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Creative Cooking: Tips & Recipes To Try In Your CA Rental Apartment

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Creative Cooking In An Apartment

Woman smiling in the kitchen as she cooks


The true test of a quality cook isn’t what they can do when they have everything at their disposal. It’s how well they can get deliciously creative when they are limited. Garden apartments are famously spacious, but we understand that it can be difficult to whip up a feast when entertaining. Pots, pans, ingredients, knives, cutting boards, plates— All of these things take up space and can make cooking more of a hassle in your apartment than a pleasure.

But fear not! By following these helpful tips and trying these recipes, you’ll be cooking like a pro in no time!

The true test of a quality cook isn’t what they can do when they have everything at their disposal. It’s how well they can get deliciously creative when they are limited. Garden apartments are famously spacious, but we understand that it can be difficult to whip up a feast when entertaining. Pots, pans, ingredients, knives, cutting boards, plates— All of these things take up space and can make cooking more of a hassle in your apartment than a pleasure.

But fear not! By following these helpful tips and trying these recipes, you’ll be cooking like a pro in no time!

Cooking Tips 101

Utensils necessary for dishing up food


All Garden Communities apartments have kitchens that are fully-loaded. Whether you need to sauté or bake, your oven and stove will do their jobs (with the right kitchen safety, of course). But that’s not all that you need to prepare a great meal.

TIP #1: Make sure you have these essential items in your kitchen:

  1. Cutting knives
  2. Cutting board
  3. Pots
  4. Pans/Skillets
  5. Mixing bowls
  6. Spatulas
  7. Serving/mixing spoons
  8. Baking dish
  9. Kitchen Towels
  10. Spices & Herbs

TIP #2: Buy fresh, local ingredients


One recipe made with fresh ingredients will always taste better than if it was made with lesser ones. Local farmers’ markets will often have produce that’s in season for your area, so be sure try recipes with the latest and greatest while it’s at its peak for the year.

TIP #3: Support your local grocery store


Buying food closer to your community will save you time and help you to enjoy the cooking process more without wasting time and energy driving all over town to pick up your groceries.

Here are some grocery stores near each of our Southwest Garden Communities:


LOS ANGELES COMMUNITIES:


Burbank Gardens

  • Ralph’s Grocery Store
    Farmer’s Markets:
  • Raw Inspiration (Farmer’s Market)
    14006 Riverside Dr, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423


Encino Palms

  • Trader Joe’s
    Farmer’s Markets:
  • Tapia Brothers Inc.
5251 Hayvenhurst Ave, Encino, CA 91436


Fulton Gardens

  • Whole Food’s Market
    Farmer’s Markets:
2052 Ventura Pl, Studio City, CA 91604


Lassen Village

  • Ralph’s Grocery Store
    Farmer’s Markets:
11024 Balboa Blvd Unit 27, Granada Hills, CA 91344


Northridge Gardens

  • Ralph’s Grocery Store
    Farmer’s Markets:


Vineland Gardens

  • Ralph’s Grocery Store
  • No Ho Halal Meat & Grocery
    Farmer’s Markets:
5331 Bakman Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601


White Oak Gardens

  • Trader Joe’s
    Farmer’s Markets:
  • Tapia Brothers Inc.
5251 Hayvenhurst Ave, Encino, CA 91436


Woodbridge Gardens

  • Trader Joe’s
    Farmer’s Markets:
  • Tapia Brothers Inc.
5251 Hayvenhurst Ave, Encino, CA 91436
5331 Bakman Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601

SAN DIEGO COMMUNITIES:


360 Luxury Apartments

  • Bristol Farms
    Farmer’s Markets:
  • UCSD la Jolla Farmers Market
    UCSD Town Square, San Diego, CA 92161)
901 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109


Casa Mira View

  • Smart & Final Extra!
    Farmer’s Markets:
9400 Fairgrove Ln, San Diego, CA 92129


