When it comes to preparing weeknight dinner we all face this same problem. I work a lot and the last thing I want to do on a weeknight is stand in the long-ass lines at Trader Joe’s to get a jar of fennel seeds for that extremely delicious, perfect looking, yet complicated recipe I saw online. And you know what — it’s not just that I don’t have the time, it’s that I don’t have the energy it takes to gather up all of those (often obscure) ingredients, prepare the meal, and eat it at 10 p.m. when it has finally finished broiling or braising or basting or whatever the f*ck else food has to do before it’s edible. I want to cook stuff and I want to be healthy — I swear I do. So, rather than spending hours making a meal that I’ll end up eating well past my bedtime, I’ve decided to stick to the tasty, healthy, and (key word) simple food blogs that have recipes that I can ACTUALLY make on a weeknight and still get to bed by a decent hour. Okay, end rant, enter blogs.
1. Marin Mama Cooks (local chick to boot, holla!) Food philosophy: Creating healthy, organic, family-friendly meals. My favorite recipe: Oven roasted sweet potato halves. They are SO simple to make and beyond delicious! Seriously, they melt in your mouth. Why I keep coming back: I’ve yet to be disappointed by a single recipe on Marin Mama’s site and I’ve made many of them. Knowing that I can make any of her recipes without fear of a nasty tasting outcome is incentive enough for me!
2. Valleybrink Road Food philosophy: Creating food that is beautiful and deliciousfrom locally sourced, often-seasonal ingredients. My favorite recipe: Cauliflower puree. How she is able to make cauliflower taste delicious I’ll never know, but trust — this gal is incredibly talented and knows what she’s doing! Why I keep coming back: From her gorgeous Instagram feed of her creations to her obvious passion for food, this Chef always delivers something special for the taste buds.
3. Minimalist Baker Food philosophy: Simple, delicious recipes that require ten ingredients or less, one bowl, or 30 minutes or less to prepare. My favorite recipe(s): Very hard to choose just one as there are so many goodies, so I’m going to have to give you two, her peanut butter chocolate chip granola and simple vegan meatballs are out of this world good! Why I keep coming back: See comment directly above and then, the one above that.
4. Deliciously Ella Food philosophy: Cooking healthy, flavorsome food that’s easy and delicious. My favorite recipe: The ultimate nut butterbecause besides being beyond yummy and fun to make, it’s far cheaper (and tastes much better) than buying it at the market. Why I keep coming back: Her constant experimentation with plant-based recipes keeps healthy foods interesting and delectable!
5. Damn Delicious Food philosophy: Using simple, fresh ingredients to create quick and easy meals for the everyday home cook. My favorite recipe: Garlic parmesan spaghetti squash. I flipping love pasta, but would be massive if I ate it as often as I wanted. This recipe is just as satisfying and simple to make. Why I keep coming back: The sheer volume and variety of recipes means I can constantly consult this site for meal ideas without ever feeling like I’m repeating a dish.