Five food-porn inspiration blogs
Recently, I've been having a lot of heart-to-hearts with friends about how difficult it can feel to stay inspired with student-budget food. Last year, in particular, I really gave up and the only meals I rotated between were Tesco's Spinach and Ricotto tortellini and home-made chilli. I think feeding oneself is something nobody really prepares you for before university - cooking for one is a lot trickier than the signature dishes my parents have taught me over the years! As expected, I've turned to the Internet for help with portion sizes, new recipes and ways to get more veg into my life - because eating only bread and cheese doesn't feel good anymore!
1) Hot for Food Blog by Lauren Toyota
I stumbled across Lauren Toyota's brainchild through their YouTube account when I was still a vegan, but before you tune out at the idea of plant-based. These recipes are great for anyone. Plenty of meat eating friends are shocked at how delicious her vegan comfort food tastes. Perfect if you're looking to try meatless Mondays or just eat more veg without it being boring!
2) The Body Coach by Joe Wicks
Katy, my housemate from last year and wife, first introduced me to Joe Wicks' cookbook. I've since became obsessed with his guilt-free, delicious meals. Really though I think it's Joe's bubbly personality and self love mantra that gives me all the feels. His blog features recipes and workouts and just general goodness. Check it out.
3) Tasty by Buzzfeed
You're probably familiar with Tasty's videos from your Facebook feed. Salivating while procrastinating from work isn't ideal, but there tutorials are actually really helpful if you struggle to follow written recipes. They have everything from low-budget, vegetarian and indulgent to hit any of your cravings!
4) Minimalist Baker by Dana Shultz
My first encounter with Minimalist Baker was when I was desperately seeking a fool-proof cupcake recipe. Since 2013, the quality of production and instruction has improved vastly but the fun-loving lazy-friendly recipes never disappoint. The premise? 10 ingredients or less, 1 bowl, or 30 minutes or less to prepare. Ideal.
If you've checked out my monthly article selection So You Wanna Educate Yourself you know how obsessed I am with Mind Body Green. My mom's been subscribed to their newsletter for years and so I finally jumped on the band wagon too! Their recipes section is all feel-good health orientated food, but with guest chefs there's no limit to the variety. Check out the other content while you're there!
I hope you're feeling inspired to branch out in the kitchen a bit more now. I've found baby steps are the way with this, maybe start by carving out some time on a Sunday afternoon to try something new. But, don't get discouraged if a few of the recipes you try aren't to your taste - cooking is a lifelong practice! As ever, I love hearing from you with any recommendations so slide into my dm's or drop me a comment.
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