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Eat | #PinMakeEat 6 – Tested Pinterest Recipes

#pinmakeeat 6 | Squirrelly Minds - Kale, Cherry & Avocado Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing from Dishing Up the Dirt

Kale, Cherry & Avocado Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing from Dishing Up the Dirt

#pinmakeeat 6 | Squirrelly Minds - Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Balsamic Onions from Just a Taste

Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Balsamic Onions from Just a Taste

#pinmakeeat 6 | Squirrelly Minds - Sriracha Street Corn from Camille Styles

Sriracha Street Corn from Camille Styles

#pinmakeeat 6 | Squirrelly Minds - Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Pie from Minimalist Baker

Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Pie from Minimalist Baker

Bizarre to think it’s been half a year since starting #pinmakeeat, and I’m still loving every minute of this pinterest recipe exploration.
Why did I start #pinmakeeat? Because I realized I was pinning but not making, the most important part. So now, every Sunday night we sit down and plan the week’s meals and groceries, always including a recipe from the Eat board. Here’s what we made in the month of July.

Kale, Cherry & Avocado Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing: I made one big batch of this salad which we devoured for dinner then lunch. A few days later I made another big batch for a family dinner, where it was devoured. Perfect for cherry season, this salad is a satisfying mix of flavours and bountiful greens. It also taught me to massage my kale – makes such a difference!

Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Balsamic Onions: We made this with our favourite sourdough bread and had it alongside black bean soup. Not exactly a summer meal, but it was perfection none the less. I would probably use a titch less sugar next time, but I certainly enjoyed it nonetheless.

Sriracha Street Corn: After swapping out mayo for yogurt as I always do (down with mayo!) this corn became my favourite corn of all corns ever. To be honest, cob or not I’m not a huge corn fan. I’m slowly coming around to it, and this recipe just skyrocketed my love for the summer staple. The spicy and creamy sriracha slathered on blackened corn is just what I needed to appreciate this north american native.

Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Pie: I’ve done a lot of vegan baking in my vegan days, so I’m quite accustomed to using tofu in dessert recipes and not telling people in fear that they won’t try the dish. But like most recipes, and certainly with this one, you just can’t tell. It’s so incredibly creamy and peanut butter filled that it feels like you’re eating the most dairy laden thing on earth. A note though – do be sure to get silken tofu or a softer tofu. Mister came back with regular firm tofu and we couldn’t get it all creamed. No one wants tofu chunks in their peanut butter pie.

Check out past pinterest recipe ventures by searching for the hashtag #pinmakeeat. Use it yourself and join in on the fun!
All recipes (and more) can be found on my Eat and Sweets boards.

What’s your favourite summer recipe?

Eat | #Pinmakeeat 5 – Tested Pinterest Recipes

#pinmakeeat 5 | Squirrelly Minds - Sweet 'n Smoky Bourbon Baked Beans from The Cozy Apron

Sweet ‘n Smoky Bourbon Baked Beans from The Cozy Apron

#pinmakeeat 5 | Squirrelly Minds - Oven Roasted Baby Red Potatoes from Natasha's Kitchen

Natasha’s Kitchen

#pinmakeeat 5 | Squirrelly Minds - Honey Chipolte Chicken Bowls from How Sweet It Is

Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowls from How Sweet It Is

#pinmakeeat 5 | Squirrelly Minds - Quinoa Spinach Mac and Cheese from Two Peas and Their Pod

Quinoa Spinach Mac and Cheese from Two Peas and Their Pod

#pinmakeeat 5 | Squirrelly Minds - Baked Chocolate Glazed Donuts from Taste Love & Nourish

Baked Chocolate Glazed Donuts from Taste Love & Nourish

Wow I’m in my fifth month of #pinmakeeat! How did that happen!? I did manage to cook an average of one meal a week last month plus a dessert despite being away for part of it. Go me! Okay not just me, the mister did a lot of the cooking too.

Sweet ‘n Smoky Bourbon Baked Beans:For father’s day we cooked him up a southern style meal complete with baked beans. I will forever be addicted to baked beans because of this recipe. Ryan wanted a bit more flavour, so he added BBQ sauce and mustard in the end, and then we baked it for an additional 20 minutes at 350. I’m ashamed at how much I ate that day. I just couldn’t stop myself! I’m drooling just looking at this picture.

Oven Roasted Baby Red Potatoes: Simple and fast, this recipe is great for adding a side dish. I just that crispy outside on chopped potatoes, don’t you?

Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowls: This was so good that we made it for dinner, and then made it for lunch the following day. In fact I’m probably going to have it again this weekend.

Quinoa Spinach Mac and Cheese: Don’t let the words quinoa and spinach fool you into thinking it’s healthy. But sometimes you just have to ignore all the butter and cheese and dive in, because hot damn this was delicious. Side note, we substituted kale for spinach – I highly recommend it!

Baked Chocolate Glazed Donuts: Shockingly easy, these were such a nice treat to whip up in the evening!

Check out past pinterest recipe ventures by searching for the hashtag #pinmakeeat. Use it yourself and join in on the fun!
All recipes (and more!) can be found on my Eat and Sweets boards.

What pinterest recipe have you tried lately?

Eat | #pinmakeeat 4

Garlic Mushroom Quinoa from Damn Delicious

Roasted Potato Salad from Club Narwhal

“Fried” Pickes from Cooking for Keeps

Fresh Vegetables Lasagne from Taste and Tell Blog

The fourth #PinMakeEat month was a little less successful than #3, and it had nothing to do with the food (which was all insanely delicious).
It’s been a bit of a crazy month. Coupled with one hectic/work filled week where we ate out way too much and the next week filed with a juice cleanse and a clear liquids diet, sadly there was little room to experiment with pinterest recipes. But we did squeeze in these 4 – one last night and the rest in the beginning of the month, two of which were on the same night…

Garlic Mushroom Quinoa: This combination can never fail, and this recipe is just so darn easy to whip up. Perfect for last minute dinner plans.

Roasted Potato Salad: I can’t get over how good this was. Seriously, SO GOOD. We didn’t have asparagus and swapped green beans instead, which was still darn amazing.

“Fried” Pickles: Such great snack food for a party. We altered the dip recipe though and used yogurt instead because a) health and b) mayo is nasty.

Fresh Vegetable Lasagne: This would have tasted much better if we hadn’t messed up. Béchamel sauce is harrrrrd.

If you’ve been trying out pinterest recipes I’d love to see! Join in using the hashtag #pinmakeeat, and check out these recipes and more on my Pinterest Eat board.

What’s your favourite spring time recipe?

Eat | #pinmakeeat #3

Grilled Avocado from Minimally Invasive

Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs & Grilled Cheese Soldiers from Blogging Over Thyme

Loaded Scalloped Potatoes from Melanie Makes

Roasted Apple and Brie Grilled Cheese from Kailey’s Kitchen

Potacos from Weelicious

Brussels Sprouts Quesadillas from Turntable Kitchen

The third #PinMakeEat month and it’s still going strong! In fact, I averaged more than one pinterest dish a week (honourable mention to this delicious dish that I also made, but the picture was too tiny and ugly to share here).

What I’m finding most with #pinmakeeat is that the recipes on pinterest are generally of incredibly high quality. I haven’t had a total clunker yet!
Here are some notes on this month’s dishes:

Grilled Avocado: You better seriously believe I’m making these again, and probably all throughout the summer. I want to experiment with different herbs and add other toppings like goat cheese.

Soft-Boiled Eggs & Grilled Cheese: I love boiled eggs, I love grilled cheese. How did I never think to put them together before? Coupled with avocado on the side, this made a fantastic lunch. Though the egg whites were a little too soft boiled for my taste. I would have left it another minute or so.

Loaded Scalloped Potatoes: Being Portuguese, I never grew up with scalloped potatoes but always loved having them when I had dinner at my friends’ houses. I don’t know why it took me so long to realize that I’m an adult now and can make them for myself. This recipe may be the only one I ever make.

Roasted Apple and Brie Grilled Cheese: To be honest, this sandwich was far more work than I like to put into for a grilled cheese, and I omitted the mayo cause I can’t stand the stuff. But I did LOVE the thyme mixed in with butter and have done it for several dishes since then.

Potacos: How insane (and delicious) an idea is this? We went for traditional taco fillings in a sweet potato. Next time I want to use a regular potato as I found the sweet potato overpowered the flavour.

Brussels Sprouts Quesadillas: Call me crazy but I LOVE brussels sprout, especially when smothered in cheese and tortillas.

Have you been trying out pinterest recipes? I want to see. Come join the fun with the hashtag #pinmakeeat, and check out these recipes and more on my Pinterest Eat board.

What’s your favourite recipe from pinterest?

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