So many wonderful-looking recipes are posted on Facebook! And now that You-tube provides the means to create time-lapse, visual instructions, they look even more enticing. But how tasty are they? Are they easy to prepare? Or, if the recipe requires multiple steps, is it worth the effort?
Here’s my take on the recipes I saved in 2016. I’ll start with the ones I’ve tried and liked best, then move on to a couple that I wouldn’t make again. Finally, I’ll share a few that I intend to try early in 2017.
- Zuppa Toscana–This soup is creamy and absolutely delicious. It’s easy to fix and makes enough to feed a crowd. Add bread and you have a hearty meal.
2. Turkey, Kale, and Butternut Squash Soup–This is now my go-to vegetable soup. It’s not as calorie-laden as the Zuppa Toscana, but it’s tasty and satisfying. Since the recipe yields such a huge a amount, I modified it, cutting all ingredients in half except the canned beans, and using 6 cups of vegetable broth (I used chicken broth).
3. Chicken Bacon Ranch Layer Salad–I love this salad! When I made it, I served it as a side dish, eliminating the chicken and serving the dressing on the side. I will definitely make it again to serve as a main dish. Very versatile, and a major plus is that it can be prepared and assembled ahead of time. Requires a few steps but well worth the effort!
4. Oven Baked Spicy Chicken Tacos–What a great alternative to ground meat tacos! They are easy, cheap, and delicious. Minimum prep time, especially if you use rotisserie chicken, which I did.
5. Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff–Ultra-easy and awfully good! I’m making it again tonight, in fact. Not quite as rich or salty as traditional stroganoff, and that’s a plus for everyday meal planning. I’m serving it over egg noodles, with a side salad. (I’m sorry, but for the life of me I cannot embed this video. You’ll have to click below to view it and see the picture.)
6. Creamy Cucumber Salad–This is a refreshing dish and especially good for winter, when the cucumbers are so seedy. Quick, easy, and healthy.
7. Cheesecake Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache–I’ll definitely make this recipe again. It’s easy and tasty and I like the individual, moderate portions. I may try it next time with mini cupcake papers and mini Oreos for bite-sized portions.
There were a couple of recipes that I tried in 2016 and would not make again. Here are two.
Apple-Cream Cheese Bundt Cake–A beautiful cake but definitely not worth the effort for the taste. My mother-in-law used to make a plum cake with baby plums and nuts that took only minutes to prepare. You could add a caramel icing and the result would surpass this cake, perhaps not in looks but definitely in taste. (I’ll find that recipe and post it later.)
Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken–I love recipes with beer, but this one does nothing for the chicken, in my humble opinion. It’s just too easy to get similar results from buying a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store or cooking one in the crockpot with some barbecue sauce or just a little salt and pepper. You may disagree.
I haven’t made any of following recipes, but they all look delicious, and I have them on my list to try in 2017.
Homemade Dinner Rolls–If Sister Shubert didn’t make such good rolls and I weren’t trying to skip bread, I’d have made these already. They really do look good and easy.
Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken–This looks wonderful.
Easy Cheesy Manicotti–This looks like a real winner!
Thanks to the food community for sharing your recipes on Facebook. You help to turn the drudgery of cooking into a pleasant adventure. I only regret that there are so many recipes and so little time to try them all. Happy New Year to food lovers everywhere!