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8 of my go-to recipes

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know that there are few recipes I make more than once. I love trying out new concoctions in the kitchen, which I’d say is generally a good thing (though it does backfire every now and then!). That being said, there are a handful of recipes that we love so much I make over and over again. Thought it would be fun to share some of my very few go-to recipes!

1. Pork carnitas. We make these all the time (and just had them last night, actually!). I can never say no to the super cheap humongous Boston Butts at Costco. I always buy them and then we eat carnitas for weeks on end.


2. Baked brown rice. I heard on America’s Test Kitchen Radio that baking your brown rice makes it less mushy than simmering it. And guess what? It’s true! I always go for the baked rice method. It takes about the same time and simmering and is easier to clean up because the rice doesn’t stick to the pan as much. Sometimes we mix our brown rice with quinoa or cauliflower rice just to mix things up.


3. Slow cooker black beans. So easy, so cheap, so tasty! I tend to make black beans on Fridays and Saturdays when I’m out of food and need something for dinner. Turn them into black bean soup, put them on a salad or inside a taco shell, or morph them into black bean burger patties. Just make sure to think about six hours ahead so that they’re done in time :)


4. Creamy broccoli white bean soup. Never gets old! This soup seems too simple to be good, but somehow it turns out amazing. Add cheese, bacon, and bread for the best comfort meal ever.


5. Peruvian chicken spice rub. This is probably one of Anthony’s favorite recipes of all time (we just make the spice rub). Super easy because all of the spices are dried and all you have to do is toss the chicken on the grill after it’s marinated.If I’m feeling fancy I’ll whip up some green sauce too.


6. Miso pork noodle soup. Unfortunately if you’re not a Cook Smarts member I don’t think you can view this recipe — and I can’t really find anything else like it online! It’s basically pork ramen with lo mein noodles instead of ramen noodles. Since we love pho, this recipe is right up our alley.

homemade pork pho soup

7. Perfected yellow cake. Moving onto desserts… THIS cake. It’s a lot of effort but it’s simply the best cake I’ve ever made! I’ve made it about five times in the past six months because I’m obsessed.


8. Award-winning soft chocolate chip cookies. Been making these babies for years — I even remember baking them in my college dorm room toaster oven! The secret is vanilla pudding. Yum.


What is one of your favorite go-to recipes?


7 thoughts on “8 of my go-to recipes

  1. I remember oh so distinctly one time when you tried to healthify cookies in that lovely toaster oven and you basically replaced everything with fruit and it was not so great. Although I’m pretty sure the soccer players next door didn’t care.