Love to spend hours in the kitchen cooking? Me neither! But I do love healthy and delicious recipes that are super simple to make. Check out my 9 favorite sites to find recipes that I can pull together quickly and feel good about feeding my family.
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Eating healthy, nutritious food doesn't require a ton of work, planning or preparation, but generally more than it does to eat pre-packaged or take out foods that are lacking in nutrition. Making it routine to, at the very least, have some idea of what you will make a few nights of the week can ensure you have the proper ingredients on hand, and take away the guesswork when dinnertime approaches.
I am not what anyone would consider an overly organized person. I get by. I do not plan out 7 days worth of meals at the beginning of the week. I would love to be that person, but I'm not, and that's okay! Instead, I usually pick 2-3 healthy recipes, new or old, that I plan to make during the week, and ensure I have ingredients on hand to make them. The other days I wing it with pretty simple meals using what I have in the fridge, freezer, and pantry. Keeping these stocked with healthy options helps ensure whatever I make is healthy as well.
My diet is primarily plant-based. I am a vegetarian and eat vegan about 90% of the time. Some of the sites listed below are vegetarian, some are vegan and some include meat dishes as well as other special diets. For both health and environmental reasons EVERYONE should strive to eat more plant-based. I encourage you to try out some of the vegetarian/vegan recipes even if you eat meat. You will be pleasantly surprised.
Here are 9 of my favorite, go-to sites for healthy and delicious recipes that are easy to make.
1. Minimalist Baker
I have made countless recipes from this site and not one has disappointed. When I search for a recipe I quite often type minimalist after what I am looking for as I know her option will be the tastiest, quick and easy to make, and have tons of near-perfect reviews. Until recently this blog was vegan, however, it now includes vegan, vegetarian and meat dishes that are mostly gluten-free and require 1 bowl, under 30 minutes and fewer than 10 ingredients. Purchase her cookbook, check out her website minimalistbaker.com or follow her on Instagram @minimalistbaker.
2. Oh She Glows
The Oh She Glows cookbook and website contain countless delicious vegan recipes. She also has two cookbooks, which are some of the more well known vegan cookbooks loved by vegans and meat-eaters alike. Check out her website at ohsheglows.com or follow her on Instagram @ohsheglows.
3. Cookie and Kate
Being a chronic recipe googler, I stumbled upon the Cookie and Kate website by accident shortly after becoming a vegetarian nearly 10 years ago. Over and over I noticed that the recipes I was making were coming from the same site. Cookie and Kate has been my go-to for healthy vegetarian recipes for some time. A few years ago I bought her cookbook Eat Real Food, which I love and highly recommend. Check out her website cookieandkate.com or follow her on Instagram @cookieandkate.
4. Love and Lemons
One glance at this website or her brand new cookbook, Love and Lemons Everyday, and you will want to make and eat everything, meat-eater or not. Vegetables shine in every dish and leave nothing to be desired. Her website contains hundreds of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options to appease everyone. Check it out at loveandlemons.com or follow her on Instagram @loveandlemons.
5. Fraiche Nutrition
Anyone who follows Jillian Harris (former Bachelorette and star of Love It or List It Vancouver) probably knows of her cousin Tori and Fraiche Nutrition. As a Registered Dietitian, Tori knows how to cook, and how to make it both healthy and taste good. Her kids will attest to that. Tori's blog contains tons of delicious recipes, and she and Jillian Harris just launched a cookbook called Fraiche Foods: Full Hearts. Check out her website fraichenutrition.com or follow her on instagram @fraichenutrition.
6. Naturally Ella
You can't go wrong with one of the hundreds of delicious, healthy, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free recipes on this site or in one of her few cookbooks. In addition to recipes, there is a page devoted to produce which details how to buy, store and cook each item, as well as a page devoted to common pantry items. Check out her website at naturallyella.com or follow her on Instagram @naturallyella.
7. Plant-Based on a Budget
I often hear people say that eating vegan/vegetarian, or healthy for that matter, is too expensive. I call BS! Meat and processed foods are significantly more expensive than produce, beans, and whole grains! If you still are not convinced check out Plant Based on a Budget. This site showcases just how easy and affordable eating healthy plant-based meals can be. She just released her first cookbook in May, and has 100s of easy, healthy and affordable recipes on her website, plantbasedonabudget.com. You can also follow her on Instagram @plantbasedonabudget.
8. Eat Yourself Skinny
Here you will find something for everyone (gluten-free, paleo, keto, vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, etc.) with health being the common denominator. The website is easy to navigate, pictures are bright and crisp and everything looks delicious. Check it out at eatyourselfskinny.com or follow her on Instagram @eatyourselfskinny.
9. Lexi's Clean Kitchen
Recipes on this easy to navigate site are for the most part gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar free and paleo-friendly, with some vegan and vegetarian options. They are all relatively quick to throw together with simple ingredients, and needless to say, are healthy recipes you can feel good about feeding yourself and your family. Check out her cookbook, visit her website lexiscleankitchen.com or follow her on Instagram @lexiscleankitchen.