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Living a Week Off of “Tasty” Recipes

I suck at cooking – just downright absolutely terrible. I think it has to do with the fact that cooking both scares me and intimidates me. I’m scared of burning/wasting food, and intimidated by how complex recipes can be. I also suck for trying new things so if I do cook, it’s usually the same two meals over and over.

Thankfully, my husband is a great cook. He doesn’t love cooking, but he can do it. When we were both working and getting home at the same time each day, this was perfect – he’d cook dinner while I did laundry or cleaned the house. However, once I started maternity leave, it didn’t make sense to wait for Tim to make dinner anymore when I was already home and hungry.

The issue though – I can’t cook. For the first few months of Charlotte’s life, I would either wait for Tim to get home anyways or eat cereal for dinner. In my defense, I was also exhausted with a baby who didn’t leave my body and didn’t really want to do any more work than absolutely needed, but cereal for dinner all the time is really not nutritious.

Thankfully, because I was already at my parent’s house nearly everyday planning mine and Tim’s wedding, we were fed some pretty good meals. It wasn’t until after the wedding when I was no longer visiting as much that I realized I needed to learn to cook dinner. Not only would it be better for us as a couple (that way Tim didn’t feel stressed about needing to make dinner the moment he got home) but it would also cause us to eat better (given that we wouldn’t wait so long to eat and then just eat whatever was easy).

So in order to improve my skills in the kitchen and learn how to cook, I turned to BuzzFeed Tasty’s app (because who doesn’t love watching those videos). I picked a few good and easy recipes, went out to buy the ingredients, and committed to one week of making food I never would have attempted otherwise! Here’s that week.

*Just a small note: Charlotte was only starting purees when I did this experiment and therefore, she did not participate in the testing of these recipes.

Day One Breakfast: Egg in a Mug

Find Tasty’s Veggie and Cheese Egg Breakfast in a Mug Here.

I love eggs but hate how long it takes to prep and make them in the mornings when I am extremely hungry. I hoped that by making them in the microwave, it would be slightly faster and still just as tasty!

We were sorely mistaken. It may be because our microwave sucks, but we had to cook this for triple the time listed and still had runny eggs. We also both agreed the bread taste weird and that we would rather make an omelet the normal way than this “quick” way. Microwaving the eggs just made the whole dish slimy and not at all satisfying.

Our Ratings:

  • Easy: 4 / 5
  • Tasty: 1.5 / 5
  • Filling: 1 / 5

Overall: We would not make this dish again. The slimy taste of the eggs ruined the dish entirely.

Day One Dinner: Grilled Cheese Roll-Ups

Find Tasty’s Grilled Cheese Roll-Ups Here.

I really looked forward to this meal because it’s just grilled cheese with a twist, but it was way more pain than it was worth. However, I did find that the 1:1 cheese-to-bread ratio made it taste better. Even when I double the cheese on a normal grilled cheese for an even ratio, I often find it too much bread.

That being said, trying to keep the bread rolled up while you made it caused you to not be able to walk away – something that is kind of crucial when cooking with a little one nearby who needs you at any random time.

Our Rating:

  • Easy: 4.5 / 5
  • Tasty: 5 / 5
  • Filling: 3.5 / 5

Overall: I would make this again, specifically for Charlotte! Having it rolled up would make the sandwich much easier for a toddler to eat.

Day Two Breakfast: Classic Omelet

Find Tasty’s Classic Omelet Here.

I am actually really good at making omelets, but I am very basic in the way I make it – I only ever make cheese omelets. For this experiment, because I wanted to go out of my comfort zone, I wanted to use an omelet recipe that had more than just eggs and cheese.

I wasn’t as big of a fan of the spinach and tomato in my eggs as I wanted to be, but Tim enjoyed it! I knew he would given that he tends to order western omelets when we go out for breakfast, but I guess I like what I am used to.

Our Rating:

  • Easy: 5 / 5
  • Tasty: 4.5 / 5
  • Filling: 5 / 5

Overall: I’ll definitely make this again for Tim (and Charlotte) but will stick to a plain cheese omelet for myself.

Day Two Dinner: Honey Garlic Ribs

Find Tasty’s Honey Garlic Ribs Here.

This is the recipe I was the absolute most nervous about attempting – ribs. Touching raw meat is something that I get extremely squicky about – it grosses me out so much! For this recipe, you have to not only touch it but rub seasoning all over it.

I found this recipe very difficult to make solely because I don’t own a garlic press and needed to somehow mince 10 cloves of garlic with a knife. However, the end result was so flipping delicious and worth it!! I just need to buy a garlic press to cut down on the prep time.

Our Rating:

  • Easy: 3 / 5 (If I had a garlic press, this would be 5 / 5)
  • Tasty: 5 / 5
  • Filling: 4 / 5 (a full 5 when a side is added)

Overall: I’ve made this twice since this experiment and have loved the stuff every time.

Day Three Breakfast: Freezer Burritos

Find Tasty’s Freezer Burritos Here.

