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A few of my favorite things…er recipes that is

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A few favorite recipes

A few lovely women in my life recently asked for some “Jennspiration” in the kitchen and since it’s been too too long since I’ve shared a bit over here, I thought I’d pass some of it along to you too – in case you’re feeling a bit blasé about your recent kitchen creations.

In my current state of life – unmarried and childless – I have a lot of freedom in the kitchen. I find great joy spending time cooking and experimenting with ingredients I like or want to try out. Cooking (and eating) is a stress reliever for me, so spending time in the kitchen is not much of a chore.

I do hope as I embark on the adventure that is marriage with my best guy, I hope I will continue to find as much joy in feeding those I love once it’s more of a daily task. You see, right now, part of what keeps me interested, I think, is that I tend to cook a couple times a week and in large enough quantity that I eat leftovers for days.  It’s great, because then I have lunch ready for the work week or enough that I’m not cooking every night of the week. I fear cooking will lose some of it’s luster once I’m cooking to keep a family well fed.  Have any of you had that experience? 

Anywho, back to the matter at hand. Here are a collection of some of my favorite recipes and meals I return to over and over again. You know that scene in Julie and Julia where she takes her first bite of egg and simply says “yum” with a goofy grin? Yeah, well that’s me eating these recipes.  Ask Philip – he says he can handle my audible affection for food so long as the good stuff keeps coming.

Korean Spicy Noodles: Makes a large quantity! Great for taking to a new mom who might be tired of the bountiful pans of  lasagna lovingly prepared for her.


Spicy Asian Chicken with Brussel Sprouts: Amazing any time of year. I prepare with brown rice.


Zucchini Butter: perfection for the high zucchini months of summer. Great on toast, under an egg, on a flatbread and made into pizza.  And tasty on it’s own. Yum.


Grilled Spicy Salmon After a long hiatus, I made this again recently and it’s delicious over a salad!


Sweet Potatoes with Pecans and Goat Cheese Fall perfection. Enough said.


Freezer Lamb Meatballs Recently I made these with ground beef instead of lamb and they were equally as wonderful as when I’ve made them with lamb! This time I served it over spiralized cucumber tossed with a bit of plain yogurt, lime juice, cumin, feta, salt & pepper. It was so delightful I could have eaten it for days!


Other things I tend to make over and over again that are easy:
  • Spaghetti squash with sausage, and  sauteed 3 pepper and onion starter blend  (freezer section of Kroger)
  • Pork Chops: thick cut, brined in salt water for a couple hours and then seasoned with some kind of spice blend like Penzy’s Barbeque of the America’s. Never brined a pork chop. It’s a revelation. Try it!
  • Hamburgers – my favorite is to add in cumin and some Worcestershire sauce for a bit of savory.
  • Ground beef with onions, peppers, zucchini and Italian spices. Sometimes I add in spinach if I have it.
If I’m really stuck I tend to return to the blogs I know I can trust for quality and not overly fussy recipes (generally speaking). I get super overwhelmed by all the opinions on site such as allrecipes or other large ones, so that’s why I turn to the blogs I read first and then move on from there if I can’t find what I’m looking for.
Smitten Kitchen (never made a bad recipe here, ok, maybe once)


Dinner A Love Story (great for feeding families with potentially quick and easy recipes or with fussy eaters)


Simply Recipes (a lot of basics on the site, but also some gems I’ve collected over the years).


My love of cooking comes from seeing the joy it brought my mom to feed us growing up and now learning on my own to take quality, flavorful ingredients and eek all the joy out of them that I can. Happy cooking!

Author: Jenn at SoulMeetsBodyFitness

Blogger and Beachbody coach at SoulMeetsBody Fitness. I want to share with you my journey of fitness and faith as I discover how intimately the soul and body are connected. It’s my hope that what I’m learning can encourage and spur you on in your own journey to a healthier life – body and soul!

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