The Made at Home Challenge was one of our most popular Facebook challenges yet. You can recreate the challenge for yourself anytime you want to change up your meal routine. Here’s how it works:
Over five weeks, make the following quick and easy recipes. Try new ingredients and techniques as you go. You’ll learn how easy it can be to fit one new recipe into the week that you can feel good about serving. Go ahead, brag a little and post your creations using #howipamperedchef. You could even challenge your friends to cook along with you.
Smoothie bowls conquered Instagram, and now they can make your mornings more beautiful, too. You can mix and match flavors, but we love the lush purple smoothie mix of blackberries and blueberries as a contrast to the bananas and cashews. A powerful blender can give you smooth, silky results in about three minutes, so there’s no reason not to add smoothie bowls to your morning routine.
This pasta dish redefines comfort food. It’s the perfect mix of veggies, meat, and cheeses. Save prep time by using cooked winter squash from the frozen veggie aisle or use a can of pumpkin. If pasta night is a part of your weekly meal plan, this recipe is a great way to change things up.
When you think cranberries, you probably first think of Thanksgiving and Christmas. But cranberries are a superfood you can eat all year long. They contain Vitamin C and fiber and are loaded with antioxidants, outranking spinach, broccoli, and strawberries. Dig into this salsa for an easy snack dip or use it to dress up a chicken or pork dish.
This five-star chili recipe only takes 30 minutes in a pressure cooker, but you can opt to use a slow cooker instead—cook it on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours. You can add more or less kick by adjusting the amount of jalapeño. Top your chili any way you want—try sour cream, plain Greek yogurt, bacon, green onions, or fresh cilantro.
Celebrate completing your cooking challenge with cake! Grab a skillet, cake mix, and some cherries to make this rustic cake. Our version uses a cooking blender to create the cherry sauce, but you can also cook the cherries on a stovetop and mash them as they cook. And, hey, cherries are a good source of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber, too.
Share your results on your favorite social media channel using #howipamperedchef. We might just share your pictures. What recipes were a hit in your home? What recipes would you add to create your own Made at Home Challenge? Share your suggestions in the comments below to keep the conversation going.