Finding delicious, wholesome vegetarian food is not always easy when you're eating out at a restaurant, but it's totally possible when you make it at home. Since giving up meat six years ago, I've relied on a myriad of sources — like cookbooks, blogs, and our own recipe page — to help keep my meals interesting and satisfying. Blogs in particular are great resources, as they're constantly updated with new recipes. Not only do these new recipes keep things exciting, but they also reflect what's happening right now, which helps me cook with the seasons.
If you're new to vegetarian cooking or just want to peruse some beautiful sites, here are the five vegetarian blogs I turn to again and again for endless inspiration and ideas.
To me, being a vegetarian means celebrating all the food I can eat and not focusing on the things I no longer eat. Sherrie's blog perfectly captures this ethos. Her recipes, like the creamy risotto with roasted spring vegetables pictured above, put fresh, in-season produce front and center. The stunning photos draw me in, but her vibrant, flavorful food is what keeps me coming back.
You might recognize Erin as one of our contributors, but if not, I highly suggest you get to know her and her wonderful blog. Erin's recipes are great for new vegetarians (or people who are trying to incorporate more plant-based meals into their routine), as she covers the basic building blocks of this style of cooking. She also has plenty of inventive recipes like the spiced sweet potato skewers with cilantro yogurt sauce pictured above.
It wouldn't be a vegetarian blog roundup without 101 Cookbooks. Heidi's blog is one of the first I obsessively followed when I made the switch to a meat-free diet, and I've trusted her to guide me to delicious dishes ever since. The most notable trick I learned from her is to upgrade simple meals, like the asparagus soup pictured above, with some fancy garnishes. Things like chive flowers, toasted marcona almonds, and lemon-ginger-rosemary butter make everyday recipes feel a bit more luxurious and special.
When cooking for non-vegetarian friends and family members, I often choose a recipe from Cookie and Kate. Without fail, her dishes always surprise and delight even the most skeptical carnivore. Case in point? I recently made her lentil baked ziti (pictured above), and it was a huge hit. No one missed the meat, and everyone asked for seconds.
A misconception around vegetarian cooking is that it's not for people with busy lifestyles who don't have a lot of time to devote to cooking everything from scratch. David and Luise, the husband-and-wife team behind Green Kitchen Stories, prove this line of thinking wrong. (They have three kids to look after, so they know a thing or two about making healthy food on a hectic schedule). I've had great luck lately with their mint chocolate power bars and the berry & tahini smoothie pictured above.
What are your favorite vegetarian blogs? Share in the comments!