If you're like me, you probably pin many recipes on Pinterest, but how often do you actually make Pinterest dishes? Well, here are five mouthwatering recipe pins I put to the test, along with a few tips and serving suggestions, too!
- Barbecue Tempeh Sandwiches - Tempeh may seem intimidating, but it's a hearty, high-protein, versatile food that can be sliced, crumbled, sauteed or baked in so many different flavorful ways. I used Stubb's Smokey Mesquite Barbecue Sauce (free of high fructose corn syrup) for this particular dish. I followed the recipe with the exception of adding a few sprinkles of cayenne and swapping the Kaiser rolls for Trader Joe's sprouted whole grain bread to serve them open faced with a side of baked garlic polenta fries for a fast and tasty meal.
- Spaghetti with Tempeh Meatballs - I was on a bit of a tempeh kick and this recipe looked so different from the barbecue tempeh sandwiches, so I thought I'd give it a try as well. I followed this recipe but skipped the homemade sauce and instead used organic jarred sauce with some sauteed veggies to add a more "homemade" taste. And let me just say - it turned out well! I also used brown rice pasta spirals instead of spaghetti. I like this recipe because it also provided some leftovers for lunch the next day.
- Smoky Chickpea Cauliflower Tacos with Lentil Tortillas - My boyfriend saw these at the top of my Pinterest board and surprised me one night by bringing the ingredients for us to make them. I was intrigued by the idea of making tortillas from lentils, so was looking forward to making them. The recipe photo looks so gourmet (read: complex and difficult to make); but, they were actually very easy to pull together and tasted delicious! Plus, I drew inspiration from this recipe to whip up a quick savory pancake breakfast the next morning by tossing some chickpeas, quick oats, unsweetened almond milk, garlic powder, cumin, sea salt, and cayenne pepper into the blender to make the pancake batter - yummy! Top them off with a little ketchup and/or sriracha sauce and a side salad.
- Moroccan Phyllo Rolls with Balsamic Maple Sauce - This dish looked so scrumptious and interesting, I just had to try it! Overall, these turned out pretty well, but I'm not sure if I would make them again given the amount of ingredients involved and time required, but maybe for a special occasion. Try it out for yourself and let me know your conclusion!
- Vegan Pizza Quinoa Balls - I intended to make this recipe as-is for a party because it's allergy-friendly and who doesn't love pizza? However, after following the steps to my best ability (and adding a few extra dashes of my favorite seasoning: garlic powder), it seemed a bit too liquidy to make into balls. So, I made it into a dip and paired it with squares of toasted Stonefire garlic naan instead - nice save, eh? That worked out really well and was faster too. I left the party with an empty dish!
Word of advice - don't let the perfect-looking food shots on Pinterest intimidate you; try them out, make them your own and have fun! There are a lot more Pinterest dishes I'd like to try and, slowly but surely, I will! Half the work is finding a recipe you're excited enough about and willing to try, but Pinterest always seems to come to the rescue. So, you'll always have an answer to the age old question, what's for dinner tonight?
What recipes have you made from your Pinterest boards? Any tips to share with us?