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My All-Time Favorite Recipes

Updated: Jan 18

From sweet to savory, I've learned something from my many, many days of messing up in the kitchen: follow the stupid recipe. No, my tricks won't work. Yes, I need to preheat the oven.


To all the foodies out there, I see you! It's time to share my (mostly) fool-proof and delicious recipes that stuck with me since middle school. For reference, I'm now almost-graduating high school, so that's a pretty long while!


(I also believe you can see the effect COVID has had on people ... and food. Why am I suddenly in the kitchen so much? Ah, well, looks like this will have to stay shrouded in mystery ...)


"Pictured above is a pristine, tidy kitchen - quite the opposite of what happens when I decide to walk into the kitchen and cook or bake something."

Breakfast

Pancakes:

There's definetly that one (two, three, six ...) time you went to flip a pancake and it just ... became a mushy lump of batter instead, right? Well, I've tried exactly 16 pancake recipes in the past three months, and I found one that's just perfect.

I found the recipe on TheStayAtHomeChef.com, which has TONS of other delicious and easy recipes. Check out the pancake one here.


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Greek Yoghurt Mix:

If you're opting for a healthier choice, greek yoghurt is perfect. I personally hate the taste of it, but with the right ingredients, it's actually not that bad!

So there's a honey recipe here, but if you're more into fruits, a berry mix that I loved here. Just scroll through Pinterest and Google Images and trust me, you'll find mixtures you'll adore.


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-> BUT!

There's an entire blog post dedicated to quick and easy breakfast ideas here! Check it out if you're on a tight schedule, hate the kitchen, or generally are lazy ... and love a good breakfast!

Lunch/Dinner

Pizza Mac & Cheese:

I remember back in middle school/early high school that I was addicted to watching Tastemade videos on Snapchat. I also remember how much I loved watching Julie Nolke (@feelingpeckish, I'll never forget the way she said it.)

I made this comfort food combo twice before, and every time that I did my family loved it. (bearing in mind that I am a kitchen disaster when it comes to savory foods.) Check it out here, if you're in the mood for a carb-overload.


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Fettuccine Alfredo:

My favorite Italian dish (after ravioli) is this creamy pasta. And the fact that I can do it with minimal dish-washing and ingredients made me love it even more.

Like most of the recipes I follow, I got this one from AllRecipes.com - you'll find the Fettuccine Alfredo recipe here. I recommend you check them out from YouTube instead since it's easier to watch and follow than reading instructions, but it's up to you, really.


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Vegetarian Lasagna:

If you've met my mom, you know how much she cares about being healthy and including vegetables in most, if not all recipes she makes. (Love you, Mumzy!) Setting aside the fact that it's rubbed off on me as well, this veggie-infused lasagna will change your mind on any vegetable you used to hate.

The first time she made this recipe was in my grandma's house a couple of years ago, and we still talk about it! If you're a vegetarian (or a mom) this recipe is definitely a great one to go for.

Dessert

Brownie Oreo Cookies:

You've most likely seen this dish a ton of times online. If you haven't, let me sum it up: someone decided to combine the top three comfort desserts into one and made an omega sugar- and calorie-exploded dish.

Begin by lining a cupcake tin with cupcake wrappers. Fill 1/3 of the wrapper with a thin layer of chocolate chip cookie dough. Then, add one Oreo on top of the cookie dough, followed by a brownie mixture (I prefer Betty Crocker box mix), and fill the liners about 3/4 full. Bake in the oven according to the instructions on the brownie package and bon appetite!


For the cookie and brownie mix, you can use a box-ready or make your own recipe. If you'd like more detailed instructions, a simple "Cookie Oreo Brownie" search on YouTube will do the trick.


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Rocky Road:

One of the easiest and quickest dessert recipes ever known to mankind. All you need is 315g of tea biscuits, 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, 3 tbsp vegetable oil, and 1 can of sweetened condensed milk.

First, break up the biscuits with your hands; don't grind them too finely but ensure the pieces aren't too big, about pea- or corn-sized. Next, mix the oil and cocoa powder in a bowl, then add the milk. After that, add the biscuits to the cocoa mixture and mix it well (I recommend greasing your hands before mixing.) Lastly, set it on aluminum foil and shape it into a log before covering it completely with the foil. Let it sit overnight in the fridge, then cut it into discs and serve!

My go-to websites for recipes and last-minute ideas are usually Tasty and AllRecipes on YouTube. What's your favorite recipe? Share it in the comments below!

And until next time! Good luck with your finals - make sure to stay hydrated and well-fed! Check out my previous post for studying tips!

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