaginations. I’m recommending it none-the-less because it’s a super cute idea and it would be a fun presentation at a get-together with friends.

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Give these recipes a try and let me know what you think!! Have a great week! xoxoxo

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • chellie September 20, 2016, 9:24 am

    Thank you so much for trying out my banana split! I’m honored! I love your variation on it, which makes it more of an everyday option. And just so ya know… my banana split dishes came from the dollar store–for the picture! LOL 😀 But my kids did feel pretty darn special.
    I’ve done them parfait style too without freezing the yogurt.
    Blessings to you~
    Chellie

    • Amy Rakowczyk September 20, 2016, 7:23 pm

      Wow!! Thanks, Chellie, for your comment and checking out my blog. I just love your recipe (and photography) so much and I’m very happy to know that I might be able to find the dishes super cheap! I really look forward to making the recipe for my daughter, especially as she gets older. I can imagine a sleepover where the girls have these in the morning. They will feel pretty special!! Thanks for sharing. Blessings to you as well!

  • Nancy Johnson September 20, 2016, 11:12 am

    Some good ideas. And yes, once upon a time, in a land far away I did own banana split dishes (and used them too). They are long ago divested.
    Hope you are feeling great!!

    • Amy Rakowczyk September 20, 2016, 7:18 pm

      That’s awesome! I would totally buy some, but I don’t have storage for extra kitchen items these days! I’m feeling good – spirits are up and energy is decent. No complaints! 😀

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