I cook. A lot.
Oftentimes, when menu planning, I find myself pouring over my cookbooks or recipe websites, trying to find new recipes for my family to try. But I usually come back to the same 15-20 recipes time and time again. It’s not because we’re particularly picky eaters or we like to eat only a few select things. I use the same recipes over and over again for one reason–we know they’re good.
I can’t tell you how many time I’ve tried new recipes only to be disappointed. They either take too long, require too many ingredients, require exotic ingredients or in the end, they just taste awful. So I just go back to those tried and true recipes even if my family can’t eat another taco or have another stir fry (and now I know how my own mother felt when we said “chicken again?!” every time she cooked).
So, I’m enlisting your help. I’d love to try some of your favorite recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. As I try them, I’ll blog about them (giving proper credit, of course) and then post the recipes in the Recipes section of The Empty Kitchen. Here are the recipe requirements:
- The ingredients must be found in a regular supermarket. There is not a single Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods or any such supermarket within reasonable driving distance from my house (and our co-op is way too expensive)
- The recipes must be easily adapted to a vegetarian diet
- The recipes cannot take any longer than 1/2 hour to make, unless a crockpot is involved
Here’s a list of what we like to eat:
- Fish, chicken, beef, pork or turkey. No other meats;
- Most vegetables;
- Pastas and rice, including couscous and quinoa;
- Potatoes; and
- Most tomato or broth-based sauces (no cream based sauces; I don’t drink milk).
Additionally, anything with eggs and beans is fine. For a great idea of a recipe that my family would try, take a look at this one from my friend, Kelly.
I’m really looking forward to reading and trying your recipes!