Costa Verde Village

  • Bristol Farms
  • California Keto
    Farmer’s Markets:
  • UCSD la Jolla Farmers Market
UCSD Town Square, San Diego, CA 92161


La Jolla Canyon

  • Bristol Farms
  • California Keto
    Farmer’s Markets:
  • UCSD la Jolla Farmers Market
UCSD Town Square, San Diego, CA 92161
901 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109
7335 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037


LA Jolla Crossroads Apartments

  • Bristol Farms
    Farmer’s Markets:
  • UCSD la Jolla Farmers Market
UCSD Town Square, San Diego, CA 92161
901 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109
7335 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037


La Regencia

  • Whole Foods Market
    Farmer’s Markets:
  • UCSD la Jolla Farmers Market
UCSD Town Square, San Diego, CA 92161
901 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109
7335 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037


Lux UTC

  • Whole Foods Market
    Farmer’s Markets:
  • UCSD la Jolla Farmers Market
UCSD Town Square, San Diego, CA 92161
901 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109
600 W Date St, San Diego, CA 92101


Pacific Bay Club

  • Harvest International Market
    Farmer’s Markets:
901 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109
4150 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109


Torrey Gardens

  • Vons
    Farmer’s Markets:
Civic Center, 1050 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014
  • UCSD la Jolla Farmers Market
UCSD Town Square, San Diego, CA 92161


Towers at Costa Verde

  • Bristol Farms
  • California Keto
    Farmer’s Markets:
  • UCSD la Jolla Farmers Market
    UCSD Town Square, San Diego, CA 92161
Civic Center, 1050 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014


Villa La Jolla

  • Trader Joe’s
    Farmer’s Markets:
  • UCSD la Jolla Farmers Market
    UCSD Town Square, San Diego, CA 92161
7335 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
6902 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037

IRVINE COMMUNITIES:


Elements

  • Mother’s Market & Kitchen
    Farmer’s Markets:
6950 Marine Way, Irvine, CA 92618


Metropolis

  • Marketplace
    Farmer’s Markets:
5428 Bonita Canyon Dr, Irvine, CA 92603

ARIZONA COMMUNITIES:


Vintage at Scottsdale

  • AJ’s Fine Foods


OKAY! Now that you have all your essential kitchen tools and you know where you can get the best ingredients close by, it’s time to get to the fun part—our incredibly creative apartment-friendly recipes!

Beautiful Breakfast & Brunch


Whether you need a family-friendly dish for a memorable Sunday morning, or you’re inviting the girls over for brunch, these are tried and true recipes with total “wow!“ factor.

Overnight Cinnamon Apple Baked French Toast Casserole

close-up on an overnight cinnamon apple baked french toast casserole

Source: Life, Love & Sugar

Need something to feed a lot of people in the morning without the stress of a messy kitchen? Just prepare this beauty the night before and then pop it in the oven before your guests arrive or your kids wake up. Imagine walking into the kitchen with the sweet smell of apples and cinnamon in the air—this one is a win before they ever even taste it.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12
  • Appliance: Oven

Breakfast Granola Cups

Breakfast Granola Cups with chocolate, peanut butter and granola

Source: Counts of the Netherworld

Want an impressive breakfast but don’t want to heat up your apartment by turning on the oven or stove? Then these granola cups are the answer you’ve been looking for! Want to talk about a crowd pleaser? This recipe is vegan, nut-free and gluten-free.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Resting Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Appliance: Freezer

Blackberry & Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese

Blackberry & Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese

source: Saralee Bread

It’s time to take grilled cheese to the next level. After all, cooking creatively means putting delightful twists on classic favorites. No picky eater can resist the sweet taste of blackberries, creamy goat cheese and warm, crunchy toast. Put them all together and you have a sandwich for a successful brunch. Pair this with a carafe of mimosa and your guests will be talking about the get together at your apartment for months!

  • Time: 11-20 minutes
  • Serves: 2
  • Appliance: Stove

Amazing Apartment-Friendly Appetizers


The best thing about “appetizers” is that they are great additions to parties, but they also can be a meal for a couple, or a snack for a family. Try these creative, apartment-friendly recipes that are as beautiful as they are delicious.

