What’s For Dinner? Reader’s Edition

What's for Dinner?

It’s been a long time since I’ve made anything from a cookbook. Since going gluten-free, I’ve adapted fairly well to just changing up what we normally have but I am out of ideas and spend way too much money and time at the market wandering around trying to figure out what to make.

Picky kids. Lack of time. Food allergies. Meh.

So, I ask you, what cookbooks are you cooking from these days? What food blogs or recipe sites have impressed you lately? Do you have any must-try recipes you can share with me? I feel as if I need to go back to the basics and cook from a book because my little bits of this and that add up to a lot of ingredients and although most times whatever I make tastes fine, I’m not sure the effort is necessary.

I want simple. Good. Healthy.

Plus, I want time to read in the evenings. It’s my favorite thing to do and if dinner is a simple meal, then I have more time for that.


14 thoughts on “What’s For Dinner? Reader’s Edition”

  1. I think we have ESP, because I’m in the same boat with regards to food. I have no idea what to make. I’m getting sick of roasted chicken and veg. I have a lot of cookbooks, but I swear they always ask for a hundred ingredients and I don’t want to deal with that. I want simple, but good food. I was going to try those buddha bowls and check out Pinterest. Hope you find something yummy – if you do, please share 🙂

    1. When it gets cooler, I do like to bring out the slow cooker for easy meals. Soups. I love soups. But it’s a tad too warm for everyone to jump onto the soup wagon.

      I like the Pioneer Woman’s cookbooks because of how visually appealing they are but her recipes don’t always turn out or are just okay.

  2. I’ve had pretty good luck with Budget Bytes, which is a blog not a cookbook, but nevertheless. She has a bunch of things that are easy and cheap to make, and oftentimes the commenters will chime in with substitution ideas — which is useful if you’re feeding a picky crowd!

  3. We so rarely pull out any of our cookbooks so I’m no good to you there. Had my SIL here for dinner last night along with my vegetarian son and my daughter who’s allergic to mushrooms and onions – that was a tough menu to figure out! Went with kabobs and rice and strawberry shortcake for dessert so my SIL could just do the strawberries and cream. Gluten-free is tough!

    1. I’ve done the strawberries and cream thing too. You handled the multiple food allergies well! Ever since my allergy wad diagnosed, I’ve picked up other allergies: bananas, pine nuts, pepita seeds, BumbleBee Tuna (only that brand!), pecans. It’s weird because I added nuts to things in lieu of crunch… like for salads and now I can’t do so many nuts and seeds. Like, too much of anything causes me problems later.

  4. I wish I could tell you what to use or look at but I just check out pinterest and try recipes for ingredients we have — especially with the garden generating so much yellow squash

    1. I haven’t seen a cookbook to really love in a long time. Some is due to my food allergies. I don’t want a cookbook that has only a handful of recipes I can make work. When I was vegetarian, I used and loved the Moosewood cookbooks. I still use those books but adapt them to be GF which is hard. They have a quice recipe or formula I should say, that is just so easy.

  5. Bah. Same boat. I second SkinnyTaste though – highly recommended!

    I don’t do cookbooks at all. I find maybe a recipe or two that I like and the rest of the book just doesn’t work for me. So I mostly browse around in Pinterest. Food52 and Yummly also have some great recipes!

  6. I love allrecipes.com, mostly because the recipes come with tens of comments that help you adapt the dish to your family’s taste. Otherwise, we’re doing lots of vegetable soups and salads. It’s summer, so food is easy – mostly 🙂

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