Blogging has had an interesting side effect on my life. I rarely make the same dinner twice. It’s the strangest thing, but when there are so many recipes to try, you never seem to have enough days in the week to cook it all. As a creature of habit, this started to bother me. I love routine, and especially tradition. Plus cooking is my love language, so to never eat a repeat dinner seems blasphemous. I really started to dig. What are the dinners I really love, the few that I always come back to because they’re just that good or just that simple?
Even though my husband travels, we eat dinner around the table every night he’s home. We use cloth napkins, too, to the dismay of some of our guests–we just never use paper! There’s a lovely routine to all of it. It seems almost idyllic to eat dinner together at home every night, but it’s what we love to do most. And after dinner, we always rate the recipe. The perfect tens are the only ones we repeat. These are the ones that cause the dinner table to go silent. That’s how you know it’s really really good. For you, I have made a delicious short list of my repeated recipes, and I really would love if you comment what your favorite repeat recipes are?
This is my number one, most repeated dinner. Salmon with Pesto and Near East Cous Cous. We lovingly call it “the Salmon,” because now there’s only one way to eat Salmon. At first we called it grocery day salmon because I cooked it after every grocery trip, since Salmon tends to not last too long in the refrigerator. I always serve it with an arugula salad and my favorite salad dressing. If you want to make my salad dressing, simply mix together 6 tbsp olive oil, 4 tbsp red wine vinegar, a heaping teaspoon of dijon mustard, a couple pinches of salt and pepper and then shake it all in a jam jar. This makes about a half cup so you can keep it for the week.
My second most-loved recipe is a Jenny Rosenstrach fave! It’s called Grilled Chicken for People Who Hate Grilled Chicken, and guess what! It’s made with my favorite marinating ingredient–greek yogurt. The chicken gets all crispy on the outside and stays tender on the inside. I serve it with, you guessed it, arugula salad and my vinaigrette plus this AMAZING potato salad. It’s such a crowd pleaser.
This oldie is one I’ve been making since college and cannot stop! It’s a vegetarian tortilla soup! You can sub pulled chicken for the beans if you’re not vegetarian. I honestly don’t know if there’s ever been a month in which I haven’t made this.
I always thought I hated brussel sprouts until I started making this mustard chicken, by yours truly! The recipe is in my meal plan if you’d like to try it! It’s so simple and you can throw it together and cook it in less than an hour. That’s the beauty of one tray dinners. If you’re looking for another one tray dinner, try this one!
During the cooler months, you bet I’m making White Beans with Sage on Toast all the time. It’s so easy, and I’m always trying out new bread recipes for the toast. It’s probably the most versatile thing I make, and I’m constantly tweaking it.
Things we really don’t eat much are pasta and red meat. But we eat tons of rice, and we make curry constantly. One of my favorite leftover end of the week recipes that I make nearly weekly with fridge scraps is Curry Fried Rice! It’s another versatile recipe that you can add practically anything to. We just throw in any leftover kale and veggies, and it’s always an exciting dinner. Who doesn’t love fried rice?
We also love Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Cookbook. It’s my most worn cookbook, and it has so many amazing dinner ideas, and really simple recipes that we make all the time. I highly recommend this cookbook if you want simple, quick, and warming dinners, like me!
So tell me, what do you cook every week? Do you have any favorites you keep coming back to? Please comment to let me know if you have some must-try recipes!
*Recipe for the top photo is found here! Mushroom and Mascarpone Fettucine Alfredo