Making a freezer recipe for breakfast was important to me because if it turned out good and we liked it enough to make it again, we could make it to eat for our busy mornings. Tasty offers a few different frozen recipes but Tim really liked the idea of breakfast burritos!

This whole recipe was such a pain to make and took very long, but overall it was very tasty and super filling. I enjoyed having a healthy breakfast meal ready for me!

Our Rating:

  • Easy: 2 / 5 (So not considered quick and easy)
  • Tasty: 5 / 5
  • Filling: 5 / 5

Overall: I would love to make this regularly, but due to how long it took to make, I have yet to make it again since the experiment. I just don’t look forward to an hour to two of prepping and cooking and assembling.

Day Three Dinner: Potato Leek Soup

Find Tasty’s Potato Leek Soup Here.

I was very excited about making this as potato leek soup is what both Tim and I used to eat every day when we worked at Tim Hortons. Unfortunately though, not having the immersion tool to fully mash the potatoes made it a little disappointing. We did try our countertop blender but it definitely didn’t do as good of a job. Even so, Tim did deem this to be “not the best soup, but worthy to be made again”.

Our Rating:

  • Easy: 4 / 5
  • Tasty 3 / 5
  • Filling: 5 / 5

Overall: We do plan to make this one again once we get an immersion tool to fully incorporate the potato taste.

Day Four Breakfast: Bell Pepper Egg Boats

Find Tasty’s Bell Pepper Egg Boats Here.

I have always seen variations of this recipe everywhere online and was looking forward to trying it myself – it’s everywhere so it must be good right? Unfortunately, we found the opposite.

The tomato filled one tasted very watery, whereas the cheese filled one was overpowered with the cheese. I also found the cooking to be very inconsistent again, similar to the egg in a mug. Some parts, the egg was fully cooked and others it was really runny. Not sure if this is a problem with my oven or the recipe.

Our Rating:

  • Easy: 4 / 5
  • Tasty: 1.5 / 5
  • Filling: 2 / 5

Overall: We do not plan on making this again.

Day Four Dinner: Deviled Eggs

Find Tasty’s Deviled Eggs Here.

Deviled eggs are one of those foods that both Tim and I utterly love but always seem to make weird when we try ourselves. I don’t even know what we do wrong but it never tastes as good as when other people make them.

Adding a deviled eggs day was a must for me when I was creating this Tasty meal plan. My hope was to find a reliable recipe so I can enjoy deviled eggs whenever I want!

Our Rating:

  • Easy: 4 / 5
  • Tasty: 4.5 / 5
  • Filling: 4 / 5 (Not their fault, it’s just not a stand-alone dinner)

Overall: I will make this recipe again, but didn’t find it to match the recipe of deviled eggs I’ve had before. Still super yummy though!

Day Five Breakfast: Cinnamon Roll

Find Tasty’s Cinnamon Roll Recipe Here.

I have seen this specific recipe video for homemade cinnamon rolls about a hundred times and each time, I have badly wanted to eat them. This was the very first recipe I added to my Tasty meal plan as I knew I needed to try these cinnamon buns.

I was so hopeful that these cinnamon rolls would change my life and maybe be even better than the cinnamon rolls at Cinnabun, but I could not have been anymore wrong. I know I definitely messed up with my icing (you can see the weird chunks of icing sugar in the photo that I could not get rid of) but I am not sure what happened with the rolls. They were completely disgusting! They were very, very dry with almost no taste to the dough whatsoever. It was struggling to eat them to be honest.

My Rating (Tim hates cinnamon rolls):

  • Easy: 0 / 5
  • Tasty: 1 / 5
  • Filling: 3 / 5

Overall: I think the only way I would ever make these again is if I had a professional baker helping me so I know for sure if it is the recipe that is gross or me who maybe messed up somehow.

*Lost this picture somehow*

Day Five Dinner: Pan Fried Salmon

Find Tasty’s Pan Fried Salmon Here.

I love salmon, but cooking it intimidates the crap out of me. My Papa once said to me how it is a very easy fish to mess up and ever since then, I have been so scared to make it knowing that I will probably mess up and burn it and create massive food waste.

Finding such an easy salmon recipe on Tasty excited me as I really hoped it would turn out delicious and become something that I could make regularly. Tim doesn’t like fish but considering it is so healthy, I really hoped I could add this recipe into mine and one day Charlotte’s lunch rotation.

My Rating (Tim doesn’t like fish):

  • Easy: 5 / 5
  • Tasty: 4 / 5
  • Filling: 5 / 5

Overall: Considering how easy this recipe was and how healthy salmon is, I will definitely make this one again!

Final Thoughts

With 7 / 10 “Would Cook Again” recipes, I would call this experiment a success! I’m glad I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and cooked a bunch of things I never would have attempted before (soup, ribs, and freezer food as the big ones). I look forward to attempting even more dishes in the future, such as pot pies or a casserole or even a rice dish!

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