Last month I confessed that I’m bad at following directions. Recipe directions that is. Especially when I’m trying to make dinner while I’ve got a toddler pulling at my pant-legs and a baby in a carrier. Cooking = my workout. Anyone else agree?! Anyhow, back to my point here. I would say the majority of my weekly meals are considered No Recipe Meals. When you’re balancing three hats like many of us designated home cooks are, it’s nice to be able to throw a meal on the table with basic cooking skills [aka boiling water] and pantry staples you have on hand.
What’s a No Recipe Meal you ask? I shall tell you:
- No fuss, no muss meal, usually made on the fly
- A meal made with basic ingredients that you typically have on hand
- It can be considered healthy because it’s home cooked and made with fresh, wholesome ingredients whenever possible
I asked readers on Facebook if they do the same as me with this fly by the seat of your pants cooking method and guess what? Lots of YOU do! Now I’m not suggesting that we shouldn’t follow recipes— especially if you are trying a new cooking method, ingredient, or making a fancy meal for guests. But sometimes our best intention to try a new recipe turns into a missed nap, a doctor appointment that ran late, or the chance to get out of the house and go to a yoga class. Hence, the No Recipe Meal cooking method.
Now the fun part: I asked real moms, friends, bloggers, you name it, to send in any no recipe meals they made during February. My hope by sharing it with you is that you’ll not only be inspired by the simplicity of healthy home cooked meals, but you’ll share a photo or two as well.
No Recipe Meals from Really Busy, Really Cool Moms:
No Recipe Meal: Teriyaki Steak Stir-Fry
Creator: Katie, mom of 3, who would rather be baking sweet treats than cooking dinner.
Notes: This one-pot stir-fry was made with sirloin steak, broccoli, and brown rice. The Teriyaki sauce is a Kikkoman Original, found in most grocery stores. The best part? Her hubby made it! Go Katie!
No Recipe Meal: Southwest Baked Sweet Potatoes
Creator: Elizabeth, a fellow registered dietitian/mommy who is the creative genius behind “dip dip lunches” for toddlers.
Notes: Bake your sweet potatoes [smother the skin with olive oil and salt, pierce with a fork before baking] for about 60 minutes. Top with a protein [shredded chicken or ground beef], black beans, shredded cheese, a variety of veggies [tomatoes, bell peppers, avocados, corn], and condiments such as salsa, sour cream, and hot sauce.
Want more from Elizabeth? Be sure to follow her on her blog and other social media channels where she shares how to Enjoy Every Bite!
No Recipe Meal: Tilapia and Tomato Pan Sauce
Creator: Jackie, THE multi-tasking mom of 3 who manages to live life with more zest than a lemon!
Notes: The recipe is simply defrosted fillets, a bit of seasoning salt (I use Johnny’s brand), and a sprinkle of paprika. Add EVOO to a hot sautée pan, add the fish, sear on one side, then flip and slide pan into a preheated oven for as long as the pan sauce takes to cook. The pan sauce is sautéed cherry tomatoes, garlic, kalamata olives, and kale. The finished product was served with couscous—- a pasta alternative her kids love!
Want more from Jackie? Be sure to follow her Instagram and Twitter @jackiemmadill
No Recipe Meal: Veggie Fajitas
Creator: Amy, aka Ina Garten Jr., mom to Gracie, a feisty feline who loves spending time on the kitchen counter.
Notes: Sautee pepper, onion, garlic, and broccoli in a little bit of oil. Add one cup of cooked faro, black beans, and frozen corn to the pan. Add taco seasoning and a ¼ cup of water to the veggie mixture and simmer for 10 minutes until flavors are combined. Serve with whole wheat tortillas and sour cream.
Want more from Amy? She shares food, travel, and life tips on her blog, /A/MY Lifestyle. Follow her there!
And that’s a wrap!! So how about you? Do you find yourself making No Recipe Meals too? Then share!
How do I participate in the No Recipe Meal monthly round up?
- Email me a picture of your no recipe meal @ [email protected]; subject line: No Recipe Meals.
- In the email include the ingredients you used, simple cooking steps, and a tidbit about the meal.
- If you are active on social media, be sure to share your handles, names, whatever! And if not, no worries. I want a fun fact about you and your family!