Everyday Dinner Recipes

Brace yourself. I’m about to humble brag real quick.
I cook 6 out of 7 days a week. I sometimes instagram these meals. And I often get asked what recipes I use. IMG_6528
Okay. Rolling your eyes yet? If someone said, “I work out 6 out of 7 days a week. & I #gymselfie every day!! & people are always asking me WHAT I DO!!!” I’d literally want to stab that person. So I get it.
But for real. Cooking is important. & I’ve worked hard to get a system down. I have an arsenal of about 70 recipes that I’ve made again & again—I would serve any of them to dinner guests. And I want to share them. I want to share the ones I really like, the ones I really LOVE (in bold) and also the ones that you should avoid with a ten foot pole (to save you trouble & to prove that not all recipes work out).
Before I start, my advice: If a recipe doesn’t work out for you, don’t blame me. I tweak SO many of these recipes SO much. I think of recipes as jumping off points—but ultimately, you’re the captain. For instance, in the tangy sweet salmon & rice salad, I add a WHOLE package of mint, chopped. And I add WAY more lime than listed.IMG_6047
Also, I never ever measure spices or salt. I eyeball everything & usually add more than listed. 
If you’re a trained & polished home cook, you know what I’m talking about. If not, feel free to message me any questions about any recipe on this list! I love talking about this stuff.
Everyday Dinner Recipes List
FAILED Everyday Dinner Recipe List
Balsamic Soy-Glazed Chicken (I would eat Domino’s wings over this crap)
Lasagna-Style Baked Ziti (this was like chewing a flavorless baked tennis shoes)IMG_6591
Orzo with Beets, Olives, Feta and Soft-Boiled Eggs (I worked hard on this one…I don’t often make boiled eggs. But I LEGIT ate one bite, & went to bed hungry. WORST ONE.)
Rice Vermicelli with Chicken and Nuoc Cham (I was excited. SO disappointing. Flavors are just OFF)
Spicy Coconut Noodles (Flavorless, starchy mass…DELISH!)
Steak Fingers with Gravy (so sad. I don’t like Chicken Fried Steak. I LOVE CHICKEN FRIED STEAK. Why God? Why did this taste like poorly seasoned cardboard?)
Thai Beef with Basil (Just wrong. SO wrong.)
Turkey Spinach Sliders (DRY, DRY, DRY. BLAND, BLAND, BLAND.)

Pretzel Sticks with Beer Cheese Sauce


First of all.

I just want to say that my Aunt Kathy who is kicking ass at life just started a newspaper!! She is in the major leagues of DREAM it, DO it, DELIVER on it. Wow. So awesome! But what’s even crazier, is that she asked me to add a recipe to it. So now I’m a published recipe author. Hooray!
This leads me to my point. In times of celebration, depression, or overall idgaf-ery, some of us turn to yolo eating. Yolo eating is when you eat like there is no tomorrow, no consequences and nobody watching. Yolo eating, quite frankly, is the best.

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Li Hing Mui Mango Margaritas


Why I use a broken phone…

When I look at my phone, I am annoyed & embarrassed. The top strip area is more or less gone and the rest of the screen is completely cracked. Honestly, it’s incredible that it still works and it’s a damn near miracle that the camera still works (and also produces all the photos on my blog). 
Even though it is somehow in working condition, it is a real bother to use. I have to scroll up, down and around to read certain text messages. I cannot use my sleep/wake button &, instead, have to use the impossibly annoying Assistive Touch. And my front camera is broken so I can forget selfies (you’re welcome).

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Black Bean Dip with Chili Lime Chips


The planets align. Sometimes you can make a 3-course-meal for your friends & pull it off FLAWLESSLY. Sometimes the birds are chirping, the pie is baking, and you’re loving life. 
Other times, you’re swamped with work, PMS-ing, and have to make something for that party you promised you’d go to but realllllyyyy don’t want to go. This is when you make this dip. This dip saves your soul. Soul-saving black bean dip. It’s no joke. 

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