my go-to recipes!

by Danica on October 7, 2013

Have I ever mentioned that I love cookbooks?

If you know how much I love food and to cook/bake, then you’re not surprised, I’m sure.

There’s just something about flipping through the pages filled with wholesome ingredients and mouth-watering pictures that makes me want to run to the kitchen, throw on my apron, and create something!

Cookbooks inspire me.

And though it will never be as good as a real book, I get a lot of healthy cooking inspiration online, too – from blogs, health websites, and online magazine sites.

I have a recipes Pinterest board that’s overflowing with recipes I want to try, and I also have a saved file on my computer filled with bookmarked recipes that are tried-and-true favorites.

There are a lot of great recipes out there on the web, but listed below are a few of the ones I keep going back to – we love them!

So here they are!  A few of my favorite go-to (online) recipes that make a frequent appearance in our kitchen…





I’d highly encourage you to try one out this week!


Where do you find inspiration for cooking/baking in your kitchen?

What meals do you/your family have on repeat?

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1 Becky October 7, 2013 at 7:39 am

I love seeing other people’s favorite recipes! It always gives me ideas. Thanks for sharing!
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2 Danica October 7, 2013 at 7:27 pm

That’s why I love all of the “What I Ate Wednesday” posts – I always get a new idea or recipe!


3 Nikki @ grab your kicks October 7, 2013 at 7:57 am

Thanks for sharing! I love seeing what others make consistently! I am always looking for new dinner recipes.
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4 Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life October 7, 2013 at 8:10 am

Aww, thanks for including two of my recipes!! That’s definitely a great list of yumminess you’ve got up there. :)
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5 Danica October 7, 2013 at 7:29 pm

You’re welcome! Your blog was one of the very first I started reading a couple of years ago, and I’ve loved it all along!


6 Katie @ running4cupcakes October 7, 2013 at 8:29 am

I love seeign what other people cook on a regular basis! Thanks for sharing. :)
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7 Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl October 7, 2013 at 8:33 am

I love looking through cookbooks or cooking magazines too! There are so many recipes and so little time. I’ve been wanting to try those tortillas from Lean Green Bean too.
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8 Danica October 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm

The tortillas are so easy to make (and they taste really good!) – I actually don’t ever buy tortillas anymore because these are so easy to make, not to mention cheap :)


9 Katie October 7, 2013 at 9:12 am

Nice compilation! I don’t have that many go-to recipes yet, but hopefully some day!
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10 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy October 7, 2013 at 9:18 am

Jenna’s rice and bean casserole is one of my favorites too! So easy and cheap!
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11 Danica October 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm

I know! It requires such little prep too, which is awesome for those busy nights!


12 ErikaMC October 7, 2013 at 9:40 am

I always forget about my cookbooks – I need to use them more. I think I have too many recipes saved – I want to make them all but there’s a lot I never get around to. I should make it a goal to make at least 1 thing new each week. We have fAnnetastic Anne’s enchiladas on our weekly rotation. Super good and easy and great for leftovers.


13 Danica October 7, 2013 at 7:32 pm

I’ll have to check out that enchilada recipe – we love Mexican food at our house :)

And I’m actually considering making that a goal for 2013 – make 1 new recipe each week…it sounds fun AND intimidating :)


14 Lauren October 7, 2013 at 9:51 am

These look so, SO good. You definitely share the same tastes as me! I’ve been wanting to try those oatmeal cookie pancakes since they came up on my Pinterest a long time ago! UGH. I die at the pictures.
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15 Danica October 7, 2013 at 7:32 pm

They’re delicious!! Perfect for a weekend morning :)


16 Heather Murphy October 7, 2013 at 9:56 am

These all sound delicious, especially the tuna avocado salad! Tuna is my go- to lunch. We love turkey burito’s and guacamole at our house. So easy and tasty.


17 Danica October 7, 2013 at 7:32 pm

burtios? yum!! We’re all about Mexican food at our house :)


18 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 7, 2013 at 10:51 am

Oh goodness, there’s just too much good food out there, and only so much room in my stomach. Seriously. I have a really bad habit of collecting recipes and never actually making them, but I think a lot of that comes down to the fact that I just get overwhelmed with all the good ones out there and don’t even know where to start. Those double chocolate brownies are calling my name, though…
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19 Danica October 7, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Those brownies are so so good – I only use about 1/2 or 3/4 of the sugar the recipe calls for, and I also undercook them a tiny bit :)


20 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl October 7, 2013 at 11:20 am

Thanks for sharing those links. I am loving all of the veggie-friendly recipes :).
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21 Danica October 7, 2013 at 7:34 pm

It’s pretty rare that we eat meat at our house…I love that you noticed that :)


22 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl October 7, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Yay for veggies! :)
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23 Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat October 7, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Thanks so much for sharing these! Can’t wait to check some out!
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24 Kelsey @ Ramblings of Change October 7, 2013 at 12:05 pm

I think a lot of my inspiration comes from reading blogs! I have a few cookbooks I’m in love with, but since I already read my blogs, it’s multi-tasking. Matt and I also like to throw meals together of different types of foods we like. I like creativity! Our repeat meals would have to be our “homemade” spaghetti, crockpot meals (we have about 4 we rotate), sweet potatoes as a side for a lot of things, Betty Crocker’s parmesan orzo with meatballs (adapted to our likings!), and homemade pizza!
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25 Danica October 7, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Homemade pizza is pretty much a weekly dinner at our house too! It just never, ever gets old :)


26 Heather @Pinkaholic Fitness October 7, 2013 at 1:53 pm

They all look so amazing, but that first one has my mouth watering before I even clicked on the link! Hehe I love Pinterest as well, so many great recipes and lots of inspiration to come up with your own creations!


27 Danica October 7, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Definitely! That’s why I love all of the “What I Ate Wednesday” posts so much – I always get new ideas!


28 Tara@PNWRunner October 7, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Banana Bread is always on repeat on my house. I love it!!


29 Danica October 7, 2013 at 7:37 pm

You should try the recipe I shared above sometime! It’s really, really good.
and a side note: I usually only put about half the sugar the recipe calls for, and it’s still plenty sweet :)


30 sarah October 7, 2013 at 6:57 pm

thanks for sharing
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31 Deb @ Dietitian Debbie Dishes October 7, 2013 at 7:02 pm

I am totally saving this post for cooking inspiration some night I don’t know what to have! I definitely want to try out that sweet potato black bean chili from Fitnessista. :-)
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32 Danica October 7, 2013 at 7:38 pm

That chili is SO so good – I just made it on Saturday (first time this season) and had leftovers for dinner tonight :) love it!


33 Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections October 7, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Yes! What a great post idea! I am always on the lookout for new recipes. Sometimes I get stuck in the same habit of making the same things all the time. I def need to branch out. Thanks for this!
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34 Brooke Louwagie October 7, 2013 at 10:33 pm

Seeing all of these recipes really makes me want to bake! It kind of stink not being able to bake at college…but what can ya do. We will just have to have a baking day the next time we are both home for a holiday or what ever (:


35 Danica October 9, 2013 at 8:20 am

um, yes!!! especially around Christmas time this year – baking together is a must! :)


36 Jessie October 8, 2013 at 3:38 am

Awesome recipes by awesome bloggers! I’ve been meaning to try the lentil mac & cheese. Thanks for the reminder!
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37 Katie October 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Oh heavens, so many good recipes! I will be referencing this (especially that lunch/dinner section) when I reach a brain block…which is often these days. Thanks!
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