Wednesday, 30 July 2014

A good read and my favourite recipe sites

I'm taking some vacation time next week and, other than having a wedding to attend, I have no plans!  And that makes me very excited.  My goals for vacation:
  • Try a new recipe everyday.
  • Finish the book I started in June.
  • Start doing barbell squats and deadlifts again.  My sprained ankle is almost healed!  Just doing upper body lifts is getting old pretty fast.
That might make it sound like the book is boring, but I promise you, it is not.  I wake up at 5am to go to work, so I find it tough to stay awake long enough before bed to get through more than a few pages at a time.   The book, The Tastemakers: Why We're Crazy for Cupcakes but Fed Up with Fondue, by Toronto-based author David Sax, is an examination of how and where food trends develop.  Celebrity chefs, health trends, cultural influences and marketing can all shape what we eat and how we eat it.  I'm about halfway through this book now.  I had a good chuckle at the author's opening bit on health foods and diet trends, and I'm also enjoying the information on how foods are marketed, since it's not an area with which I am familiar.  If you are a foodie, this book is for you!

As for looking for new recipes to try, I'm often asked where I find new recipes, so here are some of my favourite sites:

All-around healthy recipes
Whole Foods Market recipes  These are good for all around healthy recipes, and if you click on advanced search, you can narrow your search down by special diets, course, main ingredient, cuisine, or category.
Wholeliving.com  If you enjoy Martha Stewart's line of Everday Food cookbooks, you'll love wholeliving.com, which is a compilation of healthy recipes.
Skinnytaste.com   This blog includes a wide range of family-friendly recipes.  It is compatible with Weight Watchers points system.
100daysofrealfood.com  More great family-friendly, easy to prepare recipes.

Gluten free/Paleo recipes
Thehealthyfoodie.com  This Quebec-based blog is gluten free and paleo friendly.  It includes a lot of great high protein and veggie packed meals.

Vegetarian/Vegan recipes
Greenkitchenstories.com  This vegetarian blog includes a lot of options for vegetarian and gluten free, so it is allergy/special dietary needs friendly.
Chocolatecoveredkatie.com  Vegan/vegetarian desserts and some savoury dishes, which includes options for substitutions.

All-around favourites
In the Kitchen with Stefano Faita  Recipes from my favourite Canadian celebrity chef.
Averiecooks.com  Some healthy, some not so much, but all delicious!

Do you have favourite recipe sites you'd like to share?  If so, please post in the comments!

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