Last spring, I started featuring my favorite Pinterest recipes on this blog.
You can find that post here.
Well, I'm back with five more spectacular favorites.
These are Pinterest recipes I've made over the past few months that really stood out to me.
Crispy Baked Spicy Chicken Bites
This recipe from Savoring the Thyme was meant to copy McDonald's spicy chicken bites. But it doesn't. Because it's way better. You see, these are baked, not fried. Plus, there is actually meat in them. Oh, and these are actually spicy (or, at least, you can make them as spicy as you want).
Instead of using the recommended sriracha sauce, I used Frank's hot sauce. And while the chicken bites still came out delicious, I wish I had hauled ass to the store to use sriracha instead. You see, when I want spicy, I want SPICY.
I think these chicken bites would be perfect for dinner, along with a couple side dishes. Or, perhaps, used as a fun finger food for game night.
Tomato, Basil, and Cheddar Soup
This soup is perfect for fall. It even looks like fall, with its warm autumn tint and dark green basil and creamy melted cheese....drool.
I love tomato soup, so when I came across this recipe from More Fruit Please... I knew it was a must-try. (Plus, it seemed healthier than most creamy tomato soups, because it calls for Greek Yogurt instead of cream.)
It didn't disappoint. It was warm and cozy and flavorful. I accidentally used the spicy Rotel mixture, instead of plain diced tomatoes, and it actually made the soup a little spicy, which, if you read the recipe above, you know I like. So, it was a pleasant accidental surprise.
I paired this soup with cheesy garlic bread. It turned out to be a good dunking soup as well.
I suggest trying out this soup this fall, because it will warm you up as the weather gets chilly.
Spinach Salad with Chicken, Avocado and Feta Cheese
This mind-blowing salad from Recipe Girl basically includes everything I love. Avocados. Cherry tomatoes. Feta cheese. Chicken. Spinach.
I had this salad with my parents, and they were also totally blown away. In fact, my mom loved the recipe so much, she used it at the neighborhood potluck this weekend. Yeah, it was gone in two seconds.
This salad was so delicious that I totally forgot that it's healthy. Super healthy. It's basically a power meal. This salad was so filling, that I didn't even need a side dish.
My only complaint about this recipe is that it calls for pine nuts. I have nothing against pine nuts, except for the fact that they cost $23 per pound at Whole Foods. Seriously. That's the exact price. I splurged this time, because I wanted to follow the recipe verbatim. But next time, I'm going to substitute sunflower seeds or almonds instead.
I highly suggest you try this salad.
Asparagus, goat cheese, and lemon pasta
Rian and I made this recipe, taken from Smitten Kitchen, for a date night a little while ago.
It's light, fresh, and very lemony, which I liked. I thought it was the perfect summer dish, but let's be real, this pasta would be perfect any time of the year.
I'm a huge fan of goat cheese. Like, a "I still remember where I was when I had my first bite" kind of fan. But, I know there are a lot of people who hate goat cheese. It's one of those you love it or hate it kinds of foods. So, if you aren't the biggest fan of goat cheese, you probably shouldn't make this recipe. Because the goat cheese has a very strong flavor in it.
While I really enjoyed the pasta dish, I think next time I am going to add something else to it, like tomatoes. I would prefer to have less pasta and more veggies.
You should give this recipe a whirl.
Applesauce cookies with caramel frosting
Sweet mother of Jesus.
Trust me when I say I've saved the best for last.
These cookies from Chef in Training are so sinfully good that I practically ate the entire tray of them. Normally, when I do something like that, I look back and want to burst into tears. But after eating these cookies, I look back and would do it all over again.
These cookies are soft. They are moist. They are creamy. They just...melt in your mouth with orgasmic deliciousness.
If you want a boyfriend, make a batch and give them to potential suitors as a gift. It's that simple.
Anyway, I hope you try out some (or all) of these recipes.
You can find them all here on my Recipes I Have Tried Pinterest board.
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