I might be one of the few people in the world that actually pins with a purpose. Now, I can’t say I’ve even tried 50% of the recipes I’ve pinned, but I have tried a lot. I have definitely had a couple of fails. There have been recipes that were just too difficult to recreate, and ones that just didn’t taste up to par. I’ve also had some that I loved. Here are a few of my favorite recipes that I’ve found on Pinterest. Some are easy, others are a little more difficult, but well worth the effort. I’m not a great cook, though, so if I can do it, pretty much anyone can.
These pretzel bowls via A Beautiful Mess were surprisingly easy to make. I kind of loved to making these, and the end result was delicious. It’s perfect for an upcoming fall evening. They are very heavy, though so don’t make a heavy cream based soup to put in it. That was our biggest mistake. I ended up putting a broccoli and cheese soup inside, and it was way too much. Everything was delicious, we actually couldn’t stop eating, even though it actually started to hurt. The tomato soup shown in the picture will probably be your best bet.
I made these cadbury creme egg brownies from The Merrythought for Easter and they were a huge hit. There are lots of layers involved, but everything comes together really easily. The faux cadbury creme is actually a great compliment to the dense chocolate brownie recipe too. They are extremely sweet, so make sure everyone you’re serving these to has a sweet tooth.
Andrea Meyer’s confetti rice salad recipe is a favorite for vacations and camping in my household. It is best served cold and is packed with tons of protien and veggies. It’s also a great way to use up excess veggies around your house because it pretty much goes with anything. It’s a great go-to for a summer meal, too because the only thing you have to cook is the rice.
The buffalo cauliflower from Persnickety Plates is probably Bennett’s favorite Pinterest recipe. Buffalo chicken is the one thing he misses most since he became a vegetarian, so when I told him I found a recipe made from veggies, he was all over it. I’m not a huge fan of buffalo flavoring, but I will say that this stuff with some ranch dressing makes for a really good snack that can fill you up without it being too heavy.
I made this yellow curry from A Beautiful Mess the other day and am still reeling from how easy it was to make. It’s one of my favorite Thai dishes, so I was really excited to find out that I could make it for a fraction of the cost of ordering it, and it tastes just as good! It seriously took me less time to make this than it did for the rice to cook, it was that easy. It did end up a little thinner than I like, so I think when I make this again, I’ll add a little less water.
I made these black bottom coconut squares from View from Great Island for Lacey’s going away party and really liked them. I think Bennett was the biggest fan, they barely lasted another day in my house. The brownie bottom wasn’t too sweet for the rest of the cake, and the coconut toasted perfectly. The cake on top was really moist, too.
I’ve had many more successes than I have had failures from Pinterest recipes. Always make sure to check out the links and read the preparation steps before you decide to make any of your recipes. Some things can be way overly complicated for the end result, and other things will surprise you with how easy they are. Definitely try out anything that looks good and don’t be afraid to tweak and experiment!