Butternut Squash and Cranberry Quinoa Salad

Butternut Squash and Cranberry Quinoa Salad

Source: Little Broken

Want the flavors of fall without the heaviness of traditional recipes? Then this is the dish for you! Plus, it can be made year-round.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6
  • Appliance: Oven

Strawberry Bruschetta With Honey Whipped Goat Cheese

Strawberry Bruschetta With Honey Whipped Goat Cheese

Source: Simply Scratch

Not only is this recipe a gorgeous one, but it just might give Italians a run for their money. Take classic bruschetta to the next level of deliciousness with a California-twist. Strawberries and goat cheese? Yes, please! No one will believe how simple this vegetarian appetizer is to make.

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 5 minutes
  • Total time: 25 minutes
  • Appliance: Stove

Taco Stuffed Avocados

taco in an avocado

Source: House of Yumm

If there are two things Californians love its tacos and avocados…but taco stuffed avocados? This low-carb crowd pleaser just might become a standard every game day. You’ll have people begging for the recipe!

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Appliance: Stove

Delectable Dinners


Dinner. It’s the one time that everyone in the family get’s to sit down together and enjoy a home-cooked meal. You want to know you’re making something that everyone will enjoy. We’ve got you covered. These recipes aren’t just super easy to make in an apartment, but they are downright delicious, too!

Red Curry Coconut Chicken

Red Curry Coconut Chicken

Source: Carlsbad Cravings

This super fast meal is a must try those who need a great meal and fast. Ready in 30 minutes, you can start as soon as you get home from work. The smell of Thai spices will have everyone’s mouth watering!

  • Prep time: 18 minutes
  • Cook time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6
  • Appliance: Stove

Sausage & White Bean Gnocchi

Sausage & White Bean Gnocchi

Source: Chelsea’s Messy Apron

If you’re looking for an apartment-friendly recipe that covers are your basic food groups, then look no further than this Italian dish. It’s so savory no one will believe that you only need one skillet it to make it!

  • Total time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Appliance: Stove & Oven

Vegetarian Lemon, Ricotta, Pasta & Spinach

Ricotta, Spinach and Pasta

Source: The Clever Meal

What’s better than a dish that’s vegetarian? One that’s super fast to make and out of this world delicious. Whether you’re vegetarian or not, this is a dinner worth serving up in your rental apartment!

  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3
  • Appliance: Stove

“You Made This?!” Desserts


Desserts are the most fun part of a meal, and making them should be fun, too! You don’t need to be a Cake Boss or a fondant master to make show-stopping, mouth-watering goodies. These are what will turn your Garden apartment kitchen into a culinary sweet.

Granny’s Monkey Bread

Close up of a full loaf of Monkey Bread

Source: Self-Proclaimed Foodie

A favorite among kids and adults alike, monkey bread is a cinnamon-lover’s dream. If you’re looking for an activity to do with your kids for a holiday or just because this is one they can certainly help with.

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12
  • Appliance: Oven

Easy Blueberry Pie Bars

Blueberry Bars cut on a glass plate out of the oven

Source: Laughing Spatula

When pie meets cookie you have a dessert that’s in a league of its own. These bars are the apartment-friendly creative solution to satisfying everyone at your next get together.

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12
  • Appliance: Oven

Chocolate Chip Banana “Ice Cream” Cups

Chocolate Chip Banana “Ice Cream” Cups

Source: Clean Food Crush

Here in California, things can heat up, which is why we love these “ice cream” cups! Health will adore these banana-based desserts, and kids will be asking for more. If you love to use the community fitness center, be sure to have these in the freezer for a cool potassium boost after your workout.

  • Time: 1-2 hours
  • Yield: 6
  • Appliance: Freezer

Your garden apartment isn’t just a rental—it’s your home. From making memories in the kitchen to getting out on the town, your community affords you the best of everything.

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