I’ve been really lazy about cooking lately. I just haven’t felt like putting together a weekly plan or going grocery shopping… and without a plan, any chance of me cooking goes right out the window. We were both getting kind of cranky about it, so a few weeks ago I promised Shawn that I would actually cook the next day. Of course, I had no inspiration. So I did what any 20-something (err… 30-something) would do – I turned to Pinterest. It’s such a great resource for keeping things organized! I had pinned these gorgeous lentil cauliflower burgers to my “to make” board at some point, and the second I saw them on there I knew what we were having for dinner.
Happy Cinco de Mayo! This is one of my favorite holidays, for no reason other than it give me an excuse to eat Mexican food and drink margaritas. What’s not to love?
By this point, you probably already have your menu planned out. But if you don’t, or if you’re looking to add something extra, you should definitely give this grilled corn with lime-cayenne butter a try. Grilled corn on the cob is one of my absolute favorite summertime treats. It’s so easy (you can grilled it right in the husk!) and the grill gives it a subtle smokey-charred flavor that I love. I usually just eat it plain, but for a special treat this lime-cayenne butter is awesome. It had just the right amount of heat to make the corn seem even sweeter.
Shawn’s first reaction to these bean and chorizo stuffed peppers was, “wow, these are really cheesy!” Surprisingly, there’s actually not that much cheese in them at all. Just like the sweet potato enchiladas I posted a few weeks ago, it’s all the magic of refried beans.
Doritos Locos Taco Bake. Yup, I went there.
And you know what? I don’t regret it at all. Those folks at Taco Bell were really onto something.
I’ll be honest – Taco Bell totally grosses me out. I stopped eating there long before the whole “our meat isn’t even meat” scandal and I don’t have plans to start any time soon. But I just had to see what all the fuss about Doritos Locos Tacos was about, so I took matters into my own hands.
Taco bake is one of my most popular recipes, and all it took were a few small tweaks to give it a new look and feel. WOW. Where has this been all my life?
My slow cooker has been a lifesaver this fall. Life has been insanely busy, and I haven’t had much time or energy to cook. Being able to come home from work to a meal hot and ready is basically the only thing keeping me from eating take out every night at this point.
The only thing I hate about my slow cooker is that the interior is black and it’s a pain to clean – I always end up missing little bits of dried on food only to discover them days later when the light hits it just right. Gross!
Reynolds recently asked me if I wanted to create a recipe using their slow cooker liners though, and a lightbulb went off. I actually had a half-used box from last winter in the back of my cabinet, but I had completely forgotten about them. They make cleanup so easy – just pick up the liner, throw it in the trash, and give the pot a quick rinse. No icky dried on food in sight.