My Favorite Blog Recipes

March 29, 2019 |

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Here’s the thing, friends: I love every single recipe that on this site. If I didn’t think something was 100% delicious, I wouldn’t bother posting it. I have standards, dammit.

With that said, there are hundreds of creations in the Domesticate Me archives, and I’d be lying if I said they were all created equal in my eyes. Some get a lot more action in my kitchen than others, and over the years, I’ve cultivated a stable of favorites. And since one of the most frequent questions I get online and in real life is, “What’s your favorite blog recipe??!!” I thought it was high time I shared a list of my personal go-tos.

Below you’ll find the recipes for meals, sides, and treats that are regulars in my rotation and hold extra special places in my heart (and in many cases, my roommate’s, too). I hope you’ll consider taking one of them for a spin the next time you’re in need of a little kitchen inspiration. Fingies crossed you dig them as much as I do.

Your Weird Blog Lady

Domesticate-Me-Favorite-Blog-RecipesBuffalo Chicken Quinoa BakeGiven that this is my second favorite quinoa bake of all time (after Cheeseburger, which I did not include in this roundup because it was originally a cookbook recipe), it has warmed this weird blog lady’s heart to see it take Instagram by storm over the past year. It’s really validated my belief in its power to convert quinoa haters/skeptics. Bless Frank’s. And yogurt ranch.

Domesticate-Me-Favorite-Blog-RecipesCauliflower-Carrot Golden RiceThis simple, clean recipe is one that I find myself making over and over again as a festive plant-based side or #sassydesklunch. I love that it tastes great warm or cold, is the perfect addition to bowl-style meals, and happens to boast a very fetching color palette.

Domesticate Me Favorite Blog RecipesFall Sheet Pan with Butternut Squash, Chicken Sausage, and Red OnionA list of my favorite recipes wouldn’t be complete without this simple sheet pan meal—even if it’s more of a roadmap than a true “recipe”—given that I make some version of it at least once a week. It runs me roughly 30 minutes from start to finish (only 5 of those are hands on prep), can be served six sexy ways to Sunday, and never fails to hit the spot.

Domesticate Me Favorite Blog RecipesFajita Chicken Meatball Fajita SkilletI find myself returning to this Dude Diet wonder on the reg as it incorporates two of my favorite healthy meatball hacks: 1.) using grated zucchini for moisture, and 2.) subbing chia seeds for breadcrumbs as a superfood binder. The meatballs are killer in this skillet, but I also like to smother them in enchilada sauce or salsa and serve them over greens and/or grains. [I’m proud to report I deleted approximately 10 ball jokes here because I’m an adult.]

Domesticate Me Favorite Blog RecipesSlow-Roasted Chicken Tacos with Mediterranean SalsaWhile these tacos are undeniably bomb, this recipe makes the list for the chicken alone. The faux-tisserie method—which involves roasting the bird at 300 degrees for a few hours—yields the most obscenely moist chicken that quite literally falls off the bone. Like a store-bought rotisserie chicken, but BETTER. It’s pure magic.

Domesticate Me Favorite Blog RecipesButternut Squash and Brussels Sprout Fried RiceMy two most beloved fall vegetables combine in this vegetarian fried rice that’s deliciousness is so much more than the sum of its relatively simple parts. I happily crush it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and occasionally throw in some chicken sausage or bacon to keep my roommate’s meatless meltdowns at bay.

Domesticate Me Favorite Blog RecipesSmoky Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash and KaleI have a thing for stew, and this particular recipe has been my go-to since its inception back in the blog’s verrrry early days. Its sweet-savory-smoky flavor profile is rather mind-blowing, and I keep it heavy in the rotation throughout the colder months.

Domesticate Me Favorite Blog RecipesThree Cheese Cauliflower GratinI tested this recipe so many times to get it juuuuust right, and now it’s become a staple at dinner parties and holiday feasts. Many of my friends and family have also adopted it as a Thanksgiving side, and seeing it become a part of others’ traditions truly makes me giddy.

Domesticate Me Favorite Blog RecipesDude Diet Buffalo Chicken TendersThese baked Buffalo fingies have been served at pretty much every single weird football party I’ve hosted for the past five years. They’re always the first thing to disappear, which tickles me given their deceptively healthy nature.

