Food. Who doesn’t love food? With the advent of Pinterest and Lifestyle Blogs one can spend hours upon end reading about food, and recipes, and staring at photos wondering how anyone can make an avocado so, well, beautiful. I love recipes and sometimes I love to cook. Sometimes I prefer takeout, but lately it’s been about cooking whole, real foods. Here are the blogs I turn to when I want to cook for the family.
This winter I realized that I really want to make sure I can feed my kids whole foods or foods that I have prepared whenever possible. My kids love bread so I spent a long time trying various bread recipes that incorporated veggies so I could up the ante on the nutrients they got with each bite. We went through a few so-so recipes until I stumbled upon this genius carrot-zucchini bread recipe at Averie Cooks. I love her blog, she always has relatively easy to follow recipes and fabulous photos. This bread is the bomb. I have made it for several other families and we always get requests for more or the recipe. It was so popular I started making it in batches and freezing it. I feel much better about giving my kids bread when they are getting carrot and zucchini with it! If you are watching out for sugar you can substitute 1 cup apple sauce (unsweetened) for 1/2 of the sugar and oil…my bread was a bit denser this way but still tasty!
We also have a massive sweet tooth in our house and have been doing research on ways to satisfy it without consuming loads of processed sugar. One member of our family doesn’t have “any mammals on her teeth.” In other words, she lacks enamel on the back teeth. Chocolate Covered Katie is the healthy dessert blog and we love the “chocolate frosting,” recipe. It passed the kid test so it’s pretty yum. Her recipes are pretty easy to follow, the photography is amazing (as you can see below), and she is always updating content! Bon appetite.
A friend of mine from across the pond turned me onto the lovely site Kale and Cocoa. Recipes are in grams so in the USA you will need to do conversions (which my second grader can do with an iPhone) and source some of the ingredients over here as we don’t have a Waitrose. But I was able to find all of the ingredients I needed at our local Whole Foods. The recipes are amazing and I love their names: “Cancer Busting Carrots and a Simple Carrot Salad with Sesame Dressing,” and “How to Thicken Aging Hair- Pea and Roasted Garlic Soup with Basil and Farro.” The emphasis at Kale and Cocoa is all about eating real and whole foods and reducing inflammatory ingredients like sugar and agave (which has, ahem, turned out to be as bad as sugar), and simple carbohydrates. I have made the recipes and if I can make them, anyone can. Some are more difficult than others. For a delicious healthy meal try the Sweet and Sour Cherry Bowl With Kale, Almonds and Goat Cheese.
Gimme Some Oven is one of my favorite food blogs. It has recipes for just about anything you can imagine. It is well organized and beautiful to boot. Gimme Some Oven recently posted “15 Ways to Prepare Salmon,” which was a godsend in this house because we eat salmon almost every. single. night. The Baked Fritatta is also awesome. Set aside some time for this blog, it’s addictive.
Insprialized is the blog behind the book of the same name. Ali will help you start spiralizing your veggies and you can replace almost any pasta with zucchini and other veggies. I have to admit it took me a while to get a hang of this but once I did the options are almost limitless. Luckily my kids love zucchini so this website is chock full of recipes they love. As we try to reduce our sugar intake simple pastas from the store are sort of getting the toss. This website has been a Godsend.