Finding recipe inspiration on Pinterest

Do you have a Pinterest problem? Do hours go by while you scroll through pages of fabulous outfits, pretty craft projects, beautifully designed rooms, and mouthwatering food? It can happen to the best of us.

Like anything else on the Internet, Pinterest can be a time waster or a useful tool. I try to avoid it unless I’m looking for something specific (like “balloon birthday party invitation” or “chocolate peanut butter”). It can be a wonderful resource to find party ideas, DIY tutorials, organizing advice, and yes, recipes. No idea what to make for dinner tonight? Pick a couple ingredients that you have on hand, and enter them into the search bar. Miraculously, pages upon pages of pictures with links to recipes will appear on your screen.

Let’s play a little game. Try searching for “chicken breast.” Look at the choices! Grilled, slow cooked, stuffed, casseroles, salads. Some are healthy, some are…not. But if your eyes tend to glaze over when flipping through a cookbook index, you might be more inspired with the visual search that Pinterest can give you. I started browsing the “Food” category and got so hungry, I had to stop and make myself a second breakfast!

Pinterest is also a useful way to store and organize recipes that you’ve made or that look interesting when you come across them online. You can create as many categories (“boards”) as you like, or just stick to one (it probably depends on how crazy you get pinning things!). Not every recipe you find is a winner, but I find that’s true of many cookbooks, too.

Just for fun, here are the top five recipes that caught my eye when browsing for some new meals to try:

New breakfast idea to try for the kids: Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

Great way to partially fill tacos and serve them all at once to a crowd of hungry kids: Oven Tacos

Most indulgent side dish: Roasted Ranch Potatoes with Bacon and Cheese

Tasty looking slow cooker recipe: Beef and Broccoli

Most labor-intensive cute cupcake idea: Burger cupcakes (and sugar cookie fries)

Have you found any great recipes on Pinterest? Or have you made anything that could be categorized as  a Pinterest Fail?


Melissa Jerves writes about food, family and 21st century home economics on her blog, Home Baked.

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