There are so many talented recipe developers and bloggers creating beautiful, nutritious food each week. Truthfully, there are hundreds, but I decided to choose a few of my very favorites to feature here today — vegetarian blogs that I return to each week to inspire and inform my own cooking. Even if you're not vegetarian yourself, there's still so much to speak to you in any of these sites. Every one of these blogs is a celebration of the seasons and the joy of cooking with whole foods in an accessible, authentic way.
I was a vegetarian for almost fifteen years, and I remember the inevitable ruts I'd get into every few months, usually with the turn of the seasons. I'd find myself continually turning to the same recipes, over and over. There are only so many veggie stir-fries or vegetarian taco salads a girl can eat. I so wish then that the blogosphere was even 25% as full and inspired as it is today — I think, if it had been, those ruts would've been far less frequent.
These 7 vegetarian cooking blogs are a few of my favorites. Some are narrative, while others are more informative or educational. Taken as a group, they are pretty much all you need.
7 Inspiring Vegetarian Cooking Blogs
- The First Mess: Laura's photos will be the first thing to draw you in, but it's her unique and impeccably-tested recipes that will keep you coming back for more. She makes vegetarian cooking feel completely doable, and I often learn something new or look at an ingredient in a different way after reading her posts. Standout Recipes: The Veggie Burger of My Dreams, Antioxidant Power Muffins, Crispy Eggplant and Harissa Flatbread with Greens.
- Green Kitchen Stories: "Eating is about feeling good, not following rules." That's what David and Luise, the voices behind this dynamic vegetarian food blog, insist. And it shows in the friendly tone and inherent excitement that underlies each and every post. Standout Recipes: Beet Bourguignon, Baked Herb and Pistachio Falafel, Lemon Spelt Bread.
- Cookie & Kate: Of her vegetarian site, Kate notes, "This blog is all about celebrating good food—real, sustainable food that delights the senses and nourishes the body." And it succeeds famously while not making readers feel like they have to live without (you'll find desserts and cocktails, too). And wait: what's the story with "Cookie"? That's Kate's sweet dog — you'll sometimes see the little mutt in some of the featured photos. Standout Recipes: Coconut Pancakes, Blood Orange French 75, Thai Green Curry.
- Naturally Ella: The design and functionality help set Erin Alderson's site, Naturally Ella, apart from so many of the rest. Here you can search by Season or Special Diets (Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free) and you can also read all about Erin's pantry inclusions in her Bulk Bins Section (great information on whole grains here). Standout recipes: Pistachio Chocolate Chip Muffins, Peanut Stew with Spinach and Sweet Potatoes, Buffalo Chickpean and Bulgur Chili.
- My New Roots: One of my current favorite blogs for recipe inspiration, Sarah Britton's site is a true celebration of whole foods and seasonal ingredients. Sarah is a holistic nutritionist and develops mostly original recipes that exhibit great variety (you can always count on her for breakfast, lunch, dinner or sweets). Check out her Library section for great vegetarian and whole-foods resources. Standout recipes: The Life-Changing Loaf of Bread, Crispy Cornmeal Sweet Potato Fries, Simple Mint Pea Dip.
- Sprouted Kitchen: Sara and Hugh Forte are the powerhouse couple behind this visually stunning, almost-always vegetarian (they feature fish occasionally) blog — Sara develops the recipes and usually writes the posts, Hugh photographs the food (and sits down and enjoys it with Sara!). Hugh has a visual style that's exciting largely because it is so different and distinct. Their book joyfully continues and extends the work they do on the blog. Standout recipes: Lentil "Meatballs" in Lemon Pesto, Meyer Lemon Loaf, Spiced Halibut on Grapefruit Fennel Slaw.
- Happyolks: There are some blogs I refer to for recipe inspiration, and there are others I visit for the strong writing. On Happyolks, it is both. Kelsey Brown develops the recipes and writes each post while partner, Shaun, makes the videos and takes the photographs. Kelsey's posts often delve into issues of trying to find a comfy place in the world from which to sit and feel truly like yourself. And truly alive. We could all use to read more of her writing. Standout Recipes: Roasted Spring Vegetable Quinoa Salad; Kale, Apple, Ancho Chile Tamales; Strawberry Basil Scones.
What are your favorite vegetarian cooking blogs?
(Image: Laura of The First Mess)