I’m slowly getting back into my cooking groove – two years after Riley’s birth. While she is quite the cutie, her witching hours began the second she was born and have yet to disappear. Therefore, successful dinnertime cooking has been rare these last two years. However, I’m finding new ways to distract and amuse her long enough to whip up some of my favorite recipes. I’m also trying lots of new ones and have a few new cookbooks in my arsenal that I’m loving!
Because of all this, plus my kids’ (and husband’s) picky palates, I like simple, quick and easy recipes. I spend more time and energy on trickier recipes when Josh is home and on weekends. It just works out better that way and I know we can finish most nights with a healthy meal. In short, what I personally like to look for in a cookbook.
As much as I love being able to pull up a recipe on a website, there is something so special about paging through a cookbook and glancing over at the recipe while you mix ingredients. I love when the pages show the wear and tear of cooking; earmarks, oil splatters and even a little smudge of butter make them seem more loved and more familiar. Now let’s chat the specifics-
Because of her awesome blog, I’ve held off on snagging any Skinnytaste cookbooks until I saw there was only one left of these at my local Target. There’s nothing like one left of something to motivate me to buy! Target generally sells this for 20 percent off in store, just as any FYI. I love that this book is by use of cook ware: crockpot, skillet, air fryer, etc. It’s helping me really learn to use our skillet and InstaPot and feel as though I need an air fryer. Side note – do I? I love that nutrition details are laid out for each recipe for those of us tracking details.
What To Try
Quickest Gnocchi Bolognese
Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls
Creamy Butternut Pasta with Sausage and Spinach
Now I couldn’t not have this cookbook that Meghan Markle helped write. My sweet sister in law gave me this for Christmas and it was basically the best gift ever! While some of the recipes aren’t in our family wheelhouse (we don’t eat lamb) there are a ton that I really want to try. Plus, I love any purchase that helps a cause, which this does for the Hubb Kitchen in London. Each recipe has a story from the woman who wrote it and it is just as much of an eye opening read as it is a collection of interesting recipes. Most of these recipes are a bit more complicated, so these are my weekend go-to’s!
What To Try
Green Chili and Avocado Dip
Coconut Chicken Curry
After seeing so many people post recipes from this on social, I knew that I had to order this. I’ve yet to make a recipe (that will happen next week) but I’m constantly opening and ear marking ones that I want to try. Honestly, they all look amazing. Plus, they’re Whole30, gluten free and clean. It helps that many seem family friendly enough that you can get a child to try, or (gasp) even eat the meal!
What To Try
Turkey Taco Skillet Bake
Korean Kimchi Fried Cauliflower Rice
Skillet Chicken Picatta
What cookbooks do you love? Let me know in the comments! Thank you for reading and have a great day!