October Recipe Roundup: Healthy Comfort Food

I've decided to do a monthly Recipe Roundup for y'all, since I tend to try so many new recipes each month, and I get excited about entirely too many of them. Today I'm sharing 6 favorites from this month that you are going to loooooveee.

We all know the frustration of trying new recipes on Pinterest, only to discover that they look terrible, take 18 hours to prepare, or taste like something you could have bought ready-made for $4. All those intense people with their gorgeous photos of their food on white counter-tops tend to forget that the people following their recipes are distracted, pressed for time, and cooking with tiny people underfoot.

You won't find any of that nonsense here. I'm not going to list everything that I've pinned in the past thirty days. I'm only including the recipes that have survived my kitchen and lived to be praised by my family and neighbors. Only the tried-and-true creations that are worth adding to your meal-planning list.

Here I'll put all of my favorites for each month, all in one place, combined with any necessary changes or tips that worked well for me when I made the recipe.

Thanks for joining me! If you are a fellow blogger and you want to be a part of next month's Recipe Roundup, shoot me an email and let me know!
This HOMEMADE PIZZA RECIPE that is easier than any bread recipe I've ever tried! You mix a few ingredients in a glass jar or other container, place it in the fridge for 3-14 days, then pull it out and bake it up. Literally so easy. The best part is, it is good for you because it's a sourdough (meaning the gluten breaks down and is easier for your body to digest), and it is actually on plan for Trim Healthy Mama (you can read a bit more about that here).

  • I've noticed that the dough compacts and slowly loses its rise when it's sitting in the fridge. Don't be alarmed by this. It still comes out perfectly good later.
  • The dough puffs up more than you think it will when it's baking, so press it down fairly thin.
  • The parchment paper isn't necessary if you're not using a pizza stone, but it does make cleanup way easier. 
  • The finished pizza reheats fairly well the second day, then declines in flavor as time goes on; if you want to make a lot, I recommend just freezing the pizza crust itself instead of the entire pizza (she talks more about how to do this in the comments of the recipe)

MEXICAN STUFFED PEPPERS that had superb flavor. I remember being grossed out by stuff peppers as a kid (I'm not the biggest pepper fan), but I figured I'd give these a try because, hello, I'm an adult now. Well, these were delicious! But it turns out I'm still not a big fan of bell peppers in any form, so I probably won't be making these again.
  • If you don't like bell peppers either, try making up a skillet just with the rice + bean + meat mixture instead! Healthy, filling, and oh-so-tasty.
  • I did find that the peppers didn't get very soft, even with prolonged bake time, so I'd recommend choosing a small baking dish and making sure the sauce/water comes up higher around the peppers. My sauce mixture was a bit less than half the height of the peppers.

I have probably shared these with you before, but they are too good not to bring them up again: BABY TURKEY MEATBALLS. These fantastic meatballs are perfect for babies, but they taste good enough for the whole family to feast on them.
  • I add a teaspoon of garlic and a teaspoon of Italian seasoning on top of the other ingredients. Amazeballs.
  • As the recipe states, you can do any combination of veggies/cheeses. There really are no limits.
  • To keep these healthier and gluten-free, I sub oat or almond flour in place of the breadcrumbs.
Bomb CARROT CAKE MUFFINS that don't even taste "healthy." I recommend filling the muffin batter close to the top if you want to get that puffy, muffin look; otherwise they tend to hunker down with flat tops. Either way, they taste great. The worst part of this recipe is that it makes 9 muffins. What the crap kind of number is that? I doubled the recipe because I couldn't handle it, ha.

  • If you're not up for peeling and coring an apple, you can substitute 1/4 - 1/2 cup applesauce.
  • I left out the ginger because I'm not a huge fan.
  • I don't have a blender big enough to fit all of the ingredients; all I have is a magic bullet. So I grind the oats first and dump them into a bowl, then blend the wet ingredients together. But you can also do this recipe without any type of mixer/blender.
  • Feel free to sub in things like grated zucchini, too!

And I saved the best for last: MILLIONAIRES SHORTBREAD BARS. These babies are like homemade Twix bars that can sit around in your fridge all week, but not do too much to upset your healthy eating. You still shouldn't binge-eat these things (they're loaded with healthy fats, so they tend to give you a tummy-ache if you eat too much at all, haha).
  • I chose to bake the shortbread layer for 10 min. at 350 degrees. I don't think it made too much of a difference.
  • I'd advise lining your baking dish with parchment or wax paper. It will make getting them out of the pan much simpler.
  • These can end up being really pricey since you use so much real maple syrup. If this doesn't work for you, I'm sure you could sub in some honey, and someone in the comments said that using stevia also worked. Try new combinations!

Thanks for joining me! What recipes have you tried this month that turned out to be incredible? I've found that new recipes are great opportunities for starting up little traditions. Special muffins or cookies that you share with your neighbor. A new dinner dish that you invite friends over to share. Or the homemade pizza that, for us, turned Sunday dinner into and indoor picnic. Bon appetit!

10 comments:

  1. These all look so good! And it definitely helps they are a little healthier ;) Thank you!

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    1. Yes there are a million decadent recipes floating around Pinterest and I just need some good wholesome food that won't make me binge on it haha!

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  2. It all looks so good but it IS National Pizza Month so that pizza really caught my eye!

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    1. Oh I didn't know that! Yay I will celebrate accordingly ;)

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  3. The pizza and the millionaire bars look especially delicious! Thanks so much for sharing these, I really need to try some new recipes again.

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    1. It helps to freshen up the menu for sure. But I want to have some favorites that I come back to so my menu planning is easier. Hopefully this Recipe Roundup once a month will help me solidify that!

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  4. The pizza recipe looks incredible! We like homemade pizza around here, too!

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    1. it's great even with mostly wheat flour, and SO EASY. If you're not going super healthy you could use more white flour and make it even better ;)

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  5. I think I'm going to have to try Millionaire's Shortbread Bars- those sound really good! Your pizza looks amazing too! I haven't made pizza for awhile. I should give this a try!

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    1. My mom used to make homemade pizza, but it always seemed like rather a big production. This pizza takes no thought at all. I just keep shredded mozzarella cheese in the freezer and canned sauce in the pantry and pizza comes together in less than an hour! The bars are reaaaaallly good too.

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