Migraine update: better today, best in six days. Not a totally clear day but very minor issues. I am planning to wake up tomorrow feeling wonderful.
I like to cook. Sure there are times when all I can think of is making things quick and convenient. That’s inevitable when feeding a large family three meals a day. But the bottom line is that I enjoy the cooking process. I like chopping potatoes, onions, carrots and garlic for the potato soup. I like having multiples things going on in the kitchen and how in the end, it all comes together at once. I love looking at food blogs, choosing new recipes to make.
My absolute favorite go-to recipe source is RecipeZaar. I can search for recipes by type or by ingredient. The rating system is good and the reviews are always helpful. With an account, I can save my favorite recipes to my own cookbook. I also like the menus feature where members compile recipes in a collection such as Brown Bag Lunches or Meat Eater/Vegetarian Family Meals which will come in very handy for our combined family.
A couple of favorites:
- Banana Oat Muffins These are our favorite banana muffins though I do have to liquify the bananas in the blender. My youngest loves the taste of bananas but not the texture. Weirdly, as I get older, I think I agree with him.
- Vegetarian Meatballs OH MY! These are wonderful. Even my carnivores like these.
Pioneer Woman Cooks is top of my list of food blogs. She’s so witty as she takes you through each wonderful recipe, step by step. I love that she provides photos of the process. It really helps to know that you are doing things right as you go along.
Kath Eats Real Food Just discovered this blog recently and she has made me want to eat oatmeal every morning for the rest of my life! You have to check out her Tribute to Oatmeal. In fact, I am looking forward to getting up early and making oatmeal for the crew in the morning. (It will be cold here. Our heat is not working so well) There are other great recipes and she always makes her meals look so inviting. As a bonus, I also learned some neat gmail tricks from her Nerf Kerf videos.
Being a vegetarian, I am lean strongly toward eating a high raw diet. I’ve done this before and have felt wonderful and will be transitioning back toward that over the next few months. (wow, I just realized that that means I will be providing raw meals, vegetarian meals and carnivore meals. It’s a good thing I like to cook!) The next two blogs are enticing me recently with some wonderful recipes. I haven’t tried anything yet but many are on my list.
Love Veggies and Yoga — I think there is a small part in the back of my head that thinks if I just eat the way she does, I will be able to bend the way she does. LOL!
I will say that some raw recipes tend to be a bit nut heavy as they seek to replicate cooked foods. This blog Raw on $10 a day (or Less) has some great recipes that don’t always rely on nuts to create the taste.
One thing I am really learning is that so much of the appeal is in the presentation. I am enjoying exercising my creative spirit while providing food for my family. It puts a bit of reason and joy to what could be just a chore.