Do you have go-to recipes? I do. It’s such a great simplifying thing to have tried and true recipes that you know will come out well every time. Go-to recipes are so simple that you can practically make them without thinking and so fast that they don’t really make a big time impact on your day. But here’s the trick: they need to be your go-to recipes — so while I can tell you mine, you need to find the go-to recipes that truly speak to you.
When I need a quick dinner, we often have tacos with my Homemade Taco Seasoning. When we want a fancier but not time consuming breakfast, we whip up pancakes using a recipe I could recite in my sleep. In those moments when we need dessert on the fly, it takes just a minutes to make Molten Chocolate Cakes. And when everyone really wants some homemade bread with dinner, I dig out the bread machine (yes, I own it and love to use it!) and whip up the super simple Country White Bread recipe from Melissa Clark’s The Bread Machine Cookbook. It has a really short ingredients list, and takes literally two minutes to get going.
What recipes will make your go-to list? Think of foods and meals that your family loves, and then consider the ones that are fast and easy to make. Think uncomplicated but delicious. Also, consider what some of your favorite pantry meals are (as in meals that can be whipped up with things you have on hand) — because they make great go-to recipes too.
Back to that bread for a second. We love it in all it’s five-ingredient glory. (Yes, really — just five ingredients.) And since it’s so simple, I can toss the ingredients in the bread machine and have a fresh loaf of bread a few hours later. Then, all it needs is to be cut and spread with melty butter. Mmm. The thing is though that when butter is hard to cut and spread, it’s kind of a pain. And really, sometimes it’s nice to have a butter that goes from fridge to spreading without needing to come to room temperature. Land O Lakes® Butter with Canola Oil does that perfectly, so I have been loving it lately.
But what really endears it to me is that it tastes like butter — no aftertastes or weird textures or colors. Just buttery goodness. Plus, I really appreciate that it’s made with three simple ingredients — sweet cream, canola oil and salt. Love!
So, now it’s your turn. What are your go-to recipes? And do you pull out the bread machine often?
Disclosure: The author was compensated by Land O’Lakes for this post. All opinions are my own.