Live your best life: 15 feel-good recipes

We're not messing around with these comforting, live-your-best-life dishes. Heavy on the carbs and high on the yum factor, eat all the things.

Live your best life: 15 feel-good recipes

Photo: Erik Putz

Live your best life: 13 feel-good recipes

Caramel Skillet S’mores

Sorry, but you haven’t lived your best life unless you’ve run a graham cracker through this hot skillet full of melted caramel-chocolate and toasted marshmallows. Get the recipe: Caramel Skillet S’mores

cast-iron pan with melted chocolate and marshmallowPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry

It’s a takeout classic, but it’s truly simple enough to recreate at home. Think tender strips of beef and crisp broccoli piled over noodles (or rice!) and drizzled with a rich, savoury sauce. Be sure to tip your delivery person (that’s you). Get the recipe: Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry

plate of rice noodles topped with saucy beef and broccoli


Cheesy Camp Burgers

This is what’s up: a juicy hand-formed patty stuffed with melty cheese. Yes, you want this for dinner. Yes, we’ll have one, too. Get the recipe: Cheesy Camp Burgers

juicy cheese burger with chipsPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Pasta Carbonara

Italians prize simplicity—and carbonara is one of the easiest dishes—but the ingredients had better be top-notch: eggs, cream, bacon, cheese and pasta. Nothing more, nothing less. Bravo. Get the recipe: Pasta Carbonara

pan with spaghetti, creamy egg sauce, bacon and parmesan cheesePhoto: Erik Putz

Crispy Oven-Baked Wings

Wanna know the secret to crispy oven-baked wings? Lean in, friends: It’s a dusting of baking powder before they hit the hot oven. Get the recipe: Crispy Oven-Baked Wings

man eating chicken wings with various saucesPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Chili Mac

You’ve got the best of both worlds in this comforting classic. Beefy chili hangs out with cheesy noodles. This recipe is a win. Get the recipe: Chili Mac

cheesy pasta with beef and beansPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Classic Fish and Chips

Pass up the pub and make your own fish and chips at home. Ours is baked, not fried, so you truly are living that best life. Get the recipe: Classic Fish and Chips

plate of breaded fish sticks and wedge fries

Chinese Dan Dan Noodles

We’re pretty confident that after making this once it will join your regular meal rotation. Ground pork and shredded veggies, tossed in a peanut butter sauce over spaghetti, taste so right, there’s no way this can be wrong. Get the recipe: Chinese Dan Dan Noodles

bowl of noodles with ground pork, shredded carrot, green onion and peanutsPhoto: Jodi Pudge


Juicy Ground Beef Tacos

If super saucy tacos are what’s missing from your Tuesday night rotation, we have the perfect beefy solution. Get the recipe: Juicy Ground Beef Tacos

ground beef tacos inside a hard shell with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and sour creamPhoto: Ryan Szulc

“Fried” Chicken Fingers

These baked-not-fried chicken tenders get their crunch from corn flake cereal. Try dipping them in honey and serve them with another classic: macaroni salad. Get the recipe: “Fried” Chicken Fingers

plate of chicken fingers and dipPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Cake

You’re slaying at life with this easy ice cream cake at your side. The base? Yeah, that’s a giant chocolate chip cookie. Get the recipe: Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Cake

cookie cake with ice cream topPhoto: Maya Visnyei


Lemon-Strawberry Mug Cake

For when you’re feeling capable of only minimal effort, may we present you with the easiest cake of all time. It’s ready in the microwave in just two minutes. Yes, Queen. Get the recipe: Lemon-Strawberry Mug Cake

two mugs with cake baked insidePhoto: Roberto Caruso

Chocolate Cake

Meet the DIY Deep ‘n Delicious cake, complete with studded icing and chocolate sprinkles. You need this in your life. Get the recipe from Chatelaine: Chocolate Cake

sheet of chocolate cake with icing and sprinklesPhoto: Erik Putz

Chocolate-Coated Kettle Chips

Indulgence needn’t be complicated, dude. Melt some chocolate and dunk in your fave brand of kettle-cooked chips. Get the recipe from Chatelaine: Chocolate-Coated Kettle Chips

plate of chocolate dipped chipsPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Supper Nachos

These stick-to-your-ribs and fill-you-up-good nachos are perfect for a Friday night in sweat pants. There’s ground turkey, navy beans, Monterey jack cheese and lots of other good stuff, too. Get the recipe: Supper Nachos

plate full of cheesy nachosPhoto: Erik Putz

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Amy is a freelance writer and editor based in Toronto, Ontario. Her work can also be found in publications like Chatelaine, Toronto Life and The Globe and Mail