The beginning of the year is the perfect time to pick out some new recipes to try. Today we’re sharing ideas for five classic foods. For each type of food, I’ll share a few recipes to help you get started, so you can master the perfect pancakes, grill scrumptious steaks, bake beautiful brownies, and more…even if you are just starting your journey of learning to cook.
5 Foods I’m Learning To Cook This Month
Please note: this post will make you HUNGRY!
We’ll start with breakfast. Let’s learn how to make Perfect Pancakes:
- Basic Fluffy Pancakes – There are so many ways you can customize pancakes, but it’s best to start with a basic recipe and perfect your technique because it’s amazing how hard it can be to figure out the exact right skillet, stovetop temperature, flipping time, etc.
- Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes – Because bananas and chocolate are a delicious combination.
- Gluten Free Coconut Flour Pancakes – Because I’d never want to leave out those who need a gluten free option, and these look delicious!
- 5 Minute Vegan Pancakes – I have several vegan family members, so I’m always happy to see options that work for the, too!
- Buttermilk Pancakes with Amazing Buttermilk Syrup – A personal favorite of mine. I can’t even describe how delicious this syrup is, but if you’re ever wondering what to do with some leftover buttermilk, or if you need an excuse to go buy buttermilk, start here!
- Pumpkin Pancake Loaf – If you decide you’re not destined to ever master perfect pancakes because they’re all undercooked until you cook that one perfect one, and then you burn the rest of the batch, just skip to this pancake loaf.
It’s always good to have a go-to Pasta Dish in your repertoire. Pastas are so versatile. They can make a quick and easy dinner if you need to get dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less. They’re perfect for a potluck or to bring to a friend. There are a lot of meatless options. Many pasta casserole type recipes can be prepared ahead of time and then frozen. So many choices!
- Classic Baked Ziti – A basic baked ziti recipe is one of those that you really can’t mess up, and it’s perfect to take to that friend who just had a baby.
- Baked Chicken Parmesan Ziti – A twist on the traditional ziti, using chicken instead of ground beef, and starting in the slow cooker to make it even easier. This one’s an easy freezer meal, too. And Panko bread crumbs make any meal even more delicious.
- Baked Spaghetti – I can’t say this one’s healthy, but the cream cheese makes it extra creamy, and the French-fried onion topping is just genius.
- Pizza Casserole – In case you can’t tell from the last couple, I love finding pasta casseroles that are more than just a basic cheese topping (though there’s nothing wrong with a perfectly browned cheese topping). Turning a casserole into a pizza is fun, especially for kids!
- Spinach Alfredo Crockpot Lasagna – Even though you can’t get much more convenient than a basic pasta bake like those above, the slow cooker makes everything easier, right? And including spinach makes it at least seem healthier.
- Vegetarian Stuffed Shells – A vegetarian option that looks so good it might make your kids eat some of the vegetables they say they don’t like.
- Jambalaya Pasta – A stovetop option that looks and sounds fancy, but is really quick and easy!
- Mini Lasagnes – Not quite a pasta, but if you’ve never cooked with won ton or egg roll wraps, you should do it soon. They are so crispy and amazing!
If you’re thinking of making a great classic meal for your Valentine, master the art of a perfect steak, and pair it with perfect potatoes:
- Pan Seared Filet of Beef with Red Wine Pan Sauce and Garlic Mash – An all in one recipe that even tells you the exact timing of each step in order to prepare this whole gourmet meal – if you’ve decided to splurge on a filet for your special meal.
- Grill the Perfect Steak – I’m including links to different types of preparation because your technique will vary with each one!
- Skillet Steak – For a delicious, buttery, mouth-watering steak.
- Oven Cook Steak to Perfection – For a simple oven preparation.
- Perfect Steak Marinade – For an added touch.
- How To Tell When Steak is Done – Tips for knowing when your steak is done to the appropriate wellness, especially important if you’re preparing for others who might not want it cooked the same way you’ve always liked it!
- Traditional Mashed Potatoes – Always a perfect match for a good steak, especially with a little pan gravy.
- Grown Up Tater Tots – Slightly fancier than a basic baked potato.
- Parmesan Potato au Gratin – If you want to really step up the side dish for your perfect steak.
If you’re starting to think about the perfect entrée for the Super Bowl in a couple weeks, look no further because chili is the answer. There are again so many options, and mastering the art of making chili in January will allow you to make it over and over on cold winter days.
- 5 Ingredient Crockpot Chili – If there was ever a dish that is meant for the Crockpot, it’s chili. This is a simple, basic recipe.
- Crockpot Chicken Chili – If your New Year’s Resolution has you eating less red meat, or if you just love the taste of chicken chili.
- Easy Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili – Sticking with the slow cooker, but adding a vegetarian option.
- 30 Minute Corn and Black Bean Chili – Chili doesn’t have to slow cook all day. This is a quick and healthy option.
- Jalapeno Popper Turkey Chili – And if you’re looking for a slightly unusual chili option, give this one a try, especially if you like your chili spicy!
Let’s close it out with dessert. Having a perfect brownie ready to go from your pantry helps with those last minute needs – to bring to the Super Bowl party, or for the school or work snack, or just because you need some chocolate RIGHT NOW.
- Big Bang Brownies – A simple recipe to make from scratch, and you probably already have all the ingredients in your house.
- Disappearing Marshmallow Brownies – Because adding marshmallow gooey-ness can only make brownies even better.
- Jazz Up Boxed Brownies – If you’re like me and have no problem taking the shortcut and starting with a boxed mix, but want your brownies to taste like you worked really hard.
- Easy Cookie Oreo Brownie Bars – Because why not add chocolate chip cookie dough and Oreos?
- Simple Vegan Brownies – Sometimes I doubt the vegan version of a decadent dessert can taste quite as good, but I made these over the holidays, and they were every bit as tasty as traditional brownies.
This should give you plenty of ideas for choosing that recipe you’re going to master this month. Before you head out the door to the grocery store to get started, let us know which one you plan to try first in the comments!
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