4 Food Blogs You Need to Follow

When it comes to recipes, tips or even opinions on food, it seems that everyone has something to say these days. Fortunately, I’ve done my homework to compile a list of top food bloggers who definitely know what they’re talking about! I surveyed foodie platforms from around the United States to share my favorite blogs based on content, recipes, readability, photos, and personality, and I’m fairly certain you won’t disagree with my picks. Check out these four blogs you need to follow immediately:

1) Minimalist Baker

Toasted Coconut Pancakes

Toasted Coconut Pancakes

Why I love it: This easy-to-read and easy-to-navigate blog is beautifully illustrated with food photography that perfectly captures every tiny detail of the recipe. After first glance, you’re immediately drawn to the creation that will soon grace your own kitchen countertop. My favorite aspect of this blog is that wife-husband blogger team, Dana and John, only create recipes that require 10 ingredients or less, one bowl or one pot, or take 30 minutes or less to prepare. The best part? Most of her recipes are vegan and gluten free! One of my favorites is this recipe for Toasted Coconut Pancakes…mmmm…

 

2) Pinch of Yum

Korean BBQ Steak Bowl

Korean BBQ Steak Bowl

Why I love it: Elementary-School-Teacher-turned-full-time-Blogger, Lindsay, takes readers on a culinary adventure through gorgeous snapshots of exquisite creations that make you want to run to the kitchen and pull out your sauté pans. She doesn’t stick to one type of special diet, so her recipes appeal to any and all tastes. Her recipes inspire with influences from all over the world, including Mediterranean quinoa bowls, Korean barbecue steak and Spicy Brazilian burritos, just to name a few.

3) Cooking Classy

Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes

Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes

Why I love it: Food enthusiast and Recipe Developer, Jaclyn, is clearly passionate about everything she whips up, and her enthusiasm is contagious through her posts. While her recipe repertoire is extensive, she really shines in her ability to create and photograph sweets. She has dedicated sections that showcase brownies and bars, cake and cupcakes, cookies, desserts, ice cream and chilled desserts, and many more! Only downfall – because the site is so graphic heavy, loading is a bit finicky, but trust me, the recipes are worth the wait!

 

4) Budget Bytes

Jewel Pasta

Jewel Pasta

Why I love it: Let’s face it: most of us are not millionaires. We don’t have wads of cash lying around to spend on high-end ingredients from natural food stores. We live on a budget, just like food lover and number cruncher, Beth, of Budget Bytes. Beth helps you create meal masterpieces within reasonable budgets that many of us are accustomed to. Take this Jewel Pasta recipe for example…your guests will think you spent many jewels on the ingredients, but it will really only cost you about $4.50!

Whether you’re cooking on a budget, looking for ways to spice up your next date night, or need a sweet treat to impress your kiddos, these food blogs will provide you with the know-how to get cookin’! Didn’t see a blog on this list that you feel everyone MUST know about? Send me a note at contactedible@gmail.com.

Happy Cooking!

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Guest Recipe: Mango Protein Bread

One of my amazing Edible Epiphanies community members, Fit Wise Nation, recently shared this incredibly tasty high-protein gluten-free snack that I just couldn’t resist. It’s perfect on its own, as a warm morning meal topped with fresh fruit and whipped cream, or as a creative dessert that completes a perfectly healthy meal. However you decide to enjoy it, I welcome you to give it a try and let me know what you think!

mango protein bread

Mango Protein Bread

Ingredients:

– 1 cup of oat or almond flour
– 3 eggs
– 3 ripe bananas
– 2-3 scoops of banana protein powder
– 1 tsp baking powder
– shredded coconut
– 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
– 1-2 ripe mangos

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 Degrees
  2. Mix all of your wet ingredients together in one bowl
  3. Mix all of your dry ingredients together in another bowl
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well
  5. Bake in a non-stick loaf tin for 15-20 minutes

If you stick a knife into the center and it comes out clean, you know it’s ready to enjoy!

BONUS: For an added protein boost, serve with plain Greek yogurt!

Nutrition Fact Per Slice:

✔️ Protein: 8.5g

✔️ Fat: 4g

✔️ Carbohydrates: 7g

✔️ Calories: 98

It’s a Wrap!

Sandwiches, burritos and pita pockets may create a perfectly packaged meal for any time of day, but when it comes to healthy convenience, nothing else tops my list like a deliciously creative wrap! From a hearty morning meal to a fresh and light dinner delight, wraps are a great way to combine your favorite foods into one simple dish.