Domesticate Me Favorite Blog RecipesBrown Rice Jambalaya with Shrimp and Chicken SausageBig, bold statement but…I think this jambalaya is my favorite blog recipe of all time??! Honestly, I don’t really know what to say about it other than it’s really fucking good. It’s not fancy, and is very much a “dump and stir” recipe, and yet it’s packed with insane amounts of flavor and feels deceptively indulgent. If you try one recipe from this list, jambalaya gets my vote. (I even put it in my first cookbook because I needed to the brown rice jambalaya gospel to a larger audience.)

Domesticate Me Favorite Blog RecipesRoasted Broccoli Chicken Cheddar Quinoa BakeGiven my aggressive love of quinoa bakes, it would be sacrilege to leave this OG recipe off the list. It was the very FIRST quinoa bake I ever made and sparked what I can only assume will be a lifelong passion for quinoa casseroles. You never forget your first…

Domesticate Me Favorite Blog RecipesChipotle Mac and Cheese With BaconI love me a lightened-up mac, but every once in a while, I need the real deal. No cauliflower puree. No grain-free pasta. No rationing of dairy. And that, friends, is when I turn to this recipe. It’s made with, a creamy béchamel base, gluten-y pasta, thick-cut bacon, irresponsible amounts of cheese, and layer of crushed bbq potato chips, and it never lets a girl down. Its appearance on special occasions also sends my roommate into quite a tizzy, which obviously thrills me.

Domesticate Me Favorite Blog RecipesMexican Sweet Potato and Black Bean Stew with Quinoa and KaleFun fact: this stew tastes very much like deconstructed sweet potato and black bean enchiladas. It’s got that glorious sweet and savory flavor combo going for it with a subtle, chipotle-induced kick. (In case you haven’t noticed, I have a thing for chipotles in adobo.) I like to get very weird with toppings, but my go-to combo is fresh cilantro, crumbled tortilla chips, and a little goat cheese. I suggest following my lead.

Domesticate Me Favorite Blog RecipesThe Reset SaladI’ve been eating variations of this salad for years, but I didn’t get around to posting a recipe until recently. (I genuinely feel guilty for having hoarded its cleansing wonders.) While I often mix things up, my favorite version has a base of peppery arugula, lots of crunchy celery, nutty farro, sweet apple, creamy avocado, and plenty of herbs to keep things fresh. Each bright, highly textured bite makes me feel instantly smarter and prettier…

Domesticate Me Favorite Blog RecipesTriple Berry Chia Seed MuffinsSince I’ve always been open about the fact that baking isn’t my strong suit, I’m particularly proud of these delightful muffins. Light, fluffy, and perfectly sweet, they’re also shockingly good for you thanks to a few (undetectable) healthy swaps. I dig them as an on-the-go breakfast or smart snack, so I try to keep a batch on hand in the freezer. I also have it on good authority that they are very popular with small children should you have any in your house.

What are your favorite blog recipes?? I’d love to compare notes…

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  1. Susan Stone on July 8, 2020 at 6:06 am

    I’ve finally picked up another quinoa bake recipe (the first is the stuffed poblano one, which I make with salsa verde, and which I love), plus another recipe. I can’t do the buffalo chicken stuff – too hot and my stomach won’t take it. Otherwise I’d look at that one, too. The butternut squash & brussels sprouts fried rice sounds great, too, but unless I get a clean bill of health when I get to the doctor next week, I have to go lighter on the carbs.

    • Serena Wolf on July 8, 2020 at 6:06 am

      YAY!! Fingers crossed for that clean bill of health ;).

      • Susan Stone on July 8, 2020 at 6:08 am

        Got that clean bill of health (HbA1C down to 5.8, which means I am no longer pre-diabetic), but still have to watch the carbs. I’m still going to try that new quinoa bake. Can’t live without those… 🙂

        • Serena Wolf on July 8, 2020 at 6:08 am

          So happy to hear that, Susan!! Hope the new quinoa bake is a hit!

  2. Annie on July 8, 2020 at 6:06 am

    Southwestern Sweet Potato Salad!

  3. Nicole Persico on July 8, 2020 at 6:06 am

    Yes to all of these AND the black bean, sweet potato and kale enchiladas!!!

  4. Sydney Foshee on July 8, 2020 at 6:06 am

    Yes!! This Jambalaya recipe is coming into my life at the prefect moment! This round-up is now my go to inspiration menu.

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