Five dinner recipes have been on my mind for so long that I think it’s time to get it together and see what my cooking skills can whip up! 

Hey guys! I don’t post about food often, but I’ve recently found myself switching between trying new recipes and being “too busy to cook.” Both of which I’m sure you can relate to. If you’re a consistent reader you’ll know this about me—cooking food for one is my least favorite thing because when I think of leftovers the “LOATHE ENTIRELY” scene from The Grinch pops up with flashing words in my head. I can handle them for a little bit, but I don’t like eating one thing for a week. I made my favorite soup a couple weeks ago and I’m not sure it’s my favorite anymore...Of course, there is the freezer option but I know myself and I would definitely forget about it!

To make a long story short, all of my grandmothers are masters in the kitchen. Ranging from Lebanese family favorites to gourmet delights, each of my great grandmothers and grandmas has had a special talent in the cooking department. Using them as inspiration, I have decided that I can and will make these five recipes within the New Year! No more excuses! I’ve been wanting to make these recipes for such a long time, leftovers or not it’s time to get cooking!

If you’ve made any of these dinner ideas, I would love to hear your tips or recipe notes on any and all of them. If you haven’t made them yet, the recipes are linked for your convenience! Here we go:

1. Flank Steak with Chimichurri: I tried it once at my friend’s aunt and uncle’s house and I was hooked. The chimichurri is probably what I loved most about it. It is Y-U-M! I am a huge sauce/condiment person though. There’s something about this particular one that I could not get enough of—not to mention how that flank steak just melts in your mouth!

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2. Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai: I’m on a bit of a spaghetti squash kick as of late. Not only is this veggie included in some of the simplest healthy recipes to make maybe ever, it's also delicious! It can be dressed up or dressed down—no matter how simple or complicated the recipe may be, I’ve loved the result of each one I’ve tried. However, this pad Thai version is new to me! I was worried about the consistency of the noodles at first, but then I realized that spaghetti squash has similar qualities to the noodles used in the original version!

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3. Pot Roast: Never having made the dish, I feel strange saying it’s one of my favorite meals. It’s true though! I love when my grandma makes it when I go home to visit. They don’t call it comfort food for nothin’! Pot roast is one of the very few things I don’t mind eating as leftovers, too. That’s a bonus! This particular recipe was adapted from the Pioneer Woman...so you know it’s good.

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4. Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms: If you’ve ever been to BJ’s, you’ve probably tasted a little bit of heaven in the form of Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms. I’ve wanted to make them for so long, but it seemed like out of all of the mushroom recipes out there, I could never find the right one, that is, until now! I find myself craving them on the reg...it’s becoming quite expensive and I think that once I know I can make them I might crave them less! That sounds backwards, but it’s the truth. I think that these would make a great appetizer for a get-together! The best part of these caps is the pesto-y, lemon-y mixture that they drizzle on top of the panko crumbs...ahh I can almost taste it now!

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5. Lebanese Cabbage Rolls: Never have I ever had better cabbage rolls than what my Siti would make! My great grandma could cook anyone under the table...even at 80! She would create a lot of things, this being one of my favorites, especially dipped in lebni (pretty much thicker Greek yogurt). It’s a true art form to be able to roll cabbage that tight! I can’t imagine that I will be able to make a dish that could compare to hers, but I am willing to give an old family recipe a try! Practice makes perfect right?

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Remember in Spy Kids when they press a button on that crazy microwave and McDonald’s magically appears? Yeah, I want that. It would surely make these a lot easier to make! Because we don’t live in a movie, I’m happy to have the ability to cook in a clean, fully stocked kitchen! I can’t wait to see how these dinner recipes turn out! Have any suggestions? Let me know below! Thanks, y’all!

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