The first step to creating a deliciously successful wrap starts with the tortilla. Fortunately, for gluten-free folks, there are a number of options (like Rudi’s Gluten-Free Wraps and Tortillas). Depending on the types of ingredients you’re planning to use inside the tortilla, you can choose the type of wrap that will taste best based on the flavors, texture, size, and preference. My favorite type of tortilla is a Mission Garden Spinach Wrap, especially for the veggie wrap recipe I’m sharing here.

The next step is to select the type of spread you want to use to line your wrap. Again, there are various options here depending on your ingredients, but my go-to is a light hummus (like Wildwood’s Homestyle Hummus).

Next comes the fun part – picking your ingredients! If you’re creating a morning meal, you can scramble some egg whites, cut up some fresh avocado and add in some spinach. If you’re looking for a light lunch option, grab some Applegate turkey and light Swiss cheese to create a classic. As far as dinner goes, this is what you’ll want to try asap:

Portobello wrap

Veggie Wrap Recipe

Ingredients:

– One Spinach Wrap

– One tbsp of Hummus

– One Balsamic-soaked Portobello Mushroom

– 1/3 Cup Fresh Spinach

– 1/3 Cup Artichoke Hearts

– 1/4 of a Fresh Avocado

– 2 Slices of Jack Cheese (or Pepper Jack for a little kick)

– 2 Large Tomato Slices

Directions:

Lay the tortilla out flat and spread the hummus across the entire face, covering the whole tortilla. Place the two slices of cheese along the middle of the wrap.

Slice the Portobello into large, long slices and place them on top of the cheese. Add the fresh spinach, artichoke hearts, avocado slices, and tomato. Fold the bottom and top of the tortilla slightly over the ingredients and wrap one side over the other to tuck everything in.

Click here for a helpful tutorial on how to fold a wrap (and another great wrap recipe!).

This is a delicious, hearty, healthy meal that will leave you full and happy!

Bananarama Smoothie

With so many smoothie recipes out there and so little time to try them all, I just had to share one more that an Edible Epiphanies Facebook Community member posted today!

I like to call it the Bananarama Smoothie because it’s chock full of delicious, potassium-rich bananas and other goodies that are sure to keep you satisfied until your next meal. Check out the quick and easy recipe, and let me know what you think!

Bananarama SmoothieBananarama Smoothie

Ingredients:

– One handful of fresh spinach

– One whole ripe banana

– One half cup of Almond Milk

– Ice

Directions:

Blend all of the ingredients together in a blender on high until smooth and enjoy!

For a little extra protein boost, add in a pinch of your favorite protein powder or a teaspoon of smooth peanut butter.

Kale Power Smoothie Recipe

Juicing, blending, crushing, mixing…it’s all the rage these days! I never really jumped on the Juice Cleanse bandwagon, but I do love smoothies. The problem with most smoothies (especially those commonly purchased at big-chain smoothie shops) is that they are loaded with sugar. Not just from the fruit that decadently flavors the “Mango Tango” or “Pina Colada” blends, but also from the frozen treats and juices that are used in the recipes.

That’s why I wanted to share a low-sugar, gluten-free, low-carbohydrate meal that’s jam-packed with nutrients to help you power through your day! I’ve collected a number of excellent recipes from the Edible Epiphanies Community, which I’ll share in future posts, but first I wanted to share my own personal creation for you to try. Here’s what you need for the Kale Power Smoothie:

kale smoothie

Ingredients:

– 1/3 fresh banana

– 3/4 cup ice

– 1/2 cup ZICO coconut water

– 3/4 cup fresh Kale

– 1/2 cup frozen (or fresh) pineapple chunks

– 1/4 cup Vanilla Maple Arctic Zero

Directions:

Combine banana, ice and coconut water in a blender and mix on high speed until the ice is broken down. Add the kale and blend on high to break it down into the liquid. Finally, add the pineapple chunks and Arctic Zero, and continue to blend on high until you have a smooth, thick liquid.

* BONUS: Add a small scoop of your favorite protein powder (vanilla tastes best in this recipe) and blend until smooth for a super-charged protein boost!

Enjoy!

Stay tuned for more delicious smooth recipes from the Edible Epiphanies Community and COMMENT below if you have a smoothie recipe you’d like to share!