Not all recipes are share-worthy!

I share a lot of recipes, but I don’t share everything I make!  Sometimes I make something and it just isn’t good.  Bummer.  Most of the time, we suck it up and eat it anyway (because it’s not THAT bad)…but, sometimes, as much as I hate to admit it, we throw things out.  Thankfully, the good recipes I make WAY outnumber the bad.  If I post a recipe on my blog, just know that it’s ‘Real Fit, Real Food Mom’ approved!

I thought it would be fun to share pictures of my recipes that DID NOT make the cut (and these are just from the last couple months)!  Some were just so-so and some were BAD.  Either way, they were FAILS in my mind and I will definitely not be making them again.  (I also had a feeling ahead of time that these weren’t going to be worth sharing, so I didn’t put much effort into my picture taking or editing.)  Anyway, here they are, in no particular order…

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I actually made this smoothie yesterday morning.  It’s the ‘best of the worst’ on the list.  It was good, but nothing spectacular.  It was a smoothie made with two apples, a pear, frozen strawberries, bananas, and yogurt.  Not post-worthy.

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I thought this loaf of bread was one of my better looking loaves…until I got about half way through it.  As I was using it up slice by slice, I found this HUGE air pocket. ha!  This was, by far, my worst bubble since I started baking my own bread over 7 months ago.  Oh well, it still tasted good. 🙂

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I attempted to make a batch of fresh tomato soup in my crock pot.  It was a big disappointment.  My daughter and I both LOVE tomato soup (especially with grilled cheese sandwiches) and I’ve been anxious to find a good recipe.  This wasn’t it.  It used a bunch of tomatoes from my garden, and while it wasn’t ‘horrible,’ I didn’t want to finish it.  We threw it out after I ate only one bowl with dinner that night.

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This was a recipe that I liked, but it could use some perfecting before sharing.  It’s a ‘cheese taco dip’ appetizer.  While I love a good taco dip, most call for Velveeta cheese…which is, of course, fake, processed cheese.  This used shredded cheese, sour cream, ground beef, taco seasoning, and salsa…but I need to play with the recipe a little to make it more exciting.  (The taco brown rice I served it with was yummy, as usual!)

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These were good, but need some work.  They were my first attempt at making chocolate peanut butter-like cups.  You can’t really tell in this picture, but the coconut oil didn’t blend as well as I would haved liked and the flavor wasn’t as awesome as I was hoping!

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This was a huge disappointment as well.  These are Portobello mushroom burgers. I LOVE mushrooms (they are one of my favorite foods), so I was super excited to try this concept of making a ‘burger’ with a mushroom.  I think it could have been good if done right, but this recipe wasn’t it.  For starters, it had too much cayenne pepper in it, making it too spicy for me.  It also didn’t hold up well with my method of cooking.  I will try again some other day!

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This was another one that I thought would be a lot of fun.  It’s a ‘guacamole boat.’  While it wasn’t horrible, it also wasn’t anything to rave about.  It was mostly avocado and sour cream (plus some other things I can’t remember now) all mixed together and stuffed into half of the avocado peel.  Cute concept, boring taste.

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I made hummus with roasted red peppers.  I wish I could say I liked this.  I’ve yet to find a good tasting hummus that I’m excited about.  This was probably the best hummus I’ve ever had, though…but I want to try it again before I share.  Not sure if I’ll ever find a hummus that I love, but I liked the concept (and flavor) of using roasted red peppers.

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This was a ‘pumpkin pie smoothie’ recipe I found in one of my whole food recipe books.  It was just so-so and not good enough to share.

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This was a homemade ‘maple vanilla almond butter’ recipe.  The flavor was GREAT…but it was way too hard and not dip-like enough.  The kids ate a little, but I ended up eating most of it.  Maybe some day I’ll try again with better luck.

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I’ve been trying really hard to find a good “ranch dressing” recipe that we all like.  My first attempt several months ago was not good at all.  This time it was better (my daughter actually ate her whole salad and never said anything)…but my husband and I weren’t impressed.  The boys wouldn’t eat their salads either (and they used to like salad when I topped it with Kraft ranch dressing).  I have extra seasoning still pre-mixed in my cupboard, so I’ll be trying again…but with a different combination of the ‘wet ingredients.’  Hopefully, next time, I’ll have better luck!  I’m not giving up on finding a good ranch dressing recipe!!!

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This was my next attempt at a better version of peanut butter cups.  Once again, they were decent, but nothing to rave about.  Still working on it!  🙂

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These were mini frittatas with sautéed mushrooms baked in my mini muffin pan.  Not horrible, not great, not worth sharing yet.

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This was the worst of the worst.  I was so happy after I made my Udon Noodle Stir-Fry dinner that I was so excited to find other Asian noodle recipe to try.  I found this on the “Forks Over Knives” website and was very excited about it.  It was a ‘Ponzu Noodle Salad’ recipe that sounded good…but wasn’t good at all.  It called for lemon and limes in the sauce and I think that’s what did it for me.  The citrus flavors were too overpowering.  Very disappointing.  My husband and I each ate it for two meals…and then we just couldn’t take anymore!  (I should have known to cut the recipe in half…it made a ridiculous amount of noodle salad.)

Well, that wraps up my “Not all recipes are share-worthy” post!  I only want to share ‘real food’ recipes on here that I enjoy and plan to make again.  I promise I will never share anything on my blog that I didn’t like…just for the sake of having a recipe to share or a post to write!

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed seeing (and reading about) my failed recipe attempts.  I’m sure as long as I keep trying new recipes and venturing outside of my ‘comfort zone’ when it comes to food, I’ll continue to have a recipe failure or two…and that’s okay with me!  Just part of it!

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3 thoughts on “Not all recipes are share-worthy!

  1. Thank you for sharing LeAnn. I really enjoyed this post! If you could do a follow up post with more examples of real food recipe “fails” that would be great. Its always encouraging to know that even for real food bloggers like you (who have excellent recipes by the way! I have been looking for *the one* cornbread recipe for forever now and made your recipe last night and let’s just say I have finally found the recipe I will continue to use) have recipes that don’t go over so well. I know that this definitely happens to me more often than I’d like to admit.

    1. Oh, I think I have a lot of fails! Both fails in the sense that “no one in my family will eat it so I’m left eating the whole pan by myself” and “something went majorly wrong with my oven and my bread didn’t cook….like at all.” ha Glad you enjoyed the post! 🙂 I had forgotten about this one. Maybe it’s time for me to start saving my “fails” again for a new roundup! And I love to hear that you enjoyed the corn bread recipe. It’s by far the best I’ve ever had, if I do say so myself. 😉

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