Welcome to my Cooking School series, which is designed to share what I’ve learned as an experienced home cook with people who want to learn how to cook healthy, homemade food. If you have a topic you’d like me to address, please leave a comment!
I love to try new recipes, but we’re all busy people, so it’s nice to have some familiar recipes that you know how to make and that you know are crowd-pleasers — whether you’re cooking for your family or dinner guests. For this latest installment of Cooking School, I thought I’d share some of the meals that I make over and over again — recipes I keep in my back pocket (or have memorized!) that I couldn’t live without. Here are the meals that I keep in a regular rotation:
- Steel-cut oats
- Eggs: scrambled, hard-boiled, omelettes… we love them all.
- Muffins: banana-flax, applesauce, and oatmeal-raisin are favorites
- Chicken enchiladas (I’m usually too lazy to roll up the enchiladas, so I guess it’s really enchilada casserole. I’m still working to perfect my mom’s recipe without cream-of-mushroom soup. When I finally do, I promise I’ll share the recipe.)
- Tacos – just plain ol’ ground beef with onions and taco seasoning, bowls of lettuce, tomato, cheese, beans, avocado, salsa and sour cream. Everyone can make a taco or taco salad that suits them perfectly.
- Stir fry (with rice or noodles) — you can mix up the flavors so much by using different sauces! This is a great way to use up leftovers, too.
- My go-to Sunday dinner is roast beef (I learned that one from my grandma).
- Homemade pizza (Williams-Sonoma dough recipe, spaghetti sauce, cheese, and whatever you want for toppings)
- Grilled chicken (make extras for salads and wraps).
- Southwest quinoa salad
What are your back-pocket meals?
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