Tried and True Pinterest Recipes

Everyone knows that a beautiful Pinterest picture does not a yummy recipe make. I mean, who of us hasn’t drooled over some stylized shot of Kale Salad only to find the actual dish disappointing and bland? (Lisa has a hilarious and insightful post called Pinterest Perfect dealing with this issue.) Despite all this, Pinterest is still my favorite place to find fresh, new recipes and I’m amazed at the creativity of the aspiring cooks and bloggers who make these recipes. Here are some of my recent favorites ::

Coconut Banana Bread

This bread is absolutely delicious…easily the best banana bread I’ve ever tasted. It’s not necessarily very healthy, but with some simple alterations you won’t feel any shame in eating this or sharing it with your kids (maybe decrease the amount of sugar or substitute whole wheat flour for white flour, etc.). But even without the alterations, the bananas and coconut milk add some great nutrients to your morning meal. (Valentine and I were basically in an all-out brawl for the last slice. :)

Lentil Meatballs

Logan makes fun of me whenever I mention that I’m making these, because “lentil meatballs” sound like a fake food…you know, along the lines of “wheatgrass burgers” or “tofu tacos”. But I find myself craving these tasty little morsels so much that I’ll make them on a weeknight, despite their kind of intense preparation. 

Nutella Popovers

I make these so much that now it’s, like, my “thing”. Just take Pillsbury crescent rolls (the knock-off versions don’t work as well), fill them with Nutella, roll them in cinnamon sugar, and bake for about 8 minutes. Utterly scrumptious.

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

This meal has been in the rotation since last summer. It’s easy, nutritious and so freaking tasty. 

Box Cake That Tastes Like A Bakery Cake

With a few key additions, this recipe makes any box cake as moist and decadent as a good bakery cake. I used this hack to make a cake for my sister’s baby shower last weekend and it was a smashing success. Seriously, if you do this, you’ll come off looking like some kind of baking goddess. (via

Homemade Pop Tarts

I pinned this ages ago because, well, did you see the picture? But then I never had the chance to make them until this Christmas. I thought that they would be delightful for a Christmas brunch, and I picked Nutella, cream cheese, and lemon curd as the fillings. They taste like something you’d pay seven bucks for at some fancy new coffee shop. And you can’t really tell from the picture, but they’re huge. One can easily be enough for an adult (although my family went for two apiece. Ha!). Make sure you look over the recipe before making them, because some of the ingredients are a little temperamental (for example, puff pastry dough needs to thaw overnight, but I totally knew that so that didn’t cause any problems on Christmas morning…).

Now for the fun part…What are YOUR favorite Pinterest recipes? Any flops we should be aware of? Any funny stories? Any that are in your regular rotation now?

Posted by Aanna on Friday, January 24th, 2014

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