I’ve always struggled with Pinterest. It is a wonderful way to keep up with visual bookmarks, but so much of Pinterest seems to be cultivating a lifestyle that is ambitious and quite possibly unattainable. I think Pinterest, for the most part, is another tool that makes us feel inadequate.
The pins on my fashion board are beautiful, but I don’t have the money to buy all the things I pin, the time to do all of the amazing hairstyles I see or the body to show off all the beautiful clothes.
The pins on my for the home board aren’t much better. I’d love to obtain the beautiful objects or complete all the organizational and crafty projects I find but I will never have the time or the money to buy/do them.
So, as I become an athlete, I’ve been preparing better meals at home. As a result, I’ve had to revive my recipes board on Pinterest to keep track of recipes I am trying. I’ve found myself making delicious meals, simple meals and fussy meals. Some of them have been worth it, some of them are not. If I use Pinterest only as a recipe management tool, it can be helpful.
Cream of Carrot soup
It makes a lot so we were able to keep some in the fridge for the week and freeze some for the future. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/246149935859531157/
Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash and Quinoa
Delicious, hearty and could be made in the crock pot during the day while I work on other things. It makes a lot and freezes well. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/246149935859422796/
Roasted Vegetable and Black Bean Tacos
This one was a major hit. I ended up roasting the beans with the other vegetables (I didn’t read the recipe thoroughly) so I now have a new way of cooking beans that I would have never tried on my own. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/246149935856265799/
Persimmon and Buffalo Mozzarella Salad
Oh man, this one was so fussy, but it ended up being totally worth it. My execution could have been a bit better on some of the elements, but it tasted so good I didn’t care. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/246149935859556858/
Roasted Acorn Squash with Chile Vinaigrette
This was really good and really easy, plus we had plenty of leftovers. It tasted just as good on day two and day three. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/246149935859531132/
Cherry Tomato/Mozzarella Appetizers
I made several of these in advance and kept them in the fridge for a week. I put balsamic vinegar and olive oil on them before storing them in the fridge making them a little sad as the week went along. I’d do it again, but I would add the vinegar and olive oil as I eat them in the future. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/246149935853217485/
Zucchini Ribbon Salad
This one looks delicious (in the photos) and tastes pretty good. I couldn’t really master the zucchini ribbons. I’ll try it again to see if I can make it better in the future. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/246149935859422789/
Lemon and Garlic Chicken with Spiced Spinach
I’m an okay cook, but I had a hard time getting the chicken right on this one. Perhaps the oil was too hot, the chicken was too thick or I just couldn’t really master the application of the breading, but this one created a smokey mess that resulted in several open doors and windows. It tasted good, so I will probably try this one again. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/246149935859393860/
DIY Smoothie Packets
I’ve loved having the smoothie packets, but making the adorable ice cubes of juice and yogurt was really annoying. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/246149935854568906/
Not worth it
Pasta with Tomatoes, Squashes and Squash Blossoms
This made a lot, but ended up being a sad, bland mess. I deleted it from my Pinterest board because I was so sad after making it. http://www.marthastewart.com/856113/pasta-tomatoes-squashes-and-blossoms
I’d love for Pinterest to add a feature that allows you to sort your pins by things you’ve tried and things you still want to try. Or if they could add a ‘verified’ recipe button to pins your friends share so that you don’t end up making a bunch of things that look like this.