Bubble tea, bagels, enchiladas…I think one day a year, Uber will bring me a puppy if I want. Where we live, I can get pretty much anything delivered to my house.
I like ordering in (who doesn’t love to slurp up lo mein from a paper carton?), and I love eating at restaurants (bring me food and do the dishes for me? yes please.) but it doesn’t compare to cooking in and eating in my own kitchen.
We live in a busy world packed with noise. Slowing down, cooking a meal with your own two hands and enjoying it in the comfort of your own home is about self care. It’s creative, fun and the best gift I can give to the people I love.
So if you’re like us and love cooking in, here’s five recipes for you to try out for the coming week and a few of my favorite food sites to follow on Instagram.
Yes, Instagram. It’s become my main recipe discovery tool. My feed nowadays is 50% food. The other 50% is friends, dogs and a bunch of sports figures that my daughter added.
A few of my favorite Instagram food follows:
Any others that I should be following?
For cooking in this week, here are five recipes to try:
- Baked Crispy Peanut Tofu from Minimalist Baker – I followed this recipe as is except that I sauteed one large eggplant which I combined with the tofu. I also added about a half cup of water to the peanut sauce. We paired this with quiona for a flavorful, filling and quick meal.
- Roasted Broccoli from NY Times Cooking – This is a no recipe recipe from Sam Sifton at the NY Times. It’s become a go to side dish for weeknight dinners. So far, my favorites are EVOO+Salt+Pepper+Soy Sauce and EVOO+Salt+Pepper+Balsamic Vinegar.
- Spinach and Paneer Curry from Piping Pot Curry – This is like creamed spinach’s Indian best friend. A foolproof recipe that you can throw into the Instant Pot. It’s a great reason to buy a hand blender if you are looking for an excuse.
- Mushroom Tacos with Kale, Guac and Chipotle Peppers from Evergreen Kitchen – We’ve made these TWICE. Do I need to say more? I added less chipotle peppers (because kids) and also sauteed long cubes of tofu to boost up the protein. We also put out a bevy of toppings – feta cheese, corn and tomatoes.
- No list is completed with something sweet. We were pleasantly surprised by these Almond Flour Cookies Loaded with Chocolate Chips and Chewy Oats from the blog Peanut Butter and Chocolate.