Pinterest Test Kitchen

11 Oct

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Pinterest is so freaking awesome /slash the biggest time suck ever/ but still so awesome. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t spend hours perusing pretty countertops and baby animals with clever captions and outfits I’ll never be able to afford and other such things. But I definitely spend the most time drooling over recipes. The problem with Pinterest, however, is that any old schmo can pin their photos and write a compelling caption and then people like me head to the kitchen with really super high hopes and then the outcome is totally mediocre. Meh. (Sorry, is that totally rude?)

So I’m going to do you all a favor and take the guess work out of it. Cause I’m nice like that.

Here are the winners this week, and trust me – if I can cook it, you can cook it.

The Pin: Raw Pecan Pumpkin Butter

Source: Oh She Glows

BUTTER USE

Difficulty:  None, all you have to do is measure and blend. A 5 year old could successfully make this.

Time Requirement: >5 minutes

Taste: OMG. Ah-maying. It basically tastes like pumpkin pie filling, which [to me at least] is a very, very good thing.

Notes: If it doesn’t seem like its blending, give it a minute. It takes a second to get smooth.

Find it: Here

The Pin: Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes

Source: One Messy Kitchen

CAKES USE

Difficulty:  Low-moderate, if you’re me. I have this incurable tendency to burn pancakes. Make them frequently, burn them always (as illustrated in the photo). Prep time is slightly longer than say, Bisquik pancakes, but you can handle it. I’m sure.

Time Requirement: 15-20 minutes, depending how many you make/burn

Taste: A+. I’ve made some really bummer pancakes from Pinterest. These aren’t those – they’re light, fluffy, and pumpkiny. Even my pumpkin-despising hubby stole a couple of these off my plate- winner!

Notes: I subbed almond milk for regular, and you could probably sub a flax egg for eggs if you aren’t down with that, but I haven’t tried it myself.

Find it: Here

       The Pin: Raw Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad w/ Maple Tahini Dressing

Source: Cookie + Kate

SPROUTS USE

Difficulty:  Quick N Easy

Time Requirement: 15ish minutes

Taste: Amazing. But how could a salad made of kale, brussels sprouts, maple syrup, tahini, and parm not be? Total food porn.

Notes: Drop 5-10 minutes from the prep time and buy pre-sliced sprouts.

Find it: Here

The Pin: Sweet Potato Turkey Sheppard’s Pie

Source: Skinny Taste

Pie

Difficulty:  Moderate – mostly a matter of prep time.

Time Requirement: 30-45 minutes

Taste: Like, so good. A perfectly solid healthy take on one of my favorite fall comfort foods. And oh, I heart sweet potatoes so hard.

Notes: I wasn’t sure if the turkey would make this bland, but don’t even trip. The spices are perfection and I do happen to love a good parsnip. Seriously.

Find it: Here

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