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I’ve always loved the cook but for the past 6 weeks, I’ve been putting that skill to the test. I’ve only had takeouts twice, so you know I’ve been in the kitchen A LOT! I try my best not to go to the grocery store, I’ve mostly been using food delivery services and making sure to use up what I have. I like to plan a few meals but I also get bored easily so I need to cook a few different things. This is what I’ve been making lately:

Breakfast __ are pretty easy for me and almost always the same, a combination of toasts with avocado, eggs, peanut butter, jam, cherry tomatoes on the side or berries. Lately I’ve been doing this egg in toast and it’s delicious. I made pie crust last week from the recipe in Nothing Fancy cookbook and it came out perfect. I was lazy and used my stand mixer, I just made sure to use the lowest setting. Using my biggest cookie cutter, I cut out a few rounds to make mini quiches (like the one above) or mini galettes (below).

Lunch __ are also easy because I plan ahead, since I don’t go to the grocery store weekly, I don’t always have fresh leafy greens. Lately, I’ve been making batches of soup loaded with veggies. My current favorites are this mushroom soup and tuscan white bean soup. I almost always had extra veggies to my soups regardless of the recipe and puree them in my ninja. I just got a new stockpot pan so I can make larger batches.

This is the tuscan white bean soup, it’s really great with a piece of crusty bread. If you are in a baking mood, it will so awesome with focaccia. I like to have it with an orange on the side.

This is the mushroom soup, love it with an egg and apple on the side.

I don’t drink smoothies so I try to have a piece of fruit with breakfast and/or lunch. I have not been buying bananas because they don’t last and I don’t want to be forced to make banana bread.

Dinner__ I always try to have some basics prepared like rice, beans, shredded chicken or ground beef/turkey, they are great bases for a lot of meals. If you are not used to cooking rice, this is a great rice recipe. You can use can beans, I personally love my pressure cooker, it’s perfect to cook dry beans in 20 minutes. Last week, I cooked a few chicken breasts and shredded them. I used the stock to make the tuscan white bean soup above.

This is an example of the meals I make with the bases above. A simple chicken, beans and rice bowl. I added avocados, cherry tomatoes, corn, parsley and green onions. If you have salsa or taco sauce, it’s a great addition.

I also cooked a huge batch of Shredded beef ragu. I didn’t follow one recipe, but was inspired by this post. It took a long time but it came out so good. I’ve had it with pasta (see pic below) or on polenta. I don’t immediately mix the ragu with anything, until I’m ready to eat.

I also use my cooked ground beef or turkey to make bowls or something more fun like nachos.

These nachos are a hit, I’ve had them like 3 times with a yummy margarita on the side.

You can’t go wrong with a chicken dinner, I love getting chicken breasts and legs with skin-on and marinate them in olive oil and herbs. Before cooking, I sprinkle coarse salt on all sides and black pepper. I cook it in a hot cast iron pan coated with olive oil, skin side down. After about 4-5 minutes, I transfer the pan to the oven at 400 degrees. Cooking time in the oven will depend on how thick the chicken breast is.

Below, I also browned some lemon slices in butter, while my pasta is cooking in boiling salted water. Once the pasta is done, I transfer it to the lemon butter mix (make sure to remove the lemon slices). Then add some of the pasta water, black pepper and parmesan to create a sauce. Also sautéed some kale with garlic.

Desserts __ Using the same pie crust I mentioned above, I also made mini galettes. I sautéed apples with butter, brown sugar, lemon and cinnamon. Add about a spoonful in the crust, fold it over and baked them in a muffin pan. You can sprinkle some coarse sugar on top. This is a perfect recipe for apple galette, if you need specific instructions.

These are seriously the best chocolate chips cookies I’ve ever had. They are amazing and just melt in your mouth. I used chocolate chips hence why mine is not as flat as the recipe.

I was in the mood for red velvet cake, so I made these red velvet cupcakes. The frosting is delicious. My piping skills are limited but these were so delicious.

I just got this cookbook so I can learn to bake more classic favorites. What have you guys been cooking or baking, please share.

Some of my favorites in my kitchen…

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