5 Recipes To Try This Weekend / by Melody

Mmmm, it's Friday! Time to get out those pots 'n pans and make something delicious, just because you can. I've compiled a list of 5 recipes to try this weekend, just because I love you!

5 Recipes To Try This Weekend

I adore cooking. I love the sound of sizzling on the stove, the fragrant steam, and yes, even the grease-splattering. There's nothing quite like combining just the right ingredients to create a tasty meal. I even enjoy cold preparation - chopping and slicing vegetables and assembling sandwiches, roll-ups, and make-aheads. Doesn't that collage look amazing? My stomach is growling already. Trust me, you're going to want to make all of them. Or most of them. Probably most of them.

Beef Stir Fry ~ I love bringing stir fry to a picnic. Take it as is with rice or put in foil and warm on a grill while you set up! ~ Guest post by Cravings of a Lunatic for the Hunger Strike

First up, the leftover roast stirfryΒ from Cravings of a Lunatic. My mom is fond of cooking roast beef now and then, and we always seem to have a bunch of leftovers. Sometimes the meat ends up on pizza, sometimes in a stirfry, and this time it ended up in a stirfry. I hopped on Pinterest (of course) and found this easy-peasy, budget-friendly recipe for a delicious skillet dinner. All you need is whatever veggies you have in the fridge, a little oil, some teryaki or soy sauce, and leftover meat. Heck, you can use any kind of leftover meat for this dish! Turned out amazing, and we ate it over pasta (also cheap).

The Pioneer Woman,

Next, tortilla roll-ups from The Pioneer Woman. Disclaimer: I changed her recipe a lot, even though I still want to try the original sometime. I used hummus instead of cream cheese for the spread, and tried to stick to mostly veggies, but her version of the roll-ups is probably way tastier, and I still might make them after a heavy workout ;)

An Edwardian-revival cheddar cheese soup recipe that's fit for a king.

Next we have the Royal Cheddar Cheese Soup from Taste and Tell, who adapted the recipe from the Downton Abbey cookbook. Supposedly they ate this soup back in Edwardian times. An old-fashioned yet easy recipe from the sumptuous early 1900s? I was sold! And it was amazing - smooth, creamy, cheesy. It was like royal comfort food. Give it a try! It makes a great appetizer soup, or a delicious lunch option with a green salad.

The Pioneer Woman's Salisbury Steak Meatballs.. Dinner tonight!!

Another recipe from The Pioneer Woman? You better believe it! You need to try these Salisbury Steak Meatballs - they are indescribably delicious. I've already made them twice and loved them equally both times. It was the kind of dish that I wanted to keep eating, even after my belly was full. So yeah - you're going to want to try it.

And last but not least, the Travelling Noodles from The Londoner. The only recipe in the mix I haven't tried but really want to. These noodle bowls would be great make-aheads for the work week! You basically cook the noodles and layer a bunch of ingredients in a jar. Then when you want to prepare it, you just boil water and pour it over the ingredients and allow to sit for a few minutes to become soup. What could be easier!? Also it's a recipe from England so there ya go. Imagine Londoners preparing these noodle lunches in their flats and taking them to work. Yes. I'm such a geek.

So now that I've made myself incredibly hungry, I'm off to make some lunch. Fun fact: it's my favorite meal of the day. Happy cooking!