Recipes to Refresh Your Love of Cooking

February 03, 2021

Baking and cooking are activities enjoyed by many home cooks, top chefs and novices alike, but if you are looking for some inspiration in the kitchen, look no further than these five recipes to help you refresh your love of cooking.

#1 Cacao and Avocado Hummus
When most home cooks think of hummus, they think of something creamy and savory made from chickpeas, but refresh that traditional hummus recipe for something slightly sweeter with this Cacao and Avocado Hummus. Made with a mixture of avocado, chickpeas and coconut milk, this recipe pairs perfectly with fresh fruit or Veggie Pita Crackers.

Why It’s Refreshing: Avocados are most commonly associated with guacamole or taco recipes, but this refreshing recipe asks chefs to repurpose this ingredient in a new way with a completely different flavor profile. Instead of savory, chefs can create something sweet from a very unlikely source - avocados!
#2 Calzones
Homemade pizza is a super simple recipe that is easy and fun to make. Whether you enjoy Breakfast Pizza, Deep Dish Pizza or Pizza Pockets, pizza recipes can be as unique as the chef making them, but if you’ve mastered the art of pizza making and aren’t feeling like a flatbread, try something new and bake up a batch of handcrafted calzones.

Why It’s Refreshing: Calzones may be an item you normally order in because they can look intimidating to make, but if you can make a homemade pizza, you can stretch your culinary skills with this recipe for cheesy calzones.

#3 Caramelized Banana Chocolate Chip Blondies
Blondies can be boring, so refresh that basic blondie recipe with this recipe for Caramelized Banana Chocolate Chip Blondies. Caramelized bananas add a savory and sweet flavor that swirl through each and every blondie bar while a delightful chocolate drizzle tops each and every bite.

Why It’s Refreshing: Blondies are a great starter recipe for any at-home baker, but once you’ve mastered the basic blondie recipe, get creative and put your own unique spin on everyone’s beloved blondies and leave your mark as a master baker.

#4 Cracker Breaded Chicken Parmesan
Chicken parmesan is a traditional Italian recipe that is a complete classic, but if you are looking to give this fan favorite a more mindful spin, try this recipe for Cracker Breaded Chicken Parmesan. Using Sea Salt Almond Flour Crackers instead of a basic bread crumb mix, this recipe is completely grain-free. Pair with a plate of pasta or roasted vegetables for a complete meal perfect for any day of the week.

Why It’s Refreshing: Home cooks will enjoy making this recipe because not only does it taste delicious, but it inspires home cooks to think outside of the traditional bread box by getting creative with nontraditional ingredients like using crunchy crackers for breadcrumbs. 

#5 Crunchy Cookie Crust
Crusts serve as the foundational base for certain desserts like cheesecakes, cheesecake bars, cream pies, custard pies, pudding pies, tarts and traditional pies. Instead of a basic crust, get inventive and refresh your usual crust recipe with a Crunchy Cookie Crust for an indeed touch of crunchy sweetness. Take your pick from:

Why It’s Refreshing: Instead of making a homemade pie crust from scratch or purchasing a store bought version that includes questionable ingredients, raid the kitchen cabinets and pantry, and see what cookies you have on hand that can be repurposed for a creative crust recipe.

Baking doesn’t have to be boring and cooking doesn’t have to lack creativity. Instead, refresh your love of both baking and cooking with these five recipes sure to delight and reinspire.

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