I’m pretty sure everyone has phases where they feel like they had the exact same three dishes for dinner throughout the past month. I’ve just had a month like this. I always wanted to try out new dishes but simply could not think of anything different to prepare other than my go-to meals. I was stuck in a rut. And I wanted to get out of it, so I decided to check out some food blogs. Before that point I had never checked blogs for dinner inspiration – which is pretty odd since I love food and blogs, so I have no idea how I did not make that connection. And turns out, I absolutely love it! I tend to use the recipes as an inspiration for my own cooking rather than repeating them step by step, however, the fun of cooking is that you can just do whatever you feel like – combine different recipes and improvise, or prepare your food exactly like it’s written – everything is possible. Oh, and before I forget it, the order is random, I love them all!
The First Mess has been created by Laura, an Ontario-based chef. Laura loves plant-based and seasonal recipes, so if that sounds like you, she will be right up your street. While I’m not a vegan, I do enjoy plant-based food quite often and Laura’s recipes are the perfect source of inspiration for that. My personal favourites are the garden keeper’s pie, the butternut orecchiette pasta and the golden chana masala.
I know, I know, this is definitely not the most creative person to follow. I never really used to like Jamie Oliver, but I stumbled across one of his videos on Youtube the other day and I realized that he actually cooks some pretty amazing things. So I checked out his website and I honestly was swept off my feet. In addition to what seems like a never-ending supply of recipes you can find some nutritional advice and other handy bits and bobs on there. So don’t be a snob and go check him (and his writers) out! Oh, and my favourites are the green veggie fritters, the squash, stilton & walnut rolls and the veggie moussaka.
As you might guess from the food blogs I am following, I am trying to eat rather healthy-ish at the moment. (And in case you were wondering, I’m actually doing better than I expected :D). David and Luise focus on healthy and simple vegetarian food, and they are doing a pretty amazing job at creating delicious food without a 10 page ingredients list. My favourites are the beetroot & millet burgers, shakshuka and their take on combining Smorrebrod with basically everything.
I actually found Donal on Jamie Oliver’s Youtube channel, and as soon as I heard his Irish accent talking about chocolate cake, I fell in love with him: ;) But joking aside, he offers quite an amazing range of food on his website – from dessert to salad to mains, you can find basically everything you might be looking for. While his international recipes might not be the most authentic ones – I’m pretty sure his goulash makes every Hungarian hate him – the recipes are tasty and definitely a great source for inspiration. My three favourites from his side are the breakfast burritos, the bi bim bap and the three ingredient banana ice-cream.
While I am very well aware of the fact that Buzzfeed is not exactly a blog in any way, Buzzfeed Food has become one of my main inspirational sources when it comes to dinner ideas. While there are loads of other content on the page, they have the occasional list here and there which states heaps of recipes for every occasion. The only bad thing is that these lists all have insanely long titles, so for this post they’ll just be called pick 1, pick 2 (vegan), and pick 3 (best for bonfires).
I love sweet potatoes, so how could I not put a blog called Sweet Potato Soul on my list? See, impossible. Again a vegan blog – somehow most healthy blogs tend to be vegan or vegetarian, market gap right there – Jenné has a wide selection especially of healthy sweet stuff and of course sweet potatoes. My faves are the maple mustard tempeh buddha bowl, the no bake coconut cupcakes and a vegan take on macaroni and cheese – although I have to admit that I would use normal cheese for that one.
Who are your favourite food bloggers? Or do you have other ways to find food inspiration? Let me know!
xx, K (: