Recipe Inspiration Needed? Check here!

I love to cook. Truly, I do. And while I do enjoy it, sometimes I find myself in a recipe slump. Have you ever felt the same? I also try to eat healthy as much as possible. Of course, there are times I let those not-so-healthy comfort foods in too. All things in moderation, that’s my opinion. No need to cut everything I enjoy out, right? Believe it or not, aside from Pinterest, there are other sites out there to find great recipes! I’ve decided to share some of my faves with you here. Next time you’re looking for a great recipe, try one of these!

Check out these 8 great places to find recipe inspiration! Looking for some new recipes?

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Recipe Sites I Love:

  • Yummly – I love this one. It sort of reminds me of Pinterest, but it’s ONLY FOOD! You have options to filter by diet needs, even add to meal types as you save. This is usually my go to if I don’t have a specific recipe in mind. It is definitely worth checking out.
  • Supercook – This one allows you to put in everything you have on hand, then it will return results using only those ingredients! It’s great if you don’t feel like going to the store, or simply want to see what else you can do with what you already have.
  • Allrecipes.com – Another general purpose site with a ton of great recipes. I’ve found and made quite a few from this site, and love it. They also have the Dinner Spinner app for your phone which is great when you’re on the go. It can generate shopping lists from a recipe you choose.

 
Teavana.com
 

Recipe Blogs I Love:

  • Buns in My Oven – Karly runs a great blog, (with a great name to boot)! She is one of the very few recipe blogs I subscribe to by email, and it’s always a pleasure finding her in my inbox! She has a plethora of amazing recipes on her site, along with tons of other great reading material. Check this one out!!
    Jalapeno Popper Dip Flatbread

    Jalapeno Popper Dip Flatbread

     

  • South Your Mouth – Mandi has quite the collection of amazingly sinful southern style recipes. I admit, probably not the healthiest options, but like I said earlier, all things in moderation, right? I literally drool over so many things on her site. If you want a nice, southern comfort food recipe, look no further!
    Country Chicken Pie

    Country Chicken Pie

     

  • Recipes That Crock – I can’t deny I absolutely LOVE my slow cooker recipes. After understanding my love for slow cooking, I got 2 new slow cookers for Christmas one year. It was amazing. I love the “set it and forget it” part. Another awesome thing about this site is the weekly crock pot meal plan they send out! I am loving it so much these days.
    Crock Pot Pizza Bake

    Crock Pot Pizza Bake

     

  • The Weary Chef – Andi has some awesome recipes as well, and I love that she gears towards all of us busy people who don’t always have a ton of time to cook! She says it herself, quick and easy dinner recipes. As a mom of 2 little guys, I guess she has to be! I absolutely love some of her recipes, like this one:
    Chicken Parmesan Casserole

    Chicken Parmesan Casserole

     

  • Ahead Of Thyme – Sam is one of my most recent finds, and I’m so glad! She has some of the most beautiful pictures of her recipes, and they all look stunning. I can’t wait to try more and more of them. There is something for even the pickiest eaters if I had to guess.  She offers different diet types as well, such as paleo, gluten free, etc. This is definitely one to check out!
    Easy Tomato Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze

    Easy Tomato Bruschetta w/ Balsamic Glaze

     

So there you have 8 of my favorites, and there are certainly plenty more out there to check out! What other sites do you use to search for recipes? I’d love to hear more! I’m always on the hunt for more delicious eats!

Are you looking for new dinner ideas? Some new recipes? Check out these 8 great sites with all kinds of amazing foods to choose from!

Olive Cheese Bread – Yum

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I love to cook! AND eat… so I am always either trying to find new recipes to tweak into my own, or looking for copycat recipes from restaurants I love. I took yesterday off from my good ol’ job. I had some things to take care of, but mostly I got to enjoy the time I had to myself, with my dogs! My hubs goes into the office 1 day a week (works from home the rest of the time) and today was his day in. So here I was…. all by myself! Woohoo! So after relaxing a bit, doing some reading, and doing some coloring in my Coloring Mandalas book, I decided it was time to adult a bit, and figure out what I might do for dinner. And since I hadn’t been grocery shopping in a bit, this was going to be a fun one, NOT. 


Then I happened to think about Mellow Mushroom… Ok, you all may not know what that is, and I get it. I didn’t know of it until I moved to Georgia, but WOW. I love it! And they have this appetizer called Muffuletta Cheese Bread , and it’s AMAZING! Oh it’s so tasty. It’s like olive delishisness smothered over french bread and as cheeeeeesy as can be! I looked in the fridge and was ecstatic to find all kinds of olives! Less exited when I realized I had no French Bread. But, aha! I had some hoagie rolls! Oooh yeah, I decided to make my own version of what I thought I could pull off. Minus some ingredients and throwing in whatever the heck I wanted, after all, it’s my version, right?


And I decided to take some pictures along the way… Now I am NOT a fancy photographer and I only had my Galaxy Note 5, no fancy camera, so it is what it is. But it was still very tasty! Even though my pictures don’t do it justice at all.  

So first of all I pulled out all the ingredients I thought I would want in it. I had Lindsay Spanish Manzanilla Olives, Pimiento Stuffed and Lindsay Sliced Black Olives on hand, as well as some Vigo Calamata Olives, and then I thought, hey, what about those Mt. Olive Hot Banana Pepper Rings sitting in there alongside those La Pedriza Alcaparra Capers ?! Heck yeah, let’s do this!!  

So it’s actually pretty darn simple, just chop up those ingredients, then mix ’em up with a teeny tiny bit of olive oil. Then I refrigerated it until I was ready to top that bread and toast!


 

Then it was time! I pulled it back out and got the next step of ingredients: the butter, mayo and cheeses that I had on hand.

Now one thing I will say, when I cook, I’m not much of a measuring person. That is reason numero uno why I do not bake. That is too much precision for me. So I’ll say I did a pretty generous squirt of my Hellmann’s Light Squeezy Mayonnaise, then a spoonful of that melted butter product, and a handful of each of my Great Value cheeses. (Hey, I like saving money!) I stirred that all together, then got out the leftover hoagie rolls we had hanging around, cut those in half and topped them with the mixture, and even more cheesy goodness! 
Then I heated up my toaster oven to 350 and put those babies in there, because frankly it’s still too hot here in Georgia to use that darn oven. Let them go for about 15-20 minutes and mmmmmm….. 
olive bread
 
It paired really nicely with my mom’s Stuffed Banana Peppers I had in the freezer, mmmm.
Now if I can get her to share that one with me, y’all will LOVE THEM!!!
Ok, so the recipe for the olive goodness, to the best of my non measuring ability…
Olive Cheesy Bread
 
1 handful of green olives
small call of sliced black olives
7-10 Calamata Olives
about 10 sliced banana pepper rings
2 teaspoons of capers
bread of your choice (sturdy enough to hold mixture)
1 cup each shredded cheeses of your choice (I used cheddar and mozzarella)
1 tablespoon melted butter
1/2 cup of mayo
 
  1. Begin by roughly chopping the first 5 ingredients.
  2. Combine in bowl with slightest bit of olive oil, mix well
  3. Add Mayo, melted butter and 1/2 of the cheese, stir well to combine.
  4. Preheat oven/toaster oven to 350.
  5. Slice preferred cheese in half lengthwise.
  6. Spoon mixture onto bread, coating well.
  7. Top with remaining cheese.
  8. Bake 18-22 minutes, until bread is toasty and cheese is melted.
  9. Cut